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

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by MintArcade - Jam Entry


GRASS is "Gorgeously Realistic" Adventure Survival Simulator based in ancient Egypt (or something like that) with VERY complex crafting system. If you love crafting games, like Minecraft, Space Engineers and Factorio, where is many resources - you will love this one.

Your main goal is to take your people to the stars. Craft, dig and hack for survival. Use hammers and tinkers tools to craft parts of the machinery.

[[[How to play]]]
WASD to move, Space to jump.
Left mouse button to pick, dig, cut and hammer.
Right click to pick ore (pick hot ore with tongs).

Dig, pick ore (RMB) bring it to smelter. Wait until it is hot, pick with tongs, put on an anvil. Use a hammer to make an ingot.

To craft, use crafting table grid, put items in the slots (RMB). Hit crafting table with a hammer to produce item. Use tinker tool to craft small items.

[Q] to drop all items from both hands.

More instructions will be in Alpha.

[BTS] - Big Tin Spring
[BoC] - Block of Copper
[BoG] - Block of Gold
[BoI] - Block of Iron
[BoS] - Block of Stone
[BoT] - Block of Tin
[BoW] - Block of Wood
[GBC] - Case for Gear Box
[CCC] - Complette Copper Cog
[C*C] - Copper Cog
[CCB] - Copper Crank Base
[C_I] - Copper Ingot
[C_O] - Copper Ore
[C_T] - Crafting Table
[G*B] - Gear Box
[G_O] - Gold Ingot
[G_I] - Gold Ore
[I-B] - Iron Bolt
[I_I] - Iron Ingot
[I_O] - Iron Ore
[M-H] - Mechanic Handle
[P*B] - Pyramid Block
[STS] - Smal Tin Spring
[SIG] - Small Iron Gear
[-WS] - Wooden Stick
[-WP] - Wooden Plank
[-S-] - Springer
[S-B] - Springer Base
[S-L] - Springer Loader
[T_I] - Tin Ingot
[T_O] - Tin Ore
[LOG] - Log


This is crafting grids to use with a hammer
[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][ ][ ] ->
[ ][ ][ ]

[I_I][I_I][I_I] -> Block of Iron (Use other ingots and stone for other blocks)

[-WP][I_I][-WP] -> Crafting table

[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][LOG][ ] -> Wooden Plank
[ ][ ][ ]

[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][-WP][ ] -> 3x Wooden Stick
[ ][ ][ ]

[ ][-WP][ ] -> Pick
[ ][-WP][ ]

[I_I][ ][I_I] -> Small Planer

[BoI][ ][BoI] -> Big Planer

[-WP][BoI][-WP] -> Case for Gear Box

[I_I][I_I][ ]
[I_I][-WP][ ] -> Hammer
[ ][-WP][ ]

[I_I][I_I][ ]
[I_I][-WP][ ] -> Tinker
[ ][ ][ ]

[C_I][ ][C_I] -> Copper Cog

[ ][C_I][ ]
[ ][C_I][ ] -> Copper Crank Base
[ ][C_I][ ]

[ ][CCB][ ]
[ ][C*C][ ] -> Complette Copper Cog
[ ][ ][ ]

[ ][CCC][ ]
[CCC][GBC][CCC] -> Gear Box
[ ][CCC][ ]

[T_I][ ][T_I]
[ ][T_I][ ] -> Big Tin Spring
[T_I][ ][T_I]

[STS][BTS][STS] -> Springer Loader

[ ][LOG][ ] -> Springer Base

[S-L][BTS][S-B] -> Springer

[I-B][BoG][I-N] -> Pyramid Block

[-WS][-WP][-WS] -> Mechanic Handle

This is crafting grids to use with a Tinker

[T_I][ ][T_I]
[ ][T_I][ ] -> Small Tin Spring
[T_I][ ][T_I]

[ ][ ][ ]
[ ][I_I][ ] -> Smal Iron Gear
[ ][ ][ ]

[I_I][ ][I_I] -> Iron Nut

[ ][I_I][ ] -> Iron Bolt
[ ][I_I][ ]

If you need to start over, please delete C:\Users\[YOUR USER NAME]\AppData\LocalLow\MintArcade\Ancient Technology

Bugs to be fixed in the next Pre-pre-pre-pre-pre developers alpha version 0.0.1
- Axe and pick, after use by bots, can fall out from your hands too.
- HTML5 Version navigation and fire sprites need major fix.

Features to be added in the next Pre-pre-pre-pre-pre developers alpha version 0.0.1

- More automatic buildings
- Hunger, thirst and energy meters to make survival more survivable.
- More sounds and music
- Multiplayer (of course!)
- More other features (follow me on Twitter @MintArcade tor the updates)

More platforms coming soon.

Downloads and Links


stuckne1 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:49am

I couldn't find GRASS on the site where the web link went to. It would be a lot easier for people if you embedded the link directly to your game though.

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:59am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! 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.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:30pm

I'm sorry, I'm not sure how to play this game..?

Not sure what I should be doing, or how to interact with objects. Some instructions / readme / tutorial would be nice. Thanks!

frix360 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:43pm

3D graphics look very nice. Didn't understand how to play though :( . Add some instructions please .

mathiasj says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:10pm

Sorry, but you should really add instructions. I found some things out by trial and error, but I couldn't really do anything as I didn't know how. The concept sounds nice though and the graphics are good.

Coomzy says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:21pm

No idea how to play, or what the fuck is going on, UI was tiny, and there wasn't really any feedback for interaction.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:05pm

like others said already there are no instructions but the design is nice :) Good idea :)

Corinator says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:08pm

I'm really not sure how this game works, some sort of tutorial would help. Could use some more audio design (sound effects, ambience, music, etc.), and a more responsive control and interaction system. Good concept though.

Sep 11, 2016 @ 1:46pm

I was attracted to it by how it looked and I still do love that, however as a game it completely fell flat mainly because I couldn't figure out what to do at all. Perhaps a tutorial could help?

And we played your game over on twitch too! Check it out here:

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