I got Selbst RPG out of the dust after two years of rest, and recorded some playtime on first 2 levels. I was surprised to see it was working allright ! It would require a lot more puzzle situations, and eventually more hack’n’slash feeling with more crowd ennemies. I believe the basics are strong enough, it could go a lot deeper. But the biggest need is of course a better UI. Tutorial doesn’t really work and this complex system requires very precise explanations. Like usual, UI would require tons of design and implementation work …
Like many solo devs, I would love to have a work team (i.e. slaves) 😉 Otherwise, I’m really not sure I’ll get back to it someday (sad).
Music is some obscure Le Matin tune (my music project) I like it, but it may be a little too dark for the real mood of the game.
Moving forward, I did another attempt one month ago (let’s call it Selbst RPG 2), with a similar modular system, but as a 2D scroller, taking some inspiration from Metroidvanias. The idea was also having the character wearing the engine into live action, so modules can be destroyed and stuff. And remove the particle moving inside the engine.
In this very short demo (made in one week, Construct 2), the 1 and 2 squares into the grid are for gamepad buttons. You put for example a jump module and a fire module on it, so the character can jump and shoot. You need to connect this modules to power cores, and the more power you have in your module, the better it works (shoots faster or jump higher). You get the idea: let the player build its own character. Like in Selbst RPG, it would allow to save / reload builds so you can switch according to the situation.
It’s not the time for me to work any more on this, but I keep it in a corner, I may want to go further at some point !
Selbst RPG is a prototype I’ve been working on lately and now I’m looking for testers and feedback ! I don’t know how far I will go with this yet but for once, I feel good with the prototype.
Selbst RPG is a top down shooter / ARPG where you have to build your weapons with a modular grid system. It has been inspired by modular music softwares I’ve been using in my musician life.
Special mechanics are easy to explain : in the “engine” grid, you have generators, spawning “energy particles” that will power your “weapon” modules such as : front fire, side fire, bender (allowing you to bend the trajectory of your fire), rocket launcher (rockets can be bend too), shield, mines, teleportation, speed up bonus, health regeneration and so on … you can build everything you like, like focus on one specific firepower or make something balanced with lots of defense and various weapon. You also have to manage the controls of it with Hotkeys (modules connected to your mouse/keyboard, releasing a signal to trigger the modules that requires it) and “effects” modules such as tank (accumulating energy to release bigger particles), angles, speed up energy particles etc…
So as you play, you build an engine that will allow you to defeat ennemies but also resolve puzzles, you can save your builds to “disks” allowing you to reload any build at any time (because you will need to make special builds for special situations) and you will find new modules as loot on your path.
As today, mechanics are the most advanced thing of the game. As you will notice, graphic design is quite minimalistic (320×200 resolution pixalated squares style is easier to deal with for me 😉 ) , background story is an abstract joke, and I’ve made efforts with the level design but I still need to work on it to get the prototype I’m thinking about. For now it just asks the player to use various techniques but it still needs “big” situations and extreme cases where you really need to get the maximum of your engine with various ennemies at the same time, and I would also like to get a more extreme feeling with tons of sprites on the screen like in Bangai-o game, for those who know.
One other question is about the mashup between arpg and shooter. Is it a shooter or something else ? I’ve been thinking about making it simpler as a shoot’em’up (one path, automatic scrolling and stuff) in order to get more speed and action and less thinking beside the engine building. But I also like a bit of creative freedom so I’m thinking about levels and small challenges.
So far the demo is offering a tutorial to the basics and small dungeon made of 4 levels with a end boss.
I need you !
You can try it the actual demo here : http://webmecano.com/c2/SELBSTRPG2/SELBSTOUI/
Every feedback will be greatly appreciated 🙂
Presentation Video (contains a bit of spoilers so don’t watch it too carefully if you’re willing to play the demo)