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Valley of Trolls

by johannesl - Compo Entry

Fast-paced territory control game. Networked multiplayer over the Internet. Turn-based where each turn is exactly 5 seconds long. Be quick to issue your orders, build defenses, look at troops crashing into each other, set fire to villages and fight for domination in the Valley Of Trolls!

The game is browser based and full source code for both client and server is included. Automatic lobby and the game starts when 2 or more players have joined. The server supports multiple parallel games going on. A real external mouse is highly recommended over using a trackpad. Use desktop versions of Safari or Google Chrome.

Issue orders by clicking, then dragging to the destination. Captured villages will give you more army. Villages have 10% defensive bonus. Soldiers have less defense when out in the open. Trolls can be killed with an army of 40+ of size. Some villages have better defenses and high production.

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huntj88 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:06am

this is actually a pretty good game. i had to play against myself though because no one else was online

johannesl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:38pm

Thanks! Try to bring one or two friends and try it out again.. Had some great fun last night heads up against my friend Björn.. :-)

kalugny says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:25pm

Very nice. You can make this an asynchronous game and solve some of the troubles of finding playmates.

lantto says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:31pm

Confusing at first but as soon as I got the hang of it I was hooked and played several games. It's a simple concept but you still need some solid strategy to win. The feeling of mustering troops for a mission is great and after a while the logistics just come natural. The time limit is a great touch on something that would otherwise probably feel stale and slow (like waiting for each other to make a move). I also like that you move at the same time and not every other turn. It makes it very intense.

Nice graphics and pretty fitting audio as well (although the sound when losing a village is a bit loud). It's also very ambitious to make a multiplayer game and I'm impressed that you pulled it off. A couple of matched had 3 and even 4 players!

I would love to see this become a fully featured game with a lobby, ranking and ladder etc. It reminds me of KDice (a multiplayer version of Dice Wars) but without the crazy randomness. You can't blame it on the RNG if you lose in Valley of Trolls.

bushmango says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:05am

My son and I played this for a long time and really enjoyed it!

EquipeJAM says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:54pm

pretty good game!

gene-z says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:57pm

Very nice, congratulations

ruthiepee says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:22am

Great game! At first I couldn't tell which color I was, but I figured it out eventually. I'm super impressed you managed to make a fun, well-balanced multiplayer game for the compo! Now, if only I could win... :)

pvtroswold says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:33am

This is really innovative! Multiplayer was unexpected but really fun!

dkilford says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:36am

I wasn't able to play this game, no input seemed to be working. The concept looked cool though. Running on Firefox 34.0.5

Grindstorm says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:41am

Seemed ok, but sound was sometimes too loud, also the game behaved some sort of randomly sometimes.

johannesl says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:45am

Chrome or Safari is recommended.. I will try to make a firefox later this weekend, havn't tried it at all in firefox yet.. And huh, making this working before the deadline was sure a lot of intense§ work :-)

d3garcia says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:55am

reminds me to a mushroom game for the iPad. Excellent Idea, I would suggest you could start with more soldiers or less blank soldiers.

Esaucm98 says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:58am

Now i figured out how to play :) multiplayer games are nice! good job :D

EthanWebster says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 7:32pm

Good game, well done :)

CMWeissMedia says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 8:12pm

Very nice game! The networked play was a surprising addition, though I wish there was local play as well (course that would be hard to do without letting the other player see the values on the villages).

Valeour says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:27pm

Felt a bit like The Kingdom of Loathing meets Eufloria. I kept losing, but it was enjoyable!

hbocao says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 12:48pm

While playing I remembered of Mushroom Wars, which is a good thing. Good job, man!

klianc09 says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 3:33pm

Fun game, the idea with the sound indicating the end of each turn is cool and great that you got network multiplayer working. The trolls confused me at first, they tend to populate the whole map after a while.
Somehow I always lose, just because I keep sacrificing my whole army to the mountain gods.

sandbaydev says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 10:03pm

Nobody joined so... couldn't rate.

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