The Arkedo Series Official Thread of 240MSPoints Down a Month

Jump and Pixel are awesome. I'm not good at puzzle games so pass on Swap.

I would totally buy a bigger 2D platform game from them.

EDIT: OMG, Slash sounds awesome. Can't wait to demo it.
 
Keikoku said:
I just don't get the rockhead's riddle.
Those numbers are the numbers of pixels of each heart container, so you have to input the life left (red pixels) you have at that moment, you know how much pixels is one heart and how much is one half
 
Relaxed Muscle said:
Those numbers are the numbers of pixels of each heart container, so you have to input the life left (red pixels) you have at that moment, you know how much pixels is one heart and how much is one half
Awesome :lol Thanks
 

Timedog

good credit (by proxy)
forgeforsaken said:
The certification process is radically different. On XNA you self publish and games are community certified I believe. So you developers have a lot of freedom. Also XNA is really cheap as devkits go.
I guess that makes Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sons of bitches, right? Let the good games become full blown arcade releases srsly. Fuck Bill Cosby Gates and Steve McQueen Jobs.
 
Timedog said:
I guess that makes Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sons of bitches, right? Let the good games become full blown arcade releases srsly. Fuck Bill Cosby Gates and Steve McQueen Jobs.
I hope this is a terrible sarcastic comment. That the little guy can publish to the console at all and with a 70% profit margin is a pretty huge landmark in gaming.
 
Warm Machine said:
On the downside the games don't have achievements, become part of the gamercard or profile and I think XNA games can only use so much memory.

A devkit is just a regular xbox 360. You just have to pay MS around $120 a year for access, which is stupid cheap.
Actually $99 for a year, $49 for 4 months or you can get a free trial through the Dream. Build. Play. contests/challenges. However, the free trial won't allow you to Peer Review or Playtest games that are submitted via the Creator's Club. It will only allow you to deploy .ccgames to your Xbox for playing & testing. BTW, all the software tools are free including XNA Game Studio & Microsoft Visual C# 2008 Express Edition.

Check here for more info on the subscriptions... http://creators.xna.com/en-US/membership
 
Just had a quick peep at the dream-build contest and signed up for the xna creator account - but my membership shows no indication of subscription or 12month trial...anything I'm missing?

edit - nevermind realised the code was within the contest membership and not the standard xna one..:lol
 
Spotted on a messageboard, the best description for PIXEL that I have found so far:

"It's like Tamagochi went out on an adventure and ducks, acorns, and fruit are assholes. Basically."
:lol :lol :lol
Perfect.

I wish I made this one myself, for the PIXEL description. Our Avatar joke is quickly getting old.
 
Pharoah said:
Spotted on a messageboard, the best description for PIXEL that I have found so far:

"It's like Tamagochi went out on an adventure and ducks, acorns, and fruit are assholes. Basically."
:lol :lol :lol
Perfect.

Hahah.. True!
 
Just finished Pixel! I don't see how Meow City could possibly be paradise for cats when it is so damn hard to get through.

Beautiful game all the way through however.

Is there another ending if you have all the useless relics?
 

Oli

Registered User
I was trying to remember where I saw the name Arkedo before and it hit me, Big Bang Mini!

I love you guys!


These are officially on my "to download" list. Which should I go with first? Pixel has my interest the most.
 
Bought Pixel, love it so far. I love the art style that's at the same time both retro and HD at the same time. I love the little mazes and everything also.

I'm glad I'm not the only one thatt got stuck on the Rockhed riddle either. I think a lot of us over thought that. :lol :lol

Also one question about Jump: Do the bombs start ticking down only when you discover them or are they all active from the start of the level?
 
Damn, thanks for this thread. I'm a big fan of Arkedo's DS games and since I never really browse the indie games section I'd of missed them. I'm going to be checking these out tonight after work. Awesome.
 
We have a quick, awesome interview poppibg up on Gamerbytes next week, so keep a lookout. Lets say, I'm jeleous of their French cooking :)
 
Alphahawk said:
Bought Pixel, love it so far. I love the art style that's at the same time both retro and HD at the same time. I love the little mazes and everything also.

I'm glad I'm not the only one thatt got stuck on the Rockhed riddle either. I think a lot of us over thought that. :lol :lol

Also one question about Jump: Do the bombs start ticking down only when you discover them or are they all active from the start of the level?
Some are activated only after you've collected a certain amount of coins. For example, one level had three bombs with different values right next to each other, 1000, 1200, and 1500, respectively.
 

Oli

Registered User
I tried the Pixel trial. It's great, but the edges of the screen are slightly cut off on my screen. Anyone else have that problem? It doesn't seem to affect anything, but some of the text is a little cut off.
 
Oli said:
I tried the Pixel trial. It's great, but the edges of the screen are slightly cut off on my screen. Anyone else have that problem? It doesn't seem to affect anything, but some of the text is a little cut off.
Yeah I've noticed that on TVs with overscan. I run dot by dot so it doesn't affect me, so check to see if you are using the appropriate zoom mode on your set if you have an LCD/Plasma.

intheinbetween said:
still no news about Slash? :(
Funny that when a developer releases games about every month and a half news about their next one is expected so soon :)
 
Alphahawk said:
F the last level. F it up it's rectum. Is it even possible to past that first spike cave without taking damage?
Yes it is but you need to be going just the right speed and using the half jump technique they teach you earlier in the game. Wait until you get to the next part for the real frustration...
 
