Monday, April 5, 2010

Avalon Legend

MDA-Microsoft XNA Initiative: Team EXYLE : Shooter : Xbox Live Indie Games
12th Annual Independent Games Festival Main Competition Entry: Dream.Build.Play.2009 Entry
Website: http://avalonlegend.blogspot.com/










Reviews

"The trial version of the game is well worth playing, if you like the trial you will definitely enjoy the full game."

"The game is presented well, the tutorials are very helpful and a journal and gallery is included which is unlocked via an award type system such as defeating a number of enemies, gaining scores and using knights."

"Graphically the game is good, the sprites are drawn well and the game copes with a large number of enemies on screen."

- www.gammergeddon.com 
(Read the full Avalon Legend review from Gammergeddon.com here.)


"I thought the graphics were simple but effective, and the overall gameplay was fun - I do think the topdown perspective is a good one that more people should use for games. At its heart it's a frantic Geom Wars-style shooter..." - IGF 2010 Judge

"... I did appreciate the frantic pace of the play, and attempts at variation through the different systems..." - IGF 2010 Judge




Synopsis

“Combine and Control two characters simultaneously in a post-apocalyptic abstraction of the King Arthur Legend with a haunting metaphorical overtone.”

Avalon Legend is a metaphorical game that explores the theme of "Loneliness" through the gameplay mechanics, aesthetics, and narrative of the game.

Players take control of Arthur the Exiled in a unique "Single-Player Co-op Experience" where players control 2 characters simultaneously in a fast-paced, top-down "shooter", battle 9 different demons, and unlock secrets to discover the meaning behind Avalon Legend.

Players will be probed to ponder upon the deeper meaning behind the elements in the game and its representations, as every game element is carefully crafted with reference to the central metaphorical overtone.

Aimed to marry white-knuckled, fast-paced gameplay, with a deeper artistic, metaphorical meaning, Avalon Legend aims to appeal to players both viscerally and intellectually.





Key Features

Innovative Control Scheme:
Avalon Legend is built upon a refreshing and unique control scheme that allows players to control up to 2 characters simultaneously, each one assigned to “one-half” of the controller in a “single-player co-op game.”

Unique Game Mechanics:
Learn to take control of 2 characters simultaneously over two different modes - Attack Mode and Defence Mode – to cooperatively vanquish enemies in action-packed combat.

5 Playable Characters:
As Arthur the Exiled in a post-apocalyptic world, harness the powers of 4 different robotic companions, across 2 different modes for a combination of 8 different play-styles towards striving for the highest score.

• 9 Different Enemies:
Go up against 9 different types of deadly enemies, each with unique behaviour and weaknesses, based upon their metaphorical representations.

• Deep Metaphorical Overtone:
Set with a metaphorical overtone, players will be probed to ponder upon the deeper meaning behind the elements in the game, as both the main character and the player alike embark on their journey toward discovering the meaning of “Avalon”.

• 2 Different Game Modes:
Avalon Legend boasts 2 different Game Modes, in addition to an in-game tutorial, that allow players of different skill levels to pick-up-and-play Avalon Legend, and make it accessible to hardcore and mainstream gamers alike.

• Replayability and Depth:
Strive for the highest score and learn to master the 8 different play-styles as well as utilizing the special abilities of each knight to fully take advantage of the deeper mechanics in the game, such as the “Enemy Weakness System” or the “Health Restoration System.”

• Enchanting Artwork:
Be enthralled by the Stylized 3D Characters locked into an overhead 2D perspective with snazzy effects for that additional dazzle, giving life to the haunting and vacant landscape of post-apocalyptic Camelot.

• Rewards System:
Featuring over 40 rewards unlocked by fulfilling special gameplay conditions. Discover the secret behind the meaning of Avalon Legend through the “Journals” or take the time to view and enjoy the conceptualizations of the different elements in Avalon Legend and find clues towards their metaphorical meanings in the “Gallery”.




Videos


Avalon Legend Official Trailer



Avalon Legend DreamBuildPlay 2009 Trailer






Screenshots








Concept Art






3D Art Assets


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3D-Models Preview





Game Story







Websites

Avalon Legend Official Website
Avalon Legend - Xbox Live Marketplace
Avalon Legend Review - Gamergeddon.com
Avalon Legend Review - XBLIGR
Avalon Legend Review - XBLA and XBLIG Ratings

Fire(f)Lies

Global Game Jam 2010 : Indie / Gamemaker : PC







Synopsis

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.”- Thomas Jefferson -

From concept to completion in a span of 48 hours at the Global Game Jam (GGJ) 2010, Fire(f)Lies is an audio-visual gameplay experience where players must depend on precision, observation and memory to decipher between two different species of Fireflies.

Centred around the jam's theme of "Deception", Fire(f)Lies is presented in an explorotary manner that encourages players to explore the game's mechanics and artistic meaning.

Fire(f)Lies also managed to fulfill the "Take Five Game" and "Lo-Text Game" achievements.



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Screenshots