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zzz
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 00:16 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 00:58


SoulHunter is finally complete!
Alpha 1 is available for download here:
http://soulhunter.bytegrove.com

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7,
you may have to run the game in administrator mode.


Teaser trailer:

More SoulHunter videos(mostly wip-stuff) in this playlist.

SoulHunter is a 3d adventure game, developed in DarkBasic Classic, in which a troubled creature has to travel through a dark forest in order to restore its lost soul.
The game is heavily inspired by the Legend of Zelda series of games, and has an artistic style reminiscent of that in the Rayman series.

In the game you control the creature known only as "SoulHunter". Wielding a magical sword and an old shield, you have to battle your way through the forest, encountering
different monsters whose souls you have to absorb in order to stay alive.

Screenshots:





Note: Since this is an alpha release, there is bound to be some bugs. I have playtested the game a few times on two different machines, but there's probably a lot of bugs that I have missed.
However, since I have worked on this project for a really long time(almost for too long), I will only prioritize game-breaking bugs, crashes and spelling/grammar errors. However(again), I'd still like your honest opinion about the game, since it may be valuable for future projects. I just want you to know that I won't add any more features, or make any major optimizations to SoulHunter. I hope you understand.





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If you have not seen this project before, here's a link to the 6 year old behemoth wip-thread:
http://forum.thegamecreators.com/?m=forum_view&t=64844&b=8

BMacZero
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 00:24
WOOOOOOOT!!

First post!

_Pauli_
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 00:34
Wow, it's christmas already???
Soul Hunter is finally here!
100% pure awesomeness!

Instant download.

zzz
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 02:54 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 02:56
Quote: "Wow, it's christmas already"

You get bugs for christmas?

Just got the first bug report from a friend of mine, he got the strangest graphical glitches. I hope it'll work better for the rest of you.
I'd hate to see all that accumulated excitement end up in tears.
Now I really need some rest, lol.

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 02:58
If the bug is in multiplayer mode. I got the same one. Here's the one i got. appeared like a giant plane was stretched across the center of the level.


zzz
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 03:04 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 03:20
Yeah he also got the bug with the giant plane, I have no idea what's causing that. Sigh. We'll see if I can fix it.
I don't see how though, since I can't seem to recreate the bug on any of my computers.

[Edit] If you get this graphical glitch, try to switch FX to off in the options menu. If that fixes it, I might have a slight idea of what is causing it.

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 04:37
Oh man, congrats on completing Soul hunter! Downloading now and can't wait to play. Good on you for seeing it through to the end, I wish I had that sort of determination.

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 05:40
Congrats on the Alpha ZZZ! You can expect a download from me tmrw and ill tell you if I find anything
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 06:21 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 07:28
Rah, must figure out how to get past first boss and see the new stuff!

I've got two bug reports to make thus far (spoilers up to and including first boss):


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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 07:37
Two more bugs for you:


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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 07:52
Great job, zzz! You've finally did it! It feels great to finish something, right? Well, almost finished, as you still got them bugs to worry about.
Either way, well done! Will download this beauty in a couple of hours. Can't wait to play!

Cheers

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 08:24
non ci credo!!!!! i can't believe!!!!!

Download now!


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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 10:32
Excellent!! Downloading...

Been waiting for this for sooo long!

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 11:31
Ok, I've just had a go at it and it's great!
Really feels like an N64 game from back in the days.

And now a bit of (hopefully constructive) criticism:

- The giant .exe (>170 Mb!) takes very long to load!
- I have transparency issues at the options screen. (pixels of the mouse cursor that are supposed to be transparent are black)
- To me it seems that the aim feature (ctrl-key) is almost redundant when you're aiming with the mouse anyway.

But so far so good, I'll keep playing when I have more time.
Keep up the incredible work!

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 11:39
Incredible... Will download as soon as I get home Congrats on finishing zzz!

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 12:48
at last you finished this! congratulations!
looks really amazing!

zzz
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 13:12
Thank you all for the kind words, and thank you BMacZero for finding bugs I can actually solve(unlike those random graphical glitches).
@_Pauli_: You can switch the enemy you're aiming at very quickly by pressing ctrl again. I think it's really handy.

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 13:49 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 16:25
Lemme describe it.

EPIC


You could take money from it as on my eye . Still it's nice from your side you made it free

So i played it and what i saw is the only thing that makes the game a lil' boring. The speed of it . Please, speed it up. The player, the environment . Then i'll complete the game in 100%

Limit's of this sig are really low o_o 200 characters and i can have only 2 carriage-returns ..:..:..
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 16:41
It's great to see SoulHunter at this stage!, will wait till my nephews visit before playing it though - they loved the demo of it I have, so will see if I can complete it with them.

