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Deabriel

  • I'm a freelance designer. I really love pixel art.
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with making music
    • I can help with play testing
    • I can help with proof reading
    • I can help with web design
There's still a chance that I can enter? Because I made a background today in the morning, but I had to went out urgently for personal problems and I didn't had time to go to my house yet, I will be in my house in 30 min or less

Sure, bring it in. I'll pretend I forgot to close it ;)

Deabriel

  • I'm a freelance designer. I really love pixel art.
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with making music
    • I can help with play testing
    • I can help with proof reading
    • I can help with web design
Thanks!!
Here's my entry (Sorry again for being late)
« Last Edit: 03 Oct 2019, 10:11 by Deabriel »

No problem! It's a great entry, very DOTT-esque.


A HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted an entry! Happy to see such a great turnout, especially that it is the first Blitz since over a year.
Picking a favourite may be really difficult this time...

Entry galore below:

lorenzo

DBoyWheeler

cat

Flugeldufel

VampireWombat

Cassiebsg

Creamy:

Deabriel:


Voting:
Concept: your background should tell us something about the place you have depicted.
Playability: does it have clearly defined walkable areas, things to interact with, etc?
Artistic Execution: does the image convey the wanted atmosphere? What's the feeling of the place?

Voting closes on the 6th of October.

Trophies coming soon!
« Last Edit: 03 Oct 2019, 19:10 by Kastchey »

cat

  • Mittens Baronet
    • cat worked on one or more games that won an AGS Award!
    •  
    • cat worked on one or more games that was nominated for an AGS Award!
Only three categories for so many great entries - this is going to be a hard decision!

Can you maybe link all entries in the first post? That would make it easier to decide.

Sure, I was going to as soon as I get back home.

I have now updated the original post and the one where I closed the competition with the list of entries for easier voting.

Let's get those votes in!

So many great entries! I want to think about, before voting.
In the meantime, my comments on each entry.
  • DBoyWheeler: a simple, but effective background. I like the contrast between the mountains and the path, that highlights the way.
  • cat: nice Gameboy style background! That squirrel is so cute. I also like the tree in the foreground, it gives some additional depth to the scene. So cool what people can do with a few colours and pixels.
  • Flugeldufel: that's a lovely image! It wouldn't feel out of place in an Indiana Jones game. I can imagine getting lost in those passages and walking on the bridge.
  • VampireWombat: a nice, atmospheric background, with the full moon and the ominous castle hidden in the fog. It would fit well in a horror game.
  • Cassiebsg: those green mountains remind me of the photos I've seen of Machu Picchu (never been there myself, though). Lovely background! You may find pixel art not fun, but you're not bad at it!
  • Creamy: as Kastchey said, your image has a dreamy atmosphere which I really like. I would love to explore the game world and meet its inhabitants!
  • Deabriel: cool background in the "distorted" style of old Warner Bros cartoons/Day of the Tentacle! I can imagine meeting lots of wacky characters at that camp.
All in all, a fantastic Bg Blitz! Thanks Kastchey for hosting it after the long hiatus.

Jack

  • Think deviant
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I am voting lorenzo for all three. Fantastic background.

Artistic execution: lorenzo. It looks like a panel extracted from a good comic book.

Playability: Flugeldufel. Any background here is playable. I just like this one very much too.

Concept: Deabriel. I don't see any real "concept" here. So I reward another scenery that I like.

The other pictures aren't bad. I just feel like these 3 stand out.

Quote from: Flugeldufel
It lacks some polish
Are you kidding? It's more polished than most people can do.
I was inspired to "continue" it even if I figured out that I had neither the skill nor the time to match it:
Spoiler: ShowHide

« Last Edit: 04 Oct 2019, 06:34 by Creamy »
 

JudasFm

  • Zlang-Zlang Squid Says: All Hail the Squid!
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    • I can help with story design
    • I can help with voice acting
I was wondering if this would ever make a comeback! I'm not much good at art myself, but I really love looking at everybody else's entries :-D
So, here are my votes!

Concept: Deabriel. One look and I know the setting, what kind of NPCs I might find and the general style of the game (I agree with other posters that it's very DOTT-esque!)
Playability: lorenzo. Walkable areas are easy to spot, and there are all kinds of things I might be able to do with the trailer and the sign and the bottle and the glasses. Plus, it's a beautiful background.
Artistic Execution: This was hard, but I'm going with cassiebsg. While there's not much in the way of objects, something about this hut in the middle of green mountains really piques my interest. I get the feeling there could be an interesting story there.

My votes:

Concept: to me, the most evocative background is Creamy's. And the "full" image is so cool!
Playability: Flugeldufel. Lots of galleries to explore!
Artistic execution: I was undecided between Flugeldufel and Deabriel. At the end, I chose Deabriel.

