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August 18, 2016

Creepy Castle: What Lurks in the Castle

Creepy Castle: What Lurks in the Castle

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As I’ve mentioned before, one of the key ingredients in a nonlinear exploration-based game like Creepy Castle is to make sure that the world is fun to explore. It’s more than just good level design – you also need to fill the locales with interesting characters to encounter and intriguing things to discover so players will want to explore every nook and cranny. I’d like to think I’ve accomplished that with Creepy Castle, so here’s a look at just a few of the enemies and items you’ll come across when you play the game.



1-monsoon Monsoon is a somewhat mysterious character that you’ll come across multiple times in the game’s first scenario. Wearing a flowing cloak and a horned helmet, Monsoon is one of the castle lord Darking’s lackeys, and he’s the first boss you’ll face. Yet, there’s clearly more to him than your typical villain. Although he’s intent on carrying out Darking’s will, he also knows that something strange is afoot, and he seems to share a history with Moth.


2-stickbugAs his name implies, Stickbug is indeed a giant stick bug. He’s actually one of Moth’s closest friends, but he’s fallen on hard times and enlisting as a boss for Darking seemed like a better way to go than selling his body to science. He’s probably the least-qualified guy around for being a villainous henchman, so he and Moth will surely be able to patch things up regardless of what happens when they fight.


3-mimic    Ah, the Mimic! It’s an RPG classic! It looks like an ordinary treasure chest, but when you go to open it – SURPRISE! – it’s actually a monster! Luckily for you, if you decide you don’t want to battle a Mimic, you generally don’t have to, but then you won’t be able to get whatever treasure that may be hiding beyond him.


4-vampire  The only thing you need to know about vampires is that they have a crazy-high amount of HP, and defeating them is next to impossible… or is it?


5-possessor I don’t want to spoil too much about Possessor yet, but he’s one of the major villains of the game. He’s sort of an homage to Dracula from the classic Castlevania titles, and he’s one of my personal favorite baddies in the game.



6-keys  There are two types of keys in Creepy Castle: normal keys and red keys. Normal keys are usually used for getting to the next required area, while red keys tend to lead to optional parts of the map. You’ll have to search far and wide to find everything!


7-phaser The phaser is a device that lets you phase through certain doors that are otherwise impenetrable. Who needs a key when you’ve got one of these things?

Ice Rod

8-icerod Some parts of the castle are filled with water, and unfortunately for Moth, he’s not a very good swimmer. However, he can equip the ice rod to turn the surface of the water into a hard, icy floor that he can walk on, thus allowing him to reach new areas and find hidden treasures. It works on lava, too!

Light Rod

9-lightrod  As you might suspect, the light rod lights up dark areas. Sure, you can stumble around in the dark without the light rod, but you probably won’t get very far since you’ll also need the rod to activate some contraptions in the darkness.


10-hook SPROING! Yes, it’s the hookshot, a grappling-hook-like tool made famous by a certain green-clad adventurer. This hookshot, however, attaches to certain points on the ceiling, and you can then climb the chain to reach distant platforms. Some of the attach points are on moving platforms to ensure that things stay interesting.

Jump Boots

11-jumpboot   It’s true: the heroes in Creepy Castle can’t jump. At least, not unless they get these boots, which enable characters to hop over two-block gaps. This item doesn’t appear in the game’s initial scenario, but it shows up later on.


12-cross The only way to level up in Creepy Castle is to collect these little crosses that are hidden throughout the environments. At first you only need one to increase your level, but then you’ll need two, then three, then four to keep leveling up. Leveling up is also different from other games: when you increase in level, you don’t get perceptibly stronger, but enemies’ health bars get smaller.


13-foods  What kind of a retro-inspired video game would this be without delicious foodstuffs to replenish your health! There are more than 45 types of food items, and while the kind you get from any given treasure chest tends to be random, you can acquire a veritable buffet of goodies, including a burger, fried shrimp, a cheese wheel, pizza, corn dogs, a roast chicken, ice cream, and a donut (it’s actually a rice ball; old-school gamers will understand).

Did that whet your appetite for exploring Creepy Castle? You can look forward to all this and more when the game hits Steam in the not-too-distant future!

