TITAN SOULS by Claw

[raw]
made by Claw for LD28 (JAM)
Z to roll
X to charge arrow, release to fire
X to summon your arrow back to you (hold)
If running the EXE version, F toggles fullscreen

Open World.
Destroy 4 Titans.
One hit to each Titan's weakness.
One arrow with which to do it.

By Mark Foster (@ClawhammerMark)
David Fenn (@autotwitch)
Andrew Gleeson (@_andrio)
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Ratings

Coolness 54% 3
Overall(Jam) 4.41 1
Audio(Jam) 4.67 1
Fun(Jam) 4.00 14
Graphics(Jam) 4.68 7
Humor(Jam) 2.51 225
Innovation(Jam) 3.69 38
Mood(Jam) 4.47 1
Theme(Jam) 4.10 11

Feedback

sudorossy
17. Dec 2013 · 01:15 UTC
Really, really hard, but great graphics, amazing audio, and is really polished.
cbear_wallis
17. Dec 2013 · 01:19 UTC
I love the art and music! It reminds me of swords and sworcery. Been looking forward to game by you ever since melodisle xD
phi6
17. Dec 2013 · 01:27 UTC
Man this is so hard! Beat 1 boss but keep coming back for more :)
Colorvade
17. Dec 2013 · 01:42 UTC
Everything's great. Wish I could say more.
Pixelulsar
17. Dec 2013 · 02:16 UTC
Looks really great and it's fun. Seems really polished for a game made just over a weekend.

Maybe respawning in boss rooms would be nice because it's kind of annoying to have to walk back each time you die.
Claw
17. Dec 2013 · 02:21 UTC
Cheers!

I like the whole Dark Souls bonfire run, having to trek back to a boss makes you want to not lose even more, and frustration leads to greater rewards when you accomplish something.

All personal preference of course, I know a lot of people aren't fans of that style.
mortl8324
17. Dec 2013 · 02:29 UTC
Awesome art. Really carried the game. It was really well done, but way too difficult! Checkpoints to start at the boss fight would be nice instead of having to roll all the way back.
Juno Nguyen
17. Dec 2013 · 03:29 UTC
You guys really should win this round.
Juno Nguyen
17. Dec 2013 · 03:41 UTC
PS: Anyone who didn't finish the game is missing out an incredibly lot.
d2king10
17. Dec 2013 · 08:07 UTC
Fantastic. Well done, team! =D
danhett
17. Dec 2013 · 08:45 UTC
STUPID GAME TOO HARD 0/10

I'm kidding, as always you gents have destroyed all comers. You were clearly up all night to build bosses.
Lyje
17. Dec 2013 · 08:50 UTC
The overworld gameplay is a bit maze-heavy, but the titans are great. The graphics, sound and animation are gorgeous!
Spierek
17. Dec 2013 · 08:58 UTC
The hardest fight is the south one. I really, really enjoyed the game. Great job.
nerial
17. Dec 2013 · 09:07 UTC
Really excellent treatment of the theme, with amazing audio and graphics. A little bit hard but, hell, what a great game !
phi6
17. Dec 2013 · 10:23 UTC
I... think I beat it! This game is pitch perfect, no flaws.
ziomorti
17. Dec 2013 · 11:46 UTC
Simply beautiful. One of the best I've played so far, congrats!
mr.isaer
17. Dec 2013 · 16:12 UTC
Really hard game, and really cool.
Amazing graphics.
Dyn
17. Dec 2013 · 16:15 UTC
Really hard but great game. I like this kind of graphics, and music is awesome!
Strangelander
17. Dec 2013 · 16:26 UTC
Too old school, I don't have the patience to walk back after dying instantly each time. However, mind-blowingly beautiful graphics, and perfect soundtrack.
rubna
17. Dec 2013 · 16:38 UTC
Nice atmosphere, and bosses and surroundings looked amazingly detailed! It's just, really really hard xD Nice job!
Ludipe
17. Dec 2013 · 16:47 UTC
Great game, the best thing I've played so far in this jam. The only thing that I'd add are checkpoints before the bosses, having to walk everytime you die it's painful.
drludos
17. Dec 2013 · 17:04 UTC
Awesome Game! I spend about 15 minutes here, and still unable to beat all the bosses, but, woaw, that's a fun and polished game. My only complaint would be that we have to walk back to each temple after dying (I know, the game is hardcore, but since we die very often, It's more annoying than fun to walk back to the bosses over and over).

