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Dark Souls GBC Demake

on: February 25, 2015, 04:08:09 am
Been meaning to do something for myself lately, and given my love of Dark Souls and GBC limitations, the subject was obvious.

I'd like to fully make the undead asylum, but I've developed the palettes with the idea in mind that they could cover all of the different areas ( that's how it works right? OR is it only 8 tile palettes on screen at once? If it's the latter, then I feel a bit silly)

I've been wondering on the perspective of the boss room. Back in the day I would have scoffed at all the mixed perspective stuff, but now I think it has a lot of charm ( and more importantly, doesn't use a lot of tiles) but I would love to see any alternative ideas/ examples of other pieces tackling the problem.



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Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 08:26:54 am
This clearly had to be done and I'm glad its u doing this  :hehe:
my ocd has a meltdown with this perspective so due to that id prefer to see it in standard 3/4 view but I dunno what to suggest with that portcullis on the left.
from memory those wooden doors should be larger than the other doorways.
not much else to offer at this point since im just viewing on my phone.
I'm not aware of gba restrictions but cant u squeeze in some more colour per tile and such to enrich it a bit (while keeping an overall dull vibe).

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Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 08:53:19 am
I'm not aware of gba restrictions but cant u squeeze in some more colour per tile and such to enrich it a bit (while keeping an overall dull vibe).

GBA != GBC. GBC gets 4 colors per tile and 8 possible tile palettes, so squeezing more colors in is possible but rather nontrivial -- you'd have to get pretty clever with how you setup palettes and the designs you use for tiles. Taking some cues from DB32 palette, DB16 palette or Arne's 16color palette might be helpful.

(whereas GBA can support tiles of 16 or even 256 colors. Quite a different proposition.)

http://gameboy.mongenel.com/dmg/gbc_art.txt shows a lot of useful info. In response to your question Ryumaru, it seems to indicate that you get 8 palettes to display your tiles, but you can swap those out whenever you need to, most likely between levels/screens.
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Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 09:10:21 am
oops mah bad :blind:

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Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 09:35:40 am
Decroded: Heh, yeah, there is no more squeezing. However, if I get what Ai is saying, I can have 8 palettes per area as opposed to 8 palettes in the entire game, so that certainly allows me to play a a bit more with stuff like the torchlight areas. I think what got me started with this Zelda ish perspective is I hate how the conventional 3/4 cant really show doorways and such on the sides of walls. Nevertheless I made a test mockup with the standard perspective in the prison cell, and I might adopt some of it into the boss room.

Ai: Thanks for posting that! Do you know anything about the sprites in particular? Can transparency be turned off of sprites to allow full coverage and 4 colors like in my menu? Also been wondering about movement, is it all purely tile based? I'm planning on building the boss in parts,and was wondering if animation could be done by moving those parts pixels at a time, or if it has to be "baked" so to speak into the individual sprites themselves.

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Reply #5 on: February 25, 2015, 10:05:28 am
I'm far from a wizard with console stuff, I just know how to read technical specs, so anything I say here is just interpretation of what I've read. That said:

Full coverage 4c sprites? Not as far as I can tell, the 'window' layer is usually used for this (ie. you can build such a menu out of tiles, but not out of sprites)

You can place sprites at any position, but need to keep in mind there is a limitation of 10 sprites per scanline / 40 total onscreen. I speculate that they also have a fixed visual priority (drawn left to right, top to bottom). Someone specifically versed in GBC coding might be able to say for sure, but I'd suggest that actual GBC games would use a combination of real sprite movement, swapping sprites out, and other tricks (like the ability to flip sprites) to accomplish complex animation.

This is all taken/extrapolated from the link I gave.
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Reply #6 on: February 25, 2015, 12:12:41 pm
I hate how the conventional 3/4 cant really show doorways and such on the sides of walls. Nevertheless I made a test mockup with the standard perspective in the prison cell, and I might adopt some of it into the boss room.


u can draw doorways and even doors at the top and bottom and u can certainly imply there are doorways on the sides but its annoying how u cant draw the door itself when it is affects gameplay such as the one on the left.
u might be able to get away with drawing the top and side of a door somehow but its awkward so yeah it seems like zelda view is necessary (evil  :lol:) here.

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Reply #7 on: February 25, 2015, 01:06:38 pm
well youve really nailed the look, it shouted dark souls at me as soon as i saw it :D and the perspective looks great  :y:

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Reply #8 on: February 25, 2015, 01:39:08 pm
What will happen to the player when moving through that room with the perspective? will he be seen from full top view?
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Reply #9 on: February 25, 2015, 01:55:22 pm
Love this!

Here's a sort of middle-ground between the two perspectives:

In the image on the right, the south/east/west walls are a third smaller than the north one. 
(Just scaled as a test, and not cleaned up, but you get the idea, worth experimenting with I think). 

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Reply #10 on: February 26, 2015, 12:17:19 am
Decroded: The good thing is I can bend things however I wish as long as it fits the restrictions >:D so I think I will make the north wall more traditionally 3/4ths so that the door can be more impressive, as I think that will do a lot to get the feel of the original game.
Probo: thanks :D
Kazuya Mochu: Thats one of the "problems" as the character wouldn't change. I'm fine with a little bit of perspective bending, but the boss room will be receiving a bit of a make over.
rikifuzz: Thanks! Yep I like where that example is going; getting the best of both worlds.

