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Title: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Baron on 29 Nov 2008, 04:51
Announcing.....
BESIEGED
Or, How to Get Out of a Castle..... Without Being Catapulted

A short and silly adventure game by  Baron (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=1930) and Yarooze (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=5481).

(http://www.vanwijst.com/games/besieged/besieged_1.PNG)

(http://www.vanwijst.com/games/besieged/besieged_2.PNG)

PLOT:
        The king is besieged in his castle by the evil Count Bleicher.  Food and time are running out for the defenders.  In desperation the king hatches a scheme to catapult a messenger over the enemy to bring reinforcements.  The only problem is that, even to the deeply ignorant medieval mind, catapulting means almost certain death to the one experiencing it.  Naturally the top soldiers shirk the honour onto someone lower down the hierarchy, until the buck finally stops at the lowly Dung Shoveler. 
   The Dung Shoveler must now break the siege and save the castle.  Success may well win him the heart of the Sexy Servant Girl, while failure will bring certain death, either at the hands of the besiegers or his own side!  You must guide the Dung Shoveler through this short but potty-humoured adventure.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
       -Music by  Funkmast  (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/yabb/index.php?action=profile;u=7604)
       -Lots of silly dialogue
       -Did I mention the potty humour?

       ***There's a tid-bit of medieval violence and a lot of dung in this game.  If this makes you squeamish then.... well, too bad for you.  Otherwise......

DOWNLOAD NOW (http://www.vanwijst.com/games/besieged/besieged.zip)
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Leon on 29 Nov 2008, 09:56
Nice one. Good puzzle, funny dialogs. Sometimes bit difficult to read though. The hand-icon is also somewhat 'clumsy' to operate. But maybe that suits the character :-)

The 'undo' is amazing since I hardly ever save my games. Well done!

The music is also very contributing to the medieval atmosphere. Good job! My first thought was a clone of Damsel but it's certainly not.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: robvalue on 29 Nov 2008, 10:06
Great game! I really enjoyed it, well put together and very funny. And gross! Haha. A very nice style indeed.

Thank you! Highly recommended for everyone to play.

Some minor points for thoust perusal:

Spoiler: ShowHide

If you talk to the bully guard after drugging him, he wakes up again and talks to you, I assume this wasn't meant to happen?

The death sequences are very funny indeed! But once you've died that way and accidentally end up dying the same way... there is a lot of dialogue for some of them, and being able to press Esc to skip would be nice.


Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: cat on 29 Nov 2008, 15:11
Hi!

As robvalue mentioned above, there is some kind of walking dead.

Spoiler: ShowHide

I've done everything and gave the king the soup but I've accidently woken up the guard and I do not have the cup and bucket anymore to make him sleep again.


Besides that, I like the game.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Baron on 29 Nov 2008, 16:38
Version 1.01 is up, fixing the "Wake Up" bug (I hope).

Thanks for all the comments -we're glad the game is being enjoyed!

Baron
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Funkmast on 29 Nov 2008, 18:00
*opens a bottle of champagne* ****POOO :o OOFFFFF****

Good job, I hope you guys enjoyed "working" with me like I did with you ;D
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Inkoddi on 30 Nov 2008, 00:44
I enjoyed it thoroughly and actually managed to finish the game in one sitting without getting bored or going mad. I could also stand the music, hooray!

I will recommend this to all my dung shoveling friends who have been far underrepresented in the point and click adventure game department and therefore slightly gruff.

In conclusion: Good.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: arj0n on 30 Nov 2008, 15:57
Version 1.01 is up, fixing the "Wake Up" bug (I hope).

I've really enjoyed this game, but for now I'm finished shoveling dung. :D
Nice humour, story, music & animations and there's even a poop-"minigame" included. ;D

One minor thing: I played v1.01 but I could still wake up the guard.
Which resuls in having no entry to the dungeon anymore aka dead-end ::)

An overall well done game, good job!
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Baron on 30 Nov 2008, 17:26
....always trying to wake up the guard  ::).
       Alright, version 1.02 fixes -in a more comprehensive way -the bug that should have been fixed in version 1.01, namely the wakeful guard walking dead.  There are also a few spelling corrections.  Let me know of any further bugs and I shall ZAP them!
       Always glad to hear more people are enjoying the game.

Baron
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: kaputtnik on 30 Nov 2008, 18:39
Very nice game, it's a shame that it was so short, I just starting enjoying the atmosphere, I could have kept on playing for quite a while. Hey, and the soundtrack: That shit is hot!
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Matti on 30 Nov 2008, 21:33
Really nice game; graphics, dialogs, animations as well as the music were very appealing. The only thing that bothered me were the inventory graphics. The items had all different sizes and sometimes overlapped (plus the inventory arrows didn't make any sense).

Well yes, the end was too sudden and a bit disappointing. Another story of The Great Dung Shoveler shall be told soon I say...
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 01 Dec 2008, 02:04
Splendid game, with nice colourful graphics and funny animations! Also the music was much radical!

This may be the first game I've ever played where I've had to "force the issue" as well ;)
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Kaelem Gaen on 01 Dec 2008, 02:20
Very entertaining game.   Took me a second try to figure out how to win,  is there a plan for more Adventures of Dung Shoveller?  I hope so.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: robvalue on 01 Dec 2008, 08:53
It's a little known fact that Pythagorus was a dung shoveller.

While shovelling dung one day, a sudden thought struck him.

