Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Wizard of the Golden Hat (unfinished)

by hypothete - Competition Entry

This is an unfinished game; after getting about 40 hours in I realized that I had spent too much time on infrastructure and not enough on "finding the fun."

My goal was to turn the golden hats of Bronze Age Europe ( into a game mechanic of some sort. Nobody knows what sort of priests or wizards wore these beautiful artifacts, but we do know that there are solar and lunar cycles encoded into the embossing of the hat. I was imagining an Oregon Trail-style game where the player would have to anticipate solstices and conduct eclipse rituals to progress, but I got bogged down in cosmology and also the text system. Oh well, learned a lot on the way!

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KingEthaniel says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:50am

I really liked the concept, but I thought it was a little unclear as to what you're supposed to do. Pixel art was nice,a dn I liked watching the day night cycle in action.

KingEthaniel says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:50am

I really liked the concept, but I thought it was a little unclear as to what you're supposed to do. Pixel art was nice,and I liked watching the day night cycle in action.

Zaretsu says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:07am

Day/night cycle was totally worth the effort mesmerized. I'd look forward to playing a more complete version. The guys hat was the thing that drew me in. Also, I like that you went with a historical mystery. :)

Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:51pm

Good start! Don't worry about not finishing the game since you've gained some experience. Night/day cycle is a nice feature, but don't be stuck with small features unless you have core gameplay implemented =)

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:22pm

The art was pretty, great work on the day/night cycle! It was a little hard to get to grips with at the start but afterwards it was pretty cool.

jakatpemadi says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:54pm

Wow, I like the art style and also the transition between day and night. I notice that the moon and sun chasing each other. Good work. :)

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:56am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! Simple mechanics that still offered a decent amount of challenge.We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

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