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

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Temple Trial

by Leroyii - Jam Entry

You are an alchemist entering the famed Temple of Knowledge, in search of mythical artifacts, but you find out there aren't any. However, deep into the temple you find two tables, labeled "Research" and "Combine," and an entrance into a series of caverns, filled with ancient materials. As you begin to experiment with the materials you find in the temple, you realize you can create the artifacts you were searching for. And throughout all this, you feel a looming sense of imminent danger. You must create three specific artifacts to escape the ancient temple before time runs out!

Drag the materials to the trays on either table, and click on "Research" or "Combine." When you are out of materials, click on the door to delve into the caverns and find more.

Make sure you have pencil and paper handy to note all of your findings.

This is my second game jam, and I am quite happy with the results (especially because I was too busy Sunday to do anything)! If you care, my first LD game is here:

Special thanks to Jacob Harris for doing the art for me!

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Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:35pm

Fun little trial and error, but I got a crash after selected 2 components with spastic and connected or something like that, and it asked me to pick unknown or destructive and then asked for spastic and something else. I picked spastic and it crashed.

Overall but would like to have a notepad in game to record combinations rather then use my own paper.

Zemmi says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:47pm

When I won on the last turn everyone is all happy and cheers for me . I won, I did it, but then the game tells me I lose right after :P

suimisu says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:50pm

I like this handdrawn look:) Great deductive game, even if I didn't get if there was a deeper system or just trial and error. Maybe you could put the artifacts in the screen, so you now what you already have got. Also do the effects stack if you got multiple with the same effect?

Zeriver says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:36pm

Cool graphics, it really makes game stand out. Gameplay was okay, but once you researched something it would be nice to reread what particular item does (i mean you can do it on piece of paper but i don't think many people are going to do that). I like how player has to experiment to progress in game. Overall solid game.

Sep 1, 2016 @ 8:48pm

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

RafaSKB says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:26pm

The hand-drawn look is really different and makes it stand out indeed. The experimenting factor is amazing, exactly how the description presents the game, an alchemist entering a temple and finding unknown elements in it, having no choice but experimenting and combining. :)

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