Tale of Crowley

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Tale Of Crowley

Introduction

Tale of Crowley is a single player, single hero adventure based to follow a Metroidvania theme ( Metroid + Castlevania).

Metroidvania

Metroidvanias games usually feature non linear game play, clear/ unlock new areas by defeating bosses, claustrophobic enviroments, gates or areas closed that can be opened later with skills or items and short gameplays to favor to be re-played.

Objetive

Clear the 7 elemental chambers and find the Shadow

Features

1) Non Linear play


The game is designed in such way you can decide the order to clear certain chambers:
Fire Unlocks Water and Nature. Then Nature --> Light --> Darkness. and Water --> Earth --> Ether.


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2) Each area has something

I focused in give on each chamber a different gameplay experience:


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3) Skill packs System

You can pick 5 elemental spell packs (water, Fire, Earth, Nature, Light and buy 2 on the shop (Ether and Darkness), all of them gives 6 spells of the element picked.

You can get another spell pack by using level points gained with each level, or using a tome of retraining. If you want to visit many secret areas, you will need to shift spell packs


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4) Skills propierties

7 spell packs x 6 spells each pack. 42 spells have been altered via stats and triggers to give a different experience.
A) Skills that improves the hero and allow to obtain resources. Example: Entangling roots gives +10 wood each time casted.
B) Skills that permanently reduce hero stats. Example Inmolation: cuts permanently -10 hp of the hero when casting. Starfall reduces mana permanently by 25 points.
C) Skills that compensates other skills harming. Example: Inner fire: allows to recover 7 from the 10 hp points afer casting inmolation.
D) Skills with aditional effects. Example: Carrion swarm spawns a bettle. Bettle gain skills in numbers.
E) skills that improve. Example Frost nova improves levels when casting. Heal skills improves the healing amount considering the level of the hero 5-10-15-20.
F) Skills that open doors. Only 7 skills one of each element do that. Example Flame Strike can open fire doors.

5) Optional areas to be unlocked

After a chamber is cleared, optional areas can be unlocked by casting certain elemental spells.


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6) Score Ladderboard

A score ladderboard that allows you to track your kills, MC hero deaths, Chambers cleared, secret areas visited and score bonuses.

7) Small Map

I aimed for a small map to reduce walking disances to give a more fluid experience and encourage to visit again the same areas.

8) Re-visit areas

There many neutral buildings to make areas to be interesting to be re-visited such as fountains, custom shops, marketplaces, merc. camps and mines. Main Hero can mine gold from mines using the earth skill pack.

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9) Ranga Yeah, Ranga Yah!

You will never forget this, I promise :)

Entry for the mimimaping contest 20: Contest link


Blood Elf Priestess by Sindorei 300
Doomlord by NaserKingArthas
Blood Elf Mage & Azure Judicator Dragon by General Frank
Highborne Elf Hero by Flip95
Faceless one Mindflayer by Grendel
Ancient Sandlord by Maximal
Battle for Azeroth Sylvanas by kangyun
Black Legion Grand Admiral Johnwar

Neo Ranga Ost by Kuniaki Hashima


Changelog.
1.00 First upload, early phase.
1.01 Fixed many stuff, added score bonus system.
1.02 fixed many stuff, initial area with moon well, improved merc. camps. when hero dies, it loose 3 hp and 3 mp.
1.03 origin fix, changed hp units values, improved final cinematic.
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Tale of Crowley (Map)

Level 7
Joined
Dec 31, 2008
Messages
94
Hello there. I just finished playing it and these are some suggestions or things I found odd:

Some things I'd like as a player:
  • Though I know there are potions you can buy to get mana and health, I'd really like to have a fountain (or something) in the camp to regen some. -> I know there are fountains and such but you can try some things like moon weel replenish spell or smth.
  • I'd like to have full MP when reviving.
  • Some shortcuts for spells don't match.
  • Since I have W3 on spanish I don't really know which door is supposed to be which element? So I kind of tried to see what's best but couldn't open all of them.
  • I'd add some more unit variations for mercenaries instead the common ones.
  • Respawning occures too quickly. Sometimes I died and I don't know what happened because the camara moves away way too fast.
  • Holy light can't be used on her.

