Ludum Dare 19
December 17th-20th, 2010
More Info: /ludum-dare-19-has-begun/
:ORE: - moltanem2000 - Competition Entry
Instructions are provided in the USER MANUAL that comes with the game. Due to running out of time, there are no-instructions or story in game (both are talked about in the manul).
-Taken from part 1 of the manual-
"It's the 24th of January, 1848, and you've just received news of the Californian Gold Rush. Seeking fortunes galore, despite your old age, you set off to find said gold.
Unfortunately due to poor eyesight and a slight senility, you find yourself, not in California, but in Costa-Rica! (Disclaimer; randomly generated foliage may or may not represent that of Costa-Rica). Seeing as you've made such a big trip, you decide you might as well do some diggin' anyways, and to your great surprise much more valuable and unknown metals are waiting for you to discover."
Seeing as it is a high-score game (without a high-score system :P ), to see most of the game you simply have to play a bit then die, but there are some interesting mechanics that aren't talked about, so I recommend a couple plays. I also highly recommend you read the manual, I put a lot of hard work into it! Also, due to the randomized nature of this game, some levels are very hard whereas others are very easy, so be forewarned!
I realize the use of the theme is very vague; the original concept was randomly generated ores (they still are) with random stats (not any more) that you could craft stuff with, so you'd be constantly discovering new exciting ores. (the only relic from that phase is the random colors). So when I had to change the whole idea of the game, I didn't have much time to re-incorporate it. The Theme lives on however in the story: you've uncovered a bountiful deposit of new metals; go get-em!
So yeah, I hope you enjoy the game, I certainly enjoyed making it (most of the time), and I'll see you all for the voting phase!
EDIT: I forgot an important thing in the manual:
sometimes the "RETURN TO SURFACE" thing just doesn't appear.
uploaded a new version where ores no longer spawn in the walls, as this rendered the game unplayable 50% of the time.
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