One of the best games i've played so far!
NiklasRiewald
17. Dec 2013 · 17:04 UTC
I love it! The boss in the north seemed a little bit weird though. But it's probably my favourite entry so far!
chamberlainpi
17. Dec 2013 · 17:40 UTC
Great game, but also very difficult. The brain boss in the iceblock is way too hard. I was able to beat the robot/stone giant, but was curious what would happened if I revisited its temple (yes, I was crazy enough to go through that long maze multiple times!) and he was still alive. Thankfully it didn't reset my progress when he killed me again.
But yeh, that brain boss... I got the idea I should attract him to the fire and roll-out the way before it crushes me but it bounces right back and doesn't give time to charge an arrow shot at it. Ah well.
Otherwise, great audio, graphics, character controls / mechanics. Performance could be better but wasn't that bad.
One of my favorites :)
SaintHeiser
17. Dec 2013 · 18:56 UTC
Very atmospheric and frustrating as hell.
Are you joke? Should I run many-many times unbelievable distance to trying beat another boss. I can beat only left one. I suppose it just the luck. Can't understand how beat brains. Tried twenty times and haven't any idea. And what about robot? He is damn speedy. I must be hawkeye to shoot him when he change hands and synchronously don't fall under the stone. And run again on him through maze? Is it some sort of thin joke? Shoot me at this way.
DBRalir
17. Dec 2013 · 19:16 UTC
Fantastic game, definitely my favorite so far.
Coblynau
17. Dec 2013 · 19:26 UTC
Audio and graphics are spot on, well done!
ResonantCraft
17. Dec 2013 · 20:44 UTC
Managed to complete the game. Absolutely stunning. The brain was very hard. I kept retrying to beat him until I read there were more bosses. So in the end after beating him the others were definitely easier. I liked the ending a lot, but I was also a bit disappointed because of it (if you reached it you will know why). So very well done game, congrats.
unusualcadence
17. Dec 2013 · 22:20 UTC
Holy moly this is a classy game! Amazing work for the time period, great audio and atmosphere!
MrTedders
17. Dec 2013 · 22:22 UTC
Holy crap this game reminds me of one of my favorite games, shadow of the colossus. Well done buddy. This is definitely a top contender in my books.
CNIAngel
17. Dec 2013 · 23:01 UTC
Fun, beautiful game. Not that hard (tho everyone seems to think so) but still an excellent challenge. Solid work you three.
Lorenzo Maierú
17. Dec 2013 · 23:28 UTC
I love it so much but it doesn't want me loving it.
spx
17. Dec 2013 · 23:53 UTC
Gameplay could be a bit faster for my taste but I like it nevertheless.
kalth.streil
18. Dec 2013 · 00:02 UTC
Really awesome. The pixel-art is beautiful yet functional, the music is very well placed. The game fits the theme perfectly with the 'only one' arrow to use, and even though it's really hard, it's also very fun to play!
NuSan
18. Dec 2013 · 00:04 UTC
Excellent, graphic, sounds and gameplay are perfect. I especialy like the rolling system, and each boss seem undoable at first, but is somewhat easy when you understand his patern, making a feeling of progressing. I didnt realy understood the ending, having launched it by accident. Keep up the good work !
Todd Luke
18. Dec 2013 · 01:14 UTC
i don't have the patience to walk back as much as is required, but what a super solid game for being made in a weekend. great job.
stvr
18. Dec 2013 · 01:40 UTC
The game is awesome, but the brain was creepy.
Absurditure
18. Dec 2013 · 03:20 UTC
Stuck on the Brain at the moment, but loving it so far.
Lorenzo Maierú
18. Dec 2013 · 04:34 UTC
YES, I finally won it!
What an amazing ending, you guys! this is awesome!
Cory Martin
18. Dec 2013 · 04:36 UTC
This is legitimately one of the best Ludum Dare games I've ever played. It's incredibly focused and executed brilliantly. The graphics are nice and the audio is outrageously good.

I don't mind having to walk back to the bosses; I honestly think the game would lose something without that aspect.

Yet another excellent jam entry.
Raiyumi
18. Dec 2013 · 04:47 UTC
5/5 - Best LD game I've played so far. :)
Andrio
18. Dec 2013 · 05:40 UTC
Thank you all for the wonderful comments!
igoramendola
18. Dec 2013 · 05:41 UTC
very nice! I like games that require skill and perseverance. and the ending is somewhat different... I was like -> :O
Photon
18. Dec 2013 · 05:52 UTC
Epic. Sheer epicness.

Not quite sure I got the ending, but just about everything else was spot on. SPOT ON. I especially liked what appears to be some kind of... ambient mechanized world?

Just... brilliant.
nka
18. Dec 2013 · 10:03 UTC
Adorable game, quite hard to beat though. Briliant work on sound.
nicotuason
18. Dec 2013 · 11:15 UTC
Goddammit... don't join LD next time if you're just gonna kick everyone's ass. YOU WIN. ok?

The art is great, but I think it's the music and audio design that really put this game over the top. That and the dramatic camera movement.
Andrew Brophy
18. Dec 2013 · 12:24 UTC
yessssss
Team-KwaKwa
18. Dec 2013 · 14:03 UTC
I really loved the mood. Then the dark souls concept appears and I gave up. But beautiful graphics and super soundtrack!
primaerfunktion
18. Dec 2013 · 14:37 UTC
Guys, the is really awesome. Loved playing it.
Tyu
18. Dec 2013 · 14:40 UTC
Really love the sound and art! It's too hard for me though.
Zemmi
18. Dec 2013 · 16:07 UTC
Ah man, only beat two bosses but I feel the need to win so I'll be back for more punishment later. Art and audio is extremely well done and so far the brain boss is my favourite.
Shaun Lebron
18. Dec 2013 · 16:58 UTC
Music, graphics, mechanic, and mood were all pretty much perfect. Really enjoyed this one.

