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Take This

by dadads - Competition Entry

You are a wizard, which is awesome. Unfortunately you owe the Mafia 500,000 gold which needs to be repaid. Thus, you help adventurers with their journey for a share of their loot. You win when you get 500,000 gold.

Conjure items to help the adventurers by drawing them in a 4x4 grid, their elements determined by which direction the drawing faces.
Pay attention to what the adventurers will be fighting against and try to find the best item-element combination against specific monsters (e.g. defeat Liquid Golems using Thunder Hammers).

- 12 different monsters
- 24 different objects to draw. Can you find them all?

This is my very first LD game, and I made sure that it isn't going to be yet another platformer or shooter.

Inspirations: Minecraft, Bonifaco's Bazaar (another LD20 entry)

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Danik says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 2:11pm

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this oregano! :D

TellusE says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 2:46pm

Phenomenal idea! The one thing that bugs me really just hands on my own inadequacies - trying to remember combinations :P
A clear top 20 (if not better) in my book. Great job.

Dan C says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 3:31pm

I absolutely love this. Great idea, well presented. The audio is simple but effective.

I wasn’t very good at figuring out which items worked well against which foes, but I’ll have another go later on with a notebook to hand :).

dadads says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 8:08pm

I originally thought of having a recipe feature where you can pay to take a look at an item's shape and to automatically keep track of discovered shapes. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to put that in.

Milo says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 12:47am

Bah, why should I have to pay and lose my multiplier if I give them a 75% effective weapon? It's their fault for being bad at slaying the Thunder Golem!

Slapunas says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 3:57pm

great game :)

AndrewBC says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 6:44pm

Pretty fun! I suck at shapes though, apparently. D'oh. ... My favorite is the SPOILER ALERT piranha

Hectigo says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 7:35pm

Great work! Very much fun, well presented and solid, innovative gameplay. Only thing that I missed was some sort of a log where you could see the past patterns you have used and what they conjured up. With the current version pen and paper were quite necessary.

hamster_mk_4 says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 6:35am

I remember reading your blog entry half way through the contest and thinking "that sounds fantastic, I hope he pulls it off" thank you for not disappointing me.

Cosr says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 10:35am

Starts to maybe get a bit repetitive if you play long enough, but probably a good sign that I did play that long.
Good humour. The junk items were good.

localcoder says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 11:56am

My initial strategy was to give everyone a Water Bow.

"But... I'm going to fight a Thunder Dragon!"
"Water bow. Next!"

I got better.

I enjoyed this, although at about 250k I got bored and started reading the source to see how to win faster.

It's very clever and I shall definitely be borrowing a few ideas from you :p

dadads says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 10:28pm

^ Oh u hacker.

The idea at this state is pretty unrefined. It definitely could be made a lot more fun and engaging with additional gameplay elements (I was thinking of time limits and recipe-purchasing), better varieties of items/characters, and polish.

Also, thank you guys for liking the gameplay concept. I can actually now feel good about myself.

randomnine says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 11:31am

Smart system. Loved it.

One quick refinement I'd like to see is if you could click and drag across multiple boxes to fill them in.

KoryWazHere says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 4:50pm

Great idea =)

eli says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 7:50pm

We need to explore NPC lives more deeply, good work!

I really, really love the concept. The unhappy wizard graphics really worked well here.

Maybe I'm not good at this kind of game, but there didn't seem to be much connection between what worked where and against whom (especially when it fails despite "75%", as mentioned above).

Sounds were nice, music got rather grating after a few minutes.

Cirrial says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 7:57pm

The junk items were hilarious. The amount of times I reacted to mistakes with "no don't give them THAT", well, I lost count. The game itself is a bit like the worst elements of Minecraft when starting out, but once you understand what the different orientations mean it becomes a bit more fun (although I couldn't really see how swords and hammers and pickaxes changed things once you had the element right). I like the graphical style but the music is a bit repetitive. Overall really good, though.

hexygen says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 9:08pm

Nice game. Great idea and well executed. I wish there was a bit more variety to the items and some more items which are not junk :)

May 6, 2011 @ 3:25am

I love crafting! This was pretty neat, if there was a way to make the system just a tiny bit more intuitive and less guess-y it would be real gold.

Good work on this submission!

alexlarioza says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 9:43pm

I absolutely loved this!

zlash says ...
May 11, 2011 @ 1:48am

Nice one :)

Desmont says ...
May 17, 2011 @ 5:46pm

It would be ideal if there was some sort of notebook where the successful combinations were stored

Jesse Chand says ...
May 18, 2011 @ 1:50am

I like the original idea you had here. Good work!

mwest says ...
May 21, 2011 @ 6:19pm

Nice entry well done!

I sucked at it though, maybe from not having played Minecraft, but it just seemed very random to me what worked and did't - couldn't really figure out more than 5 items either...

zachstronaut says ...
May 25, 2011 @ 4:01am

Congrats! I thought your game was highly entertaining.

DrPetter says ...
May 27, 2011 @ 5:29pm

"turn back time" :)

septmbr says ...
Jun 29, 2011 @ 7:41pm

I got 8/24 objects. They were the SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT 4 tetris blocks, hammer, sword, pickaxe, and bow SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT

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