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Dark Gates

Dark Gates - 0.5.0

Bartosz Debski (braqoon)

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Description

Game inspired by paper RPG tiled game "Death Maze" or "Labirynt Smierci" released in Poland long time ago. Game will feature random generated maze (while you playing), monsters, treasures, etc. Aim of the game is to find Dark Gates and kill Unnamed in order to destory Dark Gates.



 
Desura Digital Distribution GamersGate

Changes

In the latest release of Dark Gates you can find new look in fight arena, full gamepad support and more. Let's start with most obvious change which is art change in fight arena. As you can see below, top down view is changed to isometric-ish view with brand new art for floor and heroes avatars are finally starting to appear. There was also much confusion in 'team movement' phase on what to do if game is not allowing to skip it. Now if your are in movement phase (fight) there will be a red Celtic looking cross showing which positions must be filled before ending this phase.

 

Gamepad Support

Big feature of this release is a gamepad support. If you got an gamepad with at least d-pad and 6 buttons, game should support it as long your OS does. With this there is also a change in game UI, where depending on your input device you will see button icons. If you got gamepad is plugged in, game by default choose to show gamepad mappings (x360 type controller).  Dark Gates has been tested successfully with official and 3rd party x360/PC wired controllers, PS3 3rd party wired controllers and old school PC Logitech Wingman Precision.

 

Adjustments in Upgrade department.

While testing new release it came out that current upgrade levels are quite high. Release 0.5.0 brings much lover upgrades, starting from 30xp and 80 gold for first level, and then 40xp and 80 gold for another two.

Bugfixes

Three game crashing bugs has been squashed. One has been found thanks to gamer slonovod on Desura. Many thanks for detailed info. Hopefully this is a last of those nasty bugs in Dark Gates.

 

Changelog - Release 0.5.0

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New: Gamepad support

New: Visual indicator of which positions have to be occupied in team movement phase while in fight

New: In fight avatars: Almuryk, Braqoon, Draugr, Gilith, Lordil, Zareth

New: Button icons in UI instead of text

Change: New look of fight arena

Change: Lower upgrade price to enhance heroes.

Bugfix: Game is trying to load an empty slot in Continue menu

Bugfix: Game crash while exploring labyrinth - map generation script.

Bugfix: Game crash while trying to continue a saved game and game tries to display spells in player selection menu but one of the spell is not in default selection (eg. Resurrection)

Bugfix: In save game menu, going back from typing name of the save game takes you back to main menu.

Bugfix: Game crash while in team movement while attempting to swap heroes in positions.

 

Play Dark Gates on Desura or on Gamers Gate

Links

Home Page: http://darkgates.dfourgames.com/
Source: http://darkgates.dfourgames.com
Windows: http://darkgates.dfourgames.com

Screenshot


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Releases

Dark Gates - 0.7 - Apr 9, 2014
Dark Gates - 0.6.0 - Dec 27, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.5.0 - Oct 29, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.4.2 - Jul 11, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.4.1 - Apr 26, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.4.0 - Apr 5, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.3.1 - Feb 6, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.3.0 - Jan 21, 2013
Dark Gates - 0.2.1 alpha - Oct 29, 2012
Dark Gates - 0.2.0 alpha - Jul 30, 2012
Dark Gates - 0.1.3 alpha - Feb 24, 2012
Dark Gates - 0.1.2 alpha - Jan 31, 2012
Dark Gates - 0.1.1 alpha - Jan 12, 2012
Dark Gates - 0.1 alpha - Jan 8, 2012
Dark Gates - 0.1a - Jul 26, 2010
Dark Gates - 0.01  - Jun 7, 2010

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October 29, 2012 7:46pm - Erik Martin - nickname: (neccarus) - 5/5
Just goes to show how much can be done with Python and Pygame, props.
August 14, 2012 1:16pm - Xandar Kablandar - nickname: (eternalcheesecake)
Very nice!
July 27, 2010 5:24am - Bartosz Debski - nickname: (braqoon)
Thanks for comment. So far I'm trying to keep to original rules as much as possible. This will be verified later as fighting system will be added. Fight will be turn based and by far looks ok. Time will tell. I will post more video as game progress.

As for heroes in party, this is based on original rules. In original there was 3 heroes and 3 apprentices, so I already tried to simplified. We will see how it goes.

As for a paying or not paying, as said before I still didn't decided what to do and I keep my mind open with feet on the ground. Other thing is that not everyone have to like it, so i'm not surprised.

Video shows apart from menu a concept or 'tech demo'(maybe a bit to big term) for map generation. Can't really see myself doing pre-order already :D
July 26, 2010 7:24pm - Donpachi - nickname: (donpachi)
The gameplay looks fine in what you posted on the website. I'm just unconvinced that I'd pay money to play this game. iPhone or Facebook come to mind as possibilities, though.

Is there a reason to have a six-member party instead of just a single hero? I'd be very interested to see how the fighting works without becoming difficult to manage.
June 12, 2010 12:46pm - Vojtech Rylko - nickname: (vojtarylko)
Looks great. Looking forward to see fight.
June 8, 2010 4:16pm - Bartosz Debski - nickname: (braqoon)
I do know that. My code is nothing complicated or revolutionary, but if I decide to go commercial, giving away code is rather missing a point.
June 8, 2010 2:17pm - Donpachi - nickname: (donpachi)
I'm not very intimately familiar with the subject, but I've been led to believe that disassembling python bytecode is trivial. So I hope your game libraries are coded with C++ or something if you want to actually keep the code closed.
June 8, 2010 12:51pm - Bartosz Debski - nickname: (braqoon)
Thanks for comments. As I already said no source code will be available for now. I didn't decided yet what i will do (open-source, closed-source or commercial). Soon website will be available with info and videos of the game. Game is still largely incomplete but there is enough to get the idea.
June 8, 2010 11:36am - Donpachi - nickname: (donpachi)
Emphasis on "looking" good. :)

How about a way to download the game and/or the source files?
June 8, 2010 5:36am - Xandar Kablandar - nickname: (eternalcheesecake) - 4/5
Looks good!
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