Warm Machine said:
Yes it is but you need to be going just the right speed and using the half jump technique they teach you earlier in the game. Wait until you get to the next part for the real frustration...
WTF is a "half jump"?

Funny that when a developer releases games about every month and a half news about their next one is expected so soon :)
Considering that the goal of this series is to release a game every month, and in a couple weeks Pixel will be one month old, I say it's a valid concern...
 
Alphahawk said:
WTF is a "half jump"?

Considering that the goal of this series is to release a game every month, and in a couple weeks Pixel will be one month old, I say it's a valid concern...
The half jump is a fast press of the jump button while the cat is running. This is so you don't go as high but can jump farther than on a regular walk. There is a sign on either that level or the level before that explains it, and they give you a circumstance where you have to use it immediately.

The time between Swap and Pixel seemed a little longer than one month. I'm sure it'll get revealed when Arkedo is ready and when Pixel sales have slowed.
 

Dash Kappei

Not actually that important
lyre said:
Same here.

Love Arkedo games; hate taking my 360 online. This is quite a dilema since the box has to be tethered to play community games.
Oh.
No sale then, for shame since I quite like Big Bang Mini (currently at £5 on most online store, buy it!) and I even beat Nervous Brickdown :/
 
Warm Machine said:
The time between Swap and Pixel seemed a little longer than one month. I'm sure it'll get revealed when Arkedo is ready and when Pixel sales have slowed.
Good point. They don't want to step on their own toes. The monthly schedule might turn out to be a curse if they have a winner with bigger sales at some point.
 
Warm Machine said:
The half jump is a fast press of the jump button while the cat is running. This is so you don't go as high but can jump farther than on a regular walk. There is a sign on either that level or the level before that explains it, and they give you a circumstance where you have to use it immediately.

The time between Swap and Pixel seemed a little longer than one month. I'm sure it'll get revealed when Arkedo is ready and when Pixel sales have slowed.
Hmm I think that was in the "Space" level, and I somehow completed that level without having to use it.
 
Finished up Pixel last night! Curse you Space Cows!

Over the next few weeks on GamerBytes we'll be looking at a ton of developers and publishers for XBLA, PSN, WiiWare, DSiWare and PSP Minis to ask them about what they enjoyed from 2009, and what they'll be improving on.

Our first two parts are now up, including CapyBara Games:

http://www.gamerbytes.com/2010/01/developer_reflections_capybara.php

And Arkedo! Their talk is awesome! Just look at their office!

http://www.gamerbytes.com/2010/01/developer_reflections_arkedo_s.php



Screw the French and their glorious wine and dine :(

Any feedback would be great! Look forward to more in the coming weeks :)
 
So far, I've really enjoyed the quality put into the series, and I hope they can keep up with this any perhaps flesh out some of the bigger titles into larger projects in multiple systems, even! But this is cool, too. *still hates the need to be online to play the games*

01 JUMP had a great design to it, but something didn't fit well with me to go to purchase.
02 SWAP is a great puzzle game concept, but I'm burnt out on the genre.
03 PIXEL was my first purchase of the Arkedo series, because it is a platform adventure title that does a rather unique twist to it all.

Unfortunately, the game glitched out on me. I was in the last level, the last big mouse, and when I made a mistake, the game crashed, and I was sent back to the dashboard.

So...yeah :( I'd prefer the last level have been split into two. It felt a lot longer and more difficult than I'd like (I blame how smooth Pixel climbs ladders).

Looking forward to the next installment!
 
TheUnknownForce said:
As long as it isn't another overhead dual-stick shooter of sorts. Talk about a quickly-milked genre on XBLIG D:
It has spawned some of the best games on XBLIG though including the bloody brilliant Atomhex, the visual masterpiece Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! and the quite frankly amazing Echoes+.
 
Rlan said:
We have a quick, awesome interview poppibg up on Gamerbytes next week, so keep a lookout. Lets say, I'm jeleous of their French cooking :)

And here it is.

...the XNA ecosystem. It was so smooth and streamlined, that we could almost immediately focus on the gameplay and experiment stuff out of the box. It is like if, when building a house from the ground, you would almost immediately have everything done, and all you had to do was taking care of interior design :) It made the whole "Arkedo Series" possible, because it was the only place where we could make so many games in so little time.​
 
Great interview with Arkedo on Edge...

http://www.edge-online.com/features/interview-arkedo-studio

Looks like we'll be getting an upgraded compilation of the Arkedo Series! on XBLA and PSN. They said not to expect the exact same games, since they think it deserves more. Plus, a a non-Series project that's being prototyped for a unspecified platform. In about 3 weeks they continue finishing 04 Slash!. Maybe we'll get some screens or video before then?
 
No it's not!
No it won't!