I will say that I am a little vexed at the difficulty of the brain, even after finding out how to beat it. I suppose if you're drawing inspiration from Dark Souls, that frustration would be the nod.

To word this carefully, I just wish I could see the full game without burning so much time that I could spend checking out all the other great games here.
JoeManaco
18. Dec 2013 · 18:32 UTC
Awesome game. I love the music.
Lipedal
18. Dec 2013 · 18:57 UTC
That game is as beautiful and engaging as tough!
Congratulations!
bsowers
18. Dec 2013 · 19:18 UTC
Fantastic game, even though I couldn't beat any of the bosses. :-/
GarethIW
18. Dec 2013 · 19:42 UTC
Extremely difficult, but the controls feel great, it's really atmospheric and the visuals are excellent. Would be less frustrating if you respawned outside the dungeon you died in.
pkenney
18. Dec 2013 · 20:29 UTC
What an entry. Really amazing. But way too difficult and punishing for my personal taste, so I didn't play that much of it. 95% of my experience was commuting, which is not something I am prepared to tolerate, even for a game this nice. I respect the design decision, though.
Andrio
18. Dec 2013 · 21:23 UTC
TITAN SOULS: Prepare To Die Edition
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23830618/titansoulsyoudied.gif
Steve [tacospice]
18. Dec 2013 · 21:28 UTC
Just great.
Jeremias
18. Dec 2013 · 21:46 UTC
The instant death wouldn't be that problem, if you don't have to walk this path again and again and again. Like all the others said: great atmosphere and mood, fantastic music and graphics!
JohnnySix
18. Dec 2013 · 23:58 UTC
Love the art style and music, as mentioned it's really ball busting to start from the beginning again after getting killed by a boss, especially the first maze boss. A respawn/checkpoint at least half way would be good.
Zemmi
19. Dec 2013 · 01:55 UTC
Came back to this and beat it. Waaay easier the second time around and when I'm feeling more patient haha. The ending was well done although I must admit I was hoping for more resistance. All around great entry.
KunoNoOni
19. Dec 2013 · 02:38 UTC
So I guess I should have started with the south boss :). I never did beat it, but that is ok. This game is AMAZING! If you added 12 more bosses you could market it as a pixel rogue-like version of Shadow of the Colossus :)

The art is very detailed, the music really sets the mood and its just so damn fun and addictive! BRAVO!
Alex Higgins
19. Dec 2013 · 05:38 UTC
Holy shit! This is fab!
It wasn't as hard as I expected - most boss fights only took me two tries - the western boss was the hardest for me. Aesthetically, this is the best game from the jam I've played yet. I would love to see this game developed into a more serious, more developed narrative.
chardish
19. Dec 2013 · 08:14 UTC
Really, really fun. I just wish the penalty for death weren't so severe.
tchem
19. Dec 2013 · 11:31 UTC
This magnific!!!,, i loved it, graphics, atmosphere,,,,,great game!!!
Aske
19. Dec 2013 · 13:34 UTC
Really big fan of you and this game. So hard, but so good :)
Jgpicatoste
19. Dec 2013 · 21:11 UTC
The mood, and therefore the experience, is exceptional. I like the simplicity and difficulty, the mechanics and the sound. A clear winner for me.
soy_yuma
19. Dec 2013 · 21:19 UTC
Nice graphics/audio. The idea is pretty good. I didn't like the difficulty. It's too hard for my clumsiness...
Aaants
19. Dec 2013 · 21:23 UTC
Fantastic work
Will Edwards
20. Dec 2013 · 08:15 UTC
Very hard, very rewarding, a lot of walking though. Can't you add a run and jump next time? Or did I miss some keys?

Anyway, small nitpick, I managed to fire the arrow off the top of the screen and it didn't come back. But I was just a restart away from having another go anyway.
drnick
20. Dec 2013 · 09:12 UTC
This is ridiculously hard. Beat the left one, kinda figured how to beat the brain but couldn't do it. Didn't finish. Grrrrr. Still voted generously
Ditto
20. Dec 2013 · 10:26 UTC
So stunningly beautiful, both graphics and audio, controls are perfect also. Dying is satisfyingly frustrating, maybe a bit too punishing for a Ludum Dare game, but I'll come back to this to try and kill all the titans, just got one on my 10 tries right now :( Great game, 5/5!
GBolt
20. Dec 2013 · 14:11 UTC
Very neat game, love the graphics!
Djoron
20. Dec 2013 · 16:56 UTC
I absolutely LOVE this game.
The gameplay is really fun, the artstyle looks amazing and the music is great too.
The ending is very fitting as well and the Shadow of the Colossus/Zelda-esque nature of the game and the fights is really cool.
Especially the Brain encounter, to me the only really challenging one to be frank, is a lot of fun to battle. <3
Denis Chakarov
20. Dec 2013 · 18:26 UTC
Wow! Great game! Too hard, but the world, the atmosphere, the controls and movement are perfect. It's a bit frustrating though, to walk great distances to get to the place where you do the action. If the world was filled with enemies in your way to the bosses, so you could spring to immediate action, it would be perfect!
SonnyBone
20. Dec 2013 · 20:17 UTC
I am in awe at this wonder. The graphics, the music, the gameplay, the story... the feeling. Everything here is perfect. PERFECT.

