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Hyperborea: The Secret of the North

by Cake_Catastrophe - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Your long journey has brought you here. To the North. To the lost city of Hyberborea. The gates of the city stand shut, undisturbed since ancient times. The legends tell that they are shut by a powerful magic, and can only be opened again by one who can reclaim the city's lost treasures.

The treasures, looted in eons past, must still lie somewhere in these lands, guarded by the elements and the ghosts of the past.

Controls: Numpad or arrow keys for movement.

Coded in Lua, using Love2d.
Art finger-painted on a touchpad, in Paint.NET.
Sound effects created with SFXR.
Music from freesounds.org: http://www.freesound.org/people/Setuniman/sounds/155784/

The mac and linux versions are actually the same .LOVE file, which will require Love2D to run. If you have issues with the game on 32bit windows, you may also want to try using the .LOVE. Love2d is avaliable at: https://love2d.org/

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techmonkey says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:56am

I liked the attention to detail with the footsteps, and the general feel of the game but I feel like there was room for improvement with player movement and I sometimes lost my point of reference.

HelkeGames says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:06pm

I love this game, well done!

josefnpat says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:17pm

Very nice. Collision and movement could have been cleaned up, but other than that, a nice little puzzle!

Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:32pm

@techmonkey: I toyed with the idea of putting in markers for the various gate or gem locations. But in the end, I didn't want to clutter the UI. Would a single pointer to the Red Gate have been enough to keep you from getting lost?

@HelkeGames: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

@josefnpat: Glad you liked it. Yeah, I could have given the movement a little polish, and the monster's attack code was hacked in before I wrote the hitbox code, so they reach a little further than it looks like they should be able to.

Ragzouken says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:32pm

Minimalist graphics and sound used to very good effect! It really looks great.

Agree about movement and collision being a bit clunky.

Macroz says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:59pm

Good job! There was a very good mood in the game and the graphics fit it. There was also some mystery. I would have liked diagonal movement. And perhaps interesting fights :)

ddionisio says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:18pm

I like the feel of the game, really conveys what it's like to trudge across a snowy fields with nothing but shadowy things to keep you company. The foot tracks across the snow indicates danger and is more than just aesthetics. The red and blue circles feel out-of-place in the world though.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:25pm

i too love the footsteps and mood and dislike the collision mob detection hehe..good job man :)

Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:44pm

Very cool and scary music, also interesting concept :D

TenTonToon says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:54am

You had me at "Hyperborea" :)
I like all the little details that you put in there, and the way that you bothered to create a save system. But, on the other hand, I'd liked to know why I was walking around, looking for brightly colored spheres in the middle of that barren land. Not that it matters, but it would help me as a player to keep pushing forward.

Do the "monsters" track you using the footsteps the PC leaves on the snow?

Congratulations! :)

fullmontis says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:05am

Very creepy mood. Nice sound and music! Wish I could say the same for the graphics.

Kalakian says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:04pm

Nice game. As others have said, movement and collision could do with a bit of work. A little text (either in game or here) about how to play the game (controls) wouldn't go amiss. The character looks as though he's holding a sword, but I bashed a few buttons and there doesn't seem to be an attack

Jyrkface says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 5:26am

Is there a 32Bit windows version?

Ryusui says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 5:31am

Loved the "negative-world" effect when you enter the blue doors (little warning - there's a spot where the effect kicks in outside the northwest corner of the southmost one). I just wish the ending were a little less abrupt - like one final dungeon sequence. Also, am I the only one who instinctively reached for an "attack" button?

May 2, 2013 @ 9:49pm

I've put a little bit of intro story up with the description now. I considered working some story into the game itself, but I'm a poor writer and I think on the whole it would have detracted from the experience.

The monster movement in based on where you were a couple of seconds ago, but not specifically on the footsteps. I was more thinking of this from the reverse perspective - using the footprints as a warning of nearby monsters. Very nice idea though. =)

It's meant to be a traveller's walking stick, but you're not the only person to see it as a sword.

I would have loved to have a short ending sequence or final area, if I'd had the time left.

Ah, I didn't realise there would be issues with the exe on 32bit windows. The version I've put up as the mac/linux version is actually a multi-platform .LOVE file - if you get love2D (if you don't have it already) you should be able to run that: https://love2d.org/

lasergans says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:25am

Like the minimalistic graphics and the footpath. Good job :)

May 4, 2013 @ 10:11am

Controls were wonky - if you hold down one direction, and then a second (e.g. up+left) and then release the second, the first isn't resumed, the player simply stops.

nuprahtor says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 10:28am

Collisions seems to be a bit inaccurate, but the overall, especially mood, is just great.

alts says ...
May 18, 2013 @ 8:54am

Very pleasant experience. The addition and implementation of checkpoints felt very nice. Reduced some of the frustration due to the movement and collision detection. Those two issues are really the only things that mar this. Otherwise it's quite enjoyable. Good work.

paulmcgg says ...
May 18, 2013 @ 1:38pm

Good mood, liked the footsteps in the snow. I feel like I didn't quite solve it (finished with 2 blue, 2 red) and was missing something with the negative land (I noticed how it always red there, so felt like there must be some kind of way to switch). Music added a lot.

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