The Natal project never saw light (even though our little concept document was discussed by two big publishers, but the deal eventually fell flat in the end. The Natal SDK and hardware changed quite a bit down the road, and I guess we were not relevant with Natal final design, as the game was quite demanding on one of the specs which got apparently toned-down). No, I cannot discuss this any further, go away. Please.

This project was something we did while waiting for our former publisher to pay for our first milestone for Big Bang Mini for the Wii (we were halfways; he never did = we are suing). Then, after we did the Natal project doc, we decided to start the Series.

Mmh. I would love to show you what we are talking about, it was fun ^^

...

OK, fuck it. Let me check a few things before doing so :)

Don't expect too much, though: from the time we started thinking about it, to the time we made the little 8-page design document, there was only 10/12 days of work for just one (talented) guy: Aurélien, the co-founder and artistic director for Arkedo.

It was a very silly concept, we loved the idea, we still do, and we will probably have our revenge by releasing some kind of variation of it through our Series now (well, it will miss the Natal appeal, but we still believe it is going to be a nice game).

A small hint (will come back tomorrow on this, I guess): the project was called "2-Finger Heroes", and here is a little sketch on one of the foes you would have encountered in the first minutes of gameplay.

We wanted "OK-you're-cute-but-I-still-want-to-smack-you-in-the-face" annoying foes.


"Let's be friends instead! Yaaaaaaaaa!"

I guess tomorrow I'll show you 2 bullshots :)

AzBat said:
Looks like that announced project could be the Natal XBLA concept that was mentioned in the DIYgamer back last October...

http://diygamer.com/2009/10/oh-no-squid-arkedo-studios-camille-guermonprez-intervew/

Maybe this will coincide with new Natal details released at Gamefest in February.
 
Pharoah said:
No it's not!
The Natal SDK and hardware changed quite a bit down the road, and I guess we were not relevant with Natal final design, as the game was quite demanding on one of the specs which got apparently toned-down). No, I cannot discuss this any further, go away. Please.
Given what you mention later its actually fairly easy to work out what you're talking about there. :)
 
Pharoah said:
No it's not!
No it won't!

The Natal project never saw light (even though our little concept document was discussed by two big publishers, but the deal eventually fell flat in the end. The Natal SDK and hardware changed quite a bit down the road, and I guess we were not relevant with Natal final design, as the game was quite demanding on one of the specs which got apparently toned-down). No, I cannot discuss this any further, go away. Please.
Sorry, hope that's being tongue firmly in cheek. ;)

Love your concept though. Sounds like your trying for a shadow puppet 2D-scrolling fighter game! :)

Thanks for all the cool details even if I slightly baited you there. ;)
 
If its the kind of idea I think it'd be, players walking along the screen with 2 fingers as "legs" to kick enemies, thats a great idea and actually would have convinced me Natal could bring some great games to the table. OH WELL EH?!

Gotta love non-paying developers as well :lol Bet they gave you a supreme list of bullshit excuses as per the norm.
 
Did I just read this thread correct that these games are coming to the xbla section at some point? that's awesome.

But this is where my hate for how games are managed on live comes in, now that I know that they might be coming to live arcade it puts me off buying the community version, no achievements, having to always be connected to live to play them, these things make me want to wait for a real live release :/
 
Nemesis556 said:
Fuck I wish we had Indie Games here. I really want to try out some of those titles. =(
Why not set up a UK/US XBL account and then just buy a points card/code from eBay? Unless there's some region protection I'm not aware of?
 
Hello,

As promised, please find some bullshots and a small excerpt from our design document for our -now dead- Natal project. Please remember that we could only allow ourselves to work 12 days on this, so it's very far from being polished stuff. The screenshots are bullshit of course, but they respect the technical limitations, and also were designed so they could fit in with our tools. So they are semi-bullshots.

...

Ok, there's no such things: they are bullshots.

To put it in perspective, after having "upgraded" from the DS to the Wii, we wanted to see if we could do HD games without having everyone going facepalm and telling the world we should have sticked to simpler games. It may sound silly, but as Aurélien and I started making games in 1999 for mobile phones, and our first games were in 96X65 pixels resolution, in B&W... each year we are wondering if taking the leap of faith towards more pixels is a good idea or not.

So Natal had a great user interface, and we tried to play with concepts which were not possible before. Something that would not feel old, hopefully. And most important, something we would have fun making.

So, introducing 2-Finger Heroes, a silly tale of friendly invaders who did not have enough time to scan the entire human body! So they are left on Earth as merely fingers (yup, scan was 3% complete), but with the WILL TO LIVE AND FIGHT THEIR NEMESIS, THE GIANT FOOT FROM OUTERSPACE!

Ahem.

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One of the designs flaws of this, apart from the fact that it demanded some very precise pattern recognition from the Natal system, is that it would have been HELL to localize. Yup, what can be understood as the victory sign in France, could be a terrible insult in the UK, for instance. And we are not even talking about Italian. Oh, the possibilities...

Still, would have been fun.
The final Boss had to be given 25 real headbutts to be defeated, ffs... >_<'