Skistad Studios

The portfolio of Kristian Skistad

Kristian@SkistadStudios.com

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Recent Projects

Whale Defense Force

Woah-ho, welcome to the Whale Defense Force! Your job is to platform your way through the water park to save the whales! Don't worry though, Flex, Flow, and Floyd have plenty of awesome abilities to help them get around and beat up baddies! Join our three wannabe heroes in their radical adventure!

Whale Defense Force
Brothers - Narrative Review
Brothers - Narrative Review

A narrative review, written for the annual GDC Game Narrative Review Competition. In this award winning essay, I provide introspective as to how Brothers manages to convey a sense of character and feeling of loss, not through spoken word, but by utilizing clever gameplay mechanics and even the player's method of input.

Brothers - Narrative Review
Fimbulwinter

In a post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by nuclear winter and gripped by insanity, keep your group of unique survivors alive against all odds. Build your community and search for supplies, but be warned, as the temperature drops and resources run thin sacrifices will have to be made for the greater good.

Fimbulwinter
Ritual of Life

You are a level puller. You are one of many. The many are there but never seen. You desire something more. Is this your world? Is there something more? You call out to void. There's no response. Maybe you should give up. You continue participating in the ritual of life.

Ritual of Life
Undertale - Narrative Review
Undertale - Narrative Review

A narrative review, written for the annual GDC Game Narrative Review Competition. In this award winning essay, I dive into the facets of storytelling through use of mechanics, as well as the excellent utilization of medium, that made Undertale a worldwide phenomenon!

Undertale - Narrative Review
The Heap

Jump, shoot, scavenge, and date your way through the genre masher that is The Heap! Play as Larpp, a rejected video game character who must fight his way through different genres to escape the heap and star in his own game! Will you find the one genre you truly belong, or be consigned to the pages of history?

The Heap
Ego Boost

An arcade styled top down shooter about an extremely narcissistic individual's journey, where the enemy is yourself. Fight through an endless horde of your own doppelgangers using over the top powers fueled by your own ego. But beware, because as your ego grows, so does the strength of your enemies!

Ego Boost
Prismatic Horde
Prismatic Horde

Make your final stand against the onslaught of colorful invaders in this 2D top down shooter! Use a variety of weapons to combat the deadly horde: The tried and true pistol, the pray and spray machine gun, the apocalypses favorite shotgun, and of course a laser cannon.

Prismatic Horde
Within a Heartbeat
Within a Heartbeat

A catastrophic event has sent the world into a spiraling decent of chaos. For every effect, however, there is a cause. You exist in one moment, frozen in time. Use the final thoughts of those at the heart of it all to track down the source of the calamity, and erase their very existence from history itself.

Within a Heartbeat
SparkEngine
SparkEngine

The SparkEngine is a feature rich platforming engine created for GameMaker 7. It was designed for beginners, and is known for its single line character controller. It handles movement, gravity, wall jumping, double jumping, collisions, physics, animation, audio, scaling, camera control, motion blur, and more!

SparkEngine

Recent Blog Posts

Novelation Scripting Language – First Draft


What’s new in Novelation Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you an update on how Novelation is coming. Due to feedback the Novelation UI was completely reworked, and the system is far more flexible than it used to be! Gone are the days of restrictive naming conventions and the busy work of setting up a …

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Samsara Kickstarter


Hello everyone! I proudly present to you Samsara, a game that I am currently leading the charge on. We just put up our Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight page, so give them a like, toss any spare change our way, and most of all share them around. You will be helping a team of young dreamers …

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Announcing Novelation – A Visual Novel Tool for Unity


Hello everyone! I would like to present to you Novelation, a visual novel toolkit made for Unity 5. It is in development right now, and I need your help to build it!   Why Unity? Novelation takes full advantage of Unity’s rich feature set. It can be exported to 21 platforms, has a suit of …

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Welcome to the new Skistad Studios!


Skistad studios has received an update! Skistad Studios will now not only host small games I make, but act as both a portfolio and resume for me. It will also contain updates on what I am doing, from personal products to professional works. When I make a larger personal project you will be able to …

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Random Projects

Whale Defense Force

Woah-ho, welcome to the Whale Defense Force! Your job is to platform your way through the water park to save the whales! Don't worry though, Flex, Flow, and Floyd have plenty of awesome abilities to help them get around and beat up baddies! Join our three wannabe heroes in their radical adventure!

Whale Defense Force
Brothers - Narrative Review
Brothers - Narrative Review

A narrative review, written for the annual GDC Game Narrative Review Competition. In this award winning essay, I provide introspective as to how Brothers manages to convey a sense of character and feeling of loss, not through spoken word, but by utilizing clever gameplay mechanics and even the player's method of input.

Brothers - Narrative Review
Fimbulwinter

In a post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by nuclear winter and gripped by insanity, keep your group of unique survivors alive against all odds. Build your community and search for supplies, but be warned, as the temperature drops and resources run thin sacrifices will have to be made for the greater good.

Fimbulwinter
Ritual of Life

You are a level puller. You are one of many. The many are there but never seen. You desire something more. Is this your world? Is there something more? You call out to void. There's no response. Maybe you should give up. You continue participating in the ritual of life.

Ritual of Life
Undertale - Narrative Review
Undertale - Narrative Review

A narrative review, written for the annual GDC Game Narrative Review Competition. In this award winning essay, I dive into the facets of storytelling through use of mechanics, as well as the excellent utilization of medium, that made Undertale a worldwide phenomenon!

Undertale - Narrative Review
The Heap

Jump, shoot, scavenge, and date your way through the genre masher that is The Heap! Play as Larpp, a rejected video game character who must fight his way through different genres to escape the heap and star in his own game! Will you find the one genre you truly belong, or be consigned to the pages of history?

The Heap
Ego Boost

An arcade styled top down shooter about an extremely narcissistic individual's journey, where the enemy is yourself. Fight through an endless horde of your own doppelgangers using over the top powers fueled by your own ego. But beware, because as your ego grows, so does the strength of your enemies!

Ego Boost
Prismatic Horde
Prismatic Horde

Make your final stand against the onslaught of colorful invaders in this 2D top down shooter! Use a variety of weapons to combat the deadly horde: The tried and true pistol, the pray and spray machine gun, the apocalypses favorite shotgun, and of course a laser cannon.

Prismatic Horde
Within a Heartbeat
Within a Heartbeat

A catastrophic event has sent the world into a spiraling decent of chaos. For every effect, however, there is a cause. You exist in one moment, frozen in time. Use the final thoughts of those at the heart of it all to track down the source of the calamity, and erase their very existence from history itself.

Within a Heartbeat
SparkEngine
SparkEngine

The SparkEngine is a feature rich platforming engine created for GameMaker 7. It was designed for beginners, and is known for its single line character controller. It handles movement, gravity, wall jumping, double jumping, collisions, physics, animation, audio, scaling, camera control, motion blur, and more!

SparkEngine