July 27, 2016

Creepy Castle: One Game, Four Scenarios!

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Hey, this is Zach again. I’m here to tell you more about Creepy Castle, but I also want to tell you that Creepy Castle is just the beginning. What I mean by that is that while Creepy Castle is the game’s title, it’s also just the first of four scenarios you’ll get to experience when you play the game (as you’re no doubt aware if you’re familiar with our Kickstarter campaign). Each scenario has different maps, enemies, and items – though there’s an overarching story tying everything together, each scenario is a distinct adventure. Here’s a breakdown of the four scenarios you’ll encounter.

It all starts with the first scenario, the titular Creepy Castle.

Scenario I: Creepy Castle
As you can probably guess, Creepy Castle is the core scenario of the game, and it introduces all the key gameplay elements: exploring nonlinear environments, using items, and engaging in various types of duels. You play as Moth, the wandering swordsman, who is indeed a giant moth; he has come to Darking’s castle to learn about the mysterious events that are taking place, and to put a stop to them if necessary. Along the way you’ll meet characters such as Darking’s lackey Monsoon, Moth’s friend Stickbug, and the enemy general, Butterfly. This scenario should take you a few hours to get through, and once you’ve completed it, you’ll be able to play an alternate version of the scenario in which you’ll play as a character named Sir Bee.

The second scenario, Ghostly Mystery, takes inspiration from classic action games.

Scenario II: Ghostly Mystery
If the Creepy Castle scenario is an RPG mixed with an exploration-based adventure like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, you can think of Ghostly Manor as being an RPG mixed with classic Castlevania. It’s much more linear, plus it’s divided into six stages, each one filled with enemies to fight and boss encounters to overcome. You might even cross paths with some enemies that are inspired directly by Castlevania. In this scenario you play as Butterfly (yes, she’s a giant butterfly), the enemy general from Scenario I, and you’re trying to find out what happened to Moth after the previous scenario’s events. In fact, if you want to see what Moth was up to first-hand, you’re in luck, since he’s the playable character in the alternate version of the scenario.

Scenario III, Depth, is all about exploring vast, nonlinear areas.

Scenario III: Depth
Whereas Scenario II was focused and linear, Scenario III: Depth, goes the opposite way: big, sprawling, and massive. It’s somewhat inspired by La-Mulana and Tomb Raider. You once again play as Butterfly, and though there isn’t a lot of story or lore here, there’s a lot to discover. You’ll have to collect numerous keys to get from one large area to another, and you’ll find them by exploring, solving puzzles, or by defeating enemies; getting all the keys isn’t required, so you’re largely free to choose how you want to proceed. You’ll also gain access to new items to aid in your adventure: a jump item for hopping over gaps, and a grappling hook for latching onto things, including moving platforms. In addition, I decided to spice things up so enemies and items respawn whenever you save your progress; both are finite in the other scenarios. I expect this to be the largest scenario in the game.

The fourth scenario lets you take control of the galactic-traveling Ant Queen!

Scenario IV: Due Exaltation
The fourth scenario brings the adventure to a galactic scale, quite literally. Playing as the Ant Queen, another character introduced in Scenario I, you’ll go into space and journey to various planets to tie up the plot threads remaining after the other three scenarios. Like the first scenario, Due Exaltation provides a well-rounded experience, but it’s bigger and the duels will be more challenging. I’m still working on this one, but there will be at least four large planets to explore, as well as a few small ones, and at least one new item to help with navigation. Plus, there’s an alien mafia!

Kickstarter backers may notice that originally there was a different scenario planned in lieu of Depth, which was to be called Brotherhood. I still haven’t fully figured out the story I want to tell in Brotherhood, which is why I decided to move ahead with Depth instead. Ideally I’ll be able to reveal more about Brotherhood in the future, but hopefully for now these four scenarios will suffice.

July 19, 2016

Creepy Castle: Looks Like Retro!

Creepy Castle: Looks Like Retro

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Hi everyone! This is Zach again to talk some more about Creepy Castle. This time I wanted to discuss the visual style of the game. All it takes is one look at a screenshot to notice two things: 1) it has a very low-fi, retro art style, and 2) it doesn’t really look like most of the other retro-inspired games that are out there.

