Meet Rick & Ernesto!! I Eagle Island
A downloadable game for Windows
Explore the avian world of Eagle Island with Quill and one of his loyal owls, Koji. Discover lush forests, treacherous caverns and uncover the ruins of long lost civilizations. Finally, confront the gargantuan deity, Armaura, in a desperate attempt to rescue Ichiro from her clutches.
With its falconry-based gameplay within procedurally generated worlds, Eagle Island is set to a beautifully modernized pixel art aesthetic and provides a breath of fresh air to the platforming genre.
Eagle Island will only be created in full if it gets funded on Kickstarter.
The game is currently in alpha. This version of the game has not been tested on many systems and therefore may not function correctly on your computer.
This alpha is for Windows. I do not currently have access to Mac or Linux machines.
Known issues in the alpha release
- Crash to desktop on specific machines
- There are no descriptions of perks already collected, making switching perks a little tricky
- Rooms "3 screens" high do not generate, they are disabled due to a rare bug which causes long load times.
- Audio pops and crackles develop on specific
Feel free to stream or record videos of this game.
0.0.114 - Fixed glitch: boss room does not unlock after defeat
0.0.116 - Fixed glitch: speed run counter fails to start
0.0.117 - Removed 3 placeholder sound effects
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This is an amazing game. I can't wait for it to be finished! I just wish I heard about it before the Kickstarter ended because this game is great. I did make a video about it though. Here's a link to the video in case you're curious:
Loved the game. Really wanted to make a video before the Kickstarter ended but I was only able to stream. I did complete a speed run in 7:07. Don't know if that's any good lol. Anyway, I'm looking forward to playing Eagle Island when it releases.
Here is a link to the stream:
I recorded a quick video on your game if you'd like to check it out! Cannot believe it's this good in the alpha
I know the game is not yet finished, but I would still like to give you some feedback, since I will not support your game via kickstarter:
The game looks quite cute, but the roguelike part really puts me off, especially with the (for me) quite frustrating first boss.
- The combo kill enemies is quite a good idea giving some extra reward for good play!
- However, it could be a bit frustrating for new players since this is (almost) the only way to gain life (and blue energy cristals). If you are a not so good player and will lose life, you have a hard time to get life again. If you are allready a good player you will not need the life which is dropped.
- The combo timer should be more in the mid (instead the runes), since it is important to see during combat, the runes are NOT!
- Having enemies like the bear do not fit the combo system, UNLESS there are several small other enemies around you can hit! Having an enemy which is only vulnerable after some time and needs 2 hits, just always blocked combos especially in the narrow areas where the bear appeared.
Having some big enemies can work, like it did in Bug Butcher (it has a nice combo system), but only with lots of small stuff around, or when the enemy spawns smaller enemies.
- Maybe I did not come far enough with the first boss, but the boss enemies need some way to make combos, else this system goes to waste during boss fights.
Owl/ Energy System
- First a bug: When you die with a special owl out you will have that owl selected in the ring menu on respawn (even though it does nothing special) it should go back to the normal owl on the ring menu instead.
- There should be some stun on the owl or anything, when throwing her into a wall, just to discourage doing it. The owl is important for you, you should have to take care of him.
- In a game which is has a combo score (and is about going fast (especially with a speedrun challange)), having to pause the game to select a special attack (and after that pause the game again to select the normal attack!), is not really fitting!
There has to be either a fast way to throw in enhanced attacks between normal ones, OR activating the special owl should be an activation for some seconds (costing only 1 energy not one per shot), such that you at least do not have to switch back, because you do not want to use up all your energy.
- The ice owl at the moment can be used to "stunlock" a boss for some time, just using up all your energy. This is kinda lame AND makes it even more annoying to have to pause the game for switching owls, since it most likely would be possible to use frost, normal, frost, normal, frost, normal, frost normal ... to deal more damage during stun lock, however, it is just too annoying to play in this way.
- The runes just have really small effects and are almost not recognizeable. I think this would be ok, when they would stack! I mean having the possibility to enhance a rune, when getting the rune a second time.
- I often got runes 2 or 3 times and it was just a total waste (not even gaining gold back when trashing them). Having the ability to stack runes 3-5 times could make it a lot more interesting, and it would be ok to have such non remarkable runes.
- The Phoenix tear should give 2 health. Having 1 ability slot locked for just 1 health is a bit annoying (but may still be necessary when you are not a really good player...).
