Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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Gnome's Dungeon

by madmaw - Compo Entry

Collect as much filthy lucre as you can. Match 3 or more for bonuses. Stand under a ladder (or click on the grappling hook) to climb a row. If you get stuck it's game over, hit refresh and it *should* remember your high score (somewhat untested feature).

Tested in Chrome and Android Chrome, but hopefully other browsers will be OK with it. Seems to be an issue with the audio playing consistently on Android.

Some minor changes post-compo to make it fit on your average phone better and to adjust the difficulty for 9 columns instead of 10.

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Trixton says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:40pm

interesting mechanic with the ladders, haven't seen that before

Thermite says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:31pm

The ladder mechanic makes this a nice twist on match three. I like it!

hexagore says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:34pm

Snakes and ladders? :)

Pcholt says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:34pm

That's a nice little mechanic you guys have there. Has that been used anywhere else?

Ossi says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:37pm

That was really fun! The ladder mechanic is really interesting, and a bit funny how you used snakes to pull you down. Feels like you combined bejeweled with snakes and ladders! I like it, well done!

Andrea says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:38pm

Interesting game and very nice learning curve! I could see it becoming quite addictive!

pfitzner says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:41pm

Did you just make Snakes and Ladders?

Let me revise that: did you make Snakes and Ladders AWESOME?

I could play this thing for hours.

skeeto says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:49pm

Great game concept and execution. This would be fun as a mobile game. It's a tricky game, too. I kept making little mistakes, like ascending before was was ready! Excellent work!

sam101 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:11am

Quite a fun game, reminded me of a Bejelewed with a much better-thought gameplay with the ladders and the snakes and the annoying things-with-spikes-on-it.

madmaw says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:02am

Wow, thanks for the nice comments guys! Glad you like it.

@Pcholt as far as I know the mechanic hasn't been tried/done before, but yes, it is a shameless mash-up of Bejeweled and Snakes and Ladders.

playvue says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:59pm

Worked on my Nexus 5 in Chrome! I was surpised how fun this actually ended up being. I love it! I would strong encourage you to continue to polish it! I think it can be a great game!

StackAttack says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:09pm

Really nice combination of Match 3 and Snakes and Ladders. I like the way the 2 mechanics work together.

Dir3kt says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:12pm

Very refreshing take on an overdone mechanic! Good job!

LegacyCrono says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:36am

Half Match 3, half Snakes and Ladders and entirely addicting, good job! =D

HotBoxGames says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:18pm

The ladder mechanic is really cool! Nice game, well done

wademcgillis says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:18pm

Mouse clicking seems inconsistent. Not all clicks register.

Perhaps I'm unfamiliar with the rules of match three games, but I'm only able to move left and right.

ChrisMingay says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:25pm

My initial thought was a very unfair "oh, match three", which I took back very quickly. A very interesting take on the idea, so consider me apologetic and impressed

floorman says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:31pm

This was a really nice polished game, was quite fun and looks good.

grid96 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:41pm

Cool look and mechanics.

Sh1rogane says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:03pm

This game was fun! I really like the twist on match three and this would make a great mobile game.

Gaspard_ says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:27pm

I found this highly addicting.
Does the spider have any other interaction than hurt you?
I couldn't find one, but I liked the snakes' mechanic.

madmaw says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 7:21am

@Gaspard spiders are the buttholes of the dungeon, they serve no purpose but to hurt you

Esaucm98 says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:54am

Very nice game :) awesome concept and very well designed game, well done, this game is very addictive :D

pvtroswold says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:43am

Very innovative! The health + ladders + baddies element really mixed up the game genre and made it more tricky! Fun to play :)

Larry says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:51pm

This is a cool game. Once I realized I can click anywhere along the row to switch, it made the game much better and more complex. I didn't see any use for the money (maybe buy more hooks?), but I didn't get that far.

pkenney says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 10:12pm

Interesting combination of mechanics! Cool entry.

Dec 16, 2014 @ 10:15am

Very good game. Well resolved. Original gameplay.

01rafael says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 4:58am

evolution of match3. This is a shame, little dwarf got nothing in fhis match 3 world. No diamonds

cyrixd says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 6:14am

Really clever game! It took me a bit to really grasp the game strategically, but there are quite a number of interesting movement options. Very clever design, I enjoyed it a lot.

Kate Kligman says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 7:24pm

Enjoyed playing this on android chrome.

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