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Dozer's Gem Jam

by PoQA Games - Jam Entry

"Dozer's Gem Jam" is PoQA Games' fourth Game Jam collaboration. It was coded in XNA.

Guide Dozer deeper and deeper Beneath the Surface in search of gems. Diamonds send you into a brick-breaking rampage, but you have to watch your step around explosives!

PoQA Games is an amateur game dev group composed of current and former game testers. We challenge ourselves to make a complete, polished, and fun game within the jam's 48 hours.

Although we took part in the 72-hour jam, we decided to finish the game in the competition's traditional 48-hour limit.

Programmer: Tanner
Artist: Tina
Designer: Derrick
Composer, Audio Engineer: Victor

For those not on Windows, here's a playthrough video of the second zone:

Downloads and Links




Chris Mondok says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:21am

You should probably switch from the link reading "Web" to "Windows". I cannot play this game in my browser.

conormn says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:27am

Agreed :)

tanner101010 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:27am

Thanks, missed that in my haste!

Jellycakes says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:28pm

That was pretty damn fun, really enjoyed it. Addictive to play. Seemed well polished too. Nice job on this!

Jason Lay says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:21pm

Nice polish!

friken says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:52pm

well done tile art

lamphj says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:07pm

REALLY fun game!! Nice graphics and good job with the score and time mechanics. Kept me playing for a while.

Crabman says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:36pm

Oh yeah, 149924 points! I have no idea if that's good or bad! :D

sugarbyte says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:38am

Wish it wasn't a full install - screenshots look cute, but that's a barrier to me.

tanner101010 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:15am

Sorry about that, Sugarbyte! Our next game will be in Unity web player so all can play.

Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:19am

Very nice! Cool art!

tomhunt says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:42am

Needs a portable .zip install. I don't have a VM set up to install random setup.exe's just yet.

petey123567 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:43am

Feels really good when I got a power gem and destroyed blocks really fast!

LandoSystems says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:49am

Nice game, good polish. Gets into a good rhythm as you progress. Uncovering a diamond is very satisfying.

HBurd says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:58am

Good stuff really well polished. The art was also good.

Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:20pm

Cool game, really polished, great presentation all round. Getting a diamond is awesome.

Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:41am

The game is fun, i loved the graphics and the music and the game is addictive :D. I use XNA too :3. Great work :D

mcapraro says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:53am

well done on your game, and awesome for 48 hours! i like the limited map view and the way it reveals

frankbsad says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:29am

I think I got a bug. I broke every rock in the first 4 levels but I never found a red gem so I couldn't progress :(

mechabit says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:33am

Fun game, you managed to get a lot in in 48 hours. Well done.

lajos says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:20pm

Great work!

PoQA Games says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:29pm

Interesting! franksbad, was that on Beginner?

b_bertoldo says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:25pm

Great job man!!! Awesome work

PoQA Games says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:51pm

@franksbad near the end of the 4th level in beginner there is a wall with no collision. I put it there to teach people about secret walls. I am pretty sure the wall is only one layer thick and you will see more blocks you can break on the other side. Give it a try and let me know if that works for you. Thanks for playing!

MithosKuu says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:42pm

Nice and simple, feels like a complete game

Newt_ says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:08pm

Really awesome job!

May 1, 2014 @ 3:07am

Sweet game! I included it in part 5 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)

mrhill says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 3:39pm

I really enjoyed being powered up alot. So satisfying

AutumnGuy says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 4:13am

More depth (no pun intended) than I expected. Clear execution of a solid idea with good game mechanics.

Nice job!

May 9, 2014 @ 7:27am

Good game I finish it in beginner mod

May 19, 2014 @ 11:28pm

Very nice. This is one of those games that pretty fun to charge up combos and go on a drilling rampage. The one thing I might add is an enemy or two. Sure the time is one thing working against you as you rack up points. But a threat that can pop out and kill you might be a nice addition to look out for.

Aside from that. Awesome work =D I ended up putting it in my Ludum Dare Showcase vol 4 video!

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