- With phoenix standing for resurection it would make it a bit better to be used when you die only not when dropping low on health. Then the 1 health only gain would also be a bit more understandable.
- The compass is kinda just a useless item. You only need it to backtrack rooms you allready visited but could not pay for the raven, however, the rooms with the visited not opened chests should be noted on the map anyway. (Else you just have to draw a map for yourselve to note them and having to do that is again just annoying not any improve in gameplay...)
+ It would also help to have the special effects (which are caused by the runes) have some visual hints:
- Like the owl getting some (blueish like in street fighter alpha 2) shadow behind her (showing the normal speed) when she gets a speed up through runes.
- The owl having some redish sped lines (starting at the end of her normal fly) showing the extra distance her attacks gained.
- The extra coines gained by your runes should glitter some more/in a different color.
- The exra combo time gained should be a 2nd circle (maybe even over the other) in a different color, showing the extra time you have thanks to it.
Of course I can't know exactly how the unlocked abilities will look like, however here is what I expect:
- I expect a way to dive in water (and swim faster).
- I way to fly (in the high rooms).
- A way to let some plants (in the mine arrea) grow.
- A way to go jump onto the "background" elements (gained before flying), since these background rock elements just look so prominent.
- I think the background rock jumping ability will be quite interesting and I really hope that is planned!
- Having growing plants would be a bit less universal, but would still fit and would not feel to artificial. (Having plants as level element is expected anyway).
- The flying will just make other more interesting abilities useless (and is expected/boring).
- Diving is also just something expected and it feels a bit constructed and limited.
- I would prefer the game a lot more as just a nicely constructed metroidvania instead of a procedural generated roguelike.
- The demo area did not felt different, during different playthroughts, even having looked at one lets play everything seemed the same during my first play allready...
- Also there was never a room which felt "clever". Nothing felt bad and the overall game does feel good, but there was just never a great level design.
-There were quite a lot of boring dead ends, even the enemies were not near enough to make a combo in there.
-Additional unlike rogue legacy there were quite a bit of unlinked one way paths, which you had to backtrack.
- Some clever shortcuts were also missing. Of course there are the teleporting statues, but having natural shortcuts, like in Dark Souls 1 or in Xanadu Next just feels A LOT better than artificial teleporting points.
- I am not a really good player, so for me the boss was just too good and too frustrating as a first boss. Having to evade and aim at a boss is ok, but the first boss having no predictable pattern and just evading your shots (when you have cooldown on them) is no fun, especially when you have to repeat the whole level again to get another try.
I do not want to have to read on the internet on how to beat a boss in order to be able to beat him. However with only 3 lives and the boss being able to take so many hits, you will need to experiment, which would be fine, but not when having to do the whole level again. This is worse than in the souls game. And here unlike there, all enemies before the boss just have their patterns, so one would expect the boss have the same game logic, however, he did not! And by the time you learn that, you are allready dead! If there would be an enemy type around before with the similar evade pattern, that would be ok, however you have absolutely no clue, when you first see the first boss.
I wish you a lot of luck with the game, it has some interesting elements, but in the end it will be just too much repetition for me. I know people want replayability and a lot of hour per dollar, but in the end it is just never an equally good experience as something shorter which is handcrafted.
Awesome game! I hope everything goes well on the last few hours of your kickstarter, you put a lot of work into the game and deserve a lot of success for it! My youtube video!
This felt much more than an alpha demo! I love the music, the gameplay, and the colors! Really fun and the controls were pretty nice on the controller. I had no issues with the demo, and hopefully this gets funded!
This video is my love letter to Eagle Island. I'd urge anyone and everyone to play it. I'm so happy to have picked it up! Please enjoy, I did!!
The graphics of this game just look gorgeous.
Great game, keep up the good work ! (I've also made a video about it in german)
Absolutely wonderful game! OMG!
Awesome, fun game. Platforming at its finest. I think a full release would be KICKASS.
WOW! I love this game! It's really something that I would love to have played when I was a kid for sure, and I hope you get the backing in time to finish. I definitely would love to see a full version of this game. Thank you for the free demo! Here is my first Go at the game in video form
We loved the heck outta this game! The only thing that threw me off was using my left hand for attacks and movement for the right for the keyboard, but I adjusted pretty easily! The parallax scrolling backgrounds are super pretty and I love the procedurally generated map didn't interfere with difficulty level. Can't wait to see the full version of the game! Thank you for making a great game! We made a video of our adventures for everyone to enjoy!
