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Hey, I'm Christophe Galati (chrisDeneos). 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the Game Boy. With that in mind, I launched myself into the creation of a game, Tasukete Tako-San: Save me Mr Tako. To me, this game is a way to take what I've learnt and pay tribute to my influences with my first “real” indie game that I intend to publish. The team consists of a friend who is doing all the sound design and music (Marc-Antoine Archier), and me, the programmer, game designer and graphics designer.

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- Platformer / Action game. You have to travel through a dangerous world whilst saving as many people as possible and fighting assorted enemies and bosses with the help of different powers.

- You play Mr Tako, a small octopus that can move, jump, and spit ink . Spitting ink onto an enemy will paralyze them, allowing you to use their body as a block. This makes it possible to create new paths or to protect yourself from enemies using these new platforms to your advantage.

- You can find chests which give you one of the 35 (current number) hats . A hat gives you an additional power . These are very varied, ranging from improving your abilities (life, amount of ink, speed, jump height, ...), or stronger powers (sword, bow, bombs, etc. ..). Also, if you have a hat, you can take an extra hit before dying.

- If you already have a hat, it will stock it if you find a new one. You can take it again with Select button.

- When you break pots you can find ink, lives and gems. Finding 100 gems gives you an extra life.

- You will encounter many differents bosses.

- You can change the Color Palet, like on the Game Boy Color, and set the pixel matrix on the screen.

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"During a stormy night, an army of Octopuses attacked a humain ship. One of them saved a woman who fell into the sea. A fairy, which saw is actions, give him the power to breath outside the water, but in exchange, he has to promise to never hate a human."

- In this mode, you go through Levels. When you finish a level, the next one will be unlock. In some levels you will find hat powers, which will help you reach the end. In each level, there are three abducted children that you will have to save.

- Kirby-like Worldmap, you can go to level doors moving and jumping like you will do in a regular level. On the worldmap, your ink gauge is infinite so you can play with your powers. Separate in multiple worlds, you can return to the previous world when you want.

- Dialog System, to speak with the characters and progress through the story.

- Village and special places. Some places in the world which are not levels. You will have to go in those places in your quest. You can find merchants and side quests there.

- Tako-house, a place in the worldmap where you can go to take one of the power you already found.

- Hidden levels, that you can find using a specific power in a certain place, or resolving a side quest.
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- Local Multiplayer mode. 2-4 players.

- Select one of the different Octopuses characters to play.

- Co Op mode: play the Runner mode with your friend, in his semi randomly infinite world.

- Versus Mode: Arena battle, like Towerfall. There are some chest in the Arena that will randomly attribute you one of the additionnal powers. You have to beat your friends with them. User Posted Image

- The game is set in a semi-randomly generated world , with forced side-scrolling. There are currently about 300 patterns, divided into three worlds. These are assembled to form a random level. There is a difficulty curve which changes the environment as you advance.

- You can affect the scrolling speed with signs. Walk on them increase the speed but, if you spit ink over them before walking, they will slow the scrolling down. However, faster scrolling also means a higher score!

- When you die, a Phoenix resurect you while you have lives.

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"A long time ago, the Octopus was the master race on earth.
They were the guardians of the memory of an ancient world, using their wisdom to rule peacefully.
But that was before the rise of a new race.
Humans.
Since the advent of humanity, octopuses were hunted, eaten and used in nefarious ways.
Humiliated and defiled over the centuries; one octopus decided to avenge the honor of his kind by putting an end to the human species.
Overcome with madness, he began to kidnap young people, plunging the world into chaos.
But there is one last hope for the world. This hope... is you."

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The final game will be composed of a Story Mode, Multiplayer mode and Runner mode. I intend to released it on Wii U eShop and Steam, if everything goes to plan.

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The first demo that I published on 29th September 2014, the original release date of the Game Boy in Europe, 24 years ago.

- Windows: Indiedb.com
Tasukete Tako-San : Save me Mr Tako Demo (Windows)

- Mac: Indiedb.com
Tasukete Tako-San : Save me Mr Tako demo (Mac)

- Linux: Indiedb.com
Tasukete Tako-San : Save me Mr Tako Demo (Linux)


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Facebook : Facebook.com
Twitter : Twitter.com
Portfolio : Christophegalati.fr

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Thank you all for your support !

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Hi! It’s been a while since I posted here, but I have some great news for you: Save me Mr Tako! will be released for Nintendo Switch and Steam on October 30th, 2018!


Here’s our new release date trailer:


You can already wishlist the game on Steam here: Store.steampowered.com


Here’s the game page on the Nintendo US website: Nintendo.com


Also, I wrote several articles earlier this year for the Nicalis blog! If you want to learn more about the project and the development process, here they all are:


  • The first blog post I made for Nicalis:

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • An introduction to the world of Tako-San:

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • More about the Game Boy tribute:

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • More about the gameplay:

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • Meet the main characters of the game:

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • Q&A with me!

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • Creating the music, by the composer Marc-Antoine Archier:

Blog.nicalis.com

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  • Release date announcement and new features added to the game:

Blog.nicalis.com

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That’s it for today! Thanks to everyone for all your support over the years of development. IndieDB was the main platform I used to write news and updates about the game, and the support I received here and on Twitter really helped to keep me motivated. I can’t wait for you all to finally play the game! Since the game releases for Nintendo Switch and Steam on October 30th, you now have plans for Halloween… you can play Save me Mr Tako!


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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Game Boy. With that in mind, a few months ago I launched myself into the creation of this game, Tasukete Tako-San...

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Game Boy. With that in mind, a few months ago I launched myself into the creation of this game, Tasukete Tako-San...

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Love your Pixel Art Work!!! is to retro and nice!!! I´m making a game with the NES palette called "super retro dog". but your art is much much better, love it! :D

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I really like the idea of a gameboy retro feel keep it the way it is , will look forward to the finished product and will defiantly buy this when its finished

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Templarfreak
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If this was in color, it'd look 100x better. I understand it's just the style you're going for but it didn't really look good on the original gameboy and it doesn't look good here... It looks O-K at best.

I won't let that get in the way of this however, because this looks like it's going to be a great game.

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I'm sorry you don't like the colors of the game, but it was designed as a tribute for the Game Boy, and Games of this era, so that will not change.
I will prove you that it can be a great game even with Game Boy graphics :)

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Very nice. I dig it.
Cheers.
-Jay

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This looks simply lovely. It fills me with nostalgia from old classic games! This one is definitely one I'll keep on my watch! Keep on the good work!

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This looks very cute. Can't wait to see more.

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