Daily Design: Day 330
Daily Design is a series of game concepts devised daily through all of 2016. These are just basic concepts, designed based on randomly generated words. Today, they are;
Defeated, Damage and Remove.
As such, the game I’ve designed today is…
Limb Brawl is a game about two robots beating the living hell out of each other, tearing off limbs and generally just being dicks.
It’s a fighting game for up to four players at once, though it’s a 2D sidescroller like Street Fighter rather than a 3D brawler like Tekken. Players fight on a platform with two holes on either side, which is boxed in entirely by walls and a ceiling. Think of it as a kind of upside down U with a small platform in the middle.
Players have basic attacks – punches, kicks and combinations of the two. Area damage is very important, as limbs can be broken off. However, the only way to kill an opponent is to knock them off the edge of the arena or destroy all 4 of their limbs and their head (torsos are indestructible).
Importantly, players can also grab. This can be used to grab onto the walls of the arena or to grab an opponent. Where the opponent is grabbed is important, as players can then throw them. If they’ve done enough damage, this can also be used to tear off a limb (and then beat them with it). Grapples and throws are key since the opponent can only be defeated via ring out. The idea is to weaken an enemy, then go for a killing throw.
Of course, enemies may catch on to the side of the arena and hold on for dear life. In this case, players can try to jump down and grab on to the wall themselves, then kick the hell out of the other player. It’s possible to climb back up (if you have two arms left), but it’s also possible for other players to grab onto you if you’re grabbed on to a wall. There’s a lot of grabbing.
This game idea is almost entirely inspired by a bizarre map I played in Little Big Planet 2, and I think it was by far the most fun I had with the game. I think it was called Mortal Kombat despite having nothing to do with the series – check it out if you own the game, it’s an absolute blast.
That’s it! Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow with another quick game concept.