I cannot stress it enough: This is the best Ludum Dare game I've played since I started with Ludum Dare 16. I'll be messaging you individually and will probably write something about this on my site.

Simply outstanding.
badlydrawnrod
20. Dec 2013 · 21:17 UTC
Very atmospheric indeed.
jdpalmer
20. Dec 2013 · 23:16 UTC
Amazing work. This is the best looking and sounding Jam entry I have played.
BNeutral
20. Dec 2013 · 23:25 UTC
One of the best LD games I've ever played.
sealfin
21. Dec 2013 · 01:20 UTC
Outstanding!

(I beat it... I think? )
zkenshin
21. Dec 2013 · 01:30 UTC
A bit too difficult, but great game. :)
Djoron
21. Dec 2013 · 02:05 UTC
@Denis Chakarov
I don't think the way are overly long. E.g. to get to the brain you need like...20 seconds? That's shorter than some games take to get you back into the game to begin with.
And if your character had more than 1 health, fighting stuff on the way would surely be fun, but as it stands, it could easily end but making the game rather frustrating, possibly dieing a couple times on the way back, before finally trying the boss again.

Also....maybe I'm just super awesome, but I don't think so, so.....how is the game hard?
At least the Golem isn't really deadly, as long as you use the roll a lot you can dodge his rocks with ease, and the Boulder....I mean, come on. That's really free loot.

The brain is pretty tricky to A) figure out and B) then execute, I'll give you that, but to me that was the only one, though therefore also the most fun boss to fight.

Welp, might just be me. ^.^
Alex Rose
21. Dec 2013 · 03:32 UTC
This should win.

It's just fucking awesome. Visually, audio, the sheer scale of it, perfectly fits the theme, beautiful mood.

Like.. this game has it all. It's also super hard too. Which I like.

It's really late here now but I'm definitely coming back to play more of this tomorrow. Nice one guys.
WojWorks
21. Dec 2013 · 06:11 UTC
Incredible...
angelk
21. Dec 2013 · 11:15 UTC
Finally beat it! I kept doing the north one first, which you should really do last. Outstanding work all around, congratulations!
bitslap_
21. Dec 2013 · 12:09 UTC
I would pay $5-10 on steam. nuff said.
GFM
21. Dec 2013 · 13:07 UTC
I have only one thing to say:

This was the goddamn best jam game I've ever played! Anything else would be meaningless to say...

Still... can't just stop there. xD

WOW! Each battle was unique, tense and totally beatable! There's nothing impossible and you guys used the "activation" clearly to show the weak point.
This felling of awe after battle those titans will take some time to go away.

The audio completed the atmosphere shown by your amazing graphics.

And that last temple... wow... just, WOW!

I didn't feel like I was playing a jam game. Something simple, experimental and/or that should be expanded further (really loose definition, sorry). This game is complete by itself. I don't think there's anything to add or take from it.
Giovanni Cappellotto
21. Dec 2013 · 13:32 UTC
Great animations and music!
rxi
21. Dec 2013 · 15:31 UTC
Incredibly difficult but really excellent work all round. The sound and the music are really polished and the graphics are fresh. Everything feels tight; the use of the theme works well for the game and doesn't at all seem forced or out of place.
kotax
21. Dec 2013 · 17:05 UTC
Awesome game in every respect. It's beautiful, challenging and fun. Also I really liked the ending :)
Dikkop
21. Dec 2013 · 19:14 UTC
Keep on rolling!
jimmypaulin
21. Dec 2013 · 20:42 UTC
WOW, quite simply this is an incredible, professional quality experience. The colour palette alone is superb, the smooth and detail animations, the music is scintillating. Congratulations!
porglezomp
22. Dec 2013 · 00:37 UTC
Amazing and beautiful, I loved the music and the art and animation and everything. But having to walk back to the bosses every single time I died was nothing except HORRIBLY FRUSTRATING. Having to walk through a maze 15 times to fight a boss who is insanely difficult simply makes it less fun, but I really don't know how you could have handled it without making death meaningless.

Frustrating, but one of the best so far.
Pomb
22. Dec 2013 · 07:43 UTC
Amazing game! I wish it was a little more interesting getting to the titans, just walking for those 20-30seconds after death seems like a high cost when you still learning the titans weakness, maybe you can get 1 spawn point you can manage. Also lesser monsters outside or critters to make the world feel more alive.
The only thing lacking for full vote is humor, maybe a quick dialogue piece before each Titan.
Amazing job, I enjoyed this game the most so far!
fluffypillow
22. Dec 2013 · 11:06 UTC
This is the best entry I've played so far! Reminded me to Shadow of the Colossus.
Maple
22. Dec 2013 · 14:02 UTC
Really solid game, though I thought the bosses didn't give you much time to hit them at all. I really wanted to give you guys 5/5 but I was let down after seeing the lack-of-climax when I opened the 4th place and beat the game. Everything was pretty much perfect otherwise. Amazing graphics, amazing music. Great Job!
Moosefly
22. Dec 2013 · 16:05 UTC
Neat little game with compelling gameplay and a polished exterior, good job guys! The graphics were neat and the audio complemented the gameplay pretty nicely. I did get bored of the rolling SFX though, maybe a sprint (or atleast a jog) button would've been nice so I didn't have to move by rolling 100% of the time.

