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Prehistoric Kerfuffle: Tussle at the Rumble Dome

by NoahC_ - Jam Entry

It's an archaeology throw down! Dig and collect as many fossils as you can to give your archaeologist incredible powers and battle your foes to prove that you have what it takes to be the king of the fossils!

Prehistoric Kerfuffle has 3 sections of gameplay:

Section 1: Digging.

Digging presents you with a large screen of dirt that you must brush away to reveal hidden fossils below. These sections are timed, to be quick! Please note: THERE IS ONLY ONE FOSSIL PER SCREEN.

You have three tools to use:
•Brush: Used to clear away dirt, and is selected first by default. Click and hold your left mouse button to scrub away dirt from the screen to reveal why lies beneath!

•Chisel: The second tool, its used to crush rocks that cover fossils. Select the chisel and rapidly click the left mouse button to destroy the rocks! Be sure to clear all the dirt away before attempting to chisel.

•Hand tool: Used to pick up fully cleared fossils. Click and grab a fossil with the hand tool to put it in your inventory and advance to the next screen! Make sure you clear ALL dirt and rocks near the fossil to successfully grab it!

Section 2: Equipment.

You can select up to 4 fossils that you gathered in the digging section to equip to your archaeologist! Each fossil has a type, move, and stats to give your player, so pick wisely! Your dominate type will dictate what kind of fighter you are! (Example, picking 3 fire type and 1 normal type means you're fire type!)

Section 3: BATTLE!

Duke it out! This section plays out like a pokemon battle, and pits you against another archaeologist with a random assortment of fossils- and its winner takes all! Glory and Fame for the winner, Shame and Boos for the loser!

Thanks for playing!

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Apr 30, 2014 @ 1:43am

Amazing job ! The graphics are perfect, the game mechanics is new and interesting, loved it ! Great work and the Pokemon inspiration is awesome ;)

PriorBlue says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 3:14am

At first i thought this is a pokemon clon, but the main game is totally different and very well done.

Dreii says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 3:18am

Awesome! very unique mechanics, very good pixel art and very good audio!

MithosKuu says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 4:12am

I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised! Everything feels good, keep up the good work!

Cezel_ says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:10am

That was just amazing, good job!

01101101 says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:54am

Very nice game! Cool idea, cool mechanics, and the result is pretty polished. The only thing missing is the ability to start a new game right away at the end. Well done!

Agecaf says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:56am

This is fun in an unexpected way. good job!

Zerkruemler says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 9:40am

Huh! very amazing game. First I liked the digging for the fossils and was proud to find some.
Then The fight started and I thought: This cannot be true, what happens here? Within some seconds I lost without understanding how it works.
Cool combination of games, but I like the first part more than the second.

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