There’s something about pixel art that’s timeless, huh?

So why the old-school visual design? I guess the answer is simply that I like it. I’ve always been a fan of retro games and pixel art, so I just went with what I enjoy! Unlike a lot of pixel-art game creators, I didn’t want to go for the look of any specific classic game hardware, so I didn’t try sticking to an NES color palette or anything like that, but I did get a lot of inspiration from the Japanese MSX computer, as well as the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. Even though the visuals weren’t directly informed by classic hardware restrictions, I did set one rule for myself to try to create some visual cohesion: only two colors for each eight-pixel-by-eight-pixel tile, which tends to give the game a somewhat monochromatic appearance. If you look closely you’ll notice I break the rule occasionally, but I think I did a pretty good job of sticking to it most of the time, and only bending the limitation on tasteful and hard-to-catch occasions. Influence from old PC games is also one of the reasons why most of the game takes place against a black background; the other reason for all the black, of course, is that most of the game is set in dark dungeons and caves and the like.

The game’s look isn’t based on anything specifically, but the MSX and ZX Spectrum were big influences.

Another thing you’ll likely notice right away is that the window for the playable action- the viewport, if you will- is somewhat small compared to the size of the entire screen. Technically, there’s not really any strong reason for this either, but it’s just something I remember fondly from classic games like Dragon Slayer, Xanadu, and other Falcom classics (as well as Commodore 64 games like The Last Ninja). These old games would have a window for the gameplay, accompanied by separate windows alongside it containing various information, and I wanted to include an homage to that, in addition to simply enjoying the aesthetic.

The smaller gameplay window is a throwback to classic action-RPGs like Dragon Slayer.

To be honest, this is probably the most I’ve thought about the game’s look since I started making it. For the most part, I just went for what felt right and it kind of happened naturally. I’d like to think it’s a lot like the early days of game making when developers were never afraid to be experimental and pretty much anything was OK, even if it was totally crazy. These days things tend to be a lot more homogenized, especially when it comes to larger publishers, but I think there’s a lot to be said for doing something a little different that stands out from the crowd.

Of course, if there are some things you don’t like about game’s the visuals, there are ways you’ll be able to customize its appearance, but I’ll get into that more in a later post.

June 28, 2016

Full Mojo Rampage: Release Day!


It’s launch day for Full Mojo Rampage! Get your voodoo on as the game is now available on PS4 and Xbox One in the US and Europe! To celebrate launch day, we have one final blog post that talks about Multiplayer! First, a brand-new trailer, and then – on with the blog post!

Greetings! Rob here again, and this time with an important Full Mojo Rampage public service announcement: friends don’t let friends practice voodoo alone. Well, sometimes they do. Actually, Full Mojo Rampage is pretty damn fun in single-player mode, if I do say so myself. But the point is that you don’t need to play solo, and that’s why there are multiple ways to enjoy the game with friends.

First of all, there are the campaign quests. As I’ve talked about before, there are four story campaigns, and any of them can be played in cooperative multiplayer for up to four players. This is where you can take advantage of different characters’ skills and use complementary parent Loa to form a balanced team to wipe out the enemy, or utilize other tactics. When playing in multiplayer, the random level generation follows the same rules as in single-player mode, but we don’t want the game to be too easy, so the difficulty scales as you add more players: the enemies are tougher, they have more health, and they hit harder.

Four players can join forces to play through FMR’s campaign mode.

Plus, when you visit a shrine and receive a reward, we don’t want you fighting with each other over who gets the prize, so usually we’ll give out four rewards when there are four players. But how you use them is up to you. Most of the time, everyone will want their own item, but other interesting situations could arise as well. Some of the items you get at shrines are really strong, so if you wanted, you could let one player take all the items and sort of become a powerhouse to lead everyone else to victory. There are lots of tactics you can try out in cooperative multiplayer!

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In cooperative multiplayer mode, enemies hit harder and have more health.

Second, we also have a competitive multiplayer modes for up to eight players. We didn’t feel that we had to reinvent the wheel here, so we stuck with tried-and-true concepts like deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the flag, which is especially fun if you play in teams of four against four. My favorite is probably King of Mojo, which is your king-of-the-hill mode, where one character is king, and you have to hunt him down and defeat him. I admit, we didn’t try anything too crazy or experimental, but I think what we have works well and is a lot of fun to play.

