View Full Version : (the Ancient Castle) by OIL_

05-31-2009, 06:25 PM
This level is unspeakably good. The absolute best design I've ever seen, an incredible boss, ridiculous logic-based and naturally environmental puzzles, and fantastic looks.

It's godly... it has a paltry 80 plays, and this must not stand. This is an instant classic. I swear, trust me. Please play this, the creator deserves it.

05-31-2009, 06:28 PM
yeah, i found it looking for an example for area 3 in my upcoming series, i quickly send invites to a ton of people to show, sadly, ninja was the only one to show up!

PS: you might want to add it has a black-and-white dragon icon,

cuz like 5 lvls come up when you search "ancient castle"

05-31-2009, 06:30 PM
I gotta thank you again for showing me this level, man. I was flabbergasted. This level is so perfect that it has me wanting to use every adjective I can think of.

If they search by creator @OIL_ it should pop right up.

3 stars... what is wrong with this system?

05-31-2009, 07:25 PM
I can bet it has three stars because of the puzzles. If someone can't beat it, they get angry then rate it 1 star.

I did some of the puzzles, and enjoyed them thoroughly, but once I got to the puzzles with the broken bridge, I was stumped.

The atmosphere and the whole look of the level is great, and the puzzles actually need you to think and adventure.

I loved, but would love it even more if I could beat it. Could you help me?

05-31-2009, 10:29 PM
I loved this, it's nice to walk in a room and think, "what do I do here?", rather than walk in a room and pull the switch. My only gripe with this is that the camera angles are off in places (minor) and the level broke for me when you have to swing on the chandalier (I dropped off it to try and build momnetum then couldn't get back on).

It's a great level though, the puzzles are well thought out and realised.

05-31-2009, 10:48 PM
just played this hours ago and i gotta say, i was impressed with the visuals and along with that the whole level functions as a puzzle.. i got stuck the first time tho, but eventually figured it out lol!

great level i rated it 5 stars beautiful plus a heart.

06-01-2009, 03:06 AM
I beat it on my first try, but it was very tough. I loved it! It's great how you actually had to think when you entered a room. A really great level for sure. Everyone should try it!

Cog, here's a tip: if you can't do something don't do it - ie, look around for somewhere else to go.

I also really liked the boss. Took me a bit to figure out what I was supposed to do, but it was really cool.

06-01-2009, 03:17 AM
Stumped by bridge right now too. Love it and sadly agree the 3 stars are because of difficulty. A couple of annoying cameras but overall a real gem for anyone that "gets it". Five stars and hearted. Levels like these really highlight the need for a better "tagging and sorting" function.

06-01-2009, 03:20 AM
Cog, here's a tip: if you can't do something don't do it - ie, look around for somewhere else to go.
I tried that, and I can't find any other way.

06-01-2009, 03:20 AM
same happened to me, untill i brought ninja over and he figured it out >.>

06-01-2009, 03:22 AM
same happened to me, untill i brought ninja over and he figured it out >.>
Enough with the teasing! I want to know what to do! :(

06-01-2009, 03:23 AM
This is a really excellent level. I mean wow.

I was smiling on and off through the whole thing. Like, actual smiles, not sackboy smiles. :)

06-01-2009, 03:39 AM
OK! for those of you who fail at the bridge, here's what to do, (don't click if you want to do it yourself...)

k, you know the roof swing that opens the door to the bridge?

after you walk thru the door, fall, die,

you roof swing again,

when the thing is down, INSTEAD of going to the DOOR you jump down to the room with the bombs and pull one out,

then just drag it all the way west/left to the staircase, and let it fall

06-01-2009, 04:20 AM
I can get up to the boss, now WTF!?!?!?

06-01-2009, 04:26 AM
it sorta ruins it if i tell you EVERYTHING.... just look at him, its quite obvious...

06-01-2009, 05:49 AM
Do you grab his chin? Cause that did nothing

06-01-2009, 11:40 AM
Try holding on again and pay more attention to what happens

06-01-2009, 04:25 PM
Flat out AWESOME level! I only had 1 place where I was stuck for a while.... a broken bridge, where if you jumped across you ended up in an area with black gas covering a checkpoint.... turned out to be a decoy direction! I've never seen that done before - trick the player into going in a direction they're not supposed to go!

One of the greatest end-bosses ever also!

06-06-2009, 08:10 PM
I really cannot figure out how to defeat the boss.

06-06-2009, 10:22 PM
I really cannot figure out how to defeat the boss.
Just hold its orange chin for a while, and then it should start to back up, then fall off the roof.

06-06-2009, 10:43 PM
The animation on the boss is really sweet IMO. I thought you could really tell that the boss doesn't like what it is you are doing (surely that's not a spoiler). I don't think I've seen anything else that emotes like this in LBP. The animation is so well done and the mechanic all makes perfect sense after you've seen it through.

06-07-2009, 12:09 AM
Just hold its orange chin for a while, and then it should start to back up, then fall off the roof.

The problem was, when I did this, it threw me up into the gas :S

06-08-2009, 02:52 AM
That was a very nice level with some nice gameplay. I especially liked the dragon at the end and what it turned into when you "defeated" it. I also liked the look of it and how it moved, it was just so "clean" I guess you can say.

06-15-2009, 08:28 PM
I haven't completed it all yet, but I have to agree, this level's a legend. The design is great, the puzzles are clever, the amount of different elements it uses is flabbergasting, and the music fits the theme perfectly.

06-16-2009, 11:08 PM
the level made my top 3. it is a masterpiece that i would rate 10 stars if i could. shame it has less then 300 plays.

Dragon 11
06-19-2009, 03:13 AM
Well, I got to say that once I got past the puzzles, the boss was cool. (It was just annoying having to restart because I moved the sacks you jump on in the upper left room. :grr:)

06-19-2009, 11:38 PM
Probably one of the best levels I've played! This level deserves more attention. Play it!!!!!

06-27-2009, 09:38 AM
I've done the level now. Man, that dragon boss is awesome, and it's just plain genius at where it drops down to.

06-27-2009, 07:09 PM
This is probably my favorite LittleBigPlanet level that I've played so far. All of the puzzles are well done, and never tedious. Everything fits really well and I never had any problems with glitches or bad level design. The boss and the ending were incredibly well done, and it left me wanting more after. I seriously hope OIL_ comes out with a second Ancient Castle.

09-13-2009, 07:09 AM
oh wow didn't think there was a topic on this here :) (its old but oh well, i don't want to make a new thread of it if one already exists)

Found it a couple days ago and loved it. Only 2 things i didn't like.

1: The part where the fireplace was, those thin layers that block your view were a pain in the butt, when we were trying to swing on that chandilier it took me and my friends almost 15 minutes to land on the right spot cause that layer was blocking our view (that and we took off the sandbags by mistake, it took us forever to put them back) and the area 1 floor above can be just as bad (even more so when the sandbags fall over and you don't know where they are cause of that blasted thin layer in the way.

2: 50% of the time something went wrong at the end. Either the checkpoint broke from the bridge you moved to the right to cross earlier, or the dragon never officialy died once you knocked him off (instead of being motionless w/o the glowng eyes, he's at a 90 degree angle still breathing fire and trying to walk:rolleyes:), or i'd instantly get killed when grabbing the dragons weak spot.

Its still fun overall and I was able to record it! (Took me 5 tries cause of the ending always messing up on me)

YouTube - LittleBigPlanet: the Ancient Castle (Japanese Level) by OIL_