Darkestville Castle - Old Gamer
Hi everyone! Today Darkestville Castle is on sale at 33% off during the Lunar New Year Sale!

Also Darkestville Castle is now bundled with other quests in Buka Adventure Pack. We are sure you'd love to play all those quests during the upcoming weekend ;) And this bundle is also on sale - 57% off till th 19th of February! So hurry up and get it!

Have fun, guys! ːsteamhappyː
Darkestville Castle - Lillamused
Yay everyone! Trading cards are now available. Enjoy! ːsteamhappyː
Darkestville Castle - Old Gamer
Darkestville Castle is 20% off on Steam. Happy holidays!



http://store.steampowered.com/app/689900/Darkestville_Castle/
Darkestville Castle - Lillamused
Hi guys!
A friendly reminder, that you can buy to buy Darkestville Castle at a 20% discount till tomorrow evening! Hurry up :)

Aaand, what is more, our favorite quest has all the chances to win the “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award. All is in your hands - you just need to nominate Darkestville Castle here or here. Despite his bad temper, Cid will be very pleased to receive this award, so let's all vote together for his sake!
Darkestville Castle - Lillamused


With only a few days left before Halloween, Steam sales is well under way. We just couldn’t pass up such an important event. That’s why from October 26th till November the 1st Darkestville Castle, the real Halloween adventure game, has 20% discount!

Also we wanted to thank our creative contest winner - Artie-K, whose artwork perfectly fits our Halloween Steam page decoration!

Trick or treat?! Hm… Trick!

To celebrate Halloween, developers added a new tricky mode to the game – ‘MEOW’. Just keep in mind — you should activate it only if you are 100% self-confident as it drastically increases game difficulty!
We’re not going to reveal all the details though – just try it if you dare.

Darkestville Castle - Lillamused
It's time to pick winners of our creative contest! We’ve got dozens of awesome artworks from all over the world and it was a pretty hard choice to make. Many thanks to all participants! As we promised, there will be not only one winner, but a several of them in a different nominations. Here they are:

Developers Team Choice
Grand Prize: Steam Wallet $100 Card
And the winner is Artie-K!

Publishers Team Choice
Prize: Steam Wallet $50 Card
And the winner is Luci!

Community Choice
Prize: Steam Wallet $50 Card
And the winner is Lady Santa!

Honorable prizes
10 winners who will get their Steam Wallet $20 Card:
All winners will receive a message with information about how to get their prizes. Therefore, we kindly ask all the winners to check if they are accessible via chat messages :)
Darkestville Castle - Old Gamer
The teams at Epic LLama and Buka Entertainment are excited to share the Darkestville Castle launch trailer with you! We hope you enjoy it and thanks for all the support and excitement during development.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKG9ZkwPU5U
Darkestville Castle - Old Gamer
CONTEST IS OVER


You will be able to send your artwork till 1:00 PM (PT - Los Angeles Time) ON OCTOBER 22, 2017. Therefore the winners will be announced at 7 AM (PT - Los Angeles Time) OCTOBER 24, 2017.

CONTEST BEGAN AT 10:00 AM (PT - Los Angeles Time) on SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION

STEP 1

Play the game or the free demo to familiarize yourself with the world, characters and the story of the Darkestville Castle.

STEP 2

Create an original piece of art illustrating one of Cid’s nasty pranks. You can also find some creative inspiration in our crazy trailer and official artworks. Your artwork should feature your own version of a demon’s prank and its consequences, e.g., saddened townsfolk or giant mutant-chicken’s corpses all over the town or any other catastrophic consequences of Cid’s mischiefs. There are dozens of funny characters living in this amazing hand-painted world of Darkestville Castle and they can’t wait to see what tricks Cid has prepared for them.

Darkestville Castle pays tribute to late 90’s point-and-click adventure games, featuring fascinating fairy-tale story and trendy visuals in Tim Burton’s style. It delivers more than 7 hours of truly enjoyable gameplay to both old and new generations. Dive into the unforgettable good old-fashioned atmosphere of classic adventure games and win the grand prize that we’ve prepared for you.

