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Project Hourglass

by SteveUbach - Jam Entry

Project Hourglass is a strategy game inspired around Sim City and Civilization style games. The difference is instead of time flowing forwards... it flows backwards.

The relation of the theme to this game comes in the time flow, we thought that things were more simple or "minimalistic" in older times, so instead of a normal linear storyline that advances... we made one that destroyed the progress mankind had made over the last 2000 years.

The gameplay is a contrast to the art in this way, a very complex game style vs a very minimalistic story aspect and minimalistic art style.

If you want to get a better knowledge of the scene without going in game, you can watch our YouTube video made by some colleagues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAa2v6SNggY

Project Designers:
Gabriel Silvarredonda
Jose "Steve" Ubach

Gabriel Silvarredonda

Storyline Design:
Jose "Steve" Ubach

Graphics Designers:
Jacob Lake
Gabriel Silvarredonda

Jacob Lake

Promotional Video:
Natalia Blanc
Brennan Lockhart

Special Thanks:
Jose "Joe" Ubach
Ines Piccinino
Alfredo Silvarredonda

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Tyro says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 3:24am

Very cool idea! I'm a big fan of the Civ games and thought this was a pretty solid entry. :)

TehSkull says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:25am

Sid Meyer's Civilization in reverse? I'm not sure...

Ernyz says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 10:06am

The game looks pretty difficult, took a while to figure out how to play, but it looks interesting, Im planning to play this one again when I have more time :)

MinionStudios says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 4:52pm

I like it! The gameplay was pretty slow at first, but as soon as I lost a city and some lobbyist asked to adopt slavery, I knew I had to act quick.

DaveDobson says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 5:03pm

Really interesting idea, and an elaborate game for only 72 hours. I had a lot of trouble figuring out what I was supposed to be doing; I added some stuff to my cities and made some money, but it seemed to move pretty slowly, and sometimes my progress was erased. I didn't fully understand how time was supposed to be going backward, either - maybe that's why my upgrades were removed? Or was it because I was attacked? Anyway, interesting and quite detailed, but for me, not quite enough help in figuring out the goal.

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