Introducing "Shadow Gangs", 80's arcade inspired ninja game

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  • shadowgangs 4 Oct 2015 19:37:03 173 posts
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    Hi Eurogamer Description_herecommunity;

    I am excited to announce that the Shadow Gangs Kickstarter is now live here:

    Kickstarter

    Please share the news! and thank you!




    The kickstarter date is now set, it's the [u]25th of June 2016[/u]

    I am happy to announce that the Shadow Gangs demo is now available in the downloads section here.

    A new video has been uploaded here:


    I've been working for some time now as part of a team on a 2D HD action game that aims to capture and improve on some of the best of what the 80's arcade games gave us.
    Games like Shinobi, Bad Dudes VS Dragon Ninja, Shadow Warriors and other ninja arcade games are it's main inspiration.
    The project was in stealth mode, but now we feel it is in a state where we can make it's existence public.

    It is still WIP but we plan to have a working demo soon.

    Here is some in game pictures and characters:
    Demo level (WIP):



    Main Character "Dan":




    Ninja enemy "James":


    Hope you like it and I'll be happy to know what you think of it either here or on the game website http://www.shadowgangs.com

    Thank you!

    Edited by shadowgangs at 09:08:18 22-05-2016

    Edited by shadowgangs at 09:08:33 22-05-2016

    Edited by shadowgangs at 20:05:59 24-06-2016
  • Zeffi 4 Oct 2015 23:28:19 979 posts
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    Personally I'd wait a while longer in to the development process until you start showing it off (I'd guess you're around the 1% mark).

    When you're further along maybe include some gifs showing key gameplay features etc.

    Best of luck with it, will be good to see progress when you've got more to show.
  • shadowgangs 5 Oct 2015 06:59:48 173 posts
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    Not 1%, for the demo with 1 level and 6 characters it's around 60% ready.

    Engine is ready, AI mostly implemented, so it will be mainly integrating the assets together and making sure the gameplay is what we would like it to be.

    In the meantime, for all who are interested be sure check this thread or the game website or both for news and update.
  • Ruckly 5 Oct 2015 08:07:22 1,066 posts
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    From the viewpoint it looks mostly like The Ninja Warriors. A stone cols overblown synth guitar gaming classic.

    Make sure you get the blocking with knives thing in. That made it.
  • Load_2.0 5 Oct 2015 09:04:41 26,400 posts
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    Ok I live a side scrolling beat email up, probably my favourite genre.

    But I can't say your character designs do much for me. They look incredibly generic. Not sure why your chap is in bicycle shorts either?

    Maybe too far down the line but if you put a bit of originality and love the into them it would probably get more love. Man with gun and ninja? Even in the 80 and 90's they had realised big bold sprites with personality sold games.
  • mrpon 5 Oct 2015 09:10:40 34,290 posts
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    This looks a little...y'know.

  • shadowgangs 5 Oct 2015 13:31:56 173 posts
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    Thank you all for the interest you have in this game.

    Make sure you get the blocking with knives thing in. That made it.
    Dan won't block, but some enemies will block Dan shurikens.

    But I can't say your character designs do much for me. They look incredibly generic. Not sure why your chap is in bicycle shorts either?
    I got this criticism from many people, so I want to say that Dan will have a more traditional ninja suit! as well as an enhancement of his current looks.

    Dan is an UFC fighter but also a Ninja enthusiast so he will put his ninja suit if you want to.

    I Will keep you updated here and the website too.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 5 Oct 2015 14:00:34 47,491 posts
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    James the ninja is best ninja.
  • shadowgangs 5 Oct 2015 14:04:51 173 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    James the ninja is best ninja.
    Dan in ninja suit will look good too. James can't be the main character but he is the principal ninja enemy in the game.
  • challenge_hanukkah 5 Oct 2015 15:19:33 6,040 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    This looks a little...y'know.

    Like PES_Fanboy?
  • mrpon 5 Oct 2015 15:43:38 34,290 posts
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    :D
  • Deleted user 5 October 2015 17:04:32
    You're both cunts
  • Zeffi 5 Oct 2015 21:33:54 979 posts
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    The 1% wasn't a dig, it just seems from what you've shown to date - you've got a single sprite with a backdrop working.

    Anyway, my point was it'll be tough to generate real interest in your game when you're not showing much (at all) in your "grand reveal"... from a marketing pov you haven't got many chances to grab people's attention and generate word of mouth, especially without a budget.

    challenge_hanukkah wrote:Like PES_Fanboy?
    New avatar?

    Edited by Zeffi at 21:35:21 05-10-2015
  • shadowgangs 5 Oct 2015 21:39:10 173 posts
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    @Zeffi
    More to come soon.
  • Zeffi 5 Oct 2015 21:46:52 979 posts
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  • shadowgangs 8 Oct 2015 22:05:56 173 posts
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    For anyone interested by this upcoming game:

    Dan's got a new look.

    There was a lot of complaints about it,and we just won't let the main character to be less appealing that other characters.
    Dan will also transform to a proper ninja mid level.

    Here is the new and final look:


    More on game website
  • Load_2.0 8 Oct 2015 22:12:57 26,400 posts
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    Tour de France meets Blue Oyster.
  • neilka 8 Oct 2015 22:16:47 21,201 posts
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    I'd let him toss my star.
  • richarddavies 8 Oct 2015 22:57:32 6,164 posts
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    He wears cycling shorts which shows he's sporty and ready for action but he has tattoo's which are edgy and cool. It's everything i want from a bicycling ninja.
  • Zeffi 9 Oct 2015 08:05:56 979 posts
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    Dem arms though
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    Details of new levels:

    Canal Street
    Soho
    Castro District
    Brighton
  • mrpon 9 Oct 2015 08:50:32 34,290 posts
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    Dem varicose veins though
  • damagedinc 9 Oct 2015 08:59:19 2,640 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Details of new levels:

    Canal Street
    Soho
    Castro District
    Brighton
    Wonder if he has any tattoos?
  • richarddavies 9 Oct 2015 09:28:08 6,164 posts
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    This would probably do better if they changed the name to

    Lance Armstrongs Ninja Revengeathon!

    They took his medals, now he'll take there heads.
  • Load_2.0 9 Oct 2015 10:20:21 26,400 posts
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    Let's be honest, you have made a terrible version of Shinobi.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 9 Oct 2015 11:12:30 47,491 posts
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    Drive too close to him and he'll FUCK YOU UP SON.
  • shadowgangs 9 Oct 2015 14:00:49 173 posts
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    @Load_2.0
    It won't be a Shinobi, it is inspired from Shinobi and others.

    Game mechanics will be varied and we'll keep the best ones, there will be more general variety, bigger levels than the arcade games because in the arcades they want you to die as quick as possible and enemies definitely with better AI.

    In the end, it's the gameplay that is our top priority. Good graphics are great, but gameplay is more important.
  • pyper777 9 Oct 2015 15:29:11 139 posts
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    Hmmm, maybe tone down all the muscles, it looks like everyone is wearing painted latex.

    How are you animating the characters, frame by frame or puppet animation?
  • Deleted user 9 October 2015 15:34:03
    It's like someone saw Final Fight and thought "Nope, not gay enough"
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