In other news, I made this cutscene image of Oscar all with sprite palettes, forgtting about the 40 sprites on screen at a time, heh. I've zeroed in on the ones that " have" to be tiles ( the light rays could potentially be tiles that swap for animation, but would lose their transparency which is most of the point) and counted 34. Just enough to also show the character sprite. Will have do some work to make it fit. It's a fun challenge  :crazy:



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Re: Dark Souls GBC Demake

Reply #11 on: February 26, 2015, 02:13:10 am
However, if I get what Ai is saying, I can have 8 palettes per area as opposed to 8 palettes in the entire game, so that certainly allows me to play a a bit more with stuff like the torchlight areas.

On the GBC you get 8 palettes of 4 colours for the tile layer, and another set of 8 for the sprite layer. These palettes can be changed freely during run time, for fades, effects etc. from the 32k colours it can display. (15 bit)

Can transparency be turned off of sprites to allow full coverage and 4 colors like in my menu?

Transparency is part of the PPU on the sprite layer so can't be turned off AFAIK. On the upside, the tile layer has no forced shared colour so you may use 4 individual colours per palette.

Also been wondering about movement, is it all purely tile based? I'm planning on building the boss in parts,and was wondering if animation could be done by moving those parts pixels at a time, or if it has to be "baked" so to speak into the individual sprites themselves.

Tile slots can only change tile data. Of course this can be animated tiles to give the illusion of smooth movement. Anything on the sprite layer can be moved freely.
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Reply #12 on: February 26, 2015, 02:58:26 am
Thanks for the wisdom hawken! 8 palettes at any time frees me up quite a bit.
 
Can you think of any way that my current item set up would work with 4 colors? Or if i wanted to overlay with that diamond shape would each have to be sprites of 3 colors only? I assume windowed mode couldn't show a shape like that?

Anybody got any inspirational/ inventive low color UI stuff or is it all necessarily pretty boring given restrictions?

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Reply #13 on: February 27, 2015, 06:13:47 am
Man this sprite limit is a lot more restrictive than I thought it would be. 40 sounds like a lot, but it adds up quick. The character with sword and shield is 6 already, and I was planning on some of the hud stuff being sprites too. My first take at the asylum demon ran in at 32 sprites- without wings or a hammer. I slightly more anorexic take brought me down to 24, but suffers a lot for it. I would imagine the hammer alone would have to be at least 6-10 to look impressive enough.

Perhaps I could make the boss smaller, and the environment smaller too so that he still feels large. Either that or I would have to craft some sort of set up where part of him is stationary tiles ( torso/ head) with only his arms and feet moving. hmm...

In the mean time I also completed the oscar cutscene mock up. I'm sure the application of the palettes are a mess, but right now it's just a thought experiment more than the perfect execution.
24:

32:

32 mockup with a hammer that would send me way over the limit


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Reply #14 on: February 27, 2015, 09:54:39 am
Wow - Really really looks great! 

Usually (I think) neighbouring palettes share a colour, so the boundary is a bit hidden?  (I'm not sure, just guessing).  But I think having very apparent palette blocks here has given it a really interesting look somehow. 

I haven't played too many GBC games, so this may all be old news to everyone else, I dunno.  :)

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Reply #15 on: February 27, 2015, 04:04:28 pm
The yellow bright shine blocks on the closeup of Oscar are great, yes. Why hide attribute clash?

I do think you'd need to make game elements smaller, though, if not the character sprite (16x16 sadly should be enough) certainly the bosses. The core gameplay of circling boss entities would best be de-made in a zeldaesque fashion (that's dark souls' inspiration anyway). So I would expect bosses made out of repeated tile elements with sprite arms that attack around them more than I'd expect a boss SPRITE that rotates fully and attacks around themselves. There's just not enough memory to do huge sprites on a gbc cart.

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Reply #16 on: February 27, 2015, 04:33:49 pm
this is so good its making me uncomfortable. I feel self-conscious of my skills :D
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Reply #17 on: February 27, 2015, 06:18:37 pm
Btw, there also is a 10 sprites per line limit. And also, even if a sprite is only partly filled the empty space still counts towards which lines the sprite occupies.

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Reply #18 on: February 27, 2015, 11:07:41 pm
Nice border design on that "Here, take this." screen and I LOVE the tiled knight.. I've never played Dark Souls so I don't know what this is but visually I really like it.
I don't know much about GBC specs... so I will certainly be paying attention here.

 

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Reply #19 on: February 27, 2015, 11:20:03 pm
rikfuzz: Thanks! :D yep, it's definitely a more modern sensibility( or at least, not something that was done too often on gbc from what I can tell) which I like, and what makes this stuff fun with me: looking at old things through new lenses.
Helm: Definitely thought about you when I decided to be gutsy enough to try it!
I want it all, heheh. But you're right, some major downsizing and a different approach was in order. I analyzed our boy ganon to realize some things:
- A more top down perspective can " hide" the scale of the demon in a way where we can more easily assume he's big, rather than having to show it through verticality.
- Really utilizing the sprites to their fullest, going as close to the border as possible makes him feel cramped in his space.  This might be getting falsely meta, but even when he's put in the environment, it gives off the feeling that it's too small for him.
Do you have any opinion on the perspectives btw? Would be interested in hearing your take.

