22 August 2016

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat Pixelart Characters

Mortal Kombat is a video game franchise originally developed by Midway Games (1992). Following Midway's bankruptcy, the Mortal Kombat development team was acquired by Warner Bros. and turned into NetherRealm Studios.

Note that I have only played MK1 - 2 and 3 and havent touched the franchise ever since. nor that i really wanted to (unlike the street fighter series) so i have no idea if they evolved the characters or story in any other direction since MK3. Stuff I've written below is written according to MK1. 

I recall drooling on every MK arcade machine I came across during the 90s. The extreme blood, realistic characters and everything else felt so cool. Now looking back I can say that this thing seriously shows its age now;  Retarded story, very poor art direction, careless typos, multiple face actors per character,  slow action (compared to SF)... boy, aint this crap...

Johnny Cage - Some B class actor guy fighting in a real tournament. but why?

Sub-Zero - Some blue ninja guy who spams ice blasts to freeze his opponents. He was paid a large some of money by one of Tsung's wealthy enemies.

Goro - one of the end game bosses. Unlike most characters in the game, who were digitized representations of live actors, Goro was a clay sculpture animated through stop motion.

Kano - Some bald guy who cuts asses with knives. Game text describes him as a mercenary, thug, thief and generally a very evil dude but his MK1 skin looks more like a beggar wrapped around a white bed sheet. Couldn't resist using his MK2-3 skin instead.

Liu Kang - Kung-fu guy, bruce lee, whatever. Every game and movie around the 90's had one.

Raiden - Some deity hidden in a human skin. This guy is one of the acceptable ones among the clowns.

Scorpion - Apparently Scorpion was murdered by Sub-Zero. He left behind a wife and child in his former life but was allowed to return and avenge his death. Yea, right... Lazy developers recycling sub-zero skin and painting it yellow.

Sonya Blade - Some special forces chick who tails Kano and ends up in the tournament.

and there is an old fart named Shang Tsung but he is just some old guy wearing rangs who morphs into other characters in the game so i couldnt be bothered to draw him.

08 August 2016

Team Fortress 2 Pixelart

Pixelart interpretations of Team Fortress 2 Characters. (click image for fullsize view)

team fortress 2 pixelart classes
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Team Fortress 2 is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 1996 mod Team Fortress for Quake and its 1999 remake.

team fortress 2 pixelart pyro demo soldier

Pyro - for players who like to cook people or act creepy by wearing a gas mask

Demo - for players who like to blow stuff up with massive explosions that deal less massive damage.

Soldier - for players who dont like any of the classes but still want to play this game

team fortress 2 pixelart scout doc heavy

Scout - for players who like to grab flags or spam the jump button as if its 90's quake 2 again.

Doc - for players who likes to hide behind others

Heavy - for players who give minimum care to health bars

team fortress 2 pixelart spy engineer sniper

Spy - for players who like to wear expensive suits but secretly wish to cross-dress

Engineer - for players who enjoy building stuff and making noise by hitting metal things with wrenches

Sniper - for the ones who like to eat and drink during games

27 July 2016

Copule of Game Dudes

Couple of guys I had met back in my days...

Caleb from Blood (1997). Too stubborn to quit, too stupid to die. This guy wakes up in a grave with a pitchfork in his hand and kills anyone who crosses his path. Strange fellow.

Duke Nukem...Your average alcoholic, weapon toting, steroid consuming macho of the 90s. The main protagonist of the best fps game of 1996 (duke 3D) and the worst fps game of 2011 (duke forever) He also was a 2D platformer hero before 96 but no one would care to that stuff nowadays. And there was something called the Manhattan project around 2002 or 2003 but whatever...

Doomguy from Doom, the 90's game that is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry. Due to his bikini like armour exposing his abs, he was dubbed the berserk belly dancer of the marine corps . I actually like the dorky dress, reminds me of he-man toys from the 80s

Gordon Freeman... 1998's employee of the year from Half-Life. Making science with a crowbar. Also check out this old post for other half-life characters

25 March 2016

Street Fighter 2 Pixelart Characters

Characters from Street Fighter II (1991) SF's prime days before they started adding tons of characters and turning it into a circus freak show.

street fighter characters animation

The player chose a character from a pool of 8 characters and was pitted against seven other guys from different parts of the world before confronting the final four non playable boss characters (balrog, vega, sagat and mbison).

Ive done the playable ones (blanka, honda, chun-li, guile, ken, ryu, dhalsim and zangief)
update: (balrog, vega, sagat and mbison). not sure if I will do any extra characters. If I ever decide to do it would probably be (cammy, thawk, deejay and fei long)

Blanka - The beast from Brazil. The guy who fries you with electric shocks and bites your ass till you die.

Chun-Li - Chinese Interpol officer, seeking to avenge her deceased father. Common choice for the ones who like to spice the screen with thunder thighs instead of muscle dudes. 

dhalsim pixelart

Dhalsim - the guy your friends pick and try to snipe your ass with constant elastic limb spam

guile pixelart

Guile - Soldier from the United States who seeks to defeat the man who killed his best friend. This is the guy to pick for his cool hair.

honda pixelart

E. Honda - Sumo wrestler from Japan. This is the guy to pick if you are overweight and want to prove fat people can beat the shit out of fit people.

ken pixelart

Ken - Ryu's rival and former training partner, from the USA. almost exact duplicate of Ryu (back then they hadnt given him the flame punch or the spinning throw moves so he was just a re-skin) The one to pick if you like red dresses which dont show when bleed on, or blond guys with long hair and bushy black eyebrows.

ryu pixelart

Ryu - a Japanese karateka seeking to hone his skills by jumping in a plane, flying around the globe and beating people senseless. Default pick of most sf players and the guys who like anime.

zangief pixelart

Zangief - a wrestler from the USSR The Default pick of you average school bully and any guy who isnt secure about his body :)

Vega -  Claw, mask, sash and purple matador pants... For the ones who prefer speed, agility and freakish looks.