Thanks so much for enjoying the game and the super cute video artwork! Please remember that I can only make this game by getting funded on Kickstarter, so make sure you check it out and share it with friends who may like it!
This game is awesome! I can't wait the relase
Thanks KisMax! Just remember there won't be a release unless it gets funded, so spread the word!
I just stumbled across this. It is adorable! Spritework is gorgeous, mechanics are slick, and owl falconry is an unusual but fun choice of weapon. So far my only nitpicks are how there was no apparent hint of a hidden cache until my bird slammed into it while dispatching an enemy, and how I in turn slammed head-first into a mole with no idea where they were surfacing next, All the same I am definitely going to keep an eye on this. Best of luck with further development!
Thanks Slade! The breakable walls are a subtle different colour, but they need to be way more obvious! I'll make some mud pop up where the moles are about to emerge, too.
Please check out the Kickstarter and share it with those who may like it:
I love the demo it plays smooth and looks great.
My only problem is a feel the character you control doesn't have enough versatility, Wall jumps I feel make every 2 platformer better as it works better then just awkwardly sliding down a wall. another cool idea is having your character be able to attack enemies while on the ledge grabbing animation this would make combat approachable in many different ways.
Another problem i experienced was those mole enemies, it would be much less frustrating for you could see where they will jump before they do as i found myself running flat into their hitboxes too many times.
I left a comment over on GameJolt too, but gave you guys a 5 star rating here as well.
Absolutely superb. Loved the concept, loved the gameplay, loved everything about it!
Keep up the awesome work, looking forward to seeing more!
Thanks Mikey, so glad you liked it!
Please do share the Kickstarter with others who might like it too!
Great game! I really hope it gets funded!!
The demo looks great. I love skills in this game. Throwing owl with high speed is really creative. I highly appreciate the potential of your game. Actually I am a game developer. I made some games like "Run 3". It brings me lots of success (for me). I would like to develop next version of this game? Do you know it? If not, you can check out my game here https://run3.co . I hope to get sincere comments from you to improve next version. Good luck!
One of the nicest platformers i have played in a while :)
Would love to play a more complete version of this, it looks lovely and feels great to play.
keep being awesome!
The demo plays pretty amazing already, but I would prefer if there was a way to map the owl throw to the mouse and switching elements to the scroll-wheel. Hope you make your Kickstarter goal!
Amazing demo, though it does look awkward when you draw your owl in midair and you just stand in midair, perhaps a separate animation for drawing your owl midair but i don't know just a nitpick
Yep! Same with when he's in the water. I simply ran out of time for that before kickstarter. It will look better in the full game.
Amazing demo, shows some real promise! I especially like the water/wave effects and the pixel-based lighting solution you have in the cave areas - a very technically sound game!
My only criticism of it so far is that it's difficult to tell when you've picked up a health pickup - I thought my character was on his last legs but I somehow got almost full health back?
Regardless, I'll be backing this - let's make it happen!
Thanks TinyGoose! I definitely want to redesign the health pickup and the feathers. I simply haven't planned what design they will have, so left them as gems for now. Perhaps added special effects on the interface will help identify when health is added.
The Phoenix Tear perk is especially subtle when it is auto-activated. This needs a bit of work to show that the perk has been consumed.
Fair enough, I expected that as it's only an early demo (though it's really polished for an early demo!). I'd probably add an effect a bit like Ratchet & Clank or Crash Bandicoot where the pickup flies towards your heart meter with some special effects - but it's your game so do what fits best, heh :)
Looking forward to seeing your progress!
I really enjoyed this game I need the full thing to come out because this really is a great game!
Played the demo for a while, I love the art style and all the little details carefully put in it. I definitely want to support this game on kick starter.
I enjoyed the game. A few things, custom controls. I would like to be able to change the controls to different buttons. Other then that I look forward to a full game in near future.
Thanks! The full game will certainly have button mapping functionality. Please remember this game will only be made if it gets funded on Kickstarter, so share it with your friends now to maximise awareness :)
Gave it a go...
Great graphics!Looking forward to its final version
Thanks! Please do check by the Kickstarter page as the full version won't exist unless it gets funded!
I played your game and it looks really good so far! I expressed my thoughts about it in a video. Good luck with the rest of the development, I can't wait to see more!
This looks fantastic! I can't wait for the final release :D