|Lava Fortress Example
|05 Oct 2010
|Lava Fortress v2
|05 Oct 2010
|27 Feb 2010
A lava-themed tileset. Most palette events work, except pinball events and the jungle pole. Layer 5 is needed to use it effectively, as the tileset ended up a bit bigger than I planned. Maybe I’ll make a TSF version sometime.
Re-uploaded. I changed the textured background, and improved the background scenery and lava animation.
Thank you for the fix, I might someday post a better review
Almost everything seems to be as it should. I just don’t like the colour of textured background and the background factory/building [whatever it is] doesn’t fit there for me.
That’s much better.
Everything is impressive. :)
This tileset is just…perfect.
A very nicely draw tileset. Here’s hoping it gets used in the near future. The colors are very nice too.
Very nice .. JUST magnificent!
Hope to see this being used :)
The lava really needs to be more flexible! otherwise k
Very Very Very Good Map!
The tileset is original and have good textures.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
good one! :)
Lava Fortress is certainly a very good tileset. It is well-drawn and easy to use. However, like anything, it does have certain flaws. This review will try to explore the tileset in more detail than 350 characters and “hope someone uses this” can allow.
How does it look?
The tileset consists of two different themes: a barren, rocky and irreconcilably brown landscape of dust, and a generic factory setting with pipes and conveyor belts.
And lava. Lots of lava.
Both settings are nicely drawn. I think I prefer the look of the factory setting, however, simply because it is much more varied; there are very few eyecandy tiles available for the outdoors — just some wooden poles, bridges, and a dead tree.
And, um, lava.
I must, however, make one exception. The volcanoes in the background look like crap. In fact, they look sort of like actual crap. I admit that volcanoes erupting with actual crap would appeal a lot to my juvenile sense of humor, but it doesn’t excuse bad artwork.
What about usability and flexibility?
It’s certainly easy to use, I’ll give it that. Tile layout is sensible; there are a few tiles placed in rather odd places, but they’re still easy to find.
Flexibility is when the tileset begins to lose some serious points. It’s called “Lava Fortress,” but /you can hardly do anything with the lava/. It is extremely restrictive; lava can only be in one-tile-high pools on a single flat surface. There are tiles for lava pouring into the pools, but no tiles for lava pouring out of them, which means there are no true lavafalls (they’re like waterfalls, BUT WITH LAVA).
And then there’s layer 5. The tileset is impossible to use effectively without layer 5; there are no tiles containing both solid ground and background, requiring you to split them up between layers. I completely understand the tile limit, but come on, I had to give up a layer so that you could draw some fricking crap volcanoes?
Also, the large pipes lack corner tiles, which is rather disappointing (even the example level finds this a problem).
The mask, palette, and event tiles are fine. You can shut up now, Boldface Text.
All the lava animations are obviously lava. It’s not just a steady flow of lava, but more something like pouring honey or a milk shake. It is thick and has viscosity. (+1)
The panels on the floors look like something from a lab on another planet. I like that. The Ground looks like a desolate area, and the trees look very dead. It looks like the lava overflowed more than once!(+2)
IDEA AND ORIGINALITY
I haven’t quite ever seen anything quite like this before. I mean, since when has there been a tileset with lava flowing all over the place with the rest of the area being an uninhabited wasteland except for these weird lab-like places here and there? This is obviously very original. (+4)
There are no tilebugs as far as far as I’m concerned.(+0.5)
For eyecandy, this tileset is up there with Windstorm fortress. There’s lava, plenty of background scenery to choose from, such as volcanos and a lava red sky, and if you choose, some lava falling from the air! This is total apocalypse! (+3)
Overall, I recommend this highly for anyone with an end-of the-world destruction idea. It has plenty of eycandy to choose form, only one small tilebug, extremely original, and a very realistic lava animation. In total, this is worth 9 points!
Dont hesitate to press the pretty button.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.