Kazuya Mochu: haha I don't know about all that, but thanks for the encouraging words!  :crazy:

ptoing: Yep, I had that in the back of my head. rationalizing some of it with the idea that the player would want to be as far away from the boss as possible in most cases. I think I remember that it ditches sprites when it exceeds the maximum; I wonder if that priority could be set in favor of anything in particular. If the weapon selection were to be sprites ( which I don't think I can afford it to be) it would be way too easy to go past that limit.

 Speaking of which, alongside a new asylum demon that I'm very happy with and doesn't break the (sprite) bank, I've been testing out new huds, none of which I think are overly succesful. Would be interested to see if anybody else has any ideas


I wonder how the horns would have to be handled, due to their position the worst cast scenario they would be considered 4 sprites, 2 at best.


Tested to see how Ganon would look in here inspired me to ditch the previous method.


Don't know if the staggered overhang of the items could be done without sprites


Cramps up a lot of the vertical space, which is already limited


A lot of games do this, notably metal gear solid. Works for them, seems to tactical for this.


an image from Mario Tennis that has me perplexed as to how this text box is done. Can't be windowed mode, as it would have to be anchored to a side. May be tiles if nothing else scrolls during the cutscene ( most probable) yet it only uses 3 colors which makes me think it could be sprites. Also wondering how the text was done as it doesn't seem to be tile based.

l l l l: Thanks! although I can't take much credit for the design, It's mostly just referenced from menus in the game itself! Biggest roadblock so far has been the 40 sprite limit, but the challenge is fun!

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Reply #20 on: March 02, 2015, 02:11:00 am


an image from Mario Tennis that has me perplexed as to how this text box is done. Can't be windowed mode, as it would have to be anchored to a side. May be tiles if nothing else scrolls during the cutscene ( most probable) yet it only uses 3 colors which makes me think it could be sprites. Also wondering how the text was done as it doesn't seem to be tile based.

pretty certain this is done with tile changes.
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Reply #21 on: March 09, 2015, 06:47:11 pm
When looking at the top down view, I noticed that the farthest back wall, didn't follow the perspective of the wall itself. Is this what you meant by Mixed Perspective?

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Reply #22 on: March 10, 2015, 06:07:37 am


Mother of all gods.
Would you mind if I put this on my references? The colour play here plus it's execution among limitations is just... beautiful.

I don't have much critique though.  :-X

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Reply #23 on: March 11, 2015, 06:19:15 am
DHyd: Yep, there's a lot of weird stuff going on with that wall, where symbolism has trumped realism, leading to different areas of the room and wall having different perspectives.

Vagrant: Heh, I'd be flattered  :-* I would really need to dig into assigning the palettes and fixing some errors for it to really be GBC displayable, it's probably 90-95% there right now. But the limitations really do foster creativity; never would have done something like this if I didn't have a box to try and think outside of.

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Reply #24 on: March 12, 2015, 03:14:14 am
Hawken is correct. Text is tile changes on DMG/GBC . No need to worry about that. Also, static parts of bosses can be tiles. Like, even a boss that takes up the whole screen is possible, so long as its moving parts don't exceed your sprite quota.

This is gorgeous btw.

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Reply #25 on: March 24, 2015, 09:28:17 am
Thank you! And the only reason I was "worried" about it was because of it's detachment from sides of the screen, and what it could possibly mean for a diamond shaped HUD more akin to the original dark souls game. Is it possible to have tiles that remain stationary while having background move underneath them, if the shape has " holes" like the diamond would surrounding it? Doesn't seem to be the case. Either way I'm happy with the compact version I was able to make here:



I also have a little something else in the works. Those that catch on to the pattern might know what will be happening next...





( working with only black and white is hard; it's all very wip currently. Will have to employ a much less busy solution to the floor tiles)

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Reply #26 on: March 25, 2015, 12:12:35 am
Not only dark souls BUT demon souls? is hard to you to stop being ON FIRE!

seriusly, pretty cool.

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Reply #27 on: April 20, 2016, 11:33:03 pm
Just stopping in to say I really enjoyed this thread; the GBC doesn't get enough attention as a retro platform I feel, so it's nice to see some love and with such an awesome subject too.

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Reply #28 on: May 18, 2016, 05:31:30 am
Absolutely beautiful. I had wondered, for a long time, since first seeing some 2d GBC dark souls images on a random image search, who actually created them. Wow! I'm so impressed. Even with the rigidity of the GBC colour palette, you make it blend and light so well. It's breathtaking.

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Reply #29 on: May 19, 2016, 07:41:26 am
This looks great. Looking forward to seeing more of this.

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Reply #30 on: June 02, 2016, 02:26:47 am
Awesome work man ;D. Love retro art