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Title: Orphica
Pixel Artist: Zenobia  (Level 1 Rookie :: 953 points)
Posted: 7/6/2009 01:08
Statistics:  25 comments    42 faves    0 avatars

I wasn't sure if I dared to submit this. The colour count is very high (almost seperate 20 colour palletes for every screen makes over 100 colours) and it's unfinished in a lot of ways. Still, my IT teacher stopped replying to my e-mails months ago, so I don't think I'll be working on it a lot more.

I already submitted it at deviantART, so please don't kill me for copying my post. It's a lot to re-write.

"These are mock-ups from a project I was working on for school (IT). The point was to make a game in GameMaker. Before the year ended I got around to finishing nearly all of the pixel art. Just the animation of the enemies has to be done now, and some animations for the main character. (I can't animate. But at least Orpheus can walk and jump. Ish.)

I did manage to create half of the levels in GameMaker, but my final exams called a halt to the work. I do hope I can finish it some time, even if it's just to please my poor teacher. I just don't expect this to be very soon though. Volunteers? I'm more than willing to share the tiles, if anyone can make it happen.

My IT teacher doesn't really know the difference between good and bad pixel art (low or high colour count, etc.) so I didn't care at the time.

Sorry about the bad start screen being in there. Otherwise the mockups didn't match up properly (five... two by two by one? three by two?).

Anyway, the story. If you know anything about Orpheus, I hope it's clear. If not, here goes. (Mind this is all by heart, so I might make some mistakes.)

Orpheus was a legendary Greek musician. His father was the god Apollo and his mother the muse Calliope (though of course there are some other options as well, but lets' stick with this for now). So in the first level you've got Orpheus growing up among the gods and practicing his musical gift. He invented the lyre, among other things.

One of the most famous stories about Orpheus is the one in which he falls in love with Eurydice. She was really bright and full of energy. That's the second level. On their wedding day she was dancing in a field... and accidentally stepped on a nest of snakes. The poison was fatal and she died instantly.

Orpheus was heartbroken. He wanted her back. He persuaded Charon (the ferryman) to let him pass in to the underworld. (Third level.) Mortals can not go there and return, but Orpheus' grief was very convincing. With his music he charmed all the obstacles he came about.

Finally, in the fourth level, he reaches Hades and Persephone (see the pomegranates? good, right?). After many more tears and beautiful tunes he is allowed to bring Eurydice back. BUT. Only if he doesn't look behind him to see if she's following him, until they're back in the world of the living. Orpheus endures this the entire journey back... until he reaches Charon. He can not leave the underworld without being sure his love is following. He looks back. Eurydice was right behind him... and now fades away. Forever.

Orpheus returns alone. He wanders through the forest (fifth level) singing mournful love songs. He doesn't worship the gods any longer, except the sun, Apollo. In the forest was a shrine to Dionysus (god of wine)... and Orpheus no longer worshipping him, or loving any other women, enraged the Maeneads/Bacchantes (female followers of Dionysus, 'wild ones' ). I prefer the way Ovid describes the end of his life: the Maeneads threw rocks and branches at Orpheus, but his music was so breathtaking that even those inanimate objects wouldn't hit him. Furious, the Maeneads tore him to pieces. His songs would float on the winds for eternity. His soul finally joined Eurydice in the underworld."


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WhatTheHellDinosaurs (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/29/2012 19:49

 I love these! Middle left and bottom right especially.

Harrisonk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 2/22/2012 14:49

 amazing feel to it!

avo (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/10/2010 23:08

Beautiful work 

JSena (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/13/2009 04:25

Awesome work dude!!! xD

CaKsTeR (Level 3 Stalker) @ 7/12/2009 23:06

I love the backgrounds!

Singe (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/12/2009 22:04

To be honest, I don't really like it. It's very grid-like, the high color count, and the mix of simplicity, with complexity. I actually like the first one because it looks like it could be a game, and the style is consistant. In the later ones, the grass seems a lot more complex than the dirt that it's on. But there were parts that I liked. I liked the grass in the 4th one, and the water in the 3rd and 6th one. I also liked the different life bars. I mean don't get me wrong this is really good, but comparing it to other 2d mockups I've seen, this one doesn't stand out as being that great.

sharprm (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/11/2009 17:17

I really like the bottom right one.

Danelock (Level 1 Private) @ 7/11/2009 09:56

This reminds me a lot of Knytt Stories.

Tadashi Blossom (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/11/2009 00:55

IT stands for Information Technology.

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 7/10/2009 23:55

What is an IT teacher? 

blueleds (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/10/2009 21:40

Simple, clean, and readable graphics with a great use of a soft, warm pallete.  It really draws you in and makes you want to play it!  Good job!    Oh, and the snail, turtle and player are very cute.

Blob (Level 2 Peon) @ 7/10/2009 15:00


Arun Dhir (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 7/10/2009 10:40

 It looks beautiful!

Tadashi Blossom (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/10/2009 03:43

Your colors are great! Many of the shapes seem just a bit "off" to me, though. The bottom-right screen is definitely the best, though. :)

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 7/7/2009 19:55

Just flat out perfect colors. But I think you should stick to one of these styles. And that would be the bottom right one. 

Levi (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/7/2009 07:40

I like the middle-right one the best.  It has great contrast, and the level of detail in the foreground compared to the background is perfect.  I have a tendency to put too much detail into every part of my mockups, which is not good most of the time - you need contrast, and often times simplicity, in order for the viewer to distinguish between the background and foreground.  Very nice!

RPG_Boy (Level 5 Captain) @ 7/7/2009 07:10

looking great  

meiji1990 (Level 1 Gangster) @ 7/7/2009 02:07

Bottom Right FTW~=P

kvetacek (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/6/2009 14:46

Nice colour palette! I like it! :)

bog (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 7/6/2009 10:28
I don't see why you need to worry about different levels using different palletes. i've never used game maker but i suppose you're making a pc game with it so why should it matter how many colors you use as long as it looks good? other than the start screen, i think the player character needs more work

RollerKingdom (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 7/6/2009 09:00

OMG this is awesome <3 I love the palette, Great job!!!

Nomade (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 7/6/2009 06:58

The bottom right is the best screen by far. Really, you should've made the others in the same level.

Mathias (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 7/6/2009 06:00

Nice looking game, good diversity of environments. Top and bottom left screens are lookin' a bit flat, though.

robotic76 (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 7/6/2009 02:32

 these tiles are nice, every level is so colored and smooth.. waow !

if you need any help with game maker, i would be glad to help you 


Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 7/6/2009 01:20

How did I know this was yours before clicking it.

These tiles are all pretty awesome.
My only nit pick would be the trees leaves, other then that pretty sweet stuff. :D

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