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A jam submission

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Search the topological maze, find the amulet on the 13th floor.
Submitted by patrickdavison — 8 hours, 59 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Fun#113.3333.333
Innovation#133.3333.333
Roguelikeness#233.6673.667
Scope#263.0003.000
Completeness#273.3333.333
Overall#283.2783.278
Aesthetics#503.0003.000

Ranked from 3 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Judge feedback

Judge feedback is anonymous and shown in a random order.

  • The game does a good job of showing off its main concept, but it's missing flair.

  • Super fun game. Not a very exciting color palette or look, but it's nice to have tiles instead of ASCII. I like how puzzly it is, and it's a roguelike at its core with no frills.

  • I played the 1.3 post-jam release which includes bug fixes, animations, and full screen mode (this was considered while rating the Completeness score.  I did manage to win the game after a few attempts.  

    This game really forces you to think ahead.  It is possibly more of a puzzle game than a roguelike, but the structure and plot is heavily inspired by the classic roguelike, and being put in situations where you have to stop and think moves ahead on your turn is very much at the core of the roguelike genre.  The aesthetics are nice, the game reveals threatened tiles for you, the controls are simple and easy to use.  The text could be a little larger but once you learn the difference between a goblin and a wraith then there isn't much to read anyways.  There is no traditional combat, you beat your enemies by outsmarting them to move onto their tile.  The game has an end and the scope is up to expectations with the 7DRL challenge.  The game is worth playing, some players may quit early if they don't feel like learning the game (which takes a few deaths since there isn't much explanation of the "rules"), but offers replayability for those who like more puzzle-oriented games.

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Comments

This is a super interesting mechanic! My favorite that I've played in the jam so far! Definitely have my thinking cap on now for where this mechanic can be taken...very clever!

Developer

Hey! Thank you so much for playing and for the kind words. I also have some plans about where to take the mechanic -- different tile types, etc. Glad you liked it!

Jam Judge

I enjoyed this games of yours.  It felt at times that you had to take a chance and may end up in a poor situation due to randomness outside of your control, but I may just need to learn the game better because as I played I was able to reduce these instances.  I did have times where I would spawn on a level with no choice but to take damage, which can be frustrating and seems entirely out of the player's control (see screenshot below).  It took a while to figure out all of the mechanics while dying along the way, a quick tutorial (even written) could go a long way for player retention.  

I think it would be helpful if the player was given a little more information, particularly map boundaries, tiles that don't exist but are in your vision, and for QoL to reveal the tile under a wraith since it can be deduced from their threatened tiles already.

One thing I couldn't quite figure out is how new monster generation works, and also what it means for a tile to have the double wall around it (it seemed like this would show up after stepping onto a tile for the second time?).  I guess there is still more for me to learn here.

Overall quite an enjoyable game, thanks for making it  :-)


Developer(+2)

Hi - thank you so much for playing and thank you for your comments. All your points about the game are well made, especially the very clear need for a tutorial. I was surprised after I got the basic mechanics programmed how many tricky decisions there were to make about visibility, given that there isn't really a traditional "line of sight" with the structure of the maps.Your suggestion about Wraiths is a good addition to that. 

Monster generation is randomized per level according to static probabilities, plus new monsters spawn after a threshold of turns, which gets shorter and shorter.

And your screenshot is so painful to look at! I knew that the level generation algorithm was too loose, but thought that the tile swapping ability sort of "covers" for the majority of bad spawns...but that combination of tiles, blanks, and fire you got below is really punishing.

Oh! And double walls on tiles just signify "you've been here before" it's to help you figure out which paths you haven't taken if you're stuck navigating a tough level.