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Title: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 08:57:58 AM
I'm back with a different Simon's Quest remake. This one aims to combine classic stage by stage elements with some of the Metroidvania elements. (Like a simplified statistics system, for example.) And just as a warning, it's kinda chibi.

Here's a very early alpha teaser:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaX7tCTeUHw&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaX7tCTeUHw&feature=youtu.be)
I'm aiming for a full game open to public beta testing late this year or early next year.

Simon's current sprite is temporary, I've started his final look:
(https://castlevaniadungeon.net/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi57.tinypic.com%2F2vsj191.png&hash=c273bfb9d0ff0b886817a675c7897a2c)
Once this gets sheeted I will implement it into the game. If you want to help sheet him, let me know. I can send you the list of animations, the original Simon sheet, and some extra information.

Here's some screenshots of the Berkley Mansion:
(https://castlevaniadungeon.net/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi62.tinypic.com%2F2na0mpv.png&hash=56cfe4adaa84c09a4c6992812e424152)
Please note that I haven't distinguished outside and inside rooms in the code, so the filter for nighttime is over most of those screenshots. The game itself is brighter than that.

Most fine tuning revisions are being saved for when there is a full game. So until then, you'll notice some graphics from other series, a lack of enemy death animations, enemies not utilizing all of their attacks, etc.

Please leave comments and criticism, let me know what you think!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: darkmanx_429 on August 12, 2015, 09:01:48 AM
Now this looks really cool. Simon's Quest really needs more love.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 09:11:01 AM
Now this looks really cool. Simon's Quest really needs more love.

Agreed! While I find the game itself designed pretty poorly, the concepts are actually pretty cool. And to top it off the game looked and fealt great, and the music was pretty kickass, albiet repetitive. I've tried expanding on the game's concepts. The day to night system is message free and time simply passes by. The change in sky color is pretty sudden right now, but I'll eventually be adding sunset and sunrise, music fading out, etc. Maybe even a wolf howling at sunset. I'm also currently working on a weather system. At the moment it's only aesthetic, when I have more areas made I can add something like the ground being slippery when wet.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: X on August 12, 2015, 09:24:26 AM
This reminds me of what they did for Valis II when it was ported to the Genesis. I'm surprised you didn't call your game SD Castlevania: Seal of the Curse. Looks good though! Does it play exactly like the original?
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 09:37:21 AM
Not exactly. Simon has been made swifter, and certain items have been overhauled, such as the holy water becoming the glass bomb, which you use to clear certain rocks and roadblocks. Subweapons work like Symphony of the Night, and I plan to add many new ones.

There are now 3 classes of weaponry: Whips, Daggers, and Greatswords.
Whips deal medium damage and have a medium delay when used. Daggers deal minimal damage but can be used quickly and consecutively. Greatswords have a long delay but deal great amounts of damage.

You have 4 stats: Attack, Defense, Luck, and Levels. Attack and defense depend on your weapon and armor, and luck depends on accessories. Levels are simplified, and you should be able to play the game pretty well without grinding. Shops sell more general items with the occasional weapon. Relics like the white crystal and such are found elsewhere. There are bosses inside and outside of the mansions. Castlevania is going to be much longer and have multiple areas.

Day and night works mostly the same, enemies' defense and attack double at nighttime. Hearts are no longer currency, only attack ammo. Spells and critical arts work like SotN, where you input button combinations. Simon has 2 hands to equip items with. Greatswords are 2-handed, while other weapons can be paired with a shield or something else. Simon has a use item button for one time use items, such as food, laurels, or garlic.

Towns have been overhauled. They are much shorter and townsfolk either tell you useful information or offer some sort of side quest. Towns will have warp points in them, as well as saverooms in the churches. Saverooms will also appear outside of towns, so you don't have to travel back to a town to do so. Citizens still go inside at night monsters replace them, however, you can still enter buildings at night.

