August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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Apes vs Dinosaurs: Unnatural Selection

by Vilborg - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Nazis and dinosaurs meet Allied apes where tower defense meets card games.
The Nazis have gone back in time with their Nazi phone booths to send the dinosaurs against our evolutionary ancestors for some crazy Nazi reason! You must help the apes defend their jungle with bananas and monkey poo against Nazi soldiers, velociraptors, and the evil Tyrannosaurus Reich.

The standalone link includes the exe and content folder. If it does not run, or gives some sort of XNA error, you MUST use the installer instead (or install XNA). This happens because you cannot run the application without the XNA dependencies, and if you do not have them the installer will get them for you.

This game plays like a standard TD, except that you place and upgrade towers with cards. There are several types of cards, which determines the lower icon.

Lower icon:
-Wrench: Build tower/trap. Play towers on open, non-path tiles. Play traps on the path.
-Arrow: Upgrade tower. Play this on a tower you have built.
-Bolt: Affect enemies. Play this anywhere on the map, it will affect all the enemies.

What the card does specifically is determined by the top icon.
Top icon:
Wrench cards build the following towers:
-Monkey Tree: good damage and rate of fire
-Peanut Gallery: faster but weaker
-Toilet Gibbon: slows down enemies
-Banana Cannanon: slow, powerful, and long-range
-Chimpanzer: good damage and rate of fire, hits enemies around target
Wrench cards also build the following traps:
-Thicket: slows enemies
-Pricker bush: damages enemies
-Pit trap: stuns an enemy
-Banana Bomb: does lots of damage to a single enemy
Arrow cards give the following upgrades:
-Monkey fist: damage
-Feather: rate of fire
-Reticule: range
-Fist/Feather/Reticule: All the upgrades of the previous three
-Toilet paper: Toilet Gibbon's slow ability
Bolt cards have the following effects:
-No-Nazi sign: damages all enemies
-Snowflake: slows all enemies

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Jungorend says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:46am

I can't launch the standalone version for some reason, it's crashing on Windows 7 64 bit with a fault in KERNELBASE.dll. However the installation version worked, though it was a pain to have to install it.

I'm a fan of tower defense games and I thought the basics were all here, and the game was quite playable, after the initial "How do I..." confusion. However, though the animations for the enemies were well done, the towers didn't have any animations besides the blink to show they were working. It would have been really nice when placing the towers, too, to see highlighted tiles that they could affect or reach. Additionally I couldn't figure out which card was which thing for some of the cards.

I think with a little more polish this would be a solid tower defense game with some spunky character!

harusame says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 6:29pm

A classic tower defense, well done. Good job.

Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:16pm

XNA and WINE just don't agree; an installer won't help.

goffmog says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 8:46pm

Vilborg, nice solid tower defence game... Rate a few more games and you'll get a load more ratings yourself! Josh, I think it's time you just got yourself a PC ;)

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