Your artwork should meet the following REQUIREMENTS:

1. You can reference but not directly copy materials from the game (no copy-paste allowed).
2. It should be your original work made for the contest and you shouldn’t use stock materials from others or trademarks.
3. Artwork that you submit shouldn’t be inappropriate, offensive, pornographic, sexually explicit, unlawful or plagiarized, excessively violent or offensive in any way.

You may upload as many artworks as you like, however, if you upload the same art several times it will be counted as one.

STEP 3

Submit your artwork to the contest by using the “Upload Your Artwork” button in the “Artwork” section here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/689900/images/#scrollTop=0. In the description type: Darkestville Castle Contest.

AWARDS

Developers Team Choice
Grand Prize: Steam Wallet $100 Card
Epic Llama team will choose one artwork which they like best.

Community Choice
Prize: Steam Wallet $50 Card
Share this contest among your friends to have better chances to win people's choice award as it goes to the most liked artwork.

Publishers Team Choice
Prize: Steam Wallet $50 Card
Buka Entertainment team will choose one artwork which they like best.

Honorable prizes
10 winners will get Steam Wallet $20 Card
Another 10 winners will be also chosen by Buka Team based on the quality and creativity of their submitted artworks.

Good luck!
Darkestville Castle - Old Gamer
Hello, would you mind introducing yourself to our readers?

My name is Hernan Lopez and I’m producer at Epic LLama. Since we are a small developer team I did a lot of stuff in Darkestville Castle (like editing audio, fixing some minor things on the graphics, and stuff like that). But I guess the more relevant thing I did in Darkestville Castle is write the story and design the game!

Why did you decide to enter the world of videogames? How long have you been actually creating games?

Well I really loved video games when I was growing up, and as a kid and as a teen we use to play a lot with our friends, we designed our own games as kids… on paintbrush… growing up I learned to use flash… and started to make games for my friends… as a hobby, then I realize… Hey... I could sell flash games to gaming portals. Then I quit my job as a call center guy and started to do videogames for living… and that's how Epic LLama started… like… almost 10 years ago!

What was your first games console (or computer), and what did you like and dislike about it?

My first console was a Famicom… What I liked… everything… To this day I collect Famicom and NES cartridges. The only thing I disliked was that my mom didn't let me play it more than 2 hours a day… and only in weekends… and only if I had good grades… So… I'm not a psychologist… but I guess that making videogames a prize to earn… played a major role on making me a video game developer… And that's why I went to my friend’s house to play videogames… Now everything makes sense.

What made you want to make video games and specifically what made you want to make Darkestville Castle?

Darkestville castle is one of those games that WE ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE, but since we made flash games for browser… that was impossible… don't get me wrong, we loved to make flash games… but flash games are so much smaller in size on scope… than… FLASH got sick and his market shrunk… so we as studio have to choose a new path… or just leave the industry… And since there is no way we are going to leave the game industry we decided to grow, to grow in a direction we always loved… to make that game we always wanted to make, but we weren't able… and so we starting the development of Darkestville Castle. With Fabian Peruggia Ribeiro (super mega awesome programmer of the team) we are not just colleges, we are friends from out teen years we lived a few block from each other (in fact we have moved but still live a few blocks from each other)… and if a franchise made us bond a lot was the Monkey Island franchise… Our favorite one Monkey Island 3. We spend hours playing it… So we wanted to make something that feels as if it is the late 90’s again and you are about to play a forgotten graphic adventure of that era.

What is Darkestville Castle about? Could you tell us what the story of the game is without revealing any spoilers?

Thats a tuff one… talking about the story without spoiling… But I’ll do my best, Darkestville Castle is a game about being the bad guy... Cid. The character we follow, is the Demon of Darkestville Castle, he loves to do evil and evil loves him, every night he disrupt the lives of the citizens of Darkestville that are used to his presence and evil deeds, in fact, they rized Cid since he was just a cute little Demon. As every villain Cid has a nemesis… Dan Teapot, and he will trigger the events that will change Cid life… The rest… is spoiler.

