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

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Atlantis Builder

by CyberStarLight - Jam Entry

Please leave a comment! ^^ even a few words will make me happy.
I promise to play & comment anyone who leaves a comment.


This is a Building / survival / sandbox game.
Expand island, Plant crops, Craft items, eat to not starve to death.
No enemies yet sadly.


Move by left-clicking on adjacent ground.
Select items in bottom-bar by left clicking.
Use/Place selected item with Right-clicking. (click on player to eat!)
Scroll-click to Pick-up an item from the world.

Use "A" and "D" to rotate camera, scroll-wheel to zoom.

Click the gear at the bottom to select the Ground manipulation device (Atlantis Core).
Use Right-clicking / Scroll-clicking to create/destroy/manipulate ground.
Hold "R" or "S" to Rotate and scale Objects respectively.
This costs energy, wait for recharge.

The 3x3 circles on the right are your crafting table,
Left-click to place/add the selected item to a slot.
Right-click to remove/subtract from the slot.
if the recipe is correct, an item will appear. left-click to craft it.

** Cheats: **
Click "C" to get all existing items.
Click "V" to fill Core energy.

"You are the last survivor of the sunken atlantis city, you managed to save the most ancient technology of the city, the Atlantis Core.
it used to power the whole city and keep it afloat.
You are stuck on a small island, with only these: the tree of wisdom, one sweet water pool, one chest with tidbits, and the atlantis core.
The core is an awesome solar powered device, but it's only as powerful as the wisdom of it's holder, you will only be able to do some actions every day untill it runs out of charge.

You will have to rebuild atlantis, while learning why it falled, and facing opposition from dark forces that do not want it rebuilt."

^ That was the initial idea I wrote down when starting this project. The game is a bit different then what is described there, no sweet water, chest or tree of wisdom.
I didn't get around to adding Enemies, or defensive structures as I wanted.

For now it is a kind of a sandbox game, build whatever you want, and have fun ^^

Crafting & Progress

plant sapling to get: Apples, Wood, Leaves
plant corn to get: full Corn
Eat Apple/Corn to get: Organic waste

Use wood to get: Planks
Use Planks to build structures

Mix organic waste + Leaves to get: Fertilizer

Use fertilizer on dirt to turn it to grass.
Use fertilizer on grass to grow: low grass
Low grass grows in time to: tall grass -> Flowers

Harvest flowers to get: magical dust
Use magical dust + wood to get: wooden Defensive tower

Wooden wall:
plank, plank, plank
plank, plank, plank
plank, plank, plank

Wooden door:
plank, plank, plank
plank, Empty, plank
plank, Empty, plank

Wooden wall with window:
plank, plank, plank
plank, Empty, plank
plank, plank, plank

Wooden Fence:
plank, Empty, plank
plank, plank, plank
plank, Empty, plank

Wooden Roof:
plank, plank, plank
plank, Empty, Empty
plank, Empty, Empty

Wooden Bunny statue:
plank(dark), magic-dust, plank(dark)
plank(light), plank(dark), plank(light)
plank(dark), plank(light), plank(dark)


Music (Sea Puzzle) by: spirulence
Main Font (Popular Cafe NF) by: Nick Curtis []
Game ideas and general help: Shake the magical stitch

I only tested on windows, Mac and linux download is there in case it just works.

Downloads and Links


McMutton says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:09pm

Well done.
I couldn't rotate/scale objects with R/S when I tried, but still a nice job done. I always liked to play minecraft skybox maps, and this concept is quite similar to it. Start with nothing and build whatever you like.
So gratz for getting as far as you did creating this game. (a lot of receipes, growing cycles for the plants, etc)

Only thing which I would have liked (if you would have had time left): An ingame receipe book. :)
Otherwise it's a good proof of concept... and if I would have been able to rotate the walls, I would have spent even more time on it.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:12pm

McMutton, you can rotate if you have the Gear selected, in the bottom bar. when it's selected, Hold "R"/"S" and right click to rotate

McMutton says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:13pm

Ohhhh.... *restarts game* :D

Rocketship says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:16pm

Good job! I think it adds a nice twist to the survival gameplay with the world that you sort of build yourself. The gameplay itself feels a bit slow for my taste but I understand that it was supposed to have enemies and such and so there isn't much "action" because of it. I didn't get to craft that much but it works as it should and is definitely needed in this sort of a game. Also, is there a way to undo your actions? I ended up building quite huge mountains with misclicks on the ground :D

McMutton says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Middle Mouse Click to harvest the piles of sand again... happened to me as well

McMutton says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:29pm

*laughs* Second time now I right clicked the apple tree with the gear on and sank it in the ocean. :D
If you would have had unlimited time to finish it, this would been a game where I would waste a LOT of time. :D

Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:34pm

Thanks McMutton ^^

Phaix says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:35am

Nice Idea, i should better read the description first ;) Was a little triky on first start to figure what to do.

Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:19pm

Phaix, yeah, it's my bad, I was too busy getting the stuff done so I put off the tutorial/help too long, and never got to it.
Maybe next time I should add a simple in-game page for controls and goals even if I got no time. it's at least something.

Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:26pm

Cool game, nice art, nice music and good mood. I was able to cause bugs (disapearing materials etc) by clicking a lot on things both at the inventory and at the crafting menu at the same time.

