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Dungeon Runner

by vilya - Jam Entry

Find loot! Avoid enemies! Marvel at full-screen 3D graphics in a web browser!

This game is supposed to be a minimalist take on the action-RPG genre: no skill-trees, no inventory management, etc. - just running through a dungeon, grabbing loot as fast as you can before making it to the exit.

The controls are just the arrow keys:
- left and right to turn
- up to run
- down to walk backwards

Pick up gold coins to increase your score. The exit is a mysterious glowing blue orb which teleports you away (to the next level). There are monsters wandering around; if they see you, they'll attack. You can't fight them: they're bigger than you and you seem to have forgotten to pack a sword before teleporting in here...

The game uses WebGL & seems to run best under recent versions of Chrome or Firefox. Safari works in theory, but was very slow in my tests. IE 10 may work, IE 9 or less definitely won't (sorry).

I had some big ideas for this, but ran out of time; apologies for the rough & ready state of it.

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daredevildave says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:40pm

Pretty frantic when you get enemies chasing you! Maybe the turning could do with some acceleration to stop it being so twitchy. Also I never found the exit :-(

If you're interested in WebGL stuff you might want to check out our engine, PlayCanvas.

DaanVanYperen says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:23am

I was really hoping you didn't put a jump-scare in there. XD

vilya says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 4:11pm

Thanks for the comments!

@daredevildave acceleration is a great idea - I'll add that to my post-compo version. PlayCanvas doesn't really sound like my cup of tea though, sorry - for my personal projects I prefer to stick with open source frameworks.

Trench says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:56pm

Sensitive controls but great otherwise!

Jiggawatt says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:17pm

This is creepy, I jumped a bit when the first enemy ran at me from behind. As non-existent as the gameplay is, the super-sensitive controls don't really work with it.

BradleySmith says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:19pm

Pretty good. :)

doos says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:19pm

Really enjoyed running away from the goblins(?), nice mechanic.

vilya says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:22pm

@doos I was thinking Orcs... :-)

Tyro says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:12pm

I wish there was a way to attack. Those evil cylinders gave me the creeps. Good job!

mtthwcmpbll says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:13pm

Looks good, but as others have said, the turning controls are way too sensitive (almost to the point of making me dizzy as a spun around looking for coins). I'd also put some sort of feedback as the enemy makes contact... I almost missed the little health percentage gradually going down until my second game. Good start to a fast-paces dungeon racer though!

mort96 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:13pm

+1 star for using WebGL ;)

Neat game!

Ariake81 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:20pm

Intense! scary freeking cylinders, their AI logic and the environment really add to the atmosphere. reminded me of slender in a minimalist kinda way!!

EdoMiyamoto says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:45am

Nice WebGL stuff, controls need a bit of tweaking but globally good :)

vilya says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:54am

@Tyro not having a way to attack was deliberate and not JUST because I ran out of time. :-) I thought it might detract from the running aspect of it. But I did think about having maybe something you could throw behind you to slow down your pursuers.

TheSarcastic says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:45am

Good ideia, great graphics also :)! I thought the camera turned too fast though

Neonlare says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:49am

Definitely a panic attack or two when enemies come out at you from the shadows. Very basic in terms of "characters" but that adds more to the game I feel. Certainly a fun romp for a while, plays a bit like Pac-Man in a more Labyrinthy, Scary sense :).

May 5, 2013 @ 3:31am

Cool! The commands are frustrating in some moments. Good Job!

Spiridios says ...
May 10, 2013 @ 1:41am

Fun little chase. I think mouse control would work better. I kept finding the exit with exactly 5 gold.

MinionStudios says ...
May 10, 2013 @ 3:10am

Yeah, runs great!

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