What will the gameplay be like… what will make this game different to other games in the same genre?

The game is like a classic graphic adventure from the late 90’s not only in the style, the art and tone but also in the gameplay with the 3 action verb coin, grab, see and talk!

We believe you don't have to fix what isn't broken, however we added something of the new graphic adventures, a button that highlight the things you can interact with, we want the player to focus on the puzzles and not on the pixel hunt, of course this is button is optative…

But the main new thing here is the fully voiced story, we will be on the shoes of Cid, The Demon of Darkestville a declared villain, and he will live a pretty unusual story.

I love the art style, what inspired this style in art direction and why were you drawn to this style? Is there a particular method you are following? How did you come up with the main character?

Thanks! We tried to emulate the late 90s art style of Monkey Island 3, but with our own touch, so we make him a bit darker and with the perspective of the scenes a bit more twisted, matching the tone of the story. For the art we made 2D digital painting using Photoshop, Gonzalo Sayavedra is the man behind those lovely backgrounds you see in game. The artistic result ended looking like a son between Monkey Island and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

To make Cid we used as basis an old nameless character I used to draw on high school… the original one was more skeletical and creepy, yet had the distinctive BIG Smile Cid have for mouth, the big round eyes, the cape and the hat. We adapted that nameless character making him more likeable and easier to draw… that resulted in the Cid you can see and play now.

For all the characters we used vector graphics as base, that later we animated, those were drawn by Juan Arfinetti and animated by me and Fabian Peruggia Ribeiro.

What game development tools are you using?

The game is made in Unity, the art for the backgrounds is made with Photoshop, the vector art of the characters is made with Photoshop Illustrator and most of the animations are pre-made in Flash.

What were the greatest challenges in the making of this game, and how did you overcome them?

I think one of the greatest challenges on the technical aspect was handing and editing the hours and hours of voice acting the story has… organizing the sessions with the actors, doing all the data entry and checking that the lines are ok, well delivered and with the right timing.

On the artistic side something that was a great challenge is writing that long story…. And making it funny, because the only way to test if a joke hit is to test it with people and see if people laugh… humor is something really subjective so writing humor is something really subjective… and there is nothing more sad that a joke that is bad.

Music is such an important part of the gaming experience; what style/genre of music would you like in this game?

Again, we wanted to transport you back to the late 90s graphic adventures but with our own dark twist and that detail was persistent on the music, so when you listen to the tunes of the game you surely will feel like in a spooky graphic adventure game of that era.

What was your favorite game (or most inspirational game) growing up?

Well I have many games that are favorite and inspirational… but right now I can't stop to think on Monkey Island 3, I simple loved it… and I have to admit it… The first time I played it wasn’t on my own PC… when we were teens Fabian home was the «kids headquarters», it was a time when you played graphic adventure games… in local multiplayer and we played session of like 4 guys trying to save Elaine from the cursed ring!

What is the most rewarding aspect of being an indie game developer?
Living of the gaming industry is awesome because it was a dream so big and so impossible to reach when I was a kid that is just incredible… but being an indie is more than that… is following your dreams and driving your little dream boat as you think is best… that is just great… and when you find someone who played your game and you see that it means something to him it's just awesome.

What about your thoughts on the current state of gaming?

As developer I see that visibility is starting to be a problem… there are so many games released every day that showing your game to people is so hard! Don't get me wrong I love the idea of a lot of people making games that's what gives that many released… But that makes hard to find a public for a game!

When will we be seeing Darkestville Castle and what platforms will the game be available for?

In the last quarter of the year, and will be for PC and mobile devices... And I would love to see it on consoles!

What does the future hold?

For now… releasing Darkestville Castle is the only future, is our baby we put so much effort on it, so many nights without sleep so many coffee, it's our dream game and we want to release it to the world!

What games are you playing now? Which are you excited for this year?

Right now I'm playing Overwatch (when I find the time) with the same guys I used to play Monkey Island when I was a kid… (the magical wonders of online multiplayer) … And for this year… I'm excited about releasing Darkestville Castle!
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