The controls were simple enough, but I couldn't quite get used to using Z and X. I kept mixing them up atleast once per boss :P.

Considering the amount of titans in the game, I would've liked for them to be a little bit harder and more varied. Maybe you could've achieved that trough different phases and such that were easier individually but harder as a whole. Even though the deaths themselves didn't feel unfair or cheap (expect for some of the deaths on the brain-thingy, I swear his hitbox is bugged), the run (roll) back to the titans was pretty pointless since there weren't any other enemies. Loved learning the titans' weaknesses and then perfecting the execution.

I do undestand that the time limit also limits the amount of content a whole lot, so good job nonetheless. This could really be something with more varied gameplay, light RPG elements and more content.
Colapsydo
22. Dec 2013 · 16:06 UTC
I appreciate some difficulty but to have to do the road each time one die in a temple, that's a killer.
Otherwise graphics and music are awesome, I may retry some other time because I'm curious to see what's next.
mcapraro
22. Dec 2013 · 16:27 UTC
awesome graphics and mood! great job
loxo
22. Dec 2013 · 17:36 UTC
An overall great game! I tried to beat it, but failed. It seems you had planed for more, because the world looks so empty at the moment. The collision detection seems to be not 100%, I played the web version and could walk into a wall at one time. And the controls (x,z) aren't much fun for non qwerty-keyboards.
jacklehamster
22. Dec 2013 · 23:19 UTC
Nice level design of the world and variety of each boss. It sucks you have to start from the beginning when you die, because it takes so long to walk to a boss.
The scrolling of the world is a bit jerky at times.
ENDESGA
23. Dec 2013 · 01:52 UTC
Very very cool game :)
nyrrrr
23. Dec 2013 · 02:13 UTC
You guys made an incredibly great job!
The art, sound, bgm,... everything...
Looking forward to seeing more from you guys.
y2bd
23. Dec 2013 · 02:46 UTC
Everything about this is great. Do you guys plan on releasing the music anywhere?
Diptoman
23. Dec 2013 · 07:53 UTC
Epic game. Really,I got to engrossed in this. A bit hard and requires a lot of retries, but worth it! Awesome gfx, awesome sfx, awesome gameplay, awesome everything!
runvs
23. Dec 2013 · 10:42 UTC
This is awesome! I really dig the graphic style and the gameplay feels so right.
TijmenTio
23. Dec 2013 · 14:40 UTC
Ahaaa the last titan ;) This is an amazing game. A winner in my book! It is as enjoyable as it is admirable.
TheSheep
23. Dec 2013 · 15:14 UTC
Walk, walk, walk, walk, shoot, die. Repeat.
All this walking gets boring very fast.
But amazing sound and great graphics.
jsjwooowooo
23. Dec 2013 · 16:46 UTC
Really awesome game!
bitowl
23. Dec 2013 · 17:05 UTC
This is soo polished. I can't beat anything, but the rolling feature reminds me of the minish cap :3
metaphist
23. Dec 2013 · 17:29 UTC
Simple and challenging, just how I likes em! Great music, great graphics, great game.
Avichal
23. Dec 2013 · 18:24 UTC
good game :)
NeonMusashi
23. Dec 2013 · 19:22 UTC
Very good, audio and art come really well together.
Simple, efficient, challenging gameplay.
Awesome work!
Jiggawatt
23. Dec 2013 · 22:39 UTC
A fairly moody and difficult game that's still intuitive. Probably the best audio design I've come across so far.

The tileset bugs out regularly, you can go inside walls at several places. I guess I should like the risks involved in just having one life, but in practice, the controls feel somewhat clumsy since you have to stop to fire an arrow. It makes deaths feel frustrating rather than justified.
Clavus
23. Dec 2013 · 23:49 UTC
Just excellent.
Terry
24. Dec 2013 · 02:53 UTC
Really incredible work guys - I think this might be the best Ludum Dare entry I've played, ever.
anvoz
24. Dec 2013 · 11:37 UTC
Nice mechanic graphics and sound. I could not finish the game but had tried 3 Titans, was able to kill 1 of them. The character got killed in 1 hit and having to walk through a large map to try a again was a bit frustrating.
gre
24. Dec 2013 · 13:00 UTC
Awesome, 5 stars for the graphics, the music and the take on the theme.
Very arty, congrats!
recursor
24. Dec 2013 · 14:07 UTC
This is really hard and REALLY good. The game has great artwork, music, and a very good feel to the controls. My one gripe would be having to walk all the way back to a boss when you die, but otherwise, well done!
SunShiranui
24. Dec 2013 · 14:37 UTC
Nice music, but the difficulty is mad. Quite frustrating.
fullmontis
24. Dec 2013 · 14:47 UTC
This is the best entry I've played so far from any ludum dare, I'm not even joking. Differently from others, I really like the fact that you have to walk back to the boss, it gives time for some thinking about strategy and gives more importance to the boss fight.

