“Hey, you look like you’re into puppets!”
That is our icebreaker of selection when displaying our recreation Shadow Fencer Theatre at conventions. The everyday responses are alongside the strains of “What a weird thing to say” or “What about my face says that?” or simply straight up laughter, nevertheless it usually jolts folks out of autopilot and brings them into to our sales space.
It sounds odd, certain… however hey, you’re nonetheless studying this! At this level we’d say one thing like: “Shadow Fencer Theatre is our aggressive awkward physics sword-fighting recreation set on the planet of shadow puppets! Why don’t you bounce in and take a look at it out?”
Regardless of enjoying with shadows, there’s fairly a little bit of depth to the preventing in Shadow Fencer Theatre. Your left joystick controls the hand holding your shadow puppet and the proper joystick swings the puppet’s floppy fencing arm. The participant that may finest management their wiggling puppet and ship a deadly hit wins that take. The primary puppeteer to win by two takes wins the match and ends the scene. You too can select to throw your sword to win a take, however you higher be assured, as a result of when you do, there are not any takebacks. While you understand you aren’t the grandmaster puppeteer you thought you had been and lose your weapon, you’ll be able to nonetheless get all the way down to fisticuffs, nevertheless it’s not going to be straightforward.
Each character has the identical attain from their hitbox to sword level, placing every character on a stage enjoying floor. What makes each character distinctive are the variations between joints, limb lengths, and the scale of their weapons. This provides benefits and drawbacks to every puppet and permits for a novel playstyle relying on who you choose.
Lengthy swords have extra stability to the swing and supply a bigger space to hit with. Throw it and miss nonetheless, all of a sudden your child arms aren’t doing a lot to guard you. Simply ask our city-destroying kaiju, Lizilla. If she loses her limousine sword, her tiny T-Rex-like arms go away her susceptible. Conversely, our Gorilla character’s banana sword could also be wobbly to swing, however after you throw it, your attain remains to be loopy lengthy.
You realize what? As a result of we such as you, right here’s a professional tip. If you happen to want a bit room to breathe when the swordplay will get intense, jab the puppeteer’s hand to trigger your opponent to whimper and jerk backwards. Every puppeteer finds their very own methods for managing the awkward physics of our characters, so what is going to yours be?
If puppets attacking you wasn’t sufficient, the surroundings is out to get you as nicely. Every stage has distinctive components that may have an effect on the battle. Surroundings, corresponding to bats, arrows, tumbleweeds, and helicopters can get in the way in which of sword swings. Massive set items will help you conceal out of your opponent to get a cheeky sword throw in. Most significantly, professional tip #2, don’t fall off the boat!
Shadow Fencer Theatre is created by ShuddaHaddaLottaFun, a two-person dev crew from the Midwest, and we’re so excited to carry our premiere title to Xbox One. We met in school, engaged on sketch comedy somewhat than going to class, after which sooner or later in time we had been like, “How about video games?” And now we try this.
We began out sluggish, studying the ropes by doing recreation jams. Then after many makes an attempt, we made a recreation that individuals actually preferred. Now just a bit over two years later, Shadow Fencer Theatre went from a small jam recreation to a full featured recreation with a ton of characters, a number of recreation modes, and loopy awkward mini-games.
We’re so excited to be lastly launching our recreation on Xbox One, and we are able to’t wait so that you can get on the market and begin poking one another. Poke your pals. Poke your classmates. Poke your self. Better of luck puppeteers, the theater is asking for you, so exit and placed on an awesome present!