He ran to the guy who made him shovel dung all day and proclaimed, "I just realised something, if you add the squares of the lengths of the two shorter sides of a triangle, it will always be equal to the square of the length of the longer side!"

The guy thought for a minute, then replied, "Does that help you shovel dung?"

"Not really..."

"Well shut up then."
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: The Franceman on 01 Dec 2008, 23:05
I just finished it, it was really funny even if it was too short. I do agree with the others, this needs a sequel. :)

I can even imagine how he would to with the vikings. :)
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: splat44 on 02 Dec 2008, 09:18
Actually, download link isn't working!

I hope that baron can look into it?

Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Dualnames on 02 Dec 2008, 09:27
Actually, download link isn't working!

I hope that baron can look into it?



It appears that the whole server of the Baron's down. Check his avatar.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Trent R on 02 Dec 2008, 21:26
It's back up (cause I'm DLing right now!) I'm excited to play this game.

~Trent
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: qptain Nemo on 20 Dec 2008, 07:08
That was hilarious! Nice humour, nice ideas, nice graphics, nice everything!
Mixing that old English and nobility with such rough jokes was fun.
I don't know about a sequel but please do continue making games and bringing such fun.

And hey, that's the only AGS game on my memory that has the right and awesome 'undo' thing, shouldn't we be seeing it more often, eh? o_O
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: blueskirt on 20 Dec 2008, 23:38
Fun game! However, I accidentally stumbled on a bug.
Spoiler: ShowHide
It's possible to give the bucket of water to the maid before she's actually washing the floor, which kind of break the flow of the story a bit.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Baron on 21 Dec 2008, 18:22
Hey, thanks for the comments:

     Regarding Retry/Undo: it's featured in my other games, but I haven't seen it elsewhere yet.

     Regarding Bug Report: Thanks!  I'm working on a new version fixing a variety of dead interactions, so I'll be sure to fix that before releasing.  I'll get it up in a day or two.

Baron
   
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: yarooze on 21 Dec 2008, 20:32
     Regarding Retry/Undo: it's featured in my other games, but I haven't seen it elsewhere yet.
I'm sharing this point of view. I think the "dead" ends are not good. ;)

The player must have the possibility to retry some stupid action. If not, he will not even try them and miss the cool stuff that we prepared for him.

So there was no fight about, if we use undo function or not.  :)

I used this undo function in my necroquest to.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Baron on 24 Dec 2008, 04:24
Alright, new version 1.03 is up fixing all identified bugs. 

And I had forgotten that Yarooze's Necroquest had the undo too  ::).  Basically the philosophy is that saving should only be necessary if you're going to leave the game half-played to do something else.  The whole idea of needing to save at every instant "just in case" introduces a needless anxiety to the gaming experience, in my opinion.  Some would say it makes the danger seem more "real", because there is a real consequence to dying, but I think that's a minority opinion these days.  As a game-maker, I have the most fun creating diabolical and fun ways for the player to meet his/her demise, so why would I punish you for exploring them?

Anyhoo, happy C-day to all.  If anyone is burning a copy of B:OHTGOOAC....WBC to put under the tree for a friend, I want to hear about it!

Baron
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Ionias on 25 Dec 2008, 04:56
Fun little game, I enjoyed it, but then I'm partial to toilet humor, haha.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Dualnames on 26 Dec 2008, 23:07
Well, first of all I did enjoy this. Less than I hoped for. I'm not the -i love the poop jokes man-, though I did get a good laugh at some times. Cograts people.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: matt on 29 Dec 2008, 04:42
looks good
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Mordalles on 03 Jan 2009, 12:08
really enjoyed the game. great dialog, nice graphics, logical puzzles and some great music. thanks.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: yarooze on 20 Aug 2009, 15:41
BUMP!

The Greates Dung Shoveler ever goes 3d!  8)

He is about 4cm high. Made of FIMO and Green Stuff. Painted with acryllic paints.

(http://i32.tinypic.com/28s0qjs.jpg) (http://i31.tinypic.com/2z9jukz.jpg) (http://i28.tinypic.com/24fad5d.png)

Are we cool or what?  8) ;D

Besieged Team
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Igor Hardy on 20 Aug 2009, 20:14
Woah, this looks excellent!

So it's a hat on his head. I thought it was the classic public servant haircut.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: kaputtnik on 21 Aug 2009, 15:56
Hey, I was absolutely sure of that, too! This can't possibly be a hat, this haircut gave the dung shoveler so much personality...

Other than that, fantastic work - just like on your NecroQuest figurines.
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: yarooze on 21 Aug 2009, 17:15
Actually I don't know if this is his hair or hat...   :-[

Baron designed the character and I didn't ask him, what that really is. I studied the sprite lists and thought, this is a hat.    :'(


If not let's think, that he also has a hat, but didn't put it on in the game...  ;)


This is usually quite difficult to make a game character without altering him to much. But it also makes fun.  :=
Title: Re: BESIEGED: Or, How to Get Out of a Castle.....
Post by: Baron on 22 Aug 2009, 04:56
Ha!  You know, with these low res graphics it's whatever you imagine it to be.  I personally thought it was hair when I designed it, but now that I re-examine my inspiration (Henry V of England) I'm not entirely sure either:

(http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/henry5.jpg)

It's probably hair or a hat, although there's an outside chance it is some sort of space brain slug a la Futurama. :P