Factsheet

Developer:
Hot Box Games
Based in Northampton, United Kingdom

Release date:
20 April 2015

Platforms:
Web
Windows
Linux
View on ludumdare.com

Website:
ld32.hotboxgames.co.uk

Regular Price:

FREE

Description

The year is 900 AD. The Evil Wizards Alliance, after mastering the art of magic, have attacked the realm and taken it under control. You are one of the last surviving rebels alive. The wizards are hunting you. Defeat seems certain, until you come across a futuristic military drone named PALBOT. Take control of this advanced weapon and fight against the evil wizards to stop them from taking over the land!

History

We really wanted to attempt a ‘top-down’ game this Ludum Dare, so decided to create a typical top-down shooter – with a twist. You must control both the human character and PALBOT. PALBOT is able to shoot, whereas the human character can only pick up items and interact with objects. Using this mechanic will hopefully keep players thinking about character placement and whether or not paths are covered by PALBOT’s weaponry before proceeding. We did plan to add a lot more into this game (bosses, traps, more enemies, more weapons, more levels, cutscenes, leaderboards – to name a couple of ideas) but of course time constraints and a few issues along the way prevented this. Overall, we’re pretty happy with the systems implemented and hope people enjoy playing the first few levels we did manage to create. Oh, by the way – PALBOT stands for Powerful Annihilating Levitating Robot, in case you were wondering! :)

Features

  • Face against 4 different evil wizard types.
  • Battle through 3 large maps after completing the basic tutorial.
  • Take control of both characters to come out on top.
  • Listen to our awesome ambient music while playing.
  • All made in 72 hours for Ludum Dare 32.

Videos

There are currently no trailers available for PALBOT. Check back later for more or contact us for specific requests!


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (134MB)
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download logo files as .zip (55KB)
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Awards & Recognition

  • "Ludum Dare 32 Top 10 Entry" Gary Napper, May 2015


Selected Articles

  • "PALBOT Post-Mortem"
    - Hot Box Games, ludumdare.com
  • "Good solid all-rounder here. Does what it does well, good audio & visuals. Plays very well."
    - Gary Napper, ludumdare.com
  • "Amazing!"
    - Noaksey, Noaksey.com

Original Soundtrack
Available for free at soundcloud.com.

Blog Posts
All Ludum Dare related blog posts available at hotboxgames.co.uk.


About Hot Box Games

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Hot Box Games is a small independent game development company based in the UK. We're just three guys with regular day jobs, assembling in the Hot Box Cave at night to create awesome games.

More information
More information on Hot Box Games, our logo & relevant media are available here.


PALBOT Credits

Sean Billington
Business & Development, Programming, Web

Jess Thomason
Code Design, Programming, Art

Sam Curley
Music & Sound, Art


presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks