Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden is a browser-based game made in p5.js over the course of a few months in 2018. The player controls a giant skeleton hovering over a woman, whom it must protect from danger in the form of fireballs that threaten to kill her. It began as an excuse to improve my spriting skills and return to creative work after finishing my thesis; it developed into a way to exercise my programming muscles as well. The result is an aesthetic experience more than anything else – I paid attention to the difficulty curve, but I focused on making interesting visuals and cultivating a dark atmosphere rather than innovative gameplay.

I did the spriting (including a font, logo, backgrounds, and character animations), programming and game design. Andrew Tran composed and arranged the excellent music.

You can play it online here.

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