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A jam entry

Dr. HallervordenView game page »

A roguelike about escaping from a mad scientist's lab
Submitted by irskep (@irskep) with 2 days, 13 hours before the deadline
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I left a sort of "submission statement" on my game's page. Pasting here for visibility:

My goal with 7DRL this year was to make a statement about a very small aspect of roguelikes: item placement. Most roguelikes just throw their items all over the floor as if the level generator were a messy teenager. I think that a more intentional level generator can both fuel the player's imagination, and give people environmental hints about level layout that feel helpful without also feeling cheap.

I'm not yet sure if the combat system really worked out, so please do tell me about your experience with it. I learned that total symmetry between enemies and players makes balance very difficult, because defeating a tough enemy can mean you immediately have all their awesome gear.

Highlights as I see them:

  • Five distinctly themed areas
  • Mini-kitchen-sink bestiary and item catalogue
  • Pleasing color scheme
  • Combat that is partly traditional, partly unique in roguelikes
  • Real effort spent on UI; no opaque systems