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Offline kevglass

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« Posted 2005-12-03 02:07:14 »

Having seen how fantastic Kappa's shoota was I thought I'd have a go. Gandalf 4k is a robotron style game (its not quite Ultratron tho Wink)

Gandalf is stuck in the mines of Moria and has to fight off the evil goblins using only his magical prowess!

WASD - Move
Cursors - Shoot

The golins (actually orcs) will come from all directions. The odd troll might turn up too. The blue bar shows your magic which will go down as you shoot and slowly recharge. The red bar shows your health. If any of the bad guys get to you they'll explode (against your magic shield) which hurts!

http://www.cokeandcode.com/games/4k/gandalf/gandalf.jnlp

Kev

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2005-12-03 02:12:16 »

Thanks for your comments on the LadyBug game. Where is the link for this Game?
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« Reply #2 - Posted 2005-12-03 02:13:52 »

Doh, updated the post at the top..

Getting tired Smiley

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2005-12-03 06:19:18 »

The fireball and explosion animations are particularly good.  Is the explosion a bitmap or procedural?

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2005-12-03 06:26:42 »

Intense and plays a great

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2005-12-03 06:36:30 »

The fireball and explosion animations are particularly good.  Is the explosion a bitmap or procedural?

Procedural. You can see what images are bitmaps by downloading the JAR and extracting the "d" file. Rename it to "d.gif" and you can look at it. It's the same trick Kev used in Hack4K. Works well for two or three images. Wink

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Offline kevglass

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2005-12-03 09:36:32 »

"d.png" Smiley

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2005-12-03 09:53:59 »

Too bad key mapping is WASD , on my french keyboard, I need two hands to move (and I haven't got a third one to fire !) Grin

here's my layout :

AZERTY...
-QSDFGH...
--WXCVB...

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2005-12-03 10:21:06 »

Procedural. You can see what images are bitmaps by downloading the JAR and extracting the "d" file. Rename it to "d.gif" and you can look at it. It's the same trick Kev used in Hack4K. Works well for two or three images. Wink
"d.png" Smiley

Cheers, I dug it out of the webstart cache.  Smiley

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2005-12-03 10:55:10 »

very cute game!
btw: did you ever notice that the almighty gandalf did nothing that spectacular in the movies?
no orc was hit by a fireball and even for the ringghosts he behaved only something like a mobile
light tower ...   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #10 - Posted 2005-12-03 11:42:43 »

I hate you Kev. I came to my job, im very busy i HAVE to work, but i stumbled upon this shooter and kill orcs & goblins instead of my tasks. Bosses increase gameplay a lot. This game have a soul. Few different levels and its ready for... something..

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2005-12-03 11:58:01 »

Awesome game as ever, I can't believe this. Oh well. Cheesy

Two things:
1) The lower limit for the player is too low; you can go outside the visible area.
2) It's almost impossible to run out of ammo, mana, magic, whatever you call it. Make each shot require more. Cheesy

Great game - impressive graphics! Cheesy

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« Reply #12 - Posted 2005-12-03 12:18:19 »

woah! impresive, as allways ^^

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« Reply #13 - Posted 2005-12-03 12:31:37 »

Coo, thanks for the positive feedback and bug finds Smiley

I'm considering moving fire control to the mouse and movement to the cursors, any opinions?

This one is pretty close to the limit so I'm not sure if I can extend it much more.

Kev

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« Reply #14 - Posted 2005-12-03 12:38:14 »

Sounds like a good idea, but I'm guessing it would make the game easier, so make sure to balance it Cheesy

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« Reply #15 - Posted 2005-12-03 18:55:46 »

amazing game plays great and is a great blast. need goblins that fire arrows (as in the movie) Grin

also found a very nice cheat, what you do it don't shoot any goblins, just circle around all the monsters and eventually they all bunch up on one place, then just blast the bunch and they all die! Smiley lots of potential here though.
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« Reply #16 - Posted 2005-12-03 20:05:07 »

Tried moving to mouse, game got too easy and couldn't fit it without losing other stuff Sad

Fixed the Kapta bug - one shot = one enemy now Smiley

Changed the magic usage balance to make it a bit harder.

Kev

PS. Top Score anyone?

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« Reply #17 - Posted 2005-12-03 20:08:54 »

kevglass - told you Cheesy
You could have far more enemies and move it to mouse. Either way, I'd like to see it a bit faster or with more enemies. As it is now, I can continue playing until I get bored, and I don't have the time and will to try and get a highscore. It's an awesome game, but it's too slow for me (sure, after a while it gets tricky and I have to move all the time, but by then I'm usually bored, and there's no time to fire = no events).

Please make it harder. Cheesy

EDIT: Highscore for first serious attempt was around 26k for me.

EDIT 2: Oh, the magic usage... You can still hold down the button and fire at allmost full speed while having no magic. You should make it so that each shot requires even more Smiley

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« Reply #18 - Posted 2005-12-03 20:29:54 »

Another update..  more enemies, upped quicker, less magic, faster bad guys, more pain.

Kev

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« Reply #19 - Posted 2005-12-03 21:45:10 »

Much better. I've found that not shooting diagonal shots saves magic though, because you always fire one shot in a non-diagonal direction first, which might miss. Perhaps numpad is the solution? Not sure.

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