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Impatient Archaeologist

by Hellfang - Competition Entry

Alternate name: DINO-MIGHT

A very unpolished game, unfortunately. But due to sleeping badly last night, I have to submit the game in its current state. Still, the basic gameplay ideas are there and it's quite fun to mess around with.

Play an impatient archaeologist and use dynamite to uncover bones! Discover a new kind of dinosaur, long hidden underground and blow it up to uncover more bones! Bones!
Move with WASD, mouse click to throw dynamite, distance between the player sprite and the mouse cursor determines the force of the throw. You have 3 lives to lose by blowing yourself up or being attacked by dinosaurs.

At the moment the counter that shows the depth isn't working properly, so you can only see that once you die. Kind of a bummer, but my sleep deprived brain can't figure it out. Might take a look tomorrow, the code for it is all in, just not working quite right.

Downloads and Links




KoryWazHere says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 1:26am

The "web" link seems to be taking me to the wrong place. Some game called "Crustation Cannon"...?

Looks like a lovely game, let me know when the links fixed, I'd love to try it =)

Ryan says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 8:31am

That was surprisingly fun. The only problem is the lack of a challenge, as you can just spam dynamite to dig a deep hole, fall down to a lower ledge, then spam dynamite again. Perhaps limiting the rate you can throw dynamite at would make people try to use more strategy when planning their route.

Hellfang says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:26am

Hi Kory, no idea why you're getting the wrong game, link seems fine to me. But here it is again

TheGrieve says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 5:19pm

Loved it, spammy dynamite ruined it a bit tho. Fall damage would fix that tho

zdanielz says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 8:13am

Nice! gameplay was a bit repetitive, but nicely done!
Feedback given for your actions in the game would help - what happens when we collect bones? meet dinosaurs? something?

refrag says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:32pm

I love it! Tons of fun! Blowing stuff up and digging never gets old.
Next time: Audio!

stevejohnson says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 5:44am

Wonderful concept, and it looks great! I of course echo the criticisms of the other commenters (dynamite spam, audio), but definitely finish this.

Starspell says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 5:27pm

Echo audio comments. It's a little too easy as well. However I found it to be very fun and the destructible levels were cool. The game could benefit from pickups to change your weaponry and different dinosaurs to avoid but it is a really solid game. Nice one!

Zemmi says ...
Dec 24, 2010 @ 11:04pm

A simple, clever and fun game, I enjoyed it. I think one thing that could add a lot to this game is a little variety to the enemies, like perhaps one that moves vertically or takes more hits to kill.

All-in-all an excellent Ludum Dare Entry, I had fun.

Jerm says ...
Dec 27, 2010 @ 11:45pm

Good game! Would have been better if there was more variety and/or levels.

recursor says ...
Dec 30, 2010 @ 3:08pm

I got down to 330.2 meters before I blew myself up. Surprisingly fun. Add some sound, weapons, more dinosaurs, smooth out the sometimes glitchy collision, and this could be really fun. Nice work.

Endurion says ...
Dec 31, 2010 @ 8:23am

How funny. If using IE you get the crustacian cannon game. The same link is going to your game with FF. That is very uncool dumbfuckery.

The game itself is a neat little thing. The mechanic is nice but the game is not really challenging. Dying usually happens due to misplaces dynamite. A bit more variety would help this a long way.

Hellfang says ...
Jan 3, 2011 @ 4:33pm

Ah, you are right Endurion. The game should work fine in IE now, that's what you get when you upload the game at stupid o'clock and copy the page source from a different game.

ThatSnail says ...
Jan 9, 2011 @ 4:43pm

The way real archaeology should be done. Simple concept but surprisingly fun, got 109 bones and 410.6 meters down before owning myself.

What's really pretty fun is moving your cursor to a point on the screen, and then mashing left-click there, seeing how far down you can get. I've gotten 48.6 meters.

Tom 7 says ...
Jan 9, 2011 @ 5:23pm

Nice! Excellent graphics and it's easy to pick up and play. I think the game is pretty easy, but at the same time, that encourages me to be impatient, and then I make mistakes. Dynamite drops unnaturally (arcs at first but then falls straight down), probably because dx is an integer.

Hi-score: 18370

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