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Battle it out in eight-player versus modes such as deathmatch and King of Voodoo.

Whether you’re playing co-op or competitive, single player or multiplayer, campaign mode or endless mode, I think there are a lot of ways to enjoy Full Mojo Rampage. It’s been a tremendous experience making the game, and we’re very excited to finally be bringing it to console audiences with help from Nicalis. I hope you all have a chance to try it out, and on behalf of all of us at Over the Top Games, we’re very appreciative of your support.

June 24, 2016

Full Mojo Rampage: Meet the Loa Part 2

Launch day is almost upon us! Before the weekend we wanted to talk a bit more about the Loa in the game!


Previously we introduced you to Baron Samedi, Maman Brigitte, Loko, and Ghede – four of the parent Loa that you can enlist to customize your character’s play style in Full Mojo Rampage. Each one brings something different to the table in terms of both abilities and personality, but those are only half of the Loa in the game. Here are the other four!

Erzulie: The flirtatious Erzulie is the Loa of love and beauty, but she also draws strength from tragedy. As your parent Loa, she’ll grant abilities suitable for both support and attack, including an anger field that slows enemies, and boomerang-like tear projectiles that cause damage both coming and going.

Erzulie’s tear attack will leave enemies crying.

Ogoun: The Loa of war and fire, as well as the patron saint of blacksmiths, Ogoun supports a risky but aggressive play style. With Ogoun as your parent Loa, your attack spells will consume your health, but killing enemies can also restore it, as well as grant bonuses to some other stats.

If you’re willing to sacrifice your health, Ogoun can unleash some deadly spells.

Lenglensou: Lenglensou is a righteous, wild Loa known for drinking bulls’ blood and having an obsession with sharp objects. He grants enhanced resistance capabilities, including a shield, and you can unleash a swirl of fire. Max out your rampage meter and you’ll transform into a giant, invulnerable bruiser for a limited time.

Lenglensou is the most defense-focused Loa in the game.

Agaou: A violent force of nature, Agaou is the Loa of thunder, lightning, storms, and earthquakes. Though he’s probably the most powerful Loa, he’s also the riskiest to use. If you choose him as your parent Loa, your health and rampage meters will be one and the same, and though you’ll have a lot of power and increased chance of landing critical hits, doing so is the only way you can only restore health, and the meter drains when you’re not attacking. You can also create a decoy of yourself to confuse enemies.

Agaou is incredibly strong, but very risky to use.

By the way, early in development we had plans to include nine Loa, but we decided that the initial eight offered a good balance and lots of variety, so we never got around to finishing the last one. Hopefully the descriptions of these eight over have left you eager to try them out and decide which one suits you best once the game hits PS4 and Xbox One.

June 6, 2016

Full Mojo Rampage: Quests from the Underworld

Greetings! Previously we’ve talked about choosing your parent Loa and customizing your character with masks and pins and mojos…but then what do you get to do with him? Lots! In fact, since the game is procedurally generated, you could say there’s an infinite amount of things to do! But for today, let’s take a look at the different campaign quests you can embark on, either alone or in multiplayer teams of up to four players.

In the first quest, Baron Samedi has been partying just a bit too hard, had a little too much to drink, and wouldn’t you know it – he made a teensy mistake and accidentally opened up all of these portals from which enemies are pouring through. Naturally, it’s up to you to find and destroy all the portals.


The second quest revolves around Maman Brigitte, who’s trying to cast a spell. I won’t go into the details of why she’s trying to cast this spell, but special ingredients are called for, so you’ll have to search the levels and seek out items such as chicken feathers, spider parts, and other things of that nature.

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The third quest is something a bit different. In this one, you need to defeat a powerful voodoo sorcerer, and you can face him right from the beginning of the quest if you’d like. However, he’s very strong, so you’ll be in for a very, very tough fight. Fortunately, you can embark on side quests to defeat his acolytes from which he draws strength. Defeat this acolyte and the sorcerer will lose he health-regenerating capabilities; destroy another one and he won’t be able to throw fireballs. You can conquer as many or as few of the acolytes as you wish, but when you’re ready, it’s time to face the sorcerer and show him who’s boss.

