AKR3 Idea Blog #2: Characters and Powerups

2017-08-10 03:51:15 by Lambtaco

Welcome to the second in a series of blogs wherein I discuss ideas for A Koopa’s Revenge 3. Last time we discussed a system of combining powerups. Today I’m presenting an alternate idea for powerups.

Unlike AKR2 which used player-character skins, in AKR3 each playable character will have slightly different physics and abilities, making them distinct from one another. For instance, Shy Guy will have low traction and higher jumps, like Luigi. I’m going to extend these differences to how each powerup affects each character.


For the first example let’s use the fire flower. In AKR2 every character threw fireballs like Mario. But in AKR3 Koopa will use the fire flower to breathe out flames like in the original A Koopa’s Revenge. Piranha Plant’s fireballs ignore gravity and diagonally bounce off surfaces like in Super Mario Land. And so on.

Though each character utilises the powerup in different ways, the attacks will have the same effect on enemies. Fire will burn some enemies and glance of others no matter which character wields it. This is to keep some consistency between characters. I also hope to balance these different attack methods to be sure every character is useful with every powerup.


This applies to movement powerups in addition to offensive ones. The flight-based powerup will give Koopa wings, but Shy Guy gets a propeller on his head, making him a Fly Guy. This affects their jumping ability. Koopa can jump higher and float gently when he falls. Again, like in the original AKR. Fly Guy will behave like the propeller suit from New Super Mario Bros. with a double jump of sorts.


Another reason I’m making this change (other than it just being cool) is to make the attacks match the appearance of the character. Shy Guy’s hammer bro equivalent has the appearance of a Snifit, but in AKR2 he just throws hammers. In AKR3 Snifit Shy Guy will spit iron balls out of his nose-cannon.

After a lot of consideration I decided to use this idea instead of the one presented in the last AKR3 Idea Blog. This blog’s idea opens up a lot of gameplay possibilities and should add replayability to the game. While last week’s idea has some serious cool factor, it exhausts itself pretty quickly, requires a ton of unique assets (particularly if combined with this blog’s idea), and it actually limits how many powerups there can be by requiring them to be combinable. Sorry to all the fans of Kirby 64.


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2017-08-10 04:32:21

Well, it sound good, better than the other idea but i also wanna say that you make the characters playable in other sites and places than lambta.co and newgrounds.com because i usually download the swf version and play it from there in my computers flash player. But otherwise the idea is better than the idea you used in AKR2. I would like it if you made the characters cost for example the coins you collect etc, and i would also ask if there would be new characters like the piranha plant and bowser?

Lambtaco responds:

Forgot to mention that. There won't be any sitelocked exclusivity for the other characters. I did it in AKR2 to draw players to my own website. And I justified it because they were just skins and you could experience the whole game without them. That's not the case with AKR3.

I don't think I'll lock the additional characters behind in-game barriers either. At least not these standard characters. It annoys me when games do that. If I add some character(s) that make the game too difficult or too easy, I might have to gate them in some way, but I won't be doing it for the standard characters.

Piranha Plant will for sure be a new playable character. I can't confirm any others yet. Bowser presents some challenges as he's much bigger than the standard characters. I could do what they do for King DeDeDe in Kirby games and make the character look big, but have the same hitbox as any other. That feels a bit like cheating though. On the other hand, designing the whole game so that it can be beaten with a very large character would be a ton of extra work. Playable Bowser seems unlikely right now, but we'll see how it goes in the long run.


2017-08-17 13:42:38

Do you still work on Remake Koopa 1?
Are you finish something in game?

Lambtaco responds:

It's still in production but I haven't worked on it lately. Mostly working on the update for AKR2 and my youtube stuff.


2017-08-23 00:46:29

Yeah, making the powerups thematic is a great idea. Also interested to see how the Piranha Plant character will work, I'm not sure how movement will be presented with it though.

Lambtaco responds:

I'll give you a hint. It involves a flower pot.


2017-08-24 17:47:24



2017-09-09 21:23:22

good idea! and goomba could be the fast one, like toad. it also would have a high traction and a low jump.

Lambtaco responds:

Maybe. I haven't really decided on Goomba's physics yet, but I want him to be about as easy to use as Koopa. He will, however, be the only character who can still fit through one tile high gaps when not in small form.


2017-09-09 21:26:49

and i would love to see this piranha plant character