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SQUIDS (by The Game Bakers)

08-16-2011, 12:25 PM
#1
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SQUIDS (by The Game Bakers)

Hi fellow TouchArcade buddies,

Here is a little introduction to our first game as The Game Bakers. I hope you'll like it!

Also, as I'm posting this thread, I'm in the train (with WiFi!) heading to Gamescom in Germany, so if anyone from here is there, let's meet!

08-16-2011, 12:50 PM
#2
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Can't turn down a turn-based-squid-combat game!

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Squids!?

Worst idea ever!

08-17-2011, 01:02 AM
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Reminds me of Bouncy Mouse in that you've taken the slingshot mechanic to the next level.

And the game looks awesome. Am I seeing correctly that the creatures have different abilities that trigger after they got shot forward?

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08-17-2011, 01:09 AM
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Mmh, not exactly. You can pull the tentacle of each squid and throw them against enemies to do a melee attack - squid style. But there are currently four classes of squids with a special ability each (Stomp, Shoot, Dash, Heal). And some characters have multiple classes.
08-17-2011, 01:13 AM
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Looks awesome, the art is fantastic.
08-17-2011, 01:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Emeric View Post
Mmh, not exactly. You can pull the tentacle of each squid and throw them against enemies to do a melee attack - squid style. But there are currently four classes of squids with a special ability each (Stomp, Shoot, Dash, Heal). And some characters have multiple classes.
I see, still sounds great.

Currently learning iMaschine and Garage Band.
08-17-2011, 01:24 AM
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Just checked Bouncy Mouse, this game had slipped under my watch. Looks pretty fun, but Squids is really different. It's a turn-based game and it's not really some sort of touch platformer. There is aiming skill involved but it's a bit more tactical and has a little bit of RPG as well.
08-17-2011, 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Emeric View Post
Just checked Bouncy Mouse, this game had slipped under my watch. Looks pretty fun, but Squids is really different. It's a turn-based game and it's not really some sort of touch platformer. There is aiming skill involved but it's a bit more tactical and has a little bit of RPG as well.
Cool, I know it's different from Bouncy Mouse but I like that both games are using the slingshot mechanic in more expensive and creative ways rather than the latest shoot-projectile-at-structure clone.

Check out Hungribles also.

Can you talk more the characters in SQUIDS, and the level design? When is the game supposed to come out?

Currently learning iMaschine and Garage Band.
08-17-2011, 06:50 AM
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Is it turn-based like drelbs said? If it is, my interest is piqued.

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08-17-2011, 09:53 AM
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Yep, turn-based . That's why I asked about turn-based games in another thread recently. Some of you guys directed me on pretty cool games on iOS.
I'm a long time fan of tactical RPGs like Shining Force and other tactics game, and as a developper I was really excited to do a 2011-touch-version of these kind of games! The dream of a fan actually.

The character: as I said, we currently have four classes but some characters can have multiple abilities. And they all have different stats, so for instance, two squids from the same class can be very different because one will have double defense and the other one double movement points... And of course visually we try to make them feel very different. One thing I loved the most from these old games is how much I could be attached to some characters and try to beat the game only with 6 of them when you could have 12 on the battlefield for instance.

The level design: we've made the environments as varied as possible visually. We start in a very tropical and colorful environment and then you'll land into sunken atlantis city after a big turtle ride. Gameplay wise, some maps are very big and are more about exploration and reaching the opposite side, and some are more arena like where you have to defend yourself against waves of spawning enemies. I really want to add a "race" game mode as well but last time I asked for it my programming buddy chained me in the basement without food and water, so I guess it will come in an update very soon. Also, in the levels there are a lot of stuff that are very important: spiky urchins that deal a lot of damage, holes where to push the enemies into (and not fall yourself), water streams, power ups placed at tactical location.

In the end the game is a bit like angry birds meets worms meets pokemon... but come hey, someone had to try to do that on iOS . When I was in Ubisoft I would have been executed for having such a crazy idea, so now I take my own risks ;-).