Sky Serpents is an action-platform game released on October 22, 2010. The player becomes a young norse warrior that wants to beat his father's record at slaying giant beasts called sky serpents.
Left, right - Move
Up arrow key - Jump
Down - Hold on
- Slice sideways
+ Up key and Spacebar - Spin Slice
+ Down key and Spacebar - Stab down
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The sky serpent will attempt to throw the player off of its back before the player can stab each of its (exposed) joints and kill it. If the player is thrown off, they will take some amount of damage and be thrown back into the air for another chance at killing the sky serpent. Each serpent moves at different speeds and have all sorts of natural weapons such as spikes, fireballs, and glue. There are ways to counteract these different natural capabilities. As soon as the player learns how to counteract the serpents' weapons, it is easier to access and stab its joints. When a serpent is killed, it turns to stone and crashes to the ground.
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Discovered in the files of Sky Serpents are three unused attacks: a large bubble, fire joining then exploding, and what seems to be a type of gas attack. The bubble has two corresponding sprites, which when animated give the appearance of a bubble with the below dark part rippling. This weapon may hint at an unused serpent, as a large bubble does not fit as the weapon of any other sky serpent in the game, and may point at a cut water serpent.
What is presumably a fire attack has five frames, which when animated together produce an animation of a few bits of fire forming, swirling, then expanding out and shrinking. This was likely intended as a possible beta attack for the red dragon serpent, as it fires out fireballs that also explode (somewhat).
The final presumably unused attack is a sphere of what seems to be some sort of poisonous gas.
The first frame of the unused bubble
Fire attack, first frame
Fire attack, second frame
Fire attack, third frame
Fire attack, fourth frame
Fire attack, fifth frame
What is possibly an unused poison gas attack of some sort
Sky Serpents may have been inspired by the last part of the Norse story Beowulf. In the last part, Beowulf has to slay a giant blue worm. Some of his attacks are stabbing down on the worm, and holding on to it.
Sky Serpents is likely inspired by Shadow Of The Colossus, as the player climbs onto giant creatures and strike weak spots to kill it in both games, also the only enemies in both games are the collosi and serpents, as well as the fact that both creatures spew black blood.