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Arrow Death 5 Points You got impaled by a Gobblo's arrow!
Arrow To The Neck 5 Points Ouch. You took an arrow straight to the neckery.
Arrow To The Stomach 5 Points Yeowch. You took a nasty arrow to the stomachial region.
Baseball Bat 5 Points You found the baseball bat!
Extra Kupo 5 Points You've earned extra kupo!
Fanboy 5 Points You found the fanboy hoodie! It's from your favorite game of all time!
Giant Fist 5 Points You caught a giant fist to the face... and exploded. True story.
Got Battle Dagger 5 Points The kitchen knife that you found has turned into the battle dagger! Shweet!
Got Bombs 5 Points You got yourself some bombs! Now, let's go blow s**t up!
Got Soul Bangle 5 Points You got the Soul Bangle dude! Now you can throw blue fireballs! Hadoken!
Got Steel Sword 5 Points You've found a way to get the Steel Sword! Congratulations!
Got Wooden Sword 5 Points The bat that you found has turned into a wooden sword!
Halfsies 5 Points You got split into two by a bandit elf! Crap!
Impalation 5 Points You got impaled by a bandit elf's thrown sword! Deadly!
Skull 5 Points You found the hidden skull!
Start 5 Points Start the game... press the play button.
Beatdown 10 Points You beat the crap out of that bandit elf! Yeesh...
Blue Flames 10 Points You used the Soul Bangle to send a powerful blast of blue energy at an unlucky bandit elf.
Bombed 10 Points You chucked a bomb at a bandit and blew his guts all over the place!
Dagger To La Face 10 Points You said, "Screw it!" and threw your dagger at a bandit's face! Shweet!
Dead Bird 10 Points You found the dead blue bird!
Electrocuted 10 Points You electrocuted a bandit elf via a Super Pretendo controller!
Face Knifed 10 Points You stuck a dangerously sharp dagger into the fleshy face of an outclassed bandit elf... Nicely done.
Fatal Error 10 Points You found the only way to die in scene 1!
Gobblo Arrow Kill 10 Points You made the Gobblo enemy shoot himself in the face! Cool!
Gobblo Dagger Kill 10 Points Kill the Gobblo with the Battle Dagger!
Gobblo Wood Kill 10 Points You killed a Gobblo with the wooden sword!
Goober 10 Points You found the Goober action figurine!
No Defense 10 Points You failed to block an incoming vertical slash... tsk, tsk...
Pissed Off Shopkeeper 10 Points Dude.... You so shouldn't have made Hobart mad, dude.
Rock Death 10 Points You killed yourself using an immensely heavy rock!
Spin Attack 10 Points You used the jumping spin attack on that blondie of a bandit elf! Good work.
Spinning Destruction 10 Points You used an ultra-powerful, double spin slash to decimate the bandit elf who deserved it!
Squished 10 Points The Ogre grabbed you and squeezed you until you went "pop"
Stabbered 10 Points The bandit threw a knife at you and gotcha right through the heart!
Weak Defense 10 Points Looks like you TRIED to block, buuuut..... yeeeaaahhh....
Wheel Of Decimation 10 Points Whoah... Don't you think that was a bit... uh, overkill? It was entertaining though.
You Should Block 10 Points Sooo, yeah, you should try blocking sometime....
Controller 25 Points You found the video game controller!
Knife 25 Points You found the knife!
Poop 25 Points You found bird poop! Yay!
Shrunken Head 25 Points You found the magical shrunken head!
Game Won 50 Points You freakin' beat the freakin' game! Holy moly!
Ogre Destroyed 50 Points You've defeated the Ogre! Holy crap!

Author Comments

[WALKTHROUGH]
There is now a walkthrough available, courtesy of the fine writers over at JayIsGames. If you get stuck somewhere, check it out! It actually details the entire game for all of you completionists out there.

[02.04.2013 PERFORMANCE UPDATE]
- Changed BG's from vector to bitmaps, increasing the game's performance dramatically. Most players should be able to play on HIGH quality now :D
- Tweaks to the Ogre's attack patterns have been added

[01.30.2013 UPDATE]
- Officially, officially fixed the Death/Restart Menu glitch
- Added a drop shadow effect to the mute button and Ogre battle restart button

[SORTA-MAJOR UPDATE]
- New red click-indication arrows have been added to let players know where and when to click on the different action scenes
- Hint arrows added to the intro of the Ogre fight scene
- Music mute on/off toggle has been added

[UPDATE]
- Restart/Death Menu would sometimes still be visible after restarting already; This bug has been remedied.

[UPDATE]
- The Ogre's attacks can now be anticipated a bit better in this version... however, he's now much harder to beat. It takes 6 successful attacks to kill the Ogre.

[THE 4TH ARROW -- BANDIT ELF ARCHER SCENE]
Ok, so everyone seems to keep missing the 4th arrow. That's done intentionally. The 4th arrow is much faster and at a slightly lower location than the first 3 arrows. After you block the 4th arrow, quickly click on the bandit elf to choose his death.

