April 26th-29th 2013 :: Theme: Minimalism

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by PaulSB - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Pyramid is an abstract, minimalist roguelike(-like).

Features include!
-An endless pyramid to descend through, full of spirit horrors!
-16 unique weapons called different things!
-Streamlined, minimalist gameplay - even a decent run will take no time at all!
-Unsettling atmosphere pulling you ever deeper into the tomb of malevolent spirits!

How many levels can you survive in... the Pyramid?

-Arrow keys/WASD/ZQSD to move (move into spirits to attack)
-Click on objects and creatures to identify them

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Apr 29, 2013 @ 5:18am

Lovely idea! It's great how you immediately go "Oh, Pyramid. I get it"

Minimalist artstyle works surprisngly well. I like the brighter upper right "border" on the squares, gives the world not to be underestimated amount of depth.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:10am

Got to level 18 or so, really enjoyed the opening out level mechanic. Found it a little hard to figure out tactics (beyond dodging is good + the blue things can heal you when you kill them).

Hypnohustla says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:14pm

Really good execution on the theme department. I always enjoy a sweet roguelike. Escalated nicely. :) And also enjoyed the audio.

Test User says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:55am

Fun puzzles, it looks procedurally generated which == replayability! One qualm was the impossible situations, where you spawn next to an enemy and get hurt right away without even doing anything, or when that one purple guy chases you so there's no right move. Overall, fun game though.

jukimv1986 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:56pm

Great concept and neat gameplay!! I really enjoyed playing it though I could only get to level 27. I see what you did there with procedurally generated levels, though as it happened to me once it is not easy to generate true randomness without side effects (like enemies trapped in inaccessible places). Very good work!!

PaulSB says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:56am

Level 27 is a great effort! It gets incredibly treacherous into the 20s. Orange squares will ruin your day.

To clarify on item drops: a weapon is generated and auto-equipped IF it is superior to your current one, otherwise you get the equivalent attack power as health. So they're always good to get.

Thanks for playing!

CaseyHardman says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 11:09pm

I'm going to be a critic here, hopefully it doesn't sound like I'm being rude (I rather enjoyed the game):

I don't understand the point of 'identifying' a spirit if all it gives you is the name, and you can't really judge whether or not you'll be able to kill it from that.

The weapons also seemed a bit confusing: could I get a weapon that's worse than the weapon I have on already? Should I be cautious which one I pick up because of this?

I couldn't move diagonally, but the generated levels seemed to think I could. I'm not sure if this is some kind of glitch, or if I'm just not good enough at hitting the keys at once.

PaulSB says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 10:07am

1 - True, it just gives a bit of flavour; perhaps someone might remember the strength of a given named enemy.
2 - Weapons only equip if they're superior. I know this is unclear, I didn't get to messaging that to the player really. Items are always beneficial.
3 - Yeah that's a bug I never killed, and why the reset function was added.


Mekuri says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 3:03pm

Very good game, and true to the theme. I enjoyed it, though I must admit, I didn't realize you could kill the other squares until I read it in the comments.

lotusgame says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 3:19pm

good little game. The sound give a perfect atmosphere.

MinionStudios says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 3:52pm

Wicked game, love the shrinking/upres!

Ryusui says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 8:04pm

That was amazing. I got to level 26 or so before dying.

Erunaamo says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 3:47am

I wanted to play a minimalist roguelike first, and this one was very satisfying. Strong use of the theme, entertaining flavor text, fun to play. One frustrating thing: when you die, the screen fades out too fast to read how far you got.

Erunaamo says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 5:33pm

Oh, and "Serrated Chopsticks of Patience" is my new favorite named weapon anywhere.

donan says ...
May 9, 2013 @ 1:04pm

Trully addictive game. Great work :D

GingerMess says ...
May 11, 2013 @ 4:29pm

I love the atmosphere in this game, however...minimal it may be. A really good game.

May 11, 2013 @ 4:29pm

Cool game, nice sound! Liked it... :)

May 11, 2013 @ 5:14pm

This was a spectacular game. Man, my Barbaric Axe of Horror slew so many foes. I'm not a person who tends to play rogue-likes, so I actually had a learning curve to get over. My first play I thought I just had to avoid enemies. I got to about level 13. Once I realized I could sometimes kill them, I got further. When finally I started to get weapon upgrades, then I took off. I think I got to like, level 40? I imagine there are 99 levels (or maybe some power of 2?).

Anyway: great mood, the little "plop" sound really made it for me. I played this again and again. I am curious about the AI, also. The orange guys seemed really shy, despite their power.

Finally I died in an ambush...

Sebastian says ...
May 11, 2013 @ 7:15pm

Very compelling, I really like the light background music.
It would be nice if it would say how far you got when you die.

Sestren says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 12:05am

Reminds me of a minimal-ized version of an old favorite of mine, Scarab of Ra. The vision fog was a nice touch, and the ambient music was cool.

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