I joined the itch.io 'Secret Santa Jam' this year, where you get anonymously paired with a random stranger and create a small game for them based on a letter about their interests.
Part of my giftee's prompt was "I like playing games that make me think and involve some kind of strategy e.g. card games like Magic the Gathering [...] I am a huge football fan. I support Manchester United in England and Borussia Dortmund in Germany. I have a rubbish Windows laptop, so any game that can run in browser works best for me.".
I let inspiration guide me from there and here's the small puzzle / tactics game I came up with.
Sadly, there are no sound effects or background music as I ran out of time and wanted to ensure I gave them something playable by the deadline, but maybe I'll come back to it some day...
p.s. I used this free pack of 16x16 sprites as a starting point for the character sprites and animations: https://route1rodent.itch.io/16x16-rpg-character-sprite-sheet, thanks!
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