Graphics and audio are just superb. Love the overall atmosphere, reminded me of shadow of the colossus, which you were inspired by I guess.

I found a few glitches but anything relevant, for example I can walk through the statues before the northern boss like they are flat on the floor, probably some collision box missing.

The titans themselves are amazing, I love how you have to think out of the box to fight them. I found them a little too agreesive, so timing has to be very precise, so it can become frustrating to find that sweet spot.

Overall, amazing game. Really enjoyed it.
sekaru
24. Dec 2013 · 17:12 UTC
Wow, the graphics and music are fantastic. I love that rolling animation too and the mechanic is pretty spot on. Great game.
Husky
24. Dec 2013 · 17:19 UTC
WOW!!
It's really amazing! I like the audio and gameplay,
It got a good polished, I am still trying to go through.
Good job! :D
tobbez
25. Dec 2013 · 01:15 UTC
First of all, I did not manage to get past the final door after beating three bosses and got an ending screen without fighting any other boss.

The game in general is too easy. In a normal game these bosses would be fine but in this game they are the only content so they need to be much harder.

None of the attackpatterns are any interesting or hard to avoid and the only thing left after that is finding the right timingwindow to attack. Finding this window is not hard enough.

There is much that could be done with the bosses to make them harder, for example:
You could require the rolling eye to be hit while rolling if you made his landing and direction a bit more predictable.

The stone thrower seem a bit odd as he is since there is no reason at all for him to switch what hand he uses to throw rocks. Make him move and use much larger rocks that require him to use both hands or enable the player to somehow trap him under a rock that require both his hands to remove.

You could also move away from the one hit one kill idea and make the bosses more like normal hard bossfights.

Also sometimes I managed to walk into walls that should be fixed. The graphics and audio is nice. The ending that I got was just odd and I don't think it fit with the game.

The walking back was fine but it works better if there is some content inbetween or something that you can improve at while trying the boss.
adamwfindlay
25. Dec 2013 · 13:55 UTC
Loved it!
OneDee
25. Dec 2013 · 15:12 UTC
Yes seems really polished. Feels like have to walk forever with little happening until the titans. Great overall piece!
Fenixin
25. Dec 2013 · 19:39 UTC
Yeah, too hard, but amazing game. A winner.
f7f5
25. Dec 2013 · 21:25 UTC
The graphics, the visual effects - when summoning the arrow, the screen shaking, - and audio design are just top quality.

But it's too hard for me (well, for an LD game). I gave up after killing 2 titans (east and west). I wanted to give up earlier, but the overall quality of the game made me think it deserved another try... it's just that the boss fights are not *that* much fun to keep me going - and that's the core of the game. Or maybe it's just not my type of game, I don't know.

Anyway, one of the best efforts I played in any LD!
gupta_shvm
25. Dec 2013 · 23:00 UTC
Best game I've played this Ludum Dare.
vallde
26. Dec 2013 · 01:23 UTC
That's probably the best LD game I've seen. Good job! The hard difficulty make me feel like it was a long game, which I think is a great accomplishment for a LD entry, too bad many people won't finish it for the same reason >_<
Arkrothe
26. Dec 2013 · 15:43 UTC
High iteration times make the game extremely frustrating >_<. Other than that it's pretty great, although i was only able to beat the East boss.

The west one i beat through a fluke, which i still don't know how it happened. South one is too painful to try after 10 times.
Dry Tree
26. Dec 2013 · 18:55 UTC
Great graphics and audio!

I think difficult games fall into two categories... 1) games with fluid controls and predictable scenarios/events where if you fail at a challenge it feels entirely your own fault and you're really compelled to play again because you're sure you can do better with 'just one more go'; or 2) games with either sluggish controls or sudden unexpected 'insta-death' traps etc. where, despite the knowledge that if you'd acted differently then you might have lived, you feel like defeat was the game's fault.

Because it takes soooo verrrry loooong to charge the arrow I unfortunately found your game fits into the second category - even after 15+ attempts, defeat always occurred during this sluggish bit of the game and then I was just not interested in playing on :( Sorry!

I spent a fair while trying to find out if there was a more enjoyable way to shoot the arrow - Perhaps you can shoot it instantly with just a tap, or a double-tap?... no. Perhaps you can charge it up and then strafe around before releasing it?... no. Perhaps you can maintain the charge during a roll?... no.

From me: very high marks for Graphics, very high marks for Audio, very high marks for Mood, but not-so-high marks for Fun I'm afraid.

