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Ascovel 07-05-2010 10:21 AM

Snakes of Avalon RELEASED!
 
Coming later this July...

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YouTube Video

Snakes of Avalon is a traditional point & click adventure game which I co-designed, done some graphics for, and written all the dialogs and code.

I hope you'll find the above video preview intriguing. Full version will be available in a matter of weeks.

Haggis 07-05-2010 02:41 PM

Having played an earlier version, I can say that this is an excellent game and definitely worth playing! :)

Gabez 07-05-2010 05:05 PM

It does look interesting. A strong atmosphere -- and the whole thing is fully voiced?

ThunderPeel2001 07-05-2010 06:27 PM

Good stuff. Another great indie point and clicker is Ben There, Dan That. Highly recommended for LucasArts fans, and indeed anyone who fancies playing a short, free and hilarious game.

Look forward to Snake of Avalon!

Gabez 07-05-2010 07:25 PM

Yes I must play that and Time Gentlemen Please since I heard they're awesome... (though I'm not in the mood for adventure games atm, when I am in the future it's good to know that there are some free/cheap ones to play)

My favourite fan adventure that I've played is still Scurvyliver's That Night Before (http://scurvy.adventuredevelopers.com/tnb.html) which I should go back and play again. It has a lot of LucasArts references too.

Ascoval: what's with the name? Is it revealed in the game or can you tell us about the name now?

Ascovel 07-06-2010 06:04 AM

Thanks very much for the interest, guys! And to Haggis for recommending Snakes so strongly after playing a rough (and a very rough) version!

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Originally Posted by Gabez (Post 2736978)
AscovEl: what's with the name? Is it revealed in the game or can you tell us about the name now?

Why do you ask about the name? It's a very fine name I think. :)

Seriously, I can tell a bit about the game's plot and its style if you wish, but I don't want to reveal the meaning of the title, of the fish, or any other strange things happening, because that would spoil the playing experience later.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gabez
It does look interesting. A strong atmosphere -- and the whole thing is fully voiced?

No, it's not fully voiced. While professional voice-overs add a lot of value, they neither bring new players to a game, nor it is easy to do them. We're working on Snakes for free, in our spare time, and it's an audio-visually dynamic game - there just wasn't much point in doing the voice-overs.

If the game proves to be popular, I will definitely consider preparing a voice pack for it someday, but in the meantime I want to go back working on other games and stuff of mine asap.

I hope it doesn't sound like the game will be still rough around the edges though. We're currently investing a lot of the just to have the game polished and all the dialogs/interactions meaningful and fun. The trailer itself is based on the early version that Haggis played and there will be noticeable differences in the final. Here's the updated bar interior for example:

http://hardydev.com/wp-content/uploa...s-screen0d.png

Gabez 07-06-2010 06:51 AM

The reason I ask about the title is not because it isn't good, but because of my interest in the Arthurian legend!

I would have been surprised if it had been fully voiced, as with an adventure game that means thousands of lines of dialogue.

If you did want a voice actor for your game, let me know though! Now that I've got a microphone I can do stuff like that.

Ascovel 07-07-2010 02:07 PM

I'm not saying there there isn't any connection to the Arthurian Avalon whatsoever, but don't get your hopes high either. Overall, the game is mix of a barfly's day-to-day existence with a Htichcock like suspense/murder story (think of The Lady Vanishes, Shadow of Doubt etc). Of course the broken mind of a drunk point of view gives it all a bit of a David Cronenberg flavor.

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If you did want a voice actor for your game, let me know though! Now that I've got a microphone I can do stuff like that.
To be honest I want to do full voice-overs for Frantic Franko later this year, so I might call on you then. It's just that I can't do this for every single freeware game. But I'm very happy there are actually people who want to lend their voices. Justin Franklin (Guybrush/LeChuck from MISP) is doing the voice of Franko and is in the trailer of Snakes too.

Cyrus7 07-10-2010 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ascovel (Post 2737118)
Here's the updated bar interior for example:

http://hardydev.com/wp-content/uploa...s-screen0d.png

Umm... For now, I don't notice any difference.

Ascovel 07-11-2010 10:39 AM

I'd post a screen from the original for comparison, but I really don't want to show around the inferior version. How do you like the trailer, Cyrus?

Gabez 07-11-2010 11:06 AM

Nice LucasArts logo there!

Ascovel 07-11-2010 11:49 AM

Thx. And what about this logo here? (a concept art)

http://hardydev.com/wp-content/uploa...kes-coverx.png

ThunderPeel2001 07-11-2010 11:57 AM

I think you're asking a bit much if you want people to judge a concept... :-/

Ascovel 07-11-2010 12:40 PM

Well, this concept is pretty much it, the final version will be just more polished. I wanted to show it because I'm happy how it came out, but I'm perfectly fine with none having anything to say about it, if it doesn't inspire to.

Haggis 07-12-2010 07:07 AM

I like it, I think the logo fits the game quite well. I'm not too fond of the background colour though, personally.

Ascovel 07-13-2010 06:51 PM

Thanks.

Do you mean a different shade of orange would be better? Or another color entirely?

Haggis 07-14-2010 06:55 AM

I'm not sure... right now it looks a bit Latin American or something, if that makes sense. Maybe a beige or cream colour would work better, although that's just my take, and I'm no design wiz... or maybe yellow, to hint at a certain fluid that's used in the game... :P

Ascovel 07-17-2010 06:14 PM

Sorry everyone, but despite what the trailer says we won't make it with a release in July after all. Expect the game early August though.

Oh, and after all kinds suggestions I've received we're trying different colors and fonts for the logo with some really cool results.

Ascovel 09-19-2010 09:33 AM

We kept improving and improving our game until September caught us half-alive.

But... we finally released it. And we're proud of it.

Here's a link from where you can download the full game.

And here's a video from the game's opening, if you'd like to see that first.

I'll be grateful for any kind of comments and evaluations of the game.

http://hardydev.com/wp-content/uploa...akes.menu_.png

Ascovel 09-25-2010 07:42 PM

Is anyone playing the game among the forum readers here?

To give a bit of an incentive I wanted to mention Snakes of Avalon got picked as the freeware pick at the IndieGames.com blog, it is one of the 3 featured games on GameJolt, and appeared in the news at DIYGamer, as well as is gathering all sorts of favorable opinions just about everywhere.

Ascovel 01-14-2011 10:14 AM

Maybe it's just my luck and no one ever paid attention to this thread since the game's release, or maybe people don't remember about Snakes when they have time to try something new. But I certainly keep hearing on mixnmojo about how bored people are with what's currently offered in mainstream games, and it seems traditional point&click adventure games for the PC aren't out of place in these parts.

So I'm going to try one last time...

I'm offering Snakes of Avalon - my freeware adventure game that tells the story of a drunk attempting to stop a murder plot. It's very much in style of classic LucasArts adventures (in-fact it has lots of LEC titles references), but it's slightly more creepy, more disturbing. You can download the full version either here or here.

I've announced Snakes' release here in September in hopes of hearing a few opinions. Instead I didn't get even a single comment about it (except from Haggis, but he already played an early version of Snakes before I even started this thread).

If the info I provided about the game leaves you all completely cold, then of course don't force yourselves to play it. I'd just prefer to know if I was (and still am so far) disappointed over people's absentmindedness or plain apathy.

Ascovel 01-15-2011 02:29 PM

Great to hear it. Thanks, MrHarper!


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