So we dropped the pigeon idea. We played around with the prince theme, but for some reason we are not getting it quite right (the art doesn't seem to fit well yet). While working on that, Gavin (my artist friend) played around with a "firefly" idea:
This is not final. We still have a lot of work to do. But personally I kind of like it and I was wondering what you guys are thinking about it. We switched the perspective to landscape. The main character is the little orange bug with big eyes. The enemies are the frogs on the left which eat the tiles (they still need some work). The Hourglass, and lighting bolt are just powerups. What do you guys think of this theme? Any ideas for a name?