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Dark Gates - 1.0

RPG game inspired by "Death Maze/ Labirynt Smierci"


Bartosz Debski
(braqoon)
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.


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Changes

Dark Gates have finally reached gold! This is a road that have started almost five years ago. Developing a game alongside of full time job, being a dad/husband and everything in between was a challenge in it's own right but a great one. I would like to thank to all supporters who helped a lot in many aspects of development. So without further a do let's see what have been included in 1.0 release.



Story

Finally a background story has been added. 

Persistent stats for heroes.

This is a big one. From gold release now all heroes stats are persistent. Let's say you have managed to destroy Dark Gates. Now you can save the game after that and start a new adventure with all the stats carried over from the last game. That also means that who has been killed, stays killed.

Additionally if your whole current party have been killed, this no longer means Game Over. If you choose you can continue current adventure with brand new team, assuming you got some heroes still alive :)

Critical hits and maximum hit while using weapons

Each hero while using a weapon can now score a Critical or Max hit. Critical is a 2x damage hit where Max is a maximum amount of damage by given weapon. Each hit will be indicated by a star and a sound queue while hitting an enemy.

Italian Translation

I'm happy to announce an official Italian translation for Dark Gates done by Agata Gubernat.

Italian translation

Themes

You love to mod games or are want to see how good you are with your graphic skills? Well Dark Gates can help you here. Game now supports complete theme overhaul. All you need is to copy default theme and start moding. Remember that all filenames needs to stay the same. Game will detect your theme and you will be able to chose it from the options menu.

Bug fixes and other stuff

A big number of bugs have been fixed. Please see change log below to see what has been fixed. Also a new weapon has been added - Mace. Quite deadly if you know how to use it (hint: mastery). Post info fight window is also now added after each fight. Now you can see exactly how much XP each heroes gained and what is your loot.

Post fight info

Steam Release

As of 12th of Oct 2014, Dark Gates have been geenlit on Steam. It means that whoever bought Dark Gates before, a key will be available for you (on your platform of choice) as soon Steam version will be available. When you ask? Well, this is my main focus now to get it out on Steam.

New Dark Gates web page

Best way to see what Dark Gates is about is to go to new official games website at http:/darkgates.dfourgames.com.

Changelog

Release 1.0

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New: Story Introduction
New: Persistent stats for heroes.
New: Post fight info
New: Continue adventure even if whole team is lost. Pick a new team. Ultimate game over is when all available heroes in game are dead.
New: Themes are now supported from options menu
New: Italian translation
New: Critical hits and maximum hit while using weapons
New: SFX for claws attack
New: Mace weapon
bugfix: If config.cfg is missing game will not start at first run even if config file has been created.
bugfix: Text overlap on confirmation of exit to main menu from party selection menu in French translation.
bugfix: If you want to reset loaded state, item status does not reset.
bugfix: Melee weapon can be chosen even if three is no adjacent enemies.
bugfix: Correct weapon highlight in fight if first line hero don't have adjacent enemies.
bugfix: After fight if you attacked friendly or scared monster, it will not get removed from map until team will move.
bugfix: missing blank space for secondary weapon if weapon is two handed.
bugfix: If Dark Gates are already placed on the map and game is saved, on return to the dungeon a new Dark Gates can appear if Mirror is explored again.
bugfix: Game crashes when Resurrection spell is being used and no heroes died in current fight.


Ps. Currently you can get Gold release from Desura and Direct Download. Gamers Gate should be this week.

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Links

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

Releases

Dark Gates 0.1.1 alpha — 12 Jan, 2012

Dark Gates 0.1 alpha — 8 Jan, 2012

Dark Gates 1.1 — 3 Apr, 2015

Dark Gates 0.1.2 alpha — 31 Jan, 2012

Dark Gates 0.1.3 alpha — 24 Feb, 2012

Dark Gates 0.2.0 alpha — 30 Jul, 2012

Dark Gates 0.01 — 7 Jun, 2010

Dark Gates 0.1a — 26 Jul, 2010

Dark Gates 0.4.0 — 5 Apr, 2013

Dark Gates 0.2.1 alpha — 29 Oct, 2012

Dark Gates 0.3.0 — 21 Jan, 2013

Dark Gates 0.3.1 — 6 Feb, 2013

Dark Gates 0.4.1 — 26 Apr, 2013

Dark Gates 0.5.0 — 29 Oct, 2013

Dark Gates 0.6.0 — 27 Dec, 2013

Dark Gates 0.4.2 — 11 Jul, 2013

Dark Gates 0.9 — 26 Aug, 2014

Dark Gates 0.7 — 9 Apr, 2014

Dark Gates 1.0 — 7 Jan, 2015

Dark Gates 0.8.0 — 10 Jun, 2014

Pygame.org account Comments

  • matrix090 2012-02-05 09:06:11

    you can add better oss or alsa audio support for linux `cuz on linux, game can`t detect the sound card

    Braqoon 2012-02-13 22:41:23

    At the moment there is no sound in the game, but when I tested I had no problem with sound under ALSA.

