The fort on the island has been occupied by the evil Lich for a long time. The royal army, having acquired a new artillery ballista, tried to recapture the fort to no avail. As a convict, you have been sent on a lonely suicide mission to an this island. Your goal is to defeat the evil creature, but you decide how you will do it.
The fort, which can be seen from several points around the island, serves as a landmark, to remind the player of his or her quest. Later in the level, it also serves as a main location which can be approached in a holistic way.
I wanted to introduce the first enemy in a relatively safe environment, giving the player time to get familiar with the controls.
After the first encounter, the player is guided by a light to a box that is a trap. Right after you open it, a shooter will start shooting at you from behind. If we react fast enough, we can hide by the wall.
Running along the path to the archer, the player has to jump off the bridge, and is prevented from returning and forced to fight against several enemies.
Through natural branching, In this case, the path allows us to return to the start without losing a life. The player can explore the rest of the level behind or return to the bonfire.
Slowing down the Beat
After a fight, the player can take a longer path to rest. Guided up the cliff and crossing the bridge, he is able to spot a cave with a bonfire and a non-hostile NPC. After lighting the bonfire, the player can feel safe by mapping the path he traveled. As he goes up, the path shows him the boat where he started his adventure and the path that will lead him to the castle.