The fourth quest is the most expansive – it’s sort of a final test from the Loa to see if you’re worthy. There are many routes and smaller quests all wrapped up as part of a big overall quest. After you beat one of these smaller quests, multiple additional quest routes become available, and you can choose which path you want to take to proceed. If you don’t like the choices available, you can always return to a previous branch and try an alternate path there to see if those objectives are more to your liking. There are plenty of paths through this one, and lots of variety as well.

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But guess what? Even after you beat all these campaign quests, there’s still more to experience. Once you’ve beaten a quest, you can play it in a higher difficulty level with extra gameplay elements that make it more challenging and change the way you play, such as enemies regenerating health, dropping bombs, inflicting poison, or causing you to slow down when you get hit. There are seven difficulties in all, with the final one basically combining all the previous difficulty modifiers into one super-challenging mode. Actually, the last difficulty mode originally gave the enemies “golden gun” attacks that killed you in one hit…but it was too hard. No one could beat it, not even those of us on the dev team, so we sent that one to the cutting-room floor.

Even without that mode, there should be plenty to sink your teeth into in the campaign quests, especially when you consider the random, roguelike elements you’ll encounter…which I’ll talk more about next time!

June 1, 2016

Full Mojo Rampage hits PS4 and Xbox One on June 28th! New Blog Post: Personalized Voodoo


Before we get started, we are very happy to announce that Full Mojo Rampage will hit PS4 and Xbox One on June 28th! Check out the trailer below!

Full Mojo Rampage: Personalized Voodoo

One of the major elements we wanted to include in Full Mojo Rampage was for it to be a unique experience every time people play. For any given player, we want it to be different from one game session to the next, and we want each player to have a different experience from other players. That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to emphasize character customization.

As I discussed in previous posts, a big part of that is choosing your parent Loa. There are eight in all, each with different spells and passive abilities, and you can choose a Loa that emphasizes, for example, aggressive attacking, or defense, or healing, or a more balanced play style. There’s only one Loa when you start, but after you’ve unlocked others, the one you go with is up to you, and the choice of Loa defines in part how you’ll play the game.

 Naturally, your parent Loa plays a big part i customizing your character and determining how you’ll play the game.

But that’s only one way you’re able to personalize your experience. You’re also able to collect and equip a variety of pins to enhance your character and build up your strength – things like more health, dealing extra damage, enhanced stats, and some with special properties. You can select pins that make up for deficiencies of your parent Loa to make your character more balanced, or, better yet, you can play to your Loa’s innate strengths. By combining a parent Loa that possesses good defense with pins that grant extra health and life regeneration, for instance, you can make a tank character that’s very hard to stop. Pins carry over from one game to the next, so once you obtain a new pin, you’ll be able to use it as often as you want, although you’re limited on how many pins you can equip simultaneously.

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You’ll want as many pins as you can get! They all enhance your character in various ways.

In addition to the pins, you’ll also get to acquire and use a huge variety of items called mojos. Unlike pins, mojos don’t carry over between games, so if you die or start a new quest, your mojos will be gone – use ’em while you’ve got ’em! There are more than 100 in all, and how and when you use them will definitely affect how you play the game.

Mojos can do a ton of different things; some simple but useful ones are mojos that boost your basic abilities, such as increasing your critical hit strength or your critical hit chance percentage, or add extra inventory space so you can equip more stuff. Other mojos are more complex, such as ones that spawn allies to help you in battle. There’s one that creates four or five kamikazes with bombs that follow you around, and they’ll charge toward enemies when they see them. Similarly, there’s one called “ghoulify,” and during a certain timeframe it’ll cause every enemy you kill to turn into a ghost that aids you in battle.

There’s also a black hole that sucks enemies toward it (great for crowd control), a disco ball that makes enemies within range start dancing, and rubber chickens you can equip to boost your stats. Sometimes they’re kind of useless, but often they can provide a big boost to a particular stat – what they do is random, so you’ll just have to check and see when you find one! One mojo that’s extremely powerful gives you the power of resurrection. If you die while using this mojo, then you’ll automatically respawn, which otherwise isn’t possible. Its effects only work for a short time, though, so the trick is to activate it just before you think you’re going to perish. With many of the mojos, timing is everything, and that’s especially true with this one.

