The North Pole is in trouble and only you can save Christmas in ELFSQUAD7! Go solo or team up with family and friends (two-player local for PC, four-player for Xbox Live Indie Games) in this co-op holiday adventure as you wrap toys, stuff Santa's sack, demolish freakish un-toys, and battle Kevin - the haywire toy-building robot of the North. This is retro gaming at its most festive, so ready the milk and cookies...it's time to save Christmas! (The PC version of ELFSQUAD7 is exclusive to the Indie Royale Xmas Bundle for the 2011 holiday season!)

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Who doesn't love a good Christmas game? Elfsquad7 will be THE holiday game that EVERYONE may hear about and you WILL perhaps even play!

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Summer nights begin to dwindle and Autumn quickly approaches, so I'm going to beat the stores and TV commercials to the punch with a hearty....

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S!!! !!!!!!11!!!!1!!!!! * * :D

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Too early? Yeah...I thought so too.

Well, regardless of the greeting, I welcome you to the first of many merry dev journals on my new indie x-mas game...


"Elfsquad7?!", you gasp in pure astonishment, "That sounds super-rad enough to work!" My friend, "super-rad" doesn't even scratch the surface of this tasty chestnut!


Now I know Christmas games are a hard sell. This holiday season in particular we're looking at some pretty amazing AAA titles (Zelda, Skyrim, Gears3, Uncharted3, Batman!!!!) but I've got some pretty amazing bullet-points that should tickle many a fancy....

  • Game Name: Elfsquad7
  • Tagline: "Something Forthcoming that's both Awesome and Memorable"
  • Gameplay: Fast-Paced Arcade Present Wrapping with Elf Guns
  • Local Players: 1-4 (XBox), 1-2 (PC)
  • Online Multiplayer: None, Sorry + Sadface :.(.....
  • Levels: As many as I can make in 12 weeks!!!
  • End-Boss Battle: Hecks Yes!
  • Art Style: 16 Bit Paper Mario-esque
  • Music: Several Retro Jams

So it looks good/vague under the hood, but how does she play?

Well, luckily, this is actually the remake of a flash game I made 10 years ago called "Elves Inc." Developed back in 2001 with the help of co-worker Paul Warzecha (now a Lead Character Artist over on Diablo III), we were able to make a surprisingly fun little timewaster (that was publicly and unjustly overshadowed by Elf Bowling 3...but I digress).

The basic premise is simple: toys are dropping from above - you wrap the falling toys by shooting upwards with your "gift wrapping" gun - you collect wrapped gifts to clear each level before time runs out.

For whatever reason, it all came together to be a fun little game that I've been wanting to revisit for some time. Its 10th anniversary seems like as good a time as any for a reboot.

Over the next 12 weeks, I'll be posting details as development picks up steam. While "Elves Inc." did a good job with the basic gameplay, in "Elfsquad7" we'll be kicking things up, like, a-thousand notches!

Too many notches? Yeah....didn't think so.


Cheesums says "Go Big or Go Home!"

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Theon
Theon

The artwork looks great, but please lose the outlines!

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ScottTykoski

Not down with the "retro paper-cutout" look, eh? I thought it was cool, but what about it looks bad to you? (And thanks for the feedback!)

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