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The Detectorizer

by danblack - Competition Entry


Update :
Thanks for all the feedback and comments so far. It's really appreciated.

- Arrow keys to move
- Avoid enemies
- Move around and listen for your metal detector to sound
- Hold 'space' or 'x' to dig
- Discover something interesting (or not)
- Repeat.

Tips :
The metal detector gets louder the nearer you are to the centre of the source. trying digging as near to the centre as possible. It takes about a second to dig. If you dont' find anything at first trying move to where the sound is slightly louder.
Also try blocking some or all of the enemies behind the scenary to give you more time with your zen hobby ^^

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Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:49am

Surprisingly compelling despite the simplicity. The chasers add the required tension to break what would otherwise be a rather tedious task. I enjoyed myself, though I'm not sure I'll be back for another game.

cce says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 3:43pm

This is actually rather solid :) It was too easy to get stuck on the blocks though, and the game got suddenly easier when the dog and his owner blocked each other in the corner

alexlarioza says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 9:27pm

Felt like a classic arcade game. =]

arielsan says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 3:22am

I liked it, it was simple but I enjoyed it, nice sounds too. Graphics remembers me some old games.

jolle says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 7:54pm

Poor PC: "Why are you chasing me? I have this shovel! I could hit you with it! Stop chasing me! Oh god, why? I haven't done you anything!"

It's a tough life, metal detectoring.

Fififox says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:30pm

Well done ! The game is rather fun to play, but the point where the fun lies is escaping from the chasers (and sadly, it's easy to block them) and not in digging in itself, so I think you deviated a little bit from the original theme... The graphics are oldschool, but relying only on the sound is not that good in my opinion, and it makes impossible the use of music...

Bender says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 6:10am

Ahhh, it was fun ! Wasn't expecting more from a game :)

Tom 7 says ...
Dec 26, 2010 @ 10:43pm

This game was pretty fun. My player moved fast enough (especially in a zig-zag pattern) to cover ground and listen for the beep without it getting too boring. Digging while avoiding the dogs and dudes was sometimes challenging, though I preferred the zen trap approach. :) At first I was just tapping the spacebar and couldn't figure out why I was never finding anything, so some kind of indicator for progress of digging or otherwise better conveying that I should be holding it down would have improved it.

danblack says ...
Dec 27, 2010 @ 10:52am

It's a good point about the lack of feedback when digging. I had planned to show holes that got bigger when you dug but time got the better of me. I think it would have looked nicer and give more feedback as to where you had already dug with holes everywhere.

I'd like to revisit this game later as I like the use of sound. But first time for some more festive food and drink I think.

Endurion says ...
Dec 29, 2010 @ 4:09pm

Very nice! Simple and easy to grasp. Still has some nice vibe to it, making it interesting. A bit more polish and variety and you have a neat game there.

sol_hsa says ...
Dec 31, 2010 @ 11:54am

Pretty nice. The metal detector could have a slightly larger range though =)

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