This is the seventy-second entry in the Scratching That Itch series, wherein I randomly select and write about one of the 1741 games and game-related things included in the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. The Bundle raised $8,149,829.66 split evenly between the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Community Bail Fund, but don’t worry if you missed it. There are plenty of ways you can help support the vital cause of racial justice; try here for a start. Lastly, as always, you may click on images to view larger versions.
It’s time for another random selection from the itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality. This time, we’ve got Animated Low Poly Cartoon Fantasy Character Pack, by Overaction Game Studio. Its tagline in the bundle reads:
A set with 10 Animated Low-Poly Medieval Character Pack for Fantasy Games
As this suggests, Animated Low Poly Cartoon Fantasy Character Pack is an asset pack, containing 3D models and animations that others can use when making their own games. The pack is licensed under the Creative Commons CC0, which means it’s all public domain and free for anyone to use however they wish.
I can’t actually open most of the files included in Animated Low Poly Cartoon Fantasy Character Pack. The bulk are .obj files which contain 3D object information for use with 3D graphics software (e.g. software from Wavefront Technologies, although I think other programs can use .obj files also). The pack also includes .fbx files for those whose software supports that format, as well as .blend files which I believe contain the animations. The only files I could actually open were the .png images, but these are texture maps which are strange to look at on their own, without a 3D model. I ended up grabbing images from the itch.io page for this post instead, as they are more representative.
The pack includes ten characters, including a warrior, a mage, male and female archers, a queen, a jester, and even a goblin. They are all presented in a simple, clean, cartoon style, and the pack includes versions with and without their weapons. Fantasy art is often rife with sexualized female characters, but I’m happy to report that isn’t the case here. I was unable to view any animations myself, but judging from the video embedded in the itch.io page, they include standard things like walking, running, and swinging swords. It’s hard to tell if the animations would transition into each other smoothly. They may be more appropriate for a turn-based game where animation sequences accompany specific actions and fluidity is not critical.
Overaction Game Studio have several other asset packs on itch.io, including three packs that are highlighted as compatible with this one. I’ve done a quick check, and the Modular Low Poly Cartoon Dungeon Props and Tileset Pack is also included in the bundle, which looks to offer everything a developer needs to make some cool dungeons for these characters to explore. But those who want the Animated Cartoon Fantasy Snake Pack, or the Animated Low Poly Cartoon Monster Pack, will have to purchase those separately. There are a few packs that aren’t in the bundle but are available for free, however: the Cartoon Low-Poly Rat Pack, Animated Low-Poly Cartoon Chest Kit, and Animated Low-Poly Skeleton can flesh out any fantasy-themed game.
There’s not much more to say about this one. If you’re want to make a 3D fantasy game with a cartoon art style, check out this pack and the others linked above. There should be plenty there to get you started. If you missed it in the bundle, Animated Low Poly Cartoon Fantasy Character Pack is sold for a minimum price of $15.63.
That’s 72 down, and only 1669 to go!