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A comment on the Fright Fight article got me thinking....

06-28-2013, 05:11 PM
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A comment on the Fright Fight article got me thinking....

What iOS-specific characters would make for a good Super Smash Bros.-styled arena fighter, if it was possible to make one? Out of curiosity's sake, I came up with a small list of potential candidates, and would like help in filling out the list, just for fun and giggles.

From that simple question, I knew I needed to narrow the possibilities somehow. So I came up with the following guidelines:

1.) No characters from ports. As cool as it would be to pit Sonic against Velocispider, that would defeat the purpose of "iOS-specific characters". Thus, characters from the Final Fantasy games/TWEWY/TMNT/Pitfall!/etc.... are not gonna work.

2.) No player-customizable characters, unless there is a good reason. If a character can have their abilities/capabilities tweaked to a player's individual desires, then that character would lack a skill set that makes them unique. This means that such a character would not live up to player expectations. So no playing as the hero of Aralon or Ravensword or the Knight from WazHack or the main character of Infinity Blade, just as a couple of examples.

There are exceptions to this guideline. For example, Horn would make a good candidate even though he can be seriously tricked out with a wide variety of gear and abilities, because Horn has a basic set of abilities that he relies on no matter how you customize him: slashing with his sword, dodging, zip lining, arrows, you get the point. The same would go for the likes of Barry Steakfries, or The Fisherman from Ridiculous Fishing. They have a core set of abilities that every player will effectively use at least once.

This also means that this guideline is the one that is broken the most. :/

3.) No non-combat characters as core fighters. This should be self-explanatory; after all, if, say, the Bird from Tiny Wings has no offensive abilities, then how is he gonna defend himself against The Blockman from The Blocks Cometh? That doesn't mean that they cannot make cameos, though... like, say, a Final Smash-alike ability that turns the level into a level of Angry Birds, and the player who activated it gets to fling the Angry Birds at the other players for a few seconds....

I would personally disqualify the Angry Birds from the core roster, though, because they can't do much unless someone else like the player slingshots them toward a target, which means they would have little chance in a one-on-one fight on the ground.

4.) Characters must have some kind of official name, and have a personality that distinguishes themselves. The little dude from 10000000 has no defining attributes or personality; he's a blank slate that the player projects themselves onto. Temple Azure from Spiral Episode 1, however, has a name and a clearly-defined personality, which helps him stand out from the other characters in the game. Thus, Temple Azure would be a candidate, while the dude from 10000000 would not.

(Kinda) 5.) Be careful with games that have multiple main characters, like Maximus or Combo Crew. If there are a lot of distinct characters with differing playstyles independent of character customization within a single game, then they could swarm the roster and overwhelm other characters from less character-numerous properties. I personally avoided dealing with this issue for the most part, but I do think the Maximus characters would make a good fit for the core roster.... it's something to think about.

SOOOO, with all that ballyhoo out of the way, these are what I came up with:

Barry Steakfries, from Monster Dash/Jetpack Joyride/Age of Zombies.
The Agent, from League of Evil.
The Pygmy, from Pocket God.
The Fisherman, from Ridiculous Fishing.
Nina, from Supermagical.
Hardik, from Towelfight 2: The Monocle of Destiny.
The Scythian, from Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP.
John Gore, from Minigore.
Hook Champ, from Hook Champ.
Lexi, from Mage Gauntlet.
Velocispider, from Velocispider.
The Bandit, from Beat Sneak Bandit.
Whoever the main character is of Zombieville USA.
Wimp, from Wimp: Who Stole My Pants?
Belle, from Project 83113.
The Spellsword, from Spellsword.
Cornelius, from Don't Run with a Plasma Sword.
Graham, from Storm the Train.
The Skateboarding Chick, from Cool Pizza.
Hector, from Hector: Badge of Carnage.
Max, from Apocalypse Max.
Horn, from Horn.
Gizzard, from Escape from Age of Monsters.
The Robot, from EPOCH.
Blockman, from The Blocks Cometh.
Ayden, from Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden.

This is nowhere near complete, mainly due to the fact that I ignored the villains, which is a big no-no. And, this ignores the possibility of Gameloft throwing together a bunch of their own characters and making an arena-spectacle fighter of their own. Come to think of it, WHY HAVEN'T THEY MADE SOMETHING LIKE THAT YET?!


Ah well, discuss this folks!


Mr. Album
06-28-2013, 05:19 PM
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Isn't Ridiculous Fishing a remake of a PC game?
The problem of making a game like this with iOS characters is that characters wouldn't have the same... "style". Think of Snake in SSBB. While it's a cool character, it didn't match the style of the game.
But anyway, I think that Tempus from Spiral, Baron from Bike Baron, John Slade from Shadowgun and Siris/Ausar from Infinity Blade would suit a SSB-like game.

06-28-2013, 05:44 PM
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Not too keen on Siris/Ausar, because his basic attacks change with whichever weapons you wield. Dual Wield is very different from Sword and Shield, for example. And don't even get me started on the magic rings and whatnot :P Unless he's designed in such a way that he can effectively switch weapons in the middle of a fight and only uses magic as his Final Smash-alike ability, probably at the cost of speed and maneuverability... maybe.

I guess I can see him working after all.

.... Huh. Must have missed that fact.

*facepalm* Is his name really Tempus, not Temple? ARGH, me and my schizoid memory recall DX

Is Baron a combat character? Haven't played the game myself so I wouldn't know.

Oooh, John Slade's a good choice. Nice catch

As to the change in "style", I can see where you come from. I think the best solution would be to make the game multiplayer-focused like the original, with the single-player tacked on. Thus, the player doesn't have to worry about who "fits" in the world/universe/etc.... All the player would need to worry about would be if the character was fun to play.

At least, that's a theory. :/
06-28-2013, 05:56 PM
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Jason , from gangstar Vegas
The golfer from stickman golf
The scientist from league of evil?
Mikey shorts
The Other Brothers characters.
06-28-2013, 06:03 PM
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This is a very interesting idea!!How bout the indies do a game jam about this?!?!

My character wishes so far:
The characters from Maximus
The main character from quadropus rampage(forgot his name)
The punch quest guy

"A whim, a thought, and more is sought. Awake my mind; thy will be wrought!"

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06-28-2013, 06:04 PM
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I shall choose my mutant alpaca.

Second choice would be Enviro-Bear.

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06-28-2013, 06:34 PM
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06-28-2013, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Primoz View Post
I shall choose my mutant alpaca.

Second choice would be Enviro-Bear.
More Enviro-Bear
06-28-2013, 08:01 PM
Well the obvious start is one of the Angry Birds. I'm thinking the red one!

And then Om Nom from Cut the Rope.

The King from Infinity Blade.

The Rain Droplet from the Quell Series.

Doodle Jump Guy/Gal!

One of the Chaos Rings characters.

Pygmy #4 from Pocket God.

06-28-2013, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by basil View Post
More Enviro-Bear
Pretty much just Enviro-Bear on his own. Maybe in a car. Collecting food for the winter.

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