  • John 2012-02-25 02:29:33

    Cool project!  One suggestion: I would have liked the map movements and other transitions to go faster - it feels a little sluggish as is.  I look forward to seeing this develop .

    Braqoon 2012-02-25 21:35:52

    Thanks for feedback. I will think about it.

  • Ian 2012-06-05 14:19:50

    How do I get a character to casr a spell please?

    Braqoon 2012-06-15 11:21:05

    Spells can be only used while character is in second line while in fight. Third icon in weapon selection is magic. Sorry for late reply, just spotted it.

  • renesd 2012-07-31 11:56:28

    Hello,

    Just finished watching your video... and it's looking great!

    Braqoon 2012-07-31 12:02:08

    Thanks for the kind word :)

  • Mekire 2012-10-29 09:01:30

    A little disappointed that you have decided to ask for money for this already. Was looking forward to seeing what improvements you had made.

    Braqoon 2012-10-29 10:05:31

    Hey. i will be posting some videos and tutorials soon based on 0.2.1 release. Maybe then i can convince you to support . Anyway you can have a chance for a code redeemable on Desura. Just follow @dfourgames on Twitter.

  • Kaliber64 2012-11-11 11:07:47

    The movement does look a little sluggish. But looks really cool. I love random. I also love games that never end but can remain fun and always evolving. Games that basically make their own content as you go. Really hard to balance though.

    Braqoon 2012-11-12 09:38:42

    Thanks for your thoughts. Latest version has speed tweaked so it is more dynamic in movement and in fight. As for balancing, yes you are quite right. I will introduce static maps as well so i hope i can keep anyone happy.

  • Margaruga 2013-03-03 10:47:24

    Great, I like it

  • CaptainGlitter 2013-03-04 20:07:41

    could you make the game interact with your choices like the walking dead

    Braqoon 2013-03-05 06:56:58

    Technically yes, but not sure what do you want to achieve by such mechanics in my game.

  • John 2013-04-07 07:55:37

    You should make a demo version. Or a cutoff without payment. I mean Its obvious that you put a lot of work into it, but that doesnt mean its worth 10 bucks to me (or even 7 on sale). A demo version might get me hooked and wanting more, willling to sacrifice 10 bucks just to check it out. I mean currently as is, i would fork over 2-3 bucks to check it out, but with only a video to watch, i wouldnt go higher. I mean you just recently added a save feature to it. This game looks like it has potential, and thus the only reason i wrote this comment. Just giving my two cents.

    Braqoon 2013-04-14 15:37:58

    Hi, thanks for your comment. Yes, there will be a demo in near feature when I will finish all the art. There is a full version 0.2 in meantime if you want to see how it works. core mechanics are there but bugs as well :).

    Forgot to mention, Dark Gates are now on sale till the end of April.

    John 2013-05-09 11:53:32

    in linux, trying to extract it, only gets error as if it was corrupted

    tar -zxvf DarkGates_alpha_0.2.0.tar.gz

    gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
    tar: Child returned status 1
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

    Braqoon 2013-05-09 14:08:02

    it works with :
    tar xf DarkGates_alpha_0.2.0.tar.gz

    John 2013-11-23 00:57:26

    Oh whoops sorry

  • metulburr 2013-12-29 05:40:42

    As much as i disagree with the price, i voted for it to get on steam. Maybe if it gets on steam you would consider a reduced price for a deal at that point.

    Braqoon 2013-12-30 00:53:31

    Hi, thanks for your vote. I will definitely consider that. On that point I often give a 50% or 30% off on various sales, so price is not that scary if you are not 100% convinced.

  • tfg 2015-01-08 20:57:09

    Incredible work. Looks very good and around 8 Euro is a fair price.

    Braqoon 2015-01-08 22:54:31

    Thanks, appreciated.

  • Paul Paterson 2015-01-10 16:37:13

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone! The game looks very impressive. I didn't notice that you had got this through the Steam greenlight process. That's a great achievement in and of itself!

    Braqoon 2015-01-11 19:54:27

    Thanks, appreciated.