That's just a few changes off of the top of my head.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Claimh Solais on August 12, 2015, 09:44:05 AM
This. I like this so much. I've been tired of seeing Simon's Quest remakes and they're just straight-up remakes that merely improve upon graphics and a mechanic or two. This complete overhaul is something to be excited about. I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this. I adore the graphical style, too.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: eryson on August 12, 2015, 12:54:03 PM
Im impressed with this. Its very beautiful!
You're using La-Mulana as Inspiration? The graphics, gameplay and the way that Simon uses the whip remembers that game a lot!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 01:37:21 PM
La Mulana is an excellent game! I didn't have it in mind with these graphics though- These are based on a set of custom sprites by SmithyGCN. It's in a Wai Wai World 2 style with very detailed animations, shading, and shadows, but with psuedo-NES color limitations.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Hellmont on August 12, 2015, 03:06:59 PM
Looks great so far. How far along are you with development? And what are you developing this in engine wise?
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 03:08:57 PM
This is about 2 months in (work was scattered in small sessions in that time)

The first month was dedicated to the physics and enemy AI library. The rest of that time was level development, but not all elements that are completely necessary have been added yet.

I'm using Game Maker with the Caster engine for music support.
I've been considering doing some game development streams on my twitch, but I've yet to see if my PC is up to par for that. But hey, if you wanna hear anything about the development or how I did something or whatever feel free to ask.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Hellmont on August 12, 2015, 03:10:29 PM
I've never used Game Maker but this is certainly one of the best looking games made with GM that I have seen.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 03:13:32 PM
I've never used Game Maker but this is certainly one of the best looking games made with GM that I have seen.
Thank you! Game Maker is actually pretty powerful, it's just the community of newcomers that don't really know much about game design that have given it it's repuation. (I was one at one time however, you gotta start somewhere.) Idk if you know about AM2R, but that's one of the best looking games I've seen made with the program.

If you don't mind me asking, I swear I've seen your name on a game I've played. You know what that might be?
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Hellmont on August 12, 2015, 04:17:30 PM
It might be Castlevania - The Bloodletting or CV - Bloodstorm (unfinished). I'm currently developing Anathema, but the only demo we've shown publicly was at the Game Developers Conference this year.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 04:18:36 PM
It might be Castlevania - The Bloodletting or CV - Bloodstorm (unfinished). I'm currently developing Anathema, but the only demo we've shown publicly was at the Game Developers Conference this year.
Ah, it was the Bloodletting. Great job on that btw.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Hellmont on August 12, 2015, 04:28:29 PM
Ah, it was the Bloodletting. Great job on that btw.

Thanks very much! Simon's Quest was always one of my favorites, despite its flaws. I like that you're taking an all original approach (especially in the sprite department). Are you making this by yourself or do you have a team?
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 04:32:16 PM
I'm just doing this by myself. I wanted get a sprite team since that's where my skills are kinda lacking, but sprites are a later priority. It'd be nice to have better graphics while I work but if I were to focus on sprites now, I'd never finish. But aside from that I'm pretty self-sufficient with these kinds of projects.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: X on August 12, 2015, 05:56:52 PM
Quote
There are now 3 classes of weaponry: Whips, Daggers, and Greatswords.
Whips deal medium damage and have a medium delay when used. Daggers deal minimal damage but can be used quickly and consecutively. Greatswords have a long delay but deal great amounts of damage.

What about the vampirekiller whip? It's the ultimate weapon in CV II, especially powered up with the fire ability. This is just me but I don't feel that a great sword should overshadow the Vampirekiller's power.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 12, 2015, 06:33:31 PM
What about the vampirekiller whip? It's the ultimate weapon in CV II, especially powered up with the fire ability. This is just me but I don't feel that a great sword should overshadow the Vampirekiller's power.

Well, against Dracula your best choice is the vampire killer. I'm taking many liberties with the lore with inspiration from the original Simon's Quest story. At that time the vampire killer wasn't as significant as it was in the story as it is now. Yes, it's the vampire killer, but gameplay wise it's way too fast to make the strongest weapon. It'll give you an advantage against Dracula but the greatsword of equal significance (the holybrand) is stronger against other enemies at the cost of speed and accuracy. Sorry to quote sequelitis, but in the first Castlevanias the whip was not the optimal weapon. It's gameplay balancing, which I'm prioritizing over story.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: ProjectDread on August 13, 2015, 04:33:10 AM
I like what I'm seeing so far. Simon's Quest was, in my opinion, a deeply flawed game. Other remakes I've seen have tweaked a few quality of life mechanics and improved the graphics but I believe it takes much more than that to create a modern and enjoyable experience. The route you're taking makes it look like a game I'd actually want to play. Keep it up!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 18, 2015, 04:18:06 PM
So I wanted to get you guy's opinion. Which of these 2 versions of Don't Wait Until Night feel better for this game?

