Hey, guys! I’m Diego Ordoñez, lead programmer at Rubber Duck Games. Our action RPG full of humor evil wizard is out now for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One and I wanted to show you behind the scenes of the game and how it came to be!
When starting to work evil wizard, I wanted to create a game that had humor and funny moments throughout the game. Also, I’ve always been very intrigued by characters who use magic like wizards and wizards. The concept of magic is great from a storytelling point of view because it allows the designer to create the necessary rules for the gameplay or story to make sense. Finally, I wanted to have a hook, something innovative that I could use to close everything. I decided to do a twist and tell the story about what happens to a final boss after it is defeated. This scenario gave me the opportunity to explore humor in a different way. Every player has played a game where the protagonist is a hero and has to defeat an evil wizard. Because of this, I felt players would immediately understand the game’s setting and story context.
Finding the Humor
Once the scenario was worked out, I started writing jokes in the form of dialogues between the characters. These can be found throughout the entire game. The Evil Wizard mocks NPCs, enemies talk to other enemies in funny cinematics, and there are instances where the Evil Wizard speaks directly to the player. Breaking the fourth wall has always been interesting to me and the video game medium offers a unique way to do this, as the player is controlling the protagonist.
When we started production, we found humor in other parts of the game besides the dialogue. Ruben Gómez was responsible for the game’s aesthetics and he’s also a really funny guy. He implemented many funny moments throughout the game in the form of environmental art and collectibles. They can be found in almost every level of the game, such as underwear hanging from the roof of the castle, paintings of the Evil Wizard with pop culture characters, and many rubber duck collectibles that reference pop culture characters we know and love. we love.
Also, Pablo Pérez, our pixel art animator, did a wonderful job creating funny animations with enemies and NPCs. They’re everywhere, from the concept art (like a chef who attacks by swinging a frying pan of red chili peppers) to the way most enemies die.
But what about the action?
when developing evil wizard, we knew we needed to give players a good action RPG that complemented the mood and setting of the game. We wanted to develop a good combat system and exploration design for players who haven’t found evil wizard very funny. We started by making combat a centerpiece of the game. This is another mainstay of the game and comes in the form of massive bosses, optional mini-bosses, a very extensive spell and element system, and melee combat with risk and reward systems. Taking inspiration from other action RPGs and metroidvanias, we made the entire world an intertwined castle of different rooms that the player needs to explore to reach the final level. We’ve filled the levels with secrets, puzzles, randomized combat encounters, and fun cinematics to balance the experience between combat, exploration, and humor. Gonzalo Banki Martínez, our producer, managed most of the initial design of the castle rooms. Each room has a scene; the castle yard, armory, laboratory, dungeon and much more. We’ve made several connections between these rooms so players can find secrets as they explore and defeat optional mini-bosses that are hidden throughout the map.
I hope you enjoy the weird and wonderful world of evil wizard and we’d love to hear about your experience. Get ready to play the villain for a change! As part of a special launch promotion, you can purchase evil wizard 10% off until June 1, 2023! Get bad!
Evil Wizard (Xbox)
E-Home Entertainment Development Co., Ltd
“There are songs that still tell the tale of the heroes’ most daring deeds. After a long battle with the Evil Wizard, the castle he called home was besieged and raided and the wretched minions who had served him for generations were dead by the dozens. While the corrupt villain himself managed to escape, the day marked an incredible victory for the forces of good…” Or was it?! Evil Wizard is a humorous action RPG with metroidvania elements and carefully crafted pixel art environments As a defeated villain who barely survived a bitter struggle, you will have to face an army of would-be heroes to reclaim what is rightfully yours. Rediscover your powers, infiltrate your own castle, unleash devastating spells and cleanse your home ancestor of these miserable enemy excuses. Are you ready to get your hands dirty? It’s time to be the bad guy for a change! GAME FEATURES: ● A quest fueled by revenge – Take on hordes of enemies, avoid deadly traps and solve puzzles challenging heads as you reclaim your castle halls from the heroes who now live within! ● Metroidvania-inspired design – Explore carefully crafted locations and navigate intricate levels. Use your skills and elements to interact with the game world and unlock new paths. ● Fast-paced skill-based combat – Unleash devastating melee strikes, unlock earth-shattering spells, and dash across the map to crush your enemies. You will be in full control of every battle! ● Elements and Forces To Master – Control the power of fire, ice, vacuum, lightning and earth. Mix various elements together to unleash devastating attacks and exploit your enemies’ weaknesses! ● Unique Enemies and Boss Fights – Tune your character to defeat increasingly challenging enemies. Choose from dozens of upgrades as you prepare to defeat a series of bosses, each with their own abilities and combat style! % We recommend playing on Xbox Series X|S %