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Blocked 5 Points

Deflect 100 bullets

Conquer Chaos 5 Points

Complete Level 1

Deflected 5 Points

Deflect 250 bullets

Skeleton Slayer 5 Points

Defeat the 250th enemy

Survivor 5 Points

Obtain 1000 score

The Tormentor 5 Points

Defeat the Level 1 boss

Warrior 5 Points

Obtain 7500 score

Wraith Wrecker 5 Points

Defeat the 100th enemy

Chain Trident 0 Points

Defeat the Level 3 boss

Champion 10 Points

Obtain 20000 score

Extinguish the Flame 10 Points

Complete Level 2

Firewall 10 Points

Defeat the Level 2 boss

Gladiator 0 Points

Obtain 12500 score

Intercepted 10 Points

Deflect 500 bullets

Ionized 10 Points

Complete Level 3

Obstructed 10 Points

Deflect 1000 bullets

Phantom Abolisher 10 Points

Defeat the 1000th enemy

Spectre Smiter 10 Points

Defeat the 500th enemy

Ascend Beyond Gravity 0 Points

Complete Level 5

Don't Look Down 0 Points

Complete Level 4

Falling Stars 0 Points

Defeat the Level 5 boss

Thunderous Assault 0 Points

Defeat the Level 4 boss

Annihilation 0 Points

Defeat the Final Boss

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Author Comments

Darkhouse is an arcade platformer game about climbing a tower and fighting enemies.

Warning: This game is susceptible to memory leaks in Firefox. Please play in a different browser.

Please also note: This game's medals are not always unlocking correctly. I apologize in advance.

Latest Update: v.0.4.3

- Fixed a bug that prevented Newgrounds medals from being unlocked (go to Scores to unlock medals for already unlocked achievements) This bug is actually probably not fixed, as stated above. Sorry again.

- Removed the sound effect for the in-game notification for unlocking achievements to make it less distracting

- Removed in-game achievement notifications during certain ending scenes

- Set both control schemes to be active at the same time

- Removed control scheme setting

- Updated the Settings menu's How to Play section

If you find a bug in the game, you can report it to me here on Newgrounds, or you can @ me on Twitter using @_ImminentDeath.

How to Play

WASD/Arrow Keys = Navigate the menu screen and move the player.

Space, W, and Up Arrow = Jump

S and Down Arrow = Enter doorways

Z, L, and Enter = Attack/Select

Esc and P = Pause

Back = Exit

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I tried switching to arrow keys (prefer those) but every time I hit the up/down arrow keys, the page moves up/down. need locked keys

ImminentDeath responds:

I just updated Darkhouse with a fix, so the page shouldn't scroll from arrow keys anymore. Thank you for for telling me, I hadn't thought of that.

the checkpoints are pretty ridiculous and i think the level 3 checkpoint doesent work

I like the set-up, the controls for the main character and his design, but the levels, audio, enemies and environments are just really bland and lacking. Spastic enemies running at you, shooting at you, and generic platforming. The first section is nothing but grey and the many layers of bricks make it unclear what I'm looking at. As the images of later sections show, I can see colour themes for each section, but you can incorporate different patterns, colour variations, and ease up on detail everywhere. A promising start, here.

Okay. This fucking sucks. One, controls bad. Two, too frequent bullet shooting by enemies. Three, where the fuck are checkpoints. If I die and have to start from the beginning, why not shut down the game and start again with three lives? Four, fuck the controls and fuck whoever thought this control scheme was good. Seriously. Five, don't put the game-in-progress and worse, add medals to it. Six, why are the bullets going through wall? Seven, the color scheme of level 2 is idiotic, because you can't see the enemies and the bullets from the background. Eight, the soundtrack is fucking great, I have to admit it. Nine, the game is basically boring attack spamfest with not much else to do. Ten, I fell into lava in level 2 and thought "fuck this boring as shit game, not going to bother to replay the whole fucking tedious level again, it's not worth it". I will probably add more complaints after a while, so don't worry, this is review 0.2, I will fix some bugs LATER, add some shitty controls and force you to read it. Have fun reading this review as much as I had fun playing your game.

ImminentDeath responds:

I can't tell if you're being serious or not. I do appreciate you took the time to play the game and write this review. You make some good points. But I don't want to force anyone to play Darkhouse or to read anything I write. So you're not obliged to read this, either.

I guess I should have clarified that I've never made a game before, and I have no idea what I'm doing. The game is incomplete because I'm trying to fix my mistakes and make a good game. I just don't have the skill yet. That being said, I still intend Darkhouse to be very difficult, and it should be challenging to clear a level and find a checkpoint.

There are 11 checkpoints total, one before each level and one before each boss. They will heal you, and if you're playing Normal mode, they'll start you back there even after a game over, so you won't lose progress. If you're playing Arcade mode, you start at Level 1 after every game over.

I've gotten comments about the controls before, that they were pretty bad, and I agree. That's why I added another scheme that can be toggled in the Settings menu, and a couple alternate buttons. There was also suggestions for custom controls, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

The bullets that enemies shoot are on a timer, and they will fire every couple of seconds or so, depending on the level. That's part of the challenge. And you do have to be careful of bullets that go through walls, but not all of them do. The bones that skeletons throw despawn when hitting the wall or floor.

The color scheme is actually a very good point. I probably should update the graphics to make things easier to see, while still trying to match the theme. I had that problem before with Level 5.

This game isn't for everyone, and I respect your opinion about it. If you don't enjoy it, don't play it. Darkhouse is very tedious and timing-based, but it should feel rewarding to those who take the time to develop that skill. That's my intention, at least. And I'm glad you at least enjoyed the soundtrack.

the checkpoint between each sector is too far, if you accidentally die you have to start it over.
there should be a checkpoint for each 3-4 rooms and checkpoint + HP recover at the checkpoint before boss room.

the controlling is fine, you can clear this game easily if you play safe and play slow, but it is just less fun if you doing that.

Credits & Info

3.27 / 5.00

Jun 4, 2019
6:17 PM EDT
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