Version 1 (Heard in Teaser) (https://www.mediafire.com/?jbsu797bfph456k)

Version 2 (New Revision) (http://www.mediafire.com/download/2kqqsd4qq8ni27u/dwun.mp3)

I'm trying to pick an instrument set.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Claimh Solais on August 18, 2015, 04:57:14 PM
The cymbals sound a bit overwhelming in both versions, but less so in the new revision. Overall, I like the sound of the new one better.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Hellmont on August 18, 2015, 05:10:34 PM
The second one has a better vibe.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: eryson on August 19, 2015, 07:35:06 AM
I liked the Revision more.
Anyway, You're the one making these musics?? Its just lovely!!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: X on August 19, 2015, 09:24:43 AM
The second one sounds interesting with the echo you put in. But yeah, the cymbals are a little too frequent.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 19, 2015, 10:46:21 AM
How's this one?

Revision 3 (http://www.mediafire.com/listen/kos59zaaduwl036/Don%27t_Wait_Until_Night%282%29.mp3)
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Hellmont on August 19, 2015, 10:59:34 AM
The volume of the highhats are good, but the crashes still sound too loud. The crash cymbals obscure the rest of the instruments when they hit.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Claimh Solais on August 19, 2015, 08:18:49 PM
Making the crash cymbals a bit quieter would be good, but I feel in that new revision the hi-hat is too quite now. Actually, aside from the crash cymbals, I feel all the percussion is way too quiet. The melody, harmony, and bass tracks are all WAY overpowering the percussion track.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 20, 2015, 11:21:32 AM
So I tried something different.
I rendered the drums and instrumental seperately.
When I loaded the drums into the mixer, I normalized the sample (For those who don't know, that makes the gain the same for the entire sample.) I applied compression and reverb to both tracks, and here is the result:
Revision 4 (http://www.mediafire.com/listen/01zw117fg88k4jl/dont_wait_till_night_yo.mp3)

I liked the Revision more.
Anyway, You're the one making these musics?? Its just lovely!!
I'm not gonna take credit, I'm just applying soundfonts to MIDIs. This MIDI in particular is by Nicholas via Mr. P's Castlevania Realm.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Claimh Solais on August 20, 2015, 01:46:02 PM
So I tried something different.
I rendered the drums and instrumental seperately.
When I loaded the drums into the mixer, I normalized the sample (For those who don't know, that makes the gain the same for the entire sample.) I applied compression and reverb to both tracks, and here is the result:
Revision 4 (http://www.mediafire.com/listen/01zw117fg88k4jl/dont_wait_till_night_yo.mp3)

I think that's MUCH better. The percussion can really be heard this time around, and it really adds that extra bit of power Don't Wait Until Night needs.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Jorge D. Fuentes on August 25, 2015, 05:06:41 PM
I think I recognize that version of "Nightmare".  ;)
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on August 25, 2015, 06:45:09 PM
I think I recognize that version of "Nightmare".  ;)
Damn man I'm sorry, you deserve credit for that stuff. I'll add proper author credit to the video when I get the chance. It's been so long since I really posted about a game project and it keeps slipping my mind.  :-X
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Jorge D. Fuentes on August 25, 2015, 06:53:29 PM
No problem! Sounds good with the old Retro-Synth! :D
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Crying Freeman on August 27, 2015, 09:30:41 AM
Looks great! Love the gbc graphical style and sd chatlracter designs!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Wallz! on October 11, 2015, 10:45:38 PM
Here's another alpha teaser to show off some of the new touch-ups and progress:
https://youtu.be/nyTUaJjTBFE
I'll be posting a progress report in the near future.
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: zangetsu468 on October 12, 2015, 12:36:59 AM
Here's another alpha teaser to show off some of the new touch-ups and progress:
https://youtu.be/nyTUaJjTBFE
I'll be posting a progress report in the near future.

I like the way it's shaping up.
I also like the inclusion of Lorule's Triforce symbol and the full sized axe armour :)
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: ProjectDread on October 13, 2015, 02:57:46 AM
This is awesome! The art style and chiptune remixes alone really give this project it's own identity. I could never stand Simon's Quest but I'm thinking your game could finally make it worth playing, keep it up!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: eryson on October 13, 2015, 12:10:17 PM
Wow!! this game have a very nice atmosphere!!!
Title: Re: Castlevania: Seal of the Curse (Simon's Quest Remake)
Post by: Las on October 13, 2015, 06:55:19 PM
Wow that's neat..reminds me of kid niki style castlevania. Very inventive!