[UPDATE: FIXES]
- Boss now has less life and should be less "buggy," but also starts attacking more quickly
- There is now a "restart" button on the Boss stage, just in case of any weird, game-stopping bug occurance. The restart button makes elfmin explode, then brings up the restart menu... pretty entertaining just killing yourself actually lol
- The knife icon now responds to when you've thrown it at the bandit elf

[RECOMMENDED SETTINGS]
I recommend that people play this game on the 'Medium' (unless you're sure your computer can handle it -- I'd rather everyone fully appreciate the artwork on the High setting, honestly) setting, due to the highly detailed artwork/animations creating lag when the game is played online. You can find the Quality settings in the top left-hand side of the game.

[GAME BACKSTORY]
You are Edwin. A normal kid, with a normal life. One day, you're playing video games with your girlfriend and all's good. You're about to beat your favorite game of all time, "The Legend of Hooligan," when suddenly, Lord Gorn (the warlock within the game) reaches into the reality realm and nabs your girlfriend! Oh my, lord, jesus, f**k! ...Panicking, you stupidly throw a wild punch and miss, leaving Lord Gorn with a perfect opportunity to smash your face in. Before you know it, you're laying unconscious, on the floor of your room.
[END OF GAME BACKSTORY INTRO]

Greetings Newgrounders!

Behold! I bring you.... Elf Story! An epic (yet short) journey into a game realm, heavily inspired by the legend of zelda series.

Elf Story is a point-n-click adventure that's heavy in art/animation. A very simple game to get into, and one that almost everyone can appreciate, I would think.

You'll assume the role of Edwin, who later becomes Elfmin, on a 10-scene quest to try and find your girlfriend while battling off vicious enemies...

Enjoy the beautifully animated kills and death sequences as you journey through the painstakingly detailed backgrounds and scenes. Seriously... too much damn work was put into the art and animations... So, please, enjoy the game.

Also, if you notice any bugs at all, please PM me. Thanks!

[OUTRO]
You've learned new skills and earned new weapons. You've unlocked achievements and killed many a foe. Though you've reached the end of this chapter, your journey is not over... You must finish what you started.
[END OF OUTRO TEXT]

Reviews


Raptor89Raptor89

Rated 4 / 5 stars

That fourth final arrow is impossible...
It's frustrating as hell



capcomlovercapcomlover

Rated 5 / 5 stars

so fun a little hard but who doesnt like a challenge



godhammergodhammer

Rated 4 / 5 stars

At the time of playing this, there have been three updates. The author replies to feedback and changes key issues in order to make the game enjoyable. Thank you.

This game is nice to look at. The artwork is playful, the deaths are visceral. The two make for an enjoyable contrast as Edwin's violent deaths are played out on a rather light, playful backdrop.

The music is incredibly annoying, especially because it plays during the preloader. For people with fast, good internet connections, this isn't too much of a problem, but for people with slower connections, that loop gets tired fast.

The gameplay is reflex oriented, and it gets hard fast. Dying is integral to figuring out what to do next, and the visceral nature of death in this game makes dying a curiously satisfying experience. That being said, some of the clicks are oddly precise and signs make it difficult to determine what to click (in one annoying case, an arrow was clicked to dodge, and later, an almost identical arrow pointed at what to click). While watching the character die is amusing, his somewhat slow death in combination with the fast events made the game exceptionally frustrating quickly, as the-playing- the-game to watching-Edwin's-death-animation-agai n is rather low.

The reflexes for killing the ogre...well, they require either finesse, or what I did: dying several times, then loading a bunch of stuff so the game lagged stupidly slow and clicking like a moron on the dodge space. Kudos to those who beat it fairly.

It is a unique take on the point and click genre, focusing more on reflexes than trying to decipher moon-logic puzzles. Several playthroughs are recommended for the full experience.


mexipino responds:

Thanks for leaving such an in-depth review godhammer.

Yeah, once I noticed the glitches that people were experiencing, I definitely wanted to address them as soon as possible.

I'm considering a mute button, but don't think it's absolutely necessary, so I'm holding off for now.

I'm glad that you get what I was going for, as far as the gameplay is concerned. I understand that it can get frustrating, but it's more about adding some challenge and multiple playthroughs to find the achievements since the game is so short.

Thanks again for your review.


LouisCyphre2501LouisCyphre2501

Rated 5 / 5 stars

One severe problem. And even with this problem this still deserves 5 stars for just how fucking good it is.

The big problem is that the mouse pointer is not big enough to high lite certain things, the area you select has to be very, very specific. And in addition to this, sometimes your mouse click does not register. I had to re-do the arrow guy multiple times and if I didn't mash on Mouse 1 there was no way I could deflect the arrows.

If this was fixed it would be really enjoyable. As it is it's fun for sure, but not something I would revisit.



FlamingAirFlamingAir

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

2.5 stars becus you cant beat the ogre guy thing you cant make it so he cant punch with the right hand becus thats what kills me always and really 6 hits i made 3 and he killed me you cant kill him but other stuff quite nice :D

P.S didnt rate the game till you dont make it that you can kill the ogre :P