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Shovel Quest

by Nanolotl - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Delve into the ground and collect all 16 artifacts.

WASD/Arrows - Movement
Mouse - Aiming
Left Click/Space - Attack

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Apr 27, 2014 @ 5:14pm

I love the style and gameplay.

Apr 27, 2014 @ 5:14pm

Great game fun and surprising. Great job

FyberOptic says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:37am

Great game. You've come up with some neat mechanics, which go along well with the visuals and gameplay. I also enjoy the sense of humor. I've never been a prouder owner of a vintage coat hanger.

Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:38am

Great graphics!

lparker says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:40am

Great game!

GlowingSnail says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:32am

The engine is fast and responsive, that feels good. The blocky 3D engine with pixellated texture, while not original, is kinda cute. Passing the levels require a bit of thinking each time, which is good. Good entry overall!

GlowingSnail says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:33am

Thank you for supporting arrow keys. Could you also support non-wide screen-resolutions please?

thristhart says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:39am

Great style! I feel like the appearance would be significantly less weird if the hand that's attached to the body pivoted with the shovel hand instead. I can tell if I liked a game if I am willing to retry it after dying - and I was immediately willing to give this another go. Didn't make it past 14/16 artifacts, but I had fun anyway. Big fan of the pikmin-style artifact names. Definitely the funniest entry I've played so far.

psychopsam says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:21pm

What a great game. I really like the graphics and style. Reminds me of Pitfall. Super polished too. Great work.

Korwegian says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:48pm

Very VERY well done. Can you send me an envelope of butter-like substance? I need it for... for science... for to looking at it...

marccspro says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:40pm

Nice game well play ;)

Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:58am

Now this one was great! I had a lot of zelda and soul blazer feels while playing this game. Great work

Frump says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:01am

The targeting is a bit strange but I had a lot of fun with this. Good job!

MintArcade says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:13am

Very nice game, cute graphics

Contacaton says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:17am

That poor spider at the end XD

Covenant says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:04pm

Loved it! The graphics were awesome, and the gameplay was solid.
Only complaint is that the controls could be a little tighter, but very good work nevertheless! :)

TheGreenTie says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:09pm

Holy crap! That was fun! Probably one of my top 5!
Just a reminder, don't make mouse-based games without a fullscreen option, I found myself clicking outside the game while fighting spiders...

tomvert says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:16pm

Interesting, made me think of zelda games (the bomb). I love the art style.

paps says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:23pm

love the artifacts, the style, and the puzzle. I did not go very deep though. Very fun to play

mechabit says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 11:00am

I like the 3D graphics and the humor. Fun mechanics.

AutumnGuy says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:24am

Great execution of gameplay, and cute graphics.

Well done! Keep up the hard work!

bob_fish says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:27am

I found 7 on my first try. Very nice game. Great art, sounds and gameplay. Great job!

rojo says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:41am

Definitely enjoyed this one. I got a laugh out of dirt flavored lipstick. Some background music would have been great, though.

Lacaranian says ...
May 6, 2014 @ 4:53am

Cool game. The Pikmin style item descriptions were a nice touch. Kudos!

Troy says ...
May 6, 2014 @ 11:45am

I adore this game; probably my favorite of this Ludum Dare so far. The environments and art style are great. It was a little tedious when knocking those rocks around the map, particularly when through small openings, or when there were structures/wall obscuring the camera. Otherwise a great play. Fantastic work!

SoupWithBits says ...
May 6, 2014 @ 12:08pm

This is quite a game for 48 hours!
Wow! Really well done!

Gap says ...
May 6, 2014 @ 3:04pm

*High Five =>* Nice graphics, good game :)

VictorDoval says ...
May 6, 2014 @ 3:07pm

Clean and fun!I Loved the cube style!

Belvar says ...
May 6, 2014 @ 3:11pm

Impressive entry with great graphics. The gameplay is very smooth and fun to play.

xdegtyarev says ...
May 7, 2014 @ 10:08pm

Cute characters and the style pretty neat! Well done!

Jeremias says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 2:14pm

A solid game. The artifacts made me smile everytime :D sometimes the camera angle makes it a bit difficult to see paths or gaps.

Garris says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 2:57am

Good. Game. Would I play again? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, please. I'd like to see some music added, but this was a really fun, well-built game.

XenosNS says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 2:58am

Excellent job! Nice fleshed out concept and great humour

mcapraro says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 10:27pm

i like the overall feel of this game, good work!

May 12, 2014 @ 1:56am

Love the child aspect of the game. I included it in part 25 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)

JonathanG says ...
May 12, 2014 @ 8:01am

This is great! It's fun to play and there is a good progression of difficulty. It's packed with humour too!

copain says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 11:29am

Simple and fun. Good.

lucidlarva says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 3:10pm

I loved this a ton. Really nice gameplay and art and sound and design.

joe40001 says ...
May 14, 2014 @ 9:25am

Fun game, seems very much inspired by pikmin.

Moosefly says ...
May 17, 2014 @ 12:22pm

As others have already mentioned, it's a solid game. Didn't make it far on my first try, but got all of the artifacts on my second run (with one life to spare even). Nice simple puzzles too.

I did have some issues with it:
- Walls blocked your view in some points.
- The area you could see was quite limited, especially when moving towards the screen I had to move by tapping the key so I wouldn't run into any spiders.
- Could've used a fullscreen option.
- The enemies were somewhat tedious, being able to kill them in maybe three hits would've probably been more fun.
- Ambient background audio or something? Didn't like the walking sound effect.


SK16Games says ...
May 19, 2014 @ 9:56pm

Love this game :D

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