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Comics and games are the two things I've always been most interested in making. I discovered a while ago that while my hands aren't ready for making art yet, I can program games using only my head tracker! As such, I reveal the very, very much in-progress prototype of:

Title by Amirai
Screenshot by Amirai

Loot Pursuit is a lighthearted, humorous, simultaneous turn-based RPG with a battle system sort of similar to Grandia where you can mess with your opponent's actions and has an environment inspired by Zelda and Mario that has a strong influence in the battles.

It's a little difficult to explain, so I've got some gifs! The game is still very early in development so I haven't nailed down all the mechanics yet, but this is some of what I've got so far:

One click to attack
Videogifs1 by Amirai
Dash attack to hit the enemy harder and further
Videogifs2 by Amirai
Hit enemies against walls for extra damage
Videogifs3 by Amirai
Instead of only having stats determine the outcome of an incoming attack...
Videogifs4 by Amirai
...players have multiple options, such as hitting the enemy first...
Videogifs5 by Amirai
...dodging to put the enemy in a position where it can be hit against a wall...
Videogifs6 by Amirai
...or one character can protect the other.
Videogifs7 by Amirai
Spin attack to hit multiple enemies
Videogifs8 by Amirai
Not so good against singular opponents...
Spin-attack-slime by Amirai
...unless...
Spin-attack-slime-wall by Amirai
Traps can hit enemies too! Use them to your advantage!
Slime-hit-into-wall-laser by Amirai

The design philosophy is this: I love turn-based battle systems, but think there's a lot of untapped potential. Strategy RPGs add unit location and attack range to the mix, but I don't think they go far enough. It seems like all the innovations developers make aren't what I want in such a system... so I'm making it myself.

I'm trying to make the abilities have multiple uses and strategic benefits in different situations. Using a spin attack next to a wall is just the beginning.

It's designed to be a small game so I don't get in over my head with more than I can manage. It's got plenty of potential for sequels or using the battle engine in another game with different characters if I want to do more with it.

I actually got a previous version of this game about 90% complete a while ago, but it was very different and was the first game I ever tried to make, so I made two main mistakes with it - the first is it was too complex for a first game and my code became utterly unmanageable so eventually everything I fixed broke something else. The second was that there wasn't enough variety to the gameplay. When I attempted to make Shards as a video game I tried to fix both those problems, but I went too far in the other direction while designing it, and the gameplay turned out to be too technical to be fun.

With Loot Pursuit version 2, I'm solving that problem by this time not trying to make such an accurate simulation of battle, and instead am building upon tried and true game mechanics.

One of the big factors in my decision to redesign Loot Pursuit rather than use a different setting is that I already have most of the character sprites needed for it, which means a lot less hand usage will be required for the graphics (for anyone reading this who doesn't know, my hands are injured, so having most of the character animations already made helps a lot).

Injured hands? Am I seriously programming without using them? Thanks to the game engine construct 2, the answer is yes! Aside from the graphics, about 99.9% of the work has been done with a head tracker. It's too clumsy to draw with, but I can use C2!

The primary target platform is PC and it's intended to be played with a mouse (or head tracker like mine), but I hope to be able to put it on mobile and maybe Xbox one if I can figure out how to get it to play well with a controller instead of a mouse or touchscreen (the interface in the screenshot is an early version of the mobile design, I haven't decided the best way for the PC UI to work yet). I'd like to put it on mac and linux, but they depend on the state of something called nw.js which will hopefully have its kinks ironed out by then.

Why not the PS4? Simply because the game's running in HTML5 and the PS4 doesn't support that. I suppose if the game is enough of a success I might be able to hire someone to port it, but that all relies on the first step: making the prototype and making sure it's fun. I've learned even if something seems like it would be fun to play in your head, it can be different than imagined when made real. Because of that, I am currently committing only to a prototype to find out how it plays. If it's fun, then I'll keep working on it.

I'll be posting gifs of various features I implement here, on twitter and tumblr. If you'd like to help, here's the link to my patreon, which I'm renovating. Even if you can't or don't want to donate, your support is appreciated! :)
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jsonka Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Amazing looking forward to it.
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JBaulmont Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
Interesting! I like the examples with traps & walls, it has potential. But how do you do it, you use something like RPG Maker? (that's the only one I know for 2D games, hahaSweating a little... )

Also, "The search for the Mountain of Money"? lol
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Amirai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Thanks! I'm using a game engine called construct 2. I've tried RPG maker before, and while it's good for the types of games it makes, I found it much too limiting.

With C2 I can make it play however I want. It has a graphical interface that allows me to code by clicking instead of typing. It sounds like it could be limiting, but it's really not.

And yes, it is a quirky little game. ^^
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JBaulmont Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016   General Artist
I took a look at rpgmaker and thought it was limited too! Construct 2 sounds interesting (but I don't know really how to coding...)
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Amirai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
I didn't know almost anything about coding when I got started either, and C2 is about as close as possible to coding in plain english. There's a free demo version, it's a brilliant entry point to learning how to code and make games.
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