Some things to consider:
  • Buying 2 health potions are less expensive than buying the great one and heal the same amount of HP.
  • I think immolation doesnt drain mp?
  • Each time I stroke a "score bonus", a tome of XP would be sitting waiting next to the ress stone.
  • When killing bosses the camara goes to respawn area in some cases, instead of the opening door.
  • When casting tranquility there is a green icon for spiked aura, this is important because 1 spell is left out. (I had to spend all the levels so the + for spell leveling dissapears to have the one that ones the door.)
  • When getting cloak of shadows one of the spell gets left behind. (screenshot 1)
  • I suppose the circle changes to yellow when you manage to open the door / completed the task. Don't know why these two changed to yellow. Was it because of all the levers? Update: finished playing don't know what all the levers did lol (screenshot 2).
  • The game ends too abrutly.
  • I really never spent wood.
Overall I like the idea, it was fun to play. It can be improved in many ways. I think the scale leveling is ok. Wasn't that hard nor too easy. Sometimes I did have to think before going.

I'd suggest some more custom spell for the bad guys, or some mechanics (specially the bosses). But it's good, I liked it!

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Level 28
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Messages
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Hi thanks a lot for the feedback! and for playing my map very very usefull,
an extention has been granted so I can use this time to improve further my map
Hello there. I just finished playing it and these are some suggestions or things I found odd:

Some things I'd like as a player:
  • Though I know there are potions you can buy to get mana and health, I'd really like to have a fountain (or something) in the camp to regen some. -> I know there are fountains and such but you can try some things like moon weel replenish spell or smth.
actually thats a very good idea, I can add a moonwell in the initial area.
  • I'd like to have full MP when reviving.
mmm I dont know, feels very rewarding... specially on very high levels.
I am also thinking in cut 4 hp and 4 mana point for each death muahaha.

  • Some shortcuts for spells don't match.
damn... thanks for telling
  • Since I have W3 on spanish I don't really know which door is supposed to be which element?
1-is not hard to figure out
white floor light
lava floor fire
ice or water, is water
rock chunks is... earth.
green grass door is nature.
violet portal if you were in the violet area full of portals is ether
the demonic door that goes for the dark area is the same that opens an optional dark area.

2- If you play games like Kirby, Metroid, Zelda, certain things are VERY VERY VERY HARD to figure out, either you figure out or google how to do it, this is the soul of such games. Figure out is a reward itself.
I had a beta tester and he didnt pointed it was hard to figure out the 7 chambers 7 elements stuff.

  • So I kind of tried to see what's best but couldn't open all of them.
I played this game, all doors can be open.
  • I'd add some more unit variations for mercenaries instead the common ones.
I can do that.
  • Respawning occures too quickly. Sometimes I died and I don't know what happened because the camara moves away way too fast.
easy fix, just add a wait ... seconds in the trigger and wala. thanks
  • Holy light can't be used on her.
thats the idea, since heal can heal herself, holy light can only heal mercenaries, also thats how the original skill works.
Some things to consider:
  • Buying 2 health potions are less expensive than buying the great one and heal the same amount of HP.
noted gonna fix that. yeah should be same cost.
  • I think immolation doesnt drain mp?
it does drain, I am kinda experimenting, since permanently cuts health, it stalls mana regen at higher levels, maybe gonna increase just a bit but not that much.
  • Each time I stroke a "score bonus", a tome of XP would be sitting waiting next to the ress stone.
thats the idea of the score bonus,by getting a score bonus you get that free reward, if you click the circle it says as name score bonus.
probably I need to explain that more in hints...

  • When killing bosses the camara goes to respawn area in some cases, instead of the opening door.
need to check, but thats ment with the last 2 bosses to point the spawn of the last item.
  • When casting tranquility there is a green icon for spiked aura, this is important because 1 spell is left out. (I had to spend all the levels so the + for spell leveling dissapears to have the one that ones the door.)
damn yeah got it. need to change that spell
  • When getting cloak of shadows one of the spell gets left behind. (screenshot 1)
need to remove the item from the game.
  • I suppose the circle changes to yellow when you manage to open the door / completed the task. Don't know why these two changed to yellow. Was it because of all the levers? Update: finished playing don't know what all the levers did lol (screenshot 2).
  • The game ends too abrutly.
another wait... in the trigger no problem
the levers activate the portal where the miniboss is, not all of them just 2 of them. thats the task.

