I work for Galhmac Game, a french indie game dev, on our first production : Exodus.
We're are 3 guys working hard for this particular game.
Exodus is a 2D Plateform/Exploration (metroidvania) game for Windows, with oldschool gameplay mechanics, and HD native resolution (1920*1200). Musics are made by Yann Van Der Cruyssen (Saira, Block That Matter).
In Exodus, you take control of Zoulux or Ly'Sax, and go to discover a stange and vaste world. Their unique abilitie is to absorb Vital Energy from the fauna, or by exploring the world. With this, they'll be able to evolve differents skills (like double jump, more strengh, dash, etc), that changes the gameplay directly.
Here is some screenshots of the actual alpha build :
We released an alpha version of Exodus !
You can download and test it here : (1Go file, EN/FR language)
This could help, but not perfect. (really sorry for that, an incompatibility with sfml 1.6, or something like that, an update will coming soon). If the game encounter big lag with this dll fix, try to turn OFF the HD mode in the options, or play in windows mode.
To finish this post, you can found a gameplay footage of Exodus here :
Hope you'll give us a chance by trying it a little, and send us Feedbacks and comments, its really important to us.
Interesting video - the sloping background reminds me of a game from the 90's that was done by Realtime Associates (Skuljagger maybe). The main character is nicely animated as he moves about but the interactions with the orange blowfish didn't look as polished. The map that you keep zooming out to doesn't tie back to the game for me.
In fact, the sneaking mechanics is just for a few monsters or some trap. Its not an obligation ^^
Its an alpha, so a lot of animation transitions and other stuff are missing.
We mess up with the tutorial part (and the dialogue too), we integrated it at the last moment for this alpha version, and it's so confusing ^^
The intro video is not present (for more understanding about the context of the game), tutorial and dialogues will be completely revamp for release.
I think you miss some stuff about the game system. The blue/red/green dots you can find in the world will allow you to evoluate or enable news skills (like double jump, dash, etc...) you can find the skills tree in the Subsystem Menu (TAB)
To see more about the game if you encounter difficulty to play it correctcly, here it is a full Playthrough to the Boss present in alpja, with some evolution.
We will show you the real good things that are coming for release !
The third movie at 1:43 - never mislead the user this way... don't put coins over spikes if the user can't see the spikes. The game should lead the user to make right decisions not wrong decisions.
The movement is a bit problematic in my opinion, I'd advance the physics engine a bit faster if that's possible by a factor of 1.5.
I love the animation and generally think the level design is good if not always memorable. I have to agree with GetLastError though, these kinds of game can be frustrating at times and to fool your players into potential death isn't going to go down well.