Kite Knight : Shield Surfing

Plot

Brave Sir Javalon was summoned by the king to climb the tower of Doom, where an old hag had locked up the princess. Dreaming of a bride as per many a stories told, the knight took the challenge and climbed the thousands of flights of stairs…

But once he had reached the top, he soon realized the witch had everyone fooled. The enchanted tower was endless and the stairs started to fade away under the hero's feet…

With only one option remaining, Sir Javalon jumped out the window and started to skate the monster infested vines on the outside of the tower, trying to reach the bottom and safety…

Controls

Key Function
LEFT ARROW Slow down or rotate when airborn
RIGHT ARROW Speed up or rotate when airborn
UP ARROW Normal jump
SPACEBAR Ultimate jump (when air meter is filled up)
LEFT CONTROL Attack obstacles and monsters

Extra info

  • Your shield will take damage, but it also regenerates over time !

  • Use your sword (left ctrl) to destroy obstacles and enemies before crashing into them

  • Try to save your ultimate air for when you are skating at high speed, it will lead to more points !

  • The more rotation you can pull off during air time, the more points you receive

  • If you wonder how I was able to wrap the entire game on a cillinder :
    --> The game is actually completely 2D, but I used a secondary camera that rendered the image to a texture. Then I applied said texture onto a cillinder 3D object ! This was pretty experimental, which also caused some of the sprites to look off scale (which they are in a way).

Missing Features

As always, scope creep is a very nasty thing especially during game jams. There was the intention (the spritework is already in the game files actually) to have "Ultimate Air" time give key combinations and options for various stunts and tricks. Due to time constraints (and me doing this SOLO) this was ultimately removed.

A leaderboard was also scheduled, but removed in the end.

Voting results

Overall
17th
5.813
Graphics
10th
6.563
Audio
11th
5.563
Gameplay
20th
4.938
Originality
11th
7.125
Theme
18th
6.688

This game entered in the Solo competition (27 entries).

Info

An endless runner around the tower. Survive as long as you can while doing some sick flips for points !

Links

Play Here !

Author

drjavasaurus

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Comments (10)

settingscon
24 days ago

Cool! I like how everything came together, it sounds and looks just right, and it's fun to play, congrats! I couldn't find any info on what the controls are, so it was a bit tough to figure out how to play.

the1257thornothing
24 days ago

I love the idea…
The realisation is funny, but it's a bit difficult to anticipate the next obstacles. Sounds and graphics much retro, one likes it or not…
I had to find the keys to be able to play…

  • Right to accelerate,
  • Up to jump,
  • Ctrl to attack

AdroitConceptions
23 days ago

intresting idea, but was hard to controll the knight. you could also get into a spot were you got stuck behind baricades.

qst0
23 days ago

After figuring out the controls it was pretty cool, it's a little easy to score points while doing nothing + the air boost comes really quick. I love the idea of this knight going sheild surfing and slicing up some baddies. The art looks good but the pixel resolution changes across the different assets which is a little strange.

High Score: 14414.91
Longest Air Time: 31.59

drjavasaurus
23 days ago

Hello everyone !

Thank you so much for the feedback. I am very sorry I had no time to update the page to include the controls before, my pregnant wife fell ill during the submission time and I hope you all understand I had to take priority to that :)

Either way, I hope you enjoyed the game !

Kerri
(@Cloie) • 22 days ago

Could be a lot of fun but I really struggled with figuring out when too attack and ended up just spamming the attack button as I crashed into things. Ultimate air time confused me a lot as it really slowed me down and I struggled to navigate with the controls.

If there physics felt more refined and the controls didn't feel as deteched this could be very fun and I thought it was a rather original idea.

The sounds were a lot of fun though!

LogicaLinsanity
22 days ago

I quite liked the sound and music, but the character did feel a bit inconsistent as I sometimes got stuck on obstacles and if I spammed my attack I could kills things with an invisible extended hit box. I like the idea a lot though, the knight surfing his wya down the tower. very cool.

Ilkalys
21 days ago

Nice job, the idea and graphics are really cool. it would be better if the ultimate jump didn't slow down the knight as much but the idea is here. The animation is really nice, great game :)

drjavasaurus
21 days ago

Thank you all for the uplifting comments ! :) It's very helpful to discover these flaws by having people playtest a jam entry, especially since inevitably everything was a bit rushed. Thank you all so much !

dwemthy
20 days ago

Great concept, love the graphics and sounds. The gameplay was rough for me though, hard to get into a flow, which is what I'd hope for in an infinite runner style of game like this. With some adjustments around the game play and level generation you could foster a good flow state pretty well from what you have already. Perhaps making the whole thing a little less steep or breaking blocks on collisions in addition to the player taking damage. Fun overall, the adjustments to allow for better flow would definitely take more time and iteration than a game jam really allows for.

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