Of course, I should also mention the voodoo doll mojos. These are equipable mojos that usually boost your stats, but the fun part about them is that they all have these dark, pessimistic descriptions that were written by our early access supporters on Steam, and they’re all named after our supporters as well.

Express your personality by choosing your favorite mask!

There’s one other important part of personalizing your character, and that’s choosing a mask. The mask is the visually customizable part of your character; unlike the Loa, pins, and mojos, they don’t affect your stats or abilities at all. We wanted this to be something that was purely an aesthetic choice so you could go with the one you like best instead of having to worry about which one was strongest.

There are no right or wrong choices, so feel free to test things out and experiment when Full Mojo Rampage hits PS4 and Xbox One on June 28th!

May 27, 2016

Full Mojo Rampage: Why Voodoo?

Greetings! This is Rob again from Over the Top Games, here to tell you more about the creation of Full Mojo Rampage. One of the unique things about Full Mojo Rampage is its voodoo theme, but it wasn’t always necessarily going to be that way. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve always been a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda, so early in development we were considering making an action-adventure game in the same vein.

Our early prototype was in 2D, and it featured a lot of square rooms that were all connected, Zelda-style. The hero had a sword and other weapons like a bow and arrow, and we may have even borrowed a few 8-bit Zelda sprites to create the initial concept. As development continued, though, the visuals transitioned into 3D, and the rectangular environments evolved into something more organic. Around the same time, we decided that, as much as we love the dungeon-and-fantasy motif, it’s something that’s been done a lot of times by a lot of game developers, so that might not be the way to go. So we got the team all together, ordered some pizza, and began brainstorming what direction we should go.


The NES classic Legend of Zelda was an early inspiration for what would eventually become Full Mojo Rampage.

We considered doing a Greek mythology theme, but we already did that with NyxQuest. It was my brother, Juan, who eventually suggested doing something based on brujeria or voodoo – something a little dark, something different from what we’d done previously. And we all thought about it for a second, and it seemed like the perfect idea. It’s not something that many developers have used in video games, or that’s very frequently represented in pop culture at all.


Here’s some of the concept art we came up with when we began exploring using a voodoo theme for our game.

We began researching deeper into voodoo and started coming up with concept art, and we ended up turning our focus specifically toward New Orleans voodoo (also called Louisiana voodoo). Voodoo isn’t just one thing; there are several types of voodoo – Haitian, South American, African – and each one is different, but we tried to draw from New Orleans voodoo as much as we could, since that’s the one we were already most familiar with. (Juan was already pretty knowledgable, since he’s pretty obsessed with history and religion.)

The more we learned about voodoo, the more it made sense for a game. The Loa, which are basically spirit gods of voodoo, aren’t just powerful beings; they have a lot of personality, too. They like to drink, they like to smoke, and they like to party, which makes things much more interesting as elements of a game. Baron Samedi, the Loa of the dead and sort of our central character, is an especially notorious partier, so we made him kind of goofy. His wife is Maman Brigitte, another of our Loa, and she’s tired of his debauchery and womanizing. We tried to work as much of that into the game as we could.


The Loa of voodoo lent themselves well to a unique and interesting video game.

In the end, I think we were able to come with something that was fun and different and a bit dark, and that works really well as a thematic complement to the kind of game that we wanted to create. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back next time when I discuss the Loa you can use in the game!


May 25, 2016

Full Mojo Rampage: Meet the Loa Part 1


One of the fun aspects of Full Mojo Rampage is that you aren’t limited to just one play style. There are eight parent Loa (voodoo gods) in the game that you can pick from to customize your character, and although there’s only one available at the beginning, you’ll be able to unlock the others by collecting medals. You can think of them as character classes; each one has his or her own unique spells and passive abilities to augment your standard projectile attacks, some of which are great for solo play, and some that are best used in multiplayer mode. Here’s a look at four of the parent Loa you can choose from.
Baron Samedi: Baron Samedi is the only Loa available when you start the game. He is a mighty Loa of death and resurrection, but he’s also a known partier and womanizer who loves to drink rum and tell dirty jokes. He offers an evasive dodge and a voodoo bomb, making him a well-rounded choice for your parent Loa. When you fill up your rampage meter, you can summon Baron Samedi himself to join you on the battlefield.


