Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Dungeon Master

by GagaPete - Compo Entry

The initial goal was to create a game where your minions would've been your only weapons. You should've been able to sacrifice them to kill your enemies minions. Due to bad planning and a lack of scope it became a simple "kill those things" game.

Your objective now is to locate and kill the skulls by digging a path to them and then safrifice one of your minions to kill them.

I wanted to submit nonetheless just for the voting spirit and because I'm a bit proud of the graphics. So please, tell me how awful it is. ;)

PS: Flash and Linux only at the moment. The flash version performs horrible. :( Hopefully a HTML5 build can follow.
PS2: Source follows soon.

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Ratings

#495Graphics3.14
#726Audio2.27
#924Humor1.69
#964Innovation2.43
#976Mood2.24
#995Theme2.57
#1008Overall2.59
#1086Fun2.05
#1811Coolness36%

Comments

Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:33am

Not quite sure what I'm supposed to do.

The art was cool though so I'll rate for that. :P

madameberry says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:17pm

Digging is really slow.

Horsed says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:23pm

Nothing really happens, when I'm trying to dig. A minion moves but that's it :-(

GagaPete says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:25pm

That you for checking it out. I think I've fixed the performance problems somewhat by embedding it in the page, so it runs with a smaller viewport.
This speeds up digging a lot as I didn't fixed my timestep this time.

@Horsed
You need to mark a valid digging path. On the walls, may you clicked the floor tiles?

ehtd says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:39am

The requested URL /ld48-32/flash/LD32.swf was not found on this server.

GagaPete says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:24am

@ehtd
But it is there, just checked it twice. No request reached my server at that time. Maybe some bad proxy / firewall?

TeamCalcium says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:25am

A little unclear what to do...

gormed says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:36am

"Not Found

The requested URL /ld48-32/flash/ was not found on this server."

Sorry, cannot run the game

Tselmek says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:41pm

Nice graphics and cool mechanic idea yet I was not able to find any skeleton after some intense digging.

Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:42pm

some sort of minimap would have done wonders in guiding where my attention was seposed to go.

Its a shame some debug output is still in the game as well. It looks like the basis for something cool but the game isn't giving me enough to figure out what I'm supposed to be doing.

AinoraZ says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Not sure what's the point. Art is cool. Music is kinda annoying, also doesn't loop, but that's okay.

Larry says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 11:56pm

There does seem potential for more. I was never able to find a single skeleton. I do like how the dig is queued up and the minions are able to complete the digging on their own. The programming for that must have been interesting.

GagaPete says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 9:46pm

The skeletons are actually hidden on the 4 edges of the world, so the game is pretty easy to beat. It lacks any challenge, so I'm not too sad for those who exit early. I would've done the same. :)

I still have to look into the availability issue. I guess it is caused by a DNS change I did a few months back.

@inappropriatebeeguin:
I implemented a minimap but dropped it, because it felt useless. May with 4 markers for the skulls, it would've helped.

@Larry:
I think I'm going to write something about in in the entries post-mortem. The current behavior is pretty simple. When no task is assigned, each minions iterates through the list of open tasks and search for one it could reach (pathfind to), then it assigns itself to this task and start moving towards it. Since it doesn't search for the closest one, this could lead to interessting behaviors.

TeamQuadratic says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:19pm

It took me a while to figure out how to do anything, but once I figured it out this was pretty cool. I definitely liked the graphics and the concept seems solid. Please keep working on this!

GBGames says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 3:32am

It's reminiscent of Dungeon Keeper. I realized I needed to collect a few of the enemies in the same area in order to kill them with fewer minions. The game was slower-paced than I would like, as it took awhile to search for them while scrolling around, and then another long time to find the minions again.

zwartraider says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 10:00am

So was the digging working yet? Or maybe I couldn't figure it out :P But The looks of the game do set I nice theme, I like the dungeon keepery vibe of controlling minions :)

Apr 30, 2015 @ 9:21pm

Cool graphics and interesting mechanic, but it's a bit slow for me :P

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