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

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"Ancient" and Ancient

by Jadernak - Jam Entry

Dangerous cult has fled behind a magical gate, which seems to be almost impossible to destroy. Find a way to get past that gate and destroy whatever you find there before it's too late.

Combine ancient technologies with "ancient" technologies to defeat an AI in a turn-based card game.

Controls: Mouse
Exit: Escape

Note: Don't be alarmed there are no sounds.

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MrBrenan says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:12pm

Dude, for having made a Hearthstone like in three days, you receive a medal.
Seriously I really enjoy it, great job it's awesome.
But the 0/10 - Immmune to damage card and protect nearby minions - is just too OP.

Great job and continue like that :)

wheerd says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:23pm

This game really looks gorgous :) The gameplay is also nice with a strategic element. I think this has the potential to be extended into a full-fledged game with multiple encounters and a story. Fantastic work on that one!

holgk says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:56am

Very nice game and fantastic art work.

Xakkar says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:32am

Nice game)

Jadernak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:33pm

@MrBrenan Thanks man, appreciated.
@wheerd If nothing else, I plan to continue using this engine in upcoming LDs so there will be more :)

Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:03pm

Wow incredible!

Awesome what you did in this small amount of time. It even feels like it is well balanced. Did you already had a 'Hearthstone-Prototype' or was this completely from scratch? Nevertheless is it the best entry which perfectly suits the theme.

procdev says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:14pm

I enjoyed playing it, interesting work!

Jadernak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:17pm

@IshikawaNakamura I started on the coding side like two-three days before LD, in a leisurely tempo and progressively it got crazier and crazier. So I can't claim it's totally from scratch in 3 days but more like 6 days :)

Findor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Interesting game, something different on this LD :) I really liked the design.

m110 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:58pm

Oh, come on, nerf that Ancient Gate + Eggs combo! :D Pretty colid game, great job!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:01pm

Apparently, I've been stuck on a set of cards on the enemy: Mud Guy, Portal, Mud Guy. It just dont attacked me and notthing... By the way, pretty gorgeous.

metalhaze says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:12pm

Fantastic game, I really like how the cards burn up. I had alot of fun , although the cpu wrecked me I quite enjoyed discovering the new cards.

lordvorath says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:25pm

Extremely impressive work! Good job! Very nice graphics and interesting take on the theme. Winning condition is a bit unclear in my opinion but it makes sense in the end.

MffKing says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:28pm

Very nice game ! But the Ancient Gate is cheated, it should only protect the card at side and be damageable ! You should continue this game after LD :)

Leroyii says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:36pm

Interesting distillation of TCG elements, It's cool how different interactions happen because there are so few cards in your deck.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:39pm

WOW someone give that man a trophy. Hearthstone made for a LudumDare. You are insane. I had to quit tho as soon as the enemy dropped the gate, it is just way too strong.

Junber says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:48pm

That felt pretty much like a more or less scripted version of Hearthstone and I quite liked it. It was really fun if maybe too easy. Also I didnt quite understand what the card that let you discover a victory condition did. The visuals felt quite polished too and looked nice. I would really like to see this expended into a longer game.

OttoOtteist says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:49pm

A linear card game with a nice touch. Nice graphics and burnup animation. Would have been more interesting with more enemy variation though.

Drury says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:26pm

A fellow silence enthusiast!

I'm not extremely into Hearthstone myself, but I enjoy a little game every now and then. But nowhere in hell would I expect something like it less than here.

My only issue is that the arrow glitched out and I couldn't end my turn, might wanna look into what could have caused that.

Jadernak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:35pm

@m110 Just play around it man :D

@Reversal Mirror That is intentional, they are trying to hatch into your game over.

@lordvorath Glad to hear, it's not super difficult to figure out

@Leroyii Interesting observation. There are so few cards simply because I run of time (and steam).

@MaximumIllusion Cheers :)

@Junber More or less scripted version of Hearthstone is exactly what I had in mind when I set out to do this, so I guess I did it :)

@OttoOtteist I had some quite nasty bugs that took a lot of my time. Originally I was aiming at full 30 cards deck.

@Drury The idea of giving TCG a shot has been brewing in my head for quite some time, so LD was natural choice. Thanks for the bug report, will look into it.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:16pm

64bit only :(

Avon says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:24pm

Good game, I'm not a big fan of this type of games, but I enjoyed playing it. Didn't understand everything that was going on the first round, but I figured it out and beat it on the second attempt.

Really good art as well.

Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:33pm

Very well made game! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36 games, if you’d like to take a look :)

Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Nice game! Won twice, would love to see more games using this engine.

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