Rivalry is a hotseat game where two players take turns moving their rag-doll character’s limbs and weapons until one is victorious. While the beginning stages of each game captures the strategic essence of swordplay, as damage and limbs are taken, the endgame turns rather Pythonesque.
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Positive (47 reviews) - 97% of the 47 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“I want to get on Steam (Early Access) to help refine the gameplay. At the moment the game is playable and fun, but it would benefit from a group of dedicated fans providing guidance.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“6 months”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have.

  • Improved graphics.
  • More fight locations.
  • Multiplayer over network.
  • Sound.
  • Tournament mode.
  • Online high score tables.
  • Inbuilt video editor.
  • Ability to post fight videos to social media.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At this point it's a playable wireframe but the core game mechanic is there and the game is playable and fun.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will go up when servers are required for online playback modes.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I want the community to report bugs, suggest new features as well as suggesting names for the weapon combinations.”
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June 25

Rivalry Status Update #45 - LAN Play and Binary Protocol

Over the past week I have been working on Local Area Network play and in some areas the binary protocol. More specifically ensuring that separate machines over a LAN network can see each other over different operating systems and network interfaces. As LAN play is just peer to peer but over a local network. I decided I should first create the LAN network protocol, as much of it can be reused for peer to peer.

I also decided to start work on the binary protocol as using JSON slowed down response speeds because of the size of the packets and the translation times. JSON makes network games unplayable for all practical purposes, but it's great for prototyping and has now served its purpose.

Over the next two weeks I am hoping to continue work on LAN play and perhaps try and finish Weapon Pushing once and for all.

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June 12

Rivalry Status Update #44 - Network Game Rematch Finished and more Bugfixes

In the past 3 weeks I have been fixing many bugs relating to the network feature and got the Rematch Voting system to a finished state. However, I am not entirely happy with how the voting system works and have thought of many different methods that could be used to improve its functionality.

In its current state the Rematch Voting system works by holding a vote where people can then vote to join a rematch or leave the game. But if anyone decides to leave the game then everyone automatically leaves the game and no rematch is held. So in order to have a rematch everyone must vote for it, unanimously.


(Voting System with 3 people voted, and 1 yet to vote. If that 1 person votes to leave in the next 11 seconds then everyone leaves..)

To combat this, I have designed multiple ways to make the voting process more fair. Currently if anyone leaves the game is automatically shut down as there are no longer enough people to support a rematch game (This is the primary reason why the voting system works the way it does.) But if I enabled it so games can continue running even when someone leaves, then I could modify the voting system to be a lot more fair and have the majority vote win. However that is not the only change I would make. I would change it so once a game is over you can either leave, or create / join a rematch. If you fail to decide in 30 seconds or begin to render a replay video then you will automatically leave the game. If someone choses to create a game but only half the original players join, then the game will reopen to the public to be repopulated. I find that this system is a lot simpler as it only adds a countdown instead of a whole new UI and ensures that everyone gets what they voted for.

However, I may not work on this new version of the voting system as it is more vital that I work on features such as LAN games, which is a vital step towards achieving Peer to Peer and removing lag from network play. If you have used the Beta recently you may also notice that Network games are still quite slow. This is because I have not yet improved the network protocol and will only do so when I have finished all the features of Networking.

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Reviews

“Aussie indie developer Kew McParlane tells us about his bizarre turn-based combat game.”
IGN

“The most hilarious dueling game you'll ever play”
CNET

“Meet the 14 year old behind one of the best games of PAX Australia”
Stevivor

About This Game

Rivalry is a hotseat game where two players take turns moving their rag-doll character’s limbs and weapons using the mouse until one is victorious. While the beginning stages of each game captures the strategic essence of swordplay, as damage and limbs are taken, the endgame turns rather Pythonesque.

Imagine a game that's a turn based strategy game, mixed with a side scrolling fighter and then add some rag-dolls and you've got Rivalry.

As the result of a successful Kickstarter for the marketing on his game at PAX , 14 year old Kew McParlane is presenting 'Rivalry', playable wireframe of his turn based two player sword fighting game of deep strategy and hilarious fun.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 10 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista / Windows® XP SP2+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 720p display. Any graphics card since 2004 should work.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 10 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Windows® Vista / Windows® XP SP2+
    • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 720p+ Display. Intel HD Graphics 4000 and higher, ATI Radeon HD-Series 4650 and higher, Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series and up
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 720p display. Any graphics card since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 720p+ Display. Intel HD Graphics 4000 and higher, ATI Radeon HD-Series 4650 and higher, Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series and up
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04, SteamOS
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 720p display. Any graphics card since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 3.4 GHz Intel i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 720p+ Display. Intel HD Graphics 4000 and higher, ATI Radeon HD-Series 4650 and higher, Nvidia GeForce 2xx-Series and up
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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