DBoyWheeler

  • Maverick Hunter D-Boy at your service!
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My votes

Concept: cat (I agree, the Game Boy aesthetic is a cool idea)
Playability: Creamy (the Asian setup could give plenty of possibilities--the dragon helping cross the lake; the Buddha statue maybe coming to life to give hints; and of course, the pagoda being a possible destination)
Artistic Execution: It was a hard choice, but I give it to Deabriel... feels like something from a Maniac Mansion series game, or perhaps one of the cartoony-style Sierra games.

My votes:
Concept: Creamy - it's kind of surreal like a weird dream - and I had to grin, when I saw the full picture. Very cool!  :-D
Artistic Execution: Deabriel - I like that background, it could be from a DOTT / Sam & Max game. (my second favourite style. My favourite's the old LucasArts/Indy style, but that's an easy guess I think  ;) )
Playability: lorenzo - this one could've won all other categories as well - a masterpiece!

I also like cat's Game Boy picture very much, but there are only three categories.

cat

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    • cat worked on one or more games that won an AGS Award!
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    • cat worked on one or more games that was nominated for an AGS Award!
lorenzo
Fantastic work! The linework is great and so are the colors. There is a lot to to interact with.

DBoyWheeler
A simple background with clear exits. Sadly, there is not much detail to look at or items to interact with.

Flugeldufel
Is this an unused background from IJ:FoA? You interpreted the style spot on. The wall texture on the left is amazing. Unless you zoom in, you wouldn't think this is pixel art with just a few colors.

VampireWombat
A very atmospheric background, it makes me want to take the boat and row over to that castle.

Cassiebsg
Maybe you don't like pixel art, but you should give it another try, your background is promising!

Creamy
I have a weak spot for Asian scenery and I really dig your composition. Extending the other background is an amazing idea.

Deabriel
This background screams DoTT/S&M all over! Great work!

Voting:
Concept: Creamy
Playability: A close one between Flugeldufel and lorenzo - Flugeldufel has more interesting walkable areas but lorenzo more stuff to interact with. I think I'll go with Flugeldufel for this.
Artistic Execution: Another close one. Flugeldufels pixel work is great but in some parts it's visible that it's not pixel art but shrinked/color reduced. It was tight between lorenzo and Deabriel, both fantastic works. I'll go with lorenzo here, because it looks like it has been taken out of a Belgian comic book.

Great work, everyone!

Deabriel

  • I'm a freelance designer. I really love pixel art.
    • I can help with backgrounds
    • I can help with characters
    • I can help with making music
    • I can help with play testing
    • I can help with proof reading
    • I can help with web design
My votes:

Concept: Cat, I really like the game boy aesthetic colors for a point & click game
Playability: Flugeldufel. The visual reminds me of Indiana Jones, and see it makes me want to play it right now
Artistic execution: In this I was undecided between Lorenzo and Creamy, but I will go with Lorenzo, I really love that comic cartoon aesthetic.

PD: I draw some characters for my background in my free time (them are not too much worked because it was a very fast thing just for fun):
Spoiler: ShowHide

Cassiebsg

  • Cavefish
  • Fleeing the Cylon tyrrany...
    • Cassiebsg worked on one or more games that won an AGS Award!
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    • Cassiebsg worked on one or more games that was nominated for an AGS Award!
Very hard to decide, I agree.  (nod)

Concept: Creamy (very cool that you tried to continue the BG...  (laugh) )
Playability: Lorenzo (there's really lots to play with in this BG!)
Artistic execution: Flugeldufel (because it's just so beautiful!)
There are those who believe that life here began out there...

Concept: I'm going to go with VampireWombat here, the creepy atmosphere really stands out.
Playability: A tough call between lorenzo (TONS of potentially interactive objects) and Flugeldufel (an abundance of paths and exits of various sorts). I finally decided to go ahead with Flugeldufel, because the entry just screams a point and click game.
Artistic execution: cat. I just love the limited palette usage and the "soft" feeling of the image.

It was a really difficult choice this time in each and every category, again - fantastic job everyone.
I plan to close the voting phase some time after midnight CST today, so let's get some more votes in!

Also, I have added trophies to the original thread.

VampireWombat

  • Not a chupacabra
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Concept: Deabriel - It makes me want to see you adapt it into a MAGS game.
Playability: lorenzo - Has the most interesting stuff to interact with.
Artistic execution: Flugeldufel -  It really looks like it could be from an Indiana Jones game.

Concept - Creamy. I would love to play a game in this world.
Playability - Lorenzo. Lots to explore and interact with.
Artistic Expression - Lorenzo. Lots of beautifully crafted entries. But in the end this is the one that I would choose to hang on my wall, given the choice.