Baron Samedi’s mix of offensive and defensive moves make him a solid all-around choice.
Maman Brigitte: Like her husband Baron Samedi, Maman Brigitte is a Loa of the dead and could be considered the keeper of the cemetery. She’s an extremely powerful loa, and she sometimes turns that power toward her husband for his affairs and unfaithfulness. Her attacks are fire-based; she lets you surround yourself with flame, shoot out a wave of fire, and protect yourself using bombs.


Powerful Maman Brigitte has an affinity for fire.
Loko: Loko is the Loa of healing and vegetation, and one of the founders of the voodoo priesthood. He has a strong sprit of justice, and is ready to quickly punish evildoers. Though his health and damage-dealing capabilities aren’t the best, he lets you fire bombs that hurt enemies while healing allies, plus you can bless the earth to gain quicker attacks. His abilities make him a great ally in co-op mode.


Loko specializes in healing and comes in very handy for co-op play.
Ghede: Ghede is another Loa of death (and also fertility, FYI). He’s a mischievous sort who likes to confuse humans with his mind-control powers. If you choose him as your parent Loa, you’ll use spells to place totems on the ground to either shoot at enemies or provide protection for you and your allies. Placing totems costs points from your rampage meter, but Ghede’s meter generates faster than those of other parent Loa.


Choose Ghede as you Loa to take advantage of totems.

These four are only half of the Loa that you’ll be able to use in the game. Next time, I’ll give you the rundown on the remaining four: Erzulie, Ogoun, Lenglensou, and the super-destructive Agaou.

May 24, 2016

Ittle Dew 2: Improving Upon the Original

Hey! This is Joel from Ludosity again! Today I wanted to talk about the thought process behind making a sequel…and by that, I mean Ittle Dew 2, of course. Naturally, when you make a sequel, you want to take everything that people loved about the original and make more of it, cut out or fix things that didn’t work, and hopefully add something new so you aren’t just offering the same old thing.

With Ittle Dew 2, we had a pretty good idea of where we wanted to go, and we got some valid critiques of the original game, as well. With the first Ittle Dew, we knew we had made a very good puzzle game, and everybody seemed to like the puzzles. And there’s a very good reason for that – Ittle Dew was originally conceived as a very dense puzzle game, but as we worked on it, it grew and expanded to become an adventure game, complete with combat.


Fighting is going to be a lot more fluid and varied this time out!

Still, some people have thought that the adventure parts were unfulfilling, or that there was no real need for combat – that those elements felt tacked on. Those are both things that we wanted to address from the beginning with Ittle Dew 2. We updated the visuals from 2D to 3D (more on that in a later post) so we could allow for smoother, 360-degree character movement that would lead to better combat, plus we added an evasive roll that would add more depth to the combat and permit us to include more aggressive enemies.

On the adventure side of things, not only have we made the game world much bigger, but we’ve designed it with nonlinearity in mind, so you can tackle the game’s seven dungeons in any order. And secrets! This time we tried to pack in as many secrets as we could, so we could give you something really rewarding for exploring the island on which the game takes place.


The game world is a lot bigger than before, which means a lot more to explore and discover!

Of course, there are some things that worked really well in the original, such as restricting ourselves to four active items, each of which is mapped to a face button on the controller. No mucking around in an inventory screen to switch tools and weapons – we wanted to keep things straightforward and focus on using the tools in creative ways rather than loading players up with extra clutter. Naturally, it’s not the same set of tools in Ittle Dew 2, but they’re still upgradable, and our philosophy of creative item use – which includes using items by themselves as well as in combination with one another – hasn’t changed.


The puzzles and limited inventory were received well in the first Ittle Dew. Those elements will return with even more polish in the sequel!

Hopefully this extra emphasis on fighting and exploration will go a long way towards making Ittle Dew 2 address any issues people had with the original game, and the result will be a bigger, better adventure game that even more people will enjoy.