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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A demo for Katakijin is now available. Knytt rip-off? Nikujin?

- direct download link
Anonymous Kon-Tiki said at 10/17/2007 06:55:00 AM:  
Whatever it is, it looks good. The characters themselves could use some polish, but it at least looks like it'll have the same atmosphere and wondrous feelings while exploring as Knytt has, but with more of a game feeling to it.
Anonymous Mischief Maker said at 10/17/2007 07:48:00 AM:  
I like it. It shows great potential. Right now the #1 thing it needs is a frame of animation for while the enemy is reeling from an attack. Right now they just calmly stand at attention and it's hard to tell when it's safe to attempt to combo.

I think this will be a great game when it's finished. I suggest removing the block button, though. Blocking in an over-the-top action game is for sissies.

(I would also remove the large green objects blocking the player's view, or at least make them transparent.)
Anonymous Boud said at 10/17/2007 08:08:00 AM:  
Yeah that's obviously a Nikujin Rip-off, most of the game mechanics are the same (Even the controls !)

Just add a few combos, a Knytt-like graphics and you have Katakijin.

The good point is the game doesn't have that no-mistake-bastard difficulty nikujin had...maybe that's what nikujin's charm was anyway ^^
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/17/2007 12:30:00 PM:  
I fail to understand why people can't just play a game for a game. Yeah, this looks like Knytt. Yeah Fez looks like Crush or SPM. Yeah The Underside is a Cavestory "rip-off". Get over it!
Is the game good? Is it enjoyable? That's what our primary concern should be. Podunkian certainly prooved us wrong; The Underside looks like Cavestory, plays like Cavestory, but has its own feel to it. So why is that getting praise while this is getting flak?

I think it's a very good game. It has a different feel to it than Nukijin. While Nukijin makes you move like a Ninja, this game makes you fight like a Ninja. Can't wait for the full thing.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/17/2007 01:20:00 PM:  
nice Game! just problems with my qwertz keyboard layout. I dont see why this should be some ripoff.
looking forward for the full version!
Anonymous pkt-zer0 said at 10/17/2007 01:23:00 PM:  
Doesn't look bad by any means.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/17/2007 01:37:00 PM:  
Yeah, this is definitely not Knytt. Perhaps a little Nikujin, but it feels more like Ninja Gaiden Black 2D to me.
Anonymous Kon-Tiki said at 10/17/2007 01:42:00 PM:  
Aye, gives problems with my Azerty keyboard too. Doing air attacks or attacking right after jumping is a bit hard, as you've got to move to the top from the keyboard, then back to the bottom.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/17/2007 03:38:00 PM:  
Art style ripoffs are all the rage in indie games these days.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/17/2007 05:22:00 PM:  
I didn't like the controls in this. I also don't think the art style suits the game at all, it's as if they took Knytt style visuals and just hobbled together a game ontop of it.

Ps. The level of ripping off-ness in Underside is disgusting. Until I was told otherwise I thought it was just a Cave Story mod.
Anonymous MisterX said at 10/18/2007 01:47:00 PM:  
Saying this is a rip-off would be an exaggeration. Especially compared to Nikujin it is very different.
Well, I had fun with this, although the combat didn't really feel smooth, I actually had a hard time really controlling my attacks the way I'd have liked to. Also the way the enemies acted seemed too unpredictable.
But nevertheless, quite nice for a demo. Might become a sweet game.

Oh and to everyone who has problems with QWERTY/QWERTZ: If you're using Windows just press "Shift" and "Alt" simulatenously to switch y and z. Makes quite a lot of games that much more comfortable to play :)
Blogger Mochi said at 10/18/2007 01:57:00 PM:  
Anonymous Kon-Tiki said at 10/18/2007 02:53:00 PM:  
Oh and to everyone who has problems with QWERTY/QWERTZ: If you're using Windows just press "Shift" and "Alt" simulatenously to switch y and z. Makes quite a lot of games that much more comfortable to play :)

That would put the Z even further away, requiring my right hand, as I'm on AZERTY, and not QWERTY or QWERTZ.
Blogger ultim8p00 said at 10/18/2007 03:24:00 PM:  
I really didn't think about QWERTY and AZERTY keyboard layouts. Would switching the controls to FGHJ make things universally more acceptable.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/18/2007 04:34:00 PM:  
How about custom controls?
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/18/2007 05:18:00 PM:  
This guy is working on so many games at once, it's crazy. He's got:

1. The Undertaking
2. Katakijin
3. Project Lucon
4. Kinesis

...they all seem to have some serious potential. Still, I wish he'd just focus on Project Lucon, since it's the most original of his works.
Blogger Moshboy said at 10/18/2007 06:48:00 PM:  
Personally my biggest worry is that one (or more) of them will become abandoned, since all of them look quite solid. That is always a danger when working on so much at once.
Anonymous Kon-Tiki said at 10/19/2007 12:20:00 AM:  
FGHJ would make it a mess for everybody, not in the least bit because it's set right in the middle of the keyboard, making it only intuitive if you use both hands. Customizable controls are the way to go.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 10/20/2007 04:55:00 AM:  
goodness after looing up nikujin i must say it is devlish difficult... and I love ninja games hooray
Blogger snider said at 10/21/2007 10:04:00 AM:  
Very well done on this one. I'm a sucker for ninja games. The controls are indeed a bit of a hazzle, but I set it up with my gamepad so I don't mind :) Custimizable controls are the best through.

But whats the space bar do? Sure it sorta strings combos together but the dude moves around so much, it's really hard to keep on target.

Oh and I love the hit counter. You should implement karma points :)