Can I change the direction of the walls, and how do I do that?

Thanks for the info about the receipts, else a lot of things would've taken a lot longer!

Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:48pm

This is an interesting game, the graphics and sound are very simple but I think they work well. Would love to see this expanded to the scope that you originally wanted it to be.

Mekuri says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 7:16pm

What an impressive game- I'm impressed with the level of detail, in terms of recipes, and how to "grow" everything.
This is one of those games that could really blossom into something awesome if you kept working on it.
I did have to start over once, as I accidentally destroyed the tree I made because I "Scroll clicked" it with the Atlantis Core active, which simply removed the tile, and any future hope of my civilization ;-)

Good job!!

Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:05pm

Very nice! Amazing that you could pull this off in 72 hours. The web version didn't work for me very well because of screen size, but this is a very nice game. Keep up the good work!

Bobsleigh says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:24pm

Nice little game. I had problem with the full screen version on the web: couldn't get out easily enough. I agreee that the game is a bit slow. Maybe more energy could let you do more simultaneouly?

PanicTheFirst says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 2:02pm

Pretty cool and interesting game. I could totally see this expanded to a full game Only the controls were a bit confusing first. Good job! :)
Web Version worked for me.

monkeybit29 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:42pm

wow this has alot of stuff in it, very well done, would like to see a tutorial implented in the game

fixedgerald says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 2:00am

Fun little game. I like the low poly aesthetic. Wish the camera would rotate faster though.

Thrainsa says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:02am

Nice idea but the commands are a little tricky. And I destroyed my corn when I wanted to take it :(
I like the music and what you can achieved but it's a too long to start. I would suggest to have a little more for the beginning.

Alkrimil says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:05am

Great game. Very interesting concept too. Love how you have to sustain your character as well and create their own island/home for them! Music is a bit creepy for me haha Overall great game, keep up the good work!

tonynogo says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:08am

A very nice work.
Music pairs good with the gameplay.
It's a little disturbing to be able to create floor only near you but anyway, it's a very good game!

teamBallShui says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:40pm

What a nice game!
The amount of items is amazing. I couldnt figure out how to harvest my corn becuase scroll button destroyed the ground underneath it, so i just cheated :D
I like the lowpoly look. Maybe implement a* pathfinding, so you dont have to click tile for tile when moving around. But it was still an awesome experience.

Togimaro says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:46pm

Little hard to play but good idea ^^
The music and the 3D assets are cool!
A tutorial and more explanation can be great! Because read permanently the page is tricky
But despite this good job! Great submission :)

psilon says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:22pm

Interesting concept, hard to controll. It's need some in-game help system. Great music too.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 8:12pm

I'm sure this took lots of hard work, lots of content to play with! Love the catchy soundtrack, art is amazing.

felixsoum says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 8:27pm

Very nice UI and models!

PnDAA says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 9:10am

Put more description on what to do in the game at least the patterns would be great.

The game you wanted to do with enemies and defensive structure would have been so great! Feel more like a start of a real game in the current state.

Also the game feel a little slow and you haven't really anything to do when waiting for your plantation to grow. May be add some mining like minecraft or something else next to only plantation and wait would help.

Good luck in the future, good start overall.

g_o says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 3:21pm

Pretty well done for 72 hours!
I dig the soundtrack =)!

Vaiaphraim says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 4:43pm

Atlantis Builder definitely has a lot of potential!
The jam-version is really cool, with nice graphics, and gentle background music.

Controls are a bit hard to manage - left, right, center mouse all do different things, depending on the "core" mode, so it's easy to make a mistake during harvesting and such.

I also found a small bug with corn. Once it's grown, you can "plant" the harvested corn again - which you can harvest again immediately to multiply.

However, I definitely enjoyed playing around and learning from my mistakes :) The 'terraforming' aspect is really nice; the crafting system is quite intuitive (thanks to the notes here), and the self-expanding world is also a cool feature!

Great work!

Sep 3, 2016 @ 7:25pm

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

blubberquark says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 12:01pm

The game is too big for the iframe in my browser.

jsmars says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 12:06pm

Nicely done! A lot of content for a LD game!

Peni6 says ...
Sep 9, 2016 @ 9:15pm

clicked on the web link, 404 not found.

Peni6 says ...
Sep 9, 2016 @ 9:21pm

Played the game in the LD page, nice mechanics, you clearly managed to get a lot done in the time, but i feel it's a bit too complex, the controls are too reliant on the mouse.

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 4:02am

It's interesting to build a larger island and even defense structures. It would be nice to add in some fail-safes, such as how I lost all access to apples the moment I harvested only wood. I also felt like flowers took forever to grow! Making those faster would have been nice.

I think for a basis to start a new game, there's something special going on here. I look forward to future developments!

Sep 15, 2016 @ 7:30pm

A lovely little sandbox game, but definitely needs an accessible tutorial/guidebook in games. I'd also suggest having the cheat button be a bit harder to get to, as I accidentally clicked it and decided to just mess around with it from there.

Fell in love with the bunny statues. I hope you do more with this.~

We played your game on stream too:

Molpe says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 4:04pm

Nice and calm sandbox, some tutorial would be nice. Great work with the shadows, I think I liked that the most Ox)

Here is my let's play, I was very tired and the calming nature of the game didn't help xD

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