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Heidelberg 1693 is a 2D action adventure set in the area of Heidelberg in the late 17th century.


  • Demo includes 3 stages and 1 boss fight
  • Musket: powerful ranged tool that must be reloaded between shots
  • Use a rapier in melee to conserve ammunition
  • Face the unrelenting hordes of the undead! 


Story

The year is 1693: War engulfs Europe as France, led by the illustrious Louis XIV, battles the Grand Alliance. Also called the Sun King for his luxurious tastes and extravagant appearances, he is driven by the belief that the sun – his sun – should shine upon all peoples of the world. His enemies are as numerous as the stars but it is the moon that reigns the night. Poisoned and left for dead, Louis’s bastard  son emerges from the smoke and ashes of Germany’s battlefields under the guise of the Moon King. Hatred festering in his heart, he has employed the aid of diabolical and forbidden sciences to build an army the likes of which the world had not seen since the days of Lucifer’s rebellion.

Now the dead rise from their mass graves, seeking vengeance upon the king that demanded their deaths while he basked in glory. Can you, the Sun King’s bravest musketeer, stop the approaching eclipse before it swallows the sun?


About

Development on the game began in January of 2018. The feature we worked the longest on is the musket. There was hardly a precedent from other games for a similar mechanic, so we could not simply take an existing mechanic and put our own spin on it. Instead it was necessary to dive into and really understand the 17th century in order to transform the historical rules of early gunpowder weapons into a viable gameplay mechanic for a 2D action platformer. We spent a lot of time visiting museums and poring over books in order to make the game as authentic as we could.

The goal of this demo is to conduct an early test of the core gameplay features, which are now considered complete, and to get feedback on these as we are ramping up production of the remaining game content. For the final game we want to feature many more enemies, locations and boss battles.


Rules

The core gameplay revolves around timing actions, such as attacks and jumps, in order to prevail in combat and survive the relentless onslaught.

It is important to understand enemy patterns in order to exploit their behavior. Taking advantage of enemies causing friendly fire is the key to success.

The Moon King's army is not composed of conventional soldiers; these are the living dead, and simply killing them once is not enough to guarantee their surrender.

There is only one antidote against the cancer of undeath: gunpowder and shot. Landing the killing blow with your musket will tear apart the body and make further resurrection impossible. Keep in mind that you can also shoot corpses before they revive.

Blighted Hearts, in their current implementation, are not final yet. Currently they act as an additional layer of health, with the added risk that gaining a second Blighted Heart will immediately kill you. The intent is to expand this mechanic and allow for alternative level routes and additional content that is unlocked by having these instead.



A video game by Prof. Guido Kühn and Sebastian de Andrade 

Music by  Erzen Luboja.

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Heidelberg1693_Demo(V.1.0).rar 61 MB
Heidelberg1693_Demo(V.1.1).rar 61 MB
Heidelberg1693_Demo(V.1.2).zip 71 MB

Development log

Comments

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This was a neat game to play. Interesting idea and setting, and zombies are a lot scarier when you have a musket instead of an automatic rifle! (I'm too dumb to know what a powder charge is.) I couldn't quite beat the boss, but I did get close a few times. Best of luck with continued development on this game!

This game looks so funny. Wanna play it

good

INTERESTING GAME.

This is going to be an AWESOME game. I love the muskets!

Well you sure did your research and it was worth it! From the trailer to me actually playing the game I really enjoyed it! The art style in the game is amazing and the whole concept of the moon king vs. sun king is so cool!

Where did you find your inspiration for the art style? Or how did you decide to go with this style? :D

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Really fun game. I got a little rage-y at the end there.

Many thanks   for the Video!

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Hi thank you :D

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The game is not bad, there are various enemies, but the gameplay seems to be unfinished, the animations are strange, the collision boxes seem to be too big, both the player and the enemies.

Even off-screen Snipers shoot the player, as well as spawning enemies endlessly, all of which leaves the game quite unfair.

It seems that it is using very heavy effects of post processing, there is no drop of frames in the game, however my PC heats up a lot, as it is in pixel art and does not have so many light effects "at least I did not see many in the 3 phases of the game" , there is no need to use so many resources.

To your pause screen not for unity timeScale, everything in the game keeps on happening.

Watch this video that teaches in a very practical and simple way how to make a pause screen.


I love your art style, congratulations.

Many thanks. We have adressed many issues in version 1.2.

regardings the performance. You can change the setting in the  start up menu to a lower quality. This could help. We will start optimizing the Software when our game design is manifested.

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I had a great time with the demo but I think there were a few things that weren't properly communicated, mostly, it seems, due to the lack of a tutorial. There seemed to be ladders all over the place that I just couldn't climb and an enemy type that appeared to be immortal while spawning new enemies. The lack of any progress saving checkpoints was a little tiring as well considering the overall pacing of the gameplay. It's a solid concept and I had a blast playing, just some general quality of life stuff.

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Hi, thank you for your review and the time taken to note the very much  appreciated insisghts. Today we had a public testing at the German Dev Days and several users miskept the posts as  „ladders“, too. Something among many other observed details we are definitely going to fix. Same with the pacing.  Right now we intend to make the progress up to the final version transparent. So, if you like check in once in a while and judge wether or not we are improving. 

all the best,

Guido

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And I forgot: the vid you made is awesome. This helps us.  We are a small two person enterprise and we played it while developping so often, that we need to see what other users feel like when playing it the first time. In Germany we have a nice word for this: Betriebsbindheit - working blindness. Very much appreciated.

Guido :)