P.S. Congratulations on getting a mention in RPS :D
Striwx
26. Dec 2013 · 18:59 UTC
Love it !
MatrixBai
27. Dec 2013 · 03:47 UTC
Masterpiece.
doctorscientist
27. Dec 2013 · 05:02 UTC
The music is really outstanding. I love the opening ambient piece the most. I am very fond of the camera work as well it really compliments the atmosphere and heightens the drama. Bravo.
Knighty
27. Dec 2013 · 05:15 UTC
Very nice! It would be a lot better if I didn't have to walk to the boss every time I die. I was disappointed that there was no 4th boss, but then I realized what the 4th titan was (I think?).
Phyyl
27. Dec 2013 · 07:30 UTC
Awesome game, could play it a whole lot more! Make me moar levels! more!! also the music is just way too good.
Agram
27. Dec 2013 · 09:45 UTC
Excellent game. My favorite.
Joao Kucera
27. Dec 2013 · 12:46 UTC
Amazing
Ras Lyon
27. Dec 2013 · 13:10 UTC
Neat, but yeah too hard. I wish the design were a little tighter, for such sparse graphics maybe less scale would be appropriate. It's all so well made, with great sound and controls. But, it's somehow lacking in the fun factor. Having to stop and be delayed for both shooting and summoning is little weak. Sorry to be so harsh, it's just that this really is a great project! Thanks for the game!
local minimum
27. Dec 2013 · 14:31 UTC
Way too hard for me. It could be eased by giving the player the customary 3 hearts and taking half for each hit. I would have liked to play it and see what you've built, but I kept dying.
Faust
27. Dec 2013 · 15:11 UTC
Well polished action game, excellent graphic and audio.
Kayelgee
27. Dec 2013 · 17:02 UTC
I really struggled with the brain titan but the game was fun, had a nice atmosphere and the final titan was a nice surprise but a sad ending.
auto_suggestion
27. Dec 2013 · 20:28 UTC
Amazing art and world. Very immersive and cohesive. Engine was solid, of course.
madmaw
28. Dec 2013 · 03:16 UTC
A clean sweep from me, 5 stars all the way, great work guys. I thought the difficulty was perfect
SnoringFrog
28. Dec 2013 · 04:21 UTC
Amazing game. Feels like a shrunken/retro version of Shadow of the Colossus--which is a very good thing. Music was great, and the game was sufficiently challenging but not impossible (although the box with the bullseye had me VERY frustrated initially). I feel like there should have been a bit more to the ending, but it wouldn't take much to overdo it so how it is is probably good.
Broxxar
28. Dec 2013 · 19:31 UTC
THE ENDING... I dare say this is a perfect game. Incredible controls and feel, awesome music and art. This is really an amazing end product for a 72 hour jam. Great work you guys!
OrangeeZ
28. Dec 2013 · 20:49 UTC
Amazing entry, captures DS and SotC spirit perfectly.
ijustincabral
29. Dec 2013 · 09:33 UTC
For 72 hours, this is nothing short of greatness.
usputni_boem
29. Dec 2013 · 14:09 UTC
I've beaten the three bosses, walked into the northern temple and now I'm stuck. Both doors are closed. What should I do?
BluShine
29. Dec 2013 · 14:29 UTC
WOW. Amazing music, beautiful art, and great gameplay. Reminds me a lot of Shadow of the Colossus, with a bit of Sword & Sworcery in the graphics department. The boss battles were very cool and unique, each one felt very different, a mix of puzzle and action. I loved that each boss battle seemed easy to just dodge, but became really hard once you tried to start attacking with your bow. The ending was... interesting, I'm not sure I really understood the meaning of it. But overall, it was one of the best games this jam. And a very cool implementation of the "one arrow" idea that a lot of people seem to have used.
usputni_boem
29. Dec 2013 · 19:18 UTC
Nevermind, I got it. Cool twist.
edibletoaster
31. Dec 2013 · 03:18 UTC
Fantastic
Orangy Tang
01. Jan 2014 · 19:23 UTC
Awesome mood and really interesting style, and a cool overworld to explore.

Camera movement is a bit jarring, and far, far too hard for me. I didn't even manage to kill one boss - also totally not fun to have to navigate the maze just to retry a boss. Probably needs bosses that telegraph their attacks much more obviously if you're going to insta-kill the player like that.

One of the most impressive LD entries this time around, but too hard for me to actually have fun with. :(
torcado194
01. Jan 2014 · 19:44 UTC
This is by far my favorite LD28 game. I absolutely loved everything about it. maybe a little too short, BUt there was nothing reused, no "grinding" design elements where you just do the same thing for even a few levels. the art was fantastic, music fantastic. I thought the ending IDEA was a great idea, but it felt too blunt and unrewarding.
very nice job
Grafter
01. Jan 2014 · 23:29 UTC
Awesome work!!
michail
02. Jan 2014 · 13:05 UTC
Wow, the ending is really sad...
The graphics and music make really excellent atmosphere.
I enjoyed all the boss fights, maybe except the brain - I spent half an hour figuring how to beat him, and still find it quite illogical - landing on fireplace doesn't make the ice melt, but a little burning arrow does?

