December 17th-20th, 2010
Theme: Discovery

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Drill Warrior

by tonic - Competition Entry

New addition to the warrior series yet again...
meet Drill Warrior!

Arrow keys - move player or adjust scanner
X - Switch item (pickaxe / drill / scanner)
Z - Use scanner (when it is the selected item)
C - Buy item (drill or scanner battery, when standing on top of the shop item)

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ranklar says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 9:33pm

I like the fact that you have a way to win, and the game works for the most part. Great job in using the theme! The downside for me, was the scanner which seemed to be frivolous. I was able to find 4 of 5 diamonds by visual inspection of the graphics, they seemed to bleed through, not sure if it was intended, but the result was making the scanner useless. I also wish there was another level or the ability to try again at a higher score.

Overall it was a decent game, and I think you should be proud of what you accomplished. Your game is lot more fun than mine! :) Low ratings on humor (wasn't funny), audio, the sound was really repetitive, and innovation (would have given you a 4 on this if the scanner was worthwhile!)

frr171 says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:46pm

Catchy music and nice visuals.

tonic says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 1:37pm

@ranklar, I left the "diamonds bleed through" as a feature on purpose, so that sometimes you are lucky and find the diamonds without the scanner. However, that is not a directly tweakable thing in the code, so it is random between different plays how many of them can be found that way. So that makes the game probably a bit too off-balanced between plays.

FuzzYspo0N says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 2:02pm

I thought it was pretty cool, the bleeding through thing was a nice surprise like hey what is that??

I also never used the scanner, after i found my first diamond i had a lot of money so i bought a handful of drills and just brute forced around.

But, thats not to say it wasnt interesting and fun. Audio was nice too, i didn't really notice the song until i was nodding my head while digging, its awesome.

LegacyCrono says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 3:25pm

Nice game! It doesn't have much challenge though. Online leaderboards would be a great addition to it, I think. Great graphics and music! Good job!

Tom 7 says ...
Dec 24, 2010 @ 6:28am

I discovered all three diamonds. The first one I found with the scanner (my favorite part -- I liked how I could trade off wide and short for narrow and long), the other two I could see peeking through cracks. Finished

Tom 7 says ...
Dec 24, 2010 @ 6:30am

I discovered all three diamonds. The first one I found with the scanner (my favorite part -- I liked how I could trade off wide and short for narrow and long), the other two I could see peeking through cracks. Finished with $30022 but I didn't see anything to do with it other than buy a lot of scanner batteries. :) Liked the graphics and the music. Did you know you can walk around the whole world and dig up from the bottom?

Tom 7 says ...
Dec 24, 2010 @ 6:39am

Oops, I see now that there are five diamonds and an ending. Finished with $51178. But actually I think I prefer to just buy a lot of scanner batteries and keep walking off into the void. :)

tonic says ...
Dec 26, 2010 @ 5:23pm

@Tom 7, lol. ^_^ Nice you had fun with the game!

joekinley says ...
Dec 28, 2010 @ 1:16pm

Nice game. I had a lot of fun digging around, running through eternity and still after that coming back and digging up all the missing diamonds. But why the hell did I buy more than one drill? Apparently this one never broke anyways.

Nice graphics, cool sounds and music, nice game, was fun and all. You even had some community stuff down, only thing missing is my lovely timelapse video.

Really good work.

Endurion says ...
Dec 31, 2010 @ 3:26pm

Sorry, my virus scanner blocks the download (PAK_Generic.001). Probably false positive.

tonic says ...
Jan 2, 2011 @ 9:03pm

@joekinley, drill's do break down when used enough. There is amount of randomness how long a single drill endures, though.

Endurion says ...
Jan 4, 2011 @ 8:46am

Neat idea.
The scanner would've given the corresponding implementation of discovery but didn't seem to show anything but green dots. Not even when there were obviously diamonds below.
Other than that, good fun.

Tom Francis says ...
Jan 10, 2011 @ 12:12pm

Nice job! The feel of digging through the rocks is satisfying, and the scanner focus adjustment is a really neat mechanic.

I forgot the controls you list here when I was playing, and the only one that isn't explained in-game is that you have to manually activate the scanner - it sort of looks like it's already working but hasn't found anything. So for a long time I didn't realise i had to press Z. Oddly, I found all but two of the diamonds through blind digging. More fun once I figured out the scanner, though, and a good fit for the theme.

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