Balrog - Mike Tyson rip off. For the players who think beating people with punches are cooler than kicking them

Sagat - The former World Warrior champion from the original Street Fighter (previous game, SF1) , who was scarred by Ryu. Tall players tend to have a bond with this guy. 

M.Bison -  The leader of the criminal organization Shadaloo. The guy with the cool cape and uniform and the end game boss.

18 March 2016

Becoming Northerly

Last Update: Mar 2016
Whats all this about? Becoming Northerly is our 7DRL 2016 entry with Flend. A game where you kill wild animals and strange monsters to collect their pelts to trade them for hot coffee... of course they aren't real animals as we are against animal cruelty so we have actors inside them who die instead.

play here (browser based) - the game works best in a high resolution screen such as 1920x1080 in case you fail to see the whole game at a single time, try zooming out using your browser view settings. 

EDIT - the list of 7DRL 2016 entries and their reviews can be found here. To my surprise, Becoming Northerly made it to the first 10 (which means we either bribed the reviewers or they reviewed the wrong game.) Also dont forget to check out our entries from the previous years TraumaRL and RoyaleRL

This years entry was called called Becoming Northerly as it involves a chap who climbs a mountain (see where the north comes in) but apparently Flend was looking upside down to the screen while coding the game as the chap can only move southwards while climbing. Nice... But no worries as years of ascii art gaming gives 7DRL players the imaginative edge so hopefully they will image it as a game where the chap skis down a mountain instead of climbing it or a scrolling shooter with a spaceship theme. Whatever.

What's the story? Why is he climbing the mountain? Why are there strange creatures such as trolls and blue skinned lions with antlers found loitering around the mountain? This year we lack answers to such questions unlike our entries from the previous years, where each had a theme, some attitude and a bit of story (well ok TraumaRL had a pretty cool story while RoyaleRL had tons of action and attitude.)

So... What does Becoming Northerly have?  It's a fun little browser game which strangely resembles a vertical scrolling shooter where you move south, south-east or south-west. Monsters attack various squares around them, so you try to approach each monster from a different angle, trying not to end up in their attack space. Each kill gives you pelts which you can spend them at shops to increase your stats which will aim you in reaching your ultimate goal. Killing the final boss, which turns out to be a half naked guy with a crown.

I was pretty late to join this years 7DRL. I spoke to flend on friday and had pretty much a day or so to squeeze everything. (well, half of saturday and half of sunday to be precise.) Chatting with Flend revealed it was to be a game where you move single direction. "It has to be mountain" I thought as nothing else in this world required me to move single direction or simple because I wanted to draw a mountain. Guess I was done with all the knights, potions, swords, robots and laser guns so I went for a path less travelled. I had this vision of a snowy mountain, an adventurer with a pickaxe and a hungry bear trying to eat the guy. I had no idea how or what the items, enemies or anything else was gonna look. just a guy, a pickaxe and a bear. This quickly turned into a pitfall as I had a hard time converting generic rogue-like-ish items into our snow theme in half a day. But when you only have a day left in a 7 day challenge you dont really have time to derail once a path is chosen.

After consecutive shots of chocolate bars from the nostrils, my brain started to work. Dungeons have have apples and chicken drumsticks for food so swap the generic food with small rabbits that could be found more naturally in a mountain. Animals dont carry gold. only slimes, dragons and undead do so gold must be renamed to pelt for the animals to drop. Mountaineers dont carry swords and spears so it must be regular gear, pickaxe, ski pole, pocket knife, bowie knife, and other gadgets crafted of animal bones. Just as I started to get my hopes up I noticed I was spending too much on it and there wasnt enough time to experiment or fit the items into 24x24 tiles. Alas, things got forced into a mixed bag with pickaxes, bear claws, swords and wooden shields... sad.

Some useless general info about the art assets and limitations:
- A total of 120 tiles / sprites / assets were drawn including unused stuff and numbers etc.
- 22 enemy monsters were drawn and 14 of these were repaint with simple modifications.
- More or less a single day to work on assets.
- 24x24 tile limit.
- 3 layers per image only (meaning no fancy tricks or dynamic effects)
- no animations

gameplay is mostly smooth, fast paced and easy to play due to 3 button controls where you only decide what direction to move, attacks are automatic (melee when you land on enemies, or shoot ranged when someone enters your sight, activate bombs, pickup or buy items when you step on them.) Sometimes it feels bit too cramped (specially if you come across areas filled with too many enemies and stone walls as you keep bumping on walls which push you to idle tiles or ice slides which force move you to other destinations. Such moves take a while to realize what just happened or even worse you may simply find yourself in a death trap if you act careless. You can check the last tile you have stepped by following your footprints. Alas this doesnt work as well as I had planned as the hero is placed too near the top of the screen, leaving only a single footstep to track your moves.

Explosions feel pretty fun. Something catchy about the fireball image or the bloody corpses it leaves. I guess there should have been many more bombs scattered all around the place. In fact the game could have been about stepping on the right tile to use the right items such as bombs, shotguns, and other stuff that hit enemies in short range pattern clusters.)

Combo kills could have been pretty cool too. Like the more kills you chain the more points you earn or something like that. This would have given the player a goal when rushing through clusters of enemies like a diabetic kid rushes through sweets or something.

Anyway, its actually fun to dodge enemy patterns or dive into a clusters of enemies to reach the items stuffed in the middle of deadly enemies. I'm still surprised how it resembles a turn based vertical shooter and how it can be played without requiring much attention when you have nothing better to do in life. Ok, now go play again.