Anyway, amazing entry.
Gabriel
02. Jan 2014 · 20:33 UTC
Congratulations, this is surely one of the best entries I have played in any LD! I didn't find the controls sluggish, as I understand the game balancing is made for you to shoot only when you're almost sure to find your target, and you usually die if you go for it before the exact right time. I know that action balancing is very difficult to make in such a small timeframe, and your game surely is remarkably well balanced. Basically, if you know what you're doing and have a decent amount of skill, you can keep dodging and manipulating the boss position until the opportunity to a killing blow arises. Wonderful! As for the backtrack, I did hope I would reappear at the temple's doors when I died, but I do understand the approach of forcing the player to lose time in order to raise the stakes. I don't know, It just *started* to bother me after a couple times in each boss, which I think is a reasonable amount of backtrack, but since it didn't take me more than 3 attempts at any boss, I found it ok! To other commenters here who have complained about backtracking, here's an opinion: people here do play a game every 10 minutes, but if we start developing our games to such a short attention spam just for the sake of Ludum Dare's quick evaluation mindset (to which I don't necessarily agree), we lose one of the most valuable aspects of participating altogether, which is learning the craft through feedback. A 15 seconds backtrack may *sound* like a huge one if you expect to rate a game every 10 minutes, but many designs simply don't work in that 'instant gratification / skip everything but the main challenge' frame. A 15 seconds backtrack is TOTALLY OK as a punishment for losing a boss battle IMO, and I find it unfair to penalize the ratings due to this LD quick evaluation mindset.

Anyway, back to a last piece of compliment, graphics and music (and the mood, almost as a consequence) are absolutely fantastic. The music was particularly awesome for me. This game is amazingly polished and well rounded, with no obvious flaws IMO. I will surely keep an eye on your entries in next events! :)

BTW, I have probably run into a bug at the end, cause from what I read on comments, apparently I got the wrong ending (or maybe I didn't understand it?). Basically, the north temple was empty and I couldn't find any way of summoning a boss there. Eventually I gave up a puzzle approach and started shooting arrows in all props to see if something worked, and finally got something when I was in the brown strip close to the door, between the two skulls. When my arrow hit the left skull, the screen went totally black and, after a while, the game credits appeared. Maybe I accidentally insta-killed the last boss on the very moment I summoned it? Or was it supposed to show a little cutscene or text instead of the final black screen?

Anyway, I'm ignoring that problem, I bet it is something on my end. You are getting a ridiculously high rating from me! :D

Congratulations, man!
dudsen
03. Jan 2014 · 18:59 UTC
Being not the biggest fan of pixel art, this one blew me away instantly. The sound design is out of this world and even if the concept is well known its even more unbelievable doing something like this within 3 days. There is no doubt about it, you'll be in the top 3. 5/5!
huhwhozat
04. Jan 2014 · 17:57 UTC
Agreed that this is challenging, but the audio (music especially) and the atmosphere is excellent. The final sacrifice could be more explicit; I was confused at first.
yosh
05. Jan 2014 · 16:15 UTC
This game brought to me two great memories: Shadow of the colossus and Dark Souls.
The musics were just incredible (this guy needs to become a pro).
Graphics simple but efficient.
Boss battles epic and interesting.

And the gameplay mechanic just perfect. (love the visual effect when you aim).

One thing I didn't like though... the ending :(

Fantastic work guys.
Waynetron
05. Jan 2014 · 16:34 UTC
Big fan of the pixel art. The open world / choice of boss order brings me back to the original Zelda, in a good way.

But I felt the game way too hard (I feel like a bit of a hypocrite saying this as this was also the main criticism towards my entry). Had I not had to walk back to the dungeon every time I died it may not have been so punishing. Having 3 hearts could have made it a little more forgiving. Just my 2c.
savethejets1
05. Jan 2014 · 22:18 UTC
So good! as always!
FrederickK
06. Jan 2014 · 02:07 UTC
Remembered me of Shadow of Colossus, which is good! It is a great game!
A better "retry" in this game would be very nice, it's ver frustrating have to go all the way back to the boss when you was near to kill it.
Besides that, wonderful game!
Harsay
06. Jan 2014 · 12:58 UTC
Best game of Ludum Dare 28.
I played it twice to check why there wasn't the 4th titan. I shoot one of the walls and I just saw credits.
It's a very fun game to play and hard. I love the graphics and music. Are you planning the future versions?
lasergans
06. Jan 2014 · 15:57 UTC
My very favorite game! So polished, so hard, so much fun!
Ashedragon
06. Jan 2014 · 17:41 UTC
This is really, really enjoyable.
Ted Brown
06. Jan 2014 · 17:46 UTC
Doubling the player's speed would have probably seen me finish the game. Respawning at the boss room would have probably seen me finish the game. But, alas, it earned more frowns that smiles.

However, I won't -- and can't -- discount the amazing work put into the game. Beautiful mood and a wonderful idea.
rincewind_cz
07. Jan 2014 · 00:00 UTC
Nice and hard as hell. Good job :-)
Patacorow
07. Jan 2014 · 12:11 UTC
Congratulations on the first place!!!
GOOD JOB :)
Dining Philosopher
07. Jan 2014 · 12:54 UTC
Breathtaking! Especially the overworld music and the stone golem's, which reminded me of Tarantino. Having played enough Zelda, it was quite easy to figure out how to beat the bosses but still fun. Too long and uninteresting walks there though.

Congratulations on #1!
wtfislove
09. Jan 2014 · 04:07 UTC
This was an incredibly fun game to play! The mechanics were simple and straight forward, and although I had my own difficulties throughout my play through, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience!
Rustam
08. Jun 2017 · 07:54 UTC
Fixed crash when game over timer fired in background. http://stngb.ru I am a Mac expert for years, consultant and technician working for a big publisher company.