Video Game: Zargak’s Zeal

Zargak’s Zeal is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game. Inspired by classic fantasy books, this is a story featuring the titular Dark Wizard Zargak and his zealous and cruel regime. However, Zargak’s not the only wicked one who’s looking to cause harm to the kingdom of Tramah.

Dragons are ravaging the peaceful ogres, demons are now ruling over the dead and the damned – and of course, Entman’s having yet another mid-century crisis.

Story

The Dark Wizard Zargak has been at it again. He’s up to no good, capturing the good citizens of Tramah! He’s been using them for Nefarious Reasons™ and now is looking to capture you! All of this because he wishes to monopolise a dirty, disgusting new skincare range. Meanwhile, the friendly Ogres of the North are being ravaged by a vain Dragon Queen, Nufallah, who wants to add to her property portfolio. Also, the Crypt of Champions has been taken over, with the dead rising up for the vile but extremely bored Demon Lord, Shaazaah. It’s up to you to decide what evil is the most pertinent in the land and to deal with them appropriately.

Whether you chase after Zargak, fight away the ravaging Queen Dragon, or banish the evil Demon Lord, there’s much troubling this small kingdom. Choose your own adventure, choose your own fight – And encounter some strange friends and enemies along the way.

In-Development Screenshots

The artstyle is simple to understand; with a 4k image for the background (not that I’m an artist), the objects that can be interacted with are all pixel-based designs – But not quite your standard pixel art.

The Protagonist

I had a weird idea early on that this game’s protagonist was going to be a cube. Initially, the game was even going to be called “Cube’s Crusade”. It didn’t stay that way for long, as it just wasn’t in keeping with the theme of the game. So after some pottering around, I eventually came up with the idea of making an Elf woman who reminded me of Link…

… Because how do you get much more adventure game than The Legend of Zelda?

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So this is our happy-go-lucky Elf-lady protagonist. The model was based off this DeviantArt base, but then heavily edited and altered to become the Elf she is today. So thank you to “ProjectPixelChest” for the inspiration.

Combat Screen

Combat Screen

The Combat Screen was a fairly simple part to put together. Whilst the font will likely be changed in the final build, this is the basics for how the combat screen is likely to look. So again, some basic cosmetic changes, but for the most part, this is it!

One point to note, there’s a file which lists all of the variables of each enemy. What happens is if a player is going to encounter an enemy, the game looks through the list, finds the relevant enemy and pulls their information through. The grey section in the middle of the screen will then update with the relevant image (Though the images have yet to be finalised! Expect a battle image for ENTMAN soon!)

Alpha Testing

If you want to be included in the Alpha Test, there will be further information and an article around the process in the coming weeks.