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Project "Joan" bloody indie scroll shooter for pixel lovers

07-24-2013, 07:07 AM
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 527
Project "Joan" bloody indie scroll shooter for pixel lovers

Update from 2015.01.21

We're still working on it - have a look at the Laser Net gameplay footage:

Update from 2014.07.08

P.S. Release date is set to Nov'2014.

--- More cool stuff ---

Have a look on the updated game feature list and new aimated screenshots.

About the game

Joan Mad Run is a pixel-art gory fight-to-the-death run’n’gun, that takes your enemies straight to hell. Literally.

The story begins with Joan waking up from a razor-sharp nightmare, which, ironically, turns out to be reality. Locked up in prison and bearing no memories about her past, she is left one-on-one with her insanity. Led by her inner voice, that craves for blood, and remorseless in the desire to find out the truth about her real self, Joan sets off on her cutthroat escape mission.

Having no one she can trust, Joan, luckily, has her guns, that would leave no chance for anyone or anything in her way. Stimulating in its sheer insanity and unnerving in its out-of-control brutality, the game instantly forces you into Joan’s shoes. And that’s when you get an amazing chance to satisfy your bloodlust by burning your enemies alive, melting them with acid, chopping them and watching their blood spurt like geyser, striking them with lightning, exploding them, squeezing them like bugs or sending them directly to the blazing inferno.

Pure and straight-down-the-line in its skeletal outline, Joan Mad Run is not that simple as it may seem. Being infected with the thrill of madness, you will have to try to keep your head cool, think fast and be hell dexterous if you hope to survive. Deadly traps, grisly bosses and callous scumbags are all here. So grab your gun, bite the bullet and show them who’s boss.

Key Features
  • single-player / multi-platform co-op multiplayer
  • speedy breakneck gameplay with brutal boss battles and hardcore soundtrack
  • two or more customizable characters
  • pet companions
  • dozens of meticulously designed weapons – from shotgun and katana to monomolecular wire and satanic pighead-gun
  • exquisite and spectacular death effects: cut, explode, burn, freeze, melt, incinerate, squeeze, send to hell and use even more unique torture methods
  • weapon crafting workbench that will allow to create stunning weapon combos
  • plethora of atmospheric locations with over 50 callous enemies to test your limits
  • dynamic environments with shader-based light and particle effects
  • lots of secrets to unveil - secret levels/rooms/corridors, unique items and easter eggs
  • procedurally generated levels
  • supports many game controllers
  • use your mobile phone as a wireless controller over WiFi
  • natively stream game video and audio to compatible TVs and media centers over network
  • play on desktop and on the go on PC/Mac/Linux/iOS/Android (progress synced across your computers and devices)
  • will support all US/EU/AP major languages (and yours if you help us translate)

Update from 2014.04.07

The free prequel game, John Mad Run is to be released in a few days - check it out

Update from 2014.03.24

Today we added a new screenshot demonstrating a part of the coop multi-player gameplay, John, the new charachter to choose from, and a new level.

In the meantime we are closing the time when we'll be able to release a free demo.

Don't forget to vote for us on Greenlight.

Update from 2014.02.18

Todays news are:
- a new video and new screens
- new game description and it's key features
- a launch of the Joan Mad Run page on Steam Greenlight
- good news about multi-platform goals
- sad/good news about beta testing

Scroll down for more stuff.


The first gameplay trailer video - 5 new levels, a new boss, new mobs and new guns, yet still w/o shaders:


The main news today is that we decided to launch the game on as many platforms as we will be able to handle - Mac/PC/Linux/iOS/Android. It'll depend on how well the project is funded and voted. So, vote and follow us if you'd like to see the game not just on the iOS.

The sad news is that beta testing iOS builds via TestFlight has recently become impossible for common users, which have no iOS Developer Program account. In order to be able to install anything from TestFlight you'll need first to activate your iOS device using Xcode and the IDP account login. So, we dropped the beta build distribution via TestFlight.

Instead of using TestFlight and because developing the game will probably take at least several more months we will be releasing a free (with no IAP) version of the game with a different main character and a separate new level - hopefully this is a matter of just several weeks.

For some time we were working on a limited Web/Flash version, but, as it turned out, it's far from being playable by now - so, the free prequel on iOS probably comes first.

Stay tuned for more updates and enjoy the new content!


New screenshots with added shaders and dynamic light effects:

Joan Mad Run

Click the pic to see the actual pixels.


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Last edited by Happybyte; 01-21-2015 at 02:53 PM. Reason: main post content update
07-24-2013, 07:18 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Greece kos island
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I like what I see and I would love to test your game!

I am the punishment of GOD
if you had not committed great sins
GOD would not have sent
a punishment like me upon you Genghis Khan

07-24-2013, 07:23 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Deepest Circle, Hell
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You already have my money based on that gif.

Oh, and "Joan" works. I like it.

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"
07-24-2013, 07:28 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Sydney
Posts: 1,773
That gif is bliss!!
07-24-2013, 07:31 AM
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 1,268
Hhhmmm it reminds me of unepic from steam...Btw hope I can get to test this..

"A whim, a thought, and more is sought. Awake my mind; thy will be wrought!"
07-24-2013, 07:43 AM
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 527
Meet some more weapon designs and effects - upgraded weapons mostly.


An upgraded Imp gun opens a black hole into a dark world and sends it to traverse the level to gather blood and souls:

Super shotgun

10 gauge shotgun shrapnel spreads to a wider area - it's that powerful so it shoots enemies on all level platforms:

AK-47 with submachine grenade launcher

Shot of Odin

An upgraded version of Lighting gun, sends out a lightning ball electrocuting all who is trapped too close:

Acid gun LV

An upgraded Acid gun, deploys a bunch of head-crabs that spit acid and melt everyone on all level platforms:

Microwave gun 22

A wider ray of microwave energy burns across all levels:

Freezer with freezing grenade launcher

Cools down everything in the range of the grenade blast, including the environment:

Plasma sword with bullet deflection

Upgraded plasma sword give you an ability to deflect projectiles, bullets:

Monomolecular net upgrade

Throw monomolecular net and slice everyone in front of you into tiny pieces:

Circular saw C.P.

Throws saw discs after upgrade:



Replaces knife as an upgrade - slices enemies in several pieces:


Shrinks enemies to mice size - step on them to smash:

Golden pistol upgrade

Allows a more rapid rate of fire:


A king of close combat:

Last edited by Happybyte; 10-02-2013 at 04:54 PM. Reason: added more content
07-24-2013, 08:07 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 967
Originally Posted by Happybyte View Post
And a little bonus to feel the mood of the game - a start sreen theme soundtrack on SoundCloud:

How do you like it? Moody enough?
Very very nice!!!
07-25-2013, 12:53 PM
Joined: Mar 2011
Posts: 527
Thanks for your motivating opinions, all!

P.S. Who else want to beta test please send me a message via forum with your TestFlight email.

Early beta is more or less ready, yet we have to wait until Apple restores the developer portal, so we could update our certificates for TestFlight members.
07-25-2013, 01:07 PM
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 1,268
Originally Posted by Happybyte View Post
Thanks for your motivating opinions, all!

P.S. Who else want to beta test please send me a message via forum with your TestFlight email.

Early beta is more or less ready, yet we have to wait until Apple restores the developer portal, so we could update our certificates for TestFlight members.
Huzzah!!I can't wait to try this game....

"A whim, a thought, and more is sought. Awake my mind; thy will be wrought!"
07-25-2013, 03:05 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Minneapolis, USA
Posts: 3,656
Those pixels are so gorgeous. I'm ready to tie my red bandana on and bust out of that prison as soon as I can.