  • I really never spent wood.
you can spend it in the nature area merchant, now if you didnt want to buy the stuff there, thats other story.
Overall I like the idea, it was fun to play. It can be improved in many ways. I think the scale leveling is ok. Wasn't that hard nor too easy. Sometimes I did have to think before going.
thanks
I'd suggest some more custom spell for the bad guys, or some mechanics (specially the bosses).
actually they are minibosses, but shure why not.
But it's good, I liked it!

 
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Level 3
Joined
Mar 16, 2011
Messages
20
Well, that was some experience.

  1. Plot. Could improve it a bit. Why did we need to find our shadow? Was it mentioned somewhere that we have lost it?
    Ending was looking too abruptly. Could be some game end short cinematic?
  2. Gameplay. Beginning (fire area) was a bit hard and tedious, because you don't have too much hp and mp and gold, so you often have to go to the moonwell to heal. And after fire area it goes easier and easier. Like some of the late game areas mobs have like 300 hp which is less than in the very first area. Some tooltips, like boulder's one doesn't tell the damage. Other ones seems kinda useless, like immolation, cuz you as a ranged int hero need to go close to the enemies. So mostly i was using only light set.
  3. Music sometimes breaks off abruptly. Some tracks feel a bit out of place.
  4. Bugs/flaws. Overall, i had only bug with the divine shield, where its visual effects stays after it was used and after it expires and did randomly (?) casted by itself while it was on cooldown. (maybe somehow connected to the slow spell)
    Also divine shield effect seems to be attached to the weapon, not to the origin point.
    And some tooltip errors, like dark orb set item on the ground has tooltip of mana stone iirc.
 
Level 28
Joined
May 21, 2013
Messages
1,601
Well, that was some experience.

  1. Plot. Could improve it a bit. Why did we need to find our shadow? Was it mentioned somewhere that we have lost it?
    Ending was looking too abruptly. Could be some game end short cinematic?
  2. Gameplay. Beginning (fire area) was a bit hard and tedious, because you don't have too much hp and mp and gold, so you often have to go to the moonwell to heal. And after fire area it goes easier and easier. Like some of the late game areas mobs have like 300 hp which is less than in the very first area. Some tooltips, like boulder's one doesn't tell the damage. Other ones seems kinda useless, like immolation, cuz you as a ranged int hero need to go close to the enemies. So mostly i was using only light set.
  3. Music sometimes breaks off abruptly. Some tracks feel a bit out of place.
  4. Bugs/flaws. Overall, i had only bug with the divine shield, where its visual effects stays after it was used and after it expires and did randomly (?) casted by itself while it was on cooldown. (maybe somehow connected to the slow spell)
    Also divine shield effect seems to be attached to the weapon, not to the origin point.
    And some tooltip errors, like dark orb set item on the ground has tooltip of mana stone iirc.
hi thanks a lot for your feedback, most usefull.

1) is a cliche, a lot of games, have the shadow version, you have to defeat your shadow, prince of persia, the legend of zelda, metal mario, it was ment as cliche.
2) true thanks, gonna work on that.
3 there is no way to make custom music work properly in reforged version, I was studying the subjet and is not posible at some point music breaks and spawns custom human music., about the tracks, all of them are neo ranga ost, I got inspired to use such music.
and the idea is, is weird music that was the fun of it.
4) I am sad to inform that certain triggers have probabilistic bugs, in my version it doesnt bug, but it can happen a triggering overload and the last created effect is not deleted, is ugly but sometimes even most basic things fail.
is not casted by itself when is in cooldown, the skill has 2 parts, the casting part and the trigger part, after the cast, the trigger cast again and again many times.
the idea was to have an intermitent shield less overpowered than the original shield.
gonna fix the origin.
 
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