Health, Ammo, and bacon and eggs!
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 17:38
Hey hey hey Good things take time!

Congratulations on the release! The game looks fantastic!

I'll give it a try when I have the time and let you know how it goes

Oh and tell to Rick Vanner or Steve Vink, maybe they want to include a late notice at March TGC Newsletter

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 17:45 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 17:51
there is a tool for this???



Quote: "Oh and tell to Rick Vanner or Steve Vink, maybe they want to include a late notice at March TGC Newsletter"


... it will overshadows ESF for sure....

Quote: "And I humbly thank myself for not giving up. "


we all thank you for not giving up!!!


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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 18:01
Quote: "it will overshadows ESF for sure...."

Don't underestimate yourself

Anyway I think it's fantastic to have two really great projects finished in the same month, well done to both of you!!

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 18:34 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 18:38
@Morcilla:
It will be featured in the March newsletter. ^^

Quote: "there is a tool for this?"

yup http://www.glassgiant.com/ascii/

Quote: "I think it's fantastic to have two really great projects finished in the same month"

Yeah, proves this community is still alive and kicking!

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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 19:17
@ZZZ I'll do some bug hunting tonight when I get off from work! if there any major show-stoppers be sure I'll find 'em! Gameloft doesn't keep me here for nothing! Glad to see a new release for Soul Hunter, it just made my boring day a howl lot jolly-er!
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 19:59
I like this, but data-packed EXEs FTL. They take way too long to open.
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Posted: 28th Feb 2011 21:11 Edited at: 28th Feb 2011 21:12
played.

i think my pc doesn't like your game, runs with inconstant frame rate and when the char jumps got lot of glitches. oh no...

then, i've some nightmares with the camera when moving and combat, i think i haven't understand camera automatic and manual...

BTW, what about a camera auto lock at the target selected with the main char always looking the enemy?

level design, music, monsters and all the graphics is really fantastic. i hope you will later post some cheat code to unlock all the levels, to say the true, i don't think i will ever play the game to the end....too hard for me, but i would like to see all your work. for a dbc game but even for a DBpro game, rating a 10/10 dear friend.


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Posted: 1st Mar 2011 03:22
Just wondering ZZZ, how many lines of code is this game made of?
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Posted: 1st Mar 2011 07:19
i get the default flashing problem that comes with dbc. you might want to include the setup.ini with your download

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Posted: 1st Mar 2011 10:15 Edited at: 1st Mar 2011 10:16
Download GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.


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Posted: 1st Mar 2011 11:44
zzz, please, speed up the player and foes

Limit's of this sig are really low o_o 200 characters and i can have only 2 carriage-returns ..:..:..
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Awesome! ZZZ a very great job.

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Posted: 1st Mar 2011 21:57
Hum, I'm so sad. For some reason the game doesn't launch on my machine. Got a runtime error: ERROR 136.

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@zapakitul:
Quote: "if there any major show-stoppers be sure I'll find 'em! Gameloft doesn't keep me here for nothing!"

Awesome!

@Ermes:
Quote: "when the char jumps got lot of glitches"

Do you mean that the camera is moving unsmooth(known bug), or something else? Maybe I'll but together some kind of manual for the targeting. It was made to work roughly like in zelda. Automatic camera mode will adjust the camera automatically, but the default mode(free mode aka mouse mode) is probably the one you want to use. Remember, if you find targeting hard, you don't have to use it.
Quote: "i don't think i will ever play the game to the end....too hard for me, but i would like to see all your work."

Yeah, I understand. I'll probably release some cheat codes or savefiles.

@pictionaryjr:
Quote: "you might want to include the setup.ini"

Totally forgot about the setup.ini, thanks for reminding me!

@kamac
Quote: "zzz, please, speed up the player and foe"

Yeah, I'm not sure... I'll try at least and see if I think it'll work.

@The Slayer:
Tried running the game as admin?
I had to on my 64-bit machine.

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Thanks everyone for playing and providing feedback!

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Good to see this completed! I played Soul Hunter and died at the last boss, but I'll post up my feedback now.

The Good:
-Great graphics, style, and presentation. Very Rayman like. The whole game brings back this nostalgia of playing an old Dreamcast title.
-The animation and cut scenes are like professional work. It's incredible that just a single person could make all these graphics.
-Great title screen. It really instantly brings the player into the game and lets them know this is a quality product.
-The final boss's fire breath effect (second form) looked awesome. It felt like I would be incinerated the second I touched it. The whole boss battle was really well done. Definitely felt like a final fight.
-And of course, great job of sticking to a project and actually putting out a complete game after all this time.

