The challenge of the 2015 24-Hour Philly Game Jam was to make a movie tie-in game for a movie that never had a game made for it. After much deliberation, my partners Mila and Jill settled on a film we all love, The Last Unicorn.
We decided to make a Zelda-esque 2D action game where you play as Amalthea, the unicorn. Though we tried to keep it small, the 24-hour time limit proved grueling. We ended up with one area and the first couple screens of a proposed dungeon, as well as a single enemy type with a unique attack. The most fleshed-out part of the demo is Amalthea herself; she has four-direction movement animations, a ranged attack, and a fully functioning health meter.
You can try the demo on itch.io here.
Magical University Assistant Librarian was created for the Philly Game Forge September 2014 game jam, sponsored by SEGA Three Rings studio. The theme of the game jam was “My Monkey Buddy”, and there were a total of six entries. All the games were really great, and it was fun to see all the various takes on the theme. My game was inspired by the Discworld Librarian, who is an orangutan. In the game, you’re an apprentice wizard working as assistant to the librarian, and he has given you the task of shelving the magical books. The books just keep piling up, so you’ll have to keep up, or you’re fired!
The game won the “Monkey-See, Monkey-Do Award to Best Pick Up And Play” and the “Orange-utans and Ape-ricots Award for Best Use of the Color Orange” at the game showcase, and fourth place overall.
The game was made in LOVE2D and can be downloaded for pay-what-you-want (including free) from itch.io. A browser version is currently in development.