The Bad:
-The game is very laggy, even with the lowest settings.
-Everything is incredibly slow. From the speed the character moves to the pacing of the cut scenes. It takes about 15 seconds to go through a "light the fire" cutscene, when the entire concept could be conveyed in 2. I don't know if the game is designed like this, or if it was because of the lag.
-Because of the lag/slowness the platform sections were a pain. It's hard to do precision platforming while everything is so choppy.
-Most of the time, the combat was just 'hold control and rapidly left click'. And the camera really spazzes out during combat, getting stuck behind all sorts of things.

The Bugs:
-After turning effects off and dieing, Soul Hunter's hat disappears. (See attached screen)
-The last boss' first form dies in like two hits. The battle barely even starts.
-It's not immediately obvious you have to install the included font, and most of the text looks very out of place without it.

Also, how is it possible to dodge the final bosses attack where she starts spewing lava that follows you around? It hit me like 4 times in a row, and killed me.

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Tapewormz
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Posted: 2nd Mar 2011 06:48
Grats on the release! Been following your game for years it seems.
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One word. Epic
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Posted: 2nd Mar 2011 11:07 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2011 11:52
Amazing game! Only thing I can really complain about is the lag, and battling is very tricky. Camera goes everywhere. Other than that, I love this game!

Also, I'm stuck on Level 2. I just got the candle, and I lit some pot of wood, but I can't get across this gap!

[edit]

Figured it out. First boss is hard!

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Posted: 2nd Mar 2011 13:12 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2011 13:25
Yeah sorry for the lag, I basically have to rewrite the engine to fix that. But I can do something about the overall speed since most of you think it's too slow. I'll have a look at the camera as well.
Thank you Jimpo for playing through the whole game(or at least to the final boss), I really appreciate it!

Quote: "After turning effects off and dieing, Soul Hunter's hat disappears."

Thank you, I'll take care of that.
Quote: "The last boss' first form dies in like two hits. The battle barely even starts."

Yeah it's because combo attacks are taken into consideration. I should remove that.
Quote: "Also, how is it possible to dodge the final bosses attack where she starts spewing lava that follows you around"


Quote: "The animation and cut scenes are like professional work. It's incredible that just a single person could make all these graphics."

Thank you! I worked really hard on them.

Has anyone else experienced the weird graphical glitches(the huge white plane) that pictionaryjr mentioned in his first post?

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zzz, you're a great graphic maker, with your incredible models, textures and 2d art, i guess the game has some glitches because your project starts 6 years ago... and i think you were not so skilled at programming as you're now.

do you think we can have a watch at your textures and models? it can be a great inspiration for us.
wondering to use some of your models or textures in my games!!
i'm asking much i know, if you don't think it's ok, never mind!


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@Ermes:
Yeah, spot on, it's quite hard to work on a project for so long. And keeping track of everything going on without object oriented code is just crazy.
I'm glad you like my models, but I don't feel like sharing them, not right now at least.

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And what do you use for modeling ?

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This is a great game, nice atmosphere,but... I'm stuck where zotoaster was..
Quote: "Also, I'm stuck on Level 2. I just got the candle, and I lit some pot of wood, but I can't get across this gap!"


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Quote: " but I don't feel like sharing them"


ach....


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Daniel wright 2311
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Downloading now and must say have ben waiting for this in secret, I am glade to see a first finished game for dark basic well as one like this any how.Congrates on finishing it and Ill play it all the way through.

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Daniel wright 2311
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Posted: 2nd Mar 2011 18:20
Ok, I found the first bug or well, miss spelling. The part where I am talking to the first guy who gave me the sword is telling me that the coloured orb is doing something, well you spelled coloured wrong, its colored, ill let you know if I see more.

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Quote: "Ok, I found the first bug or well, miss spelling. The part where I am talking to the first guy who gave me the sword is telling me that the coloured orb is doing something, well you spelled coloured wrong, its colored, ill let you know if I see more."

...restraining urge to correct you...can't quite manage it...

It's the English spelling. English being the language it's made in makes it correct, American spelling is not 'right' just different and equally acceptable.

There that fully opened that can of worms

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considering most all people know that coloured is spelled colored it would be best to change it so no one is confused on this issue.I found it so if i found it many more will to but I truly am american and I did not know this myself,But he said he is looking on spelling errors and this is one to me.Just trying to help a good game.

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Quote: "considering most all people know that coloured is spelled colored it would be best to change it so no one is confused on this issue"

Most of Europe begs to differ with you.

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All of the usa and the rest of the world begs to differ with Europe on this issue.

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Posted: 2nd Mar 2011 19:33 Edited at: 2nd Mar 2011 19:34
Settle down people, this is not the place for the exciting color vs colour debate.

Quote: "Just trying to help a good game."

I appreciate that, please do not hesitate if you find something else.

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