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A jam submission

Cave EmpireView game page

Side scrolling RTS - Github Game Off 2018 game jam entry
Submitted by mastorak (@mastorak) — 1 day, 21 hours before the deadline

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Cave Empire's itch.io page

Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Audio#113.6673.667
Overall#143.7783.778
Graphics#253.8893.889
Innovation#383.3893.389
Gameplay#433.2223.222
Theme interpretation#683.3893.389

Ranked from 18 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

GitHub repository
https://github.com/mastorak/caveempire

Theme interpretation
Cave Empire is a side scrolling real-time strategy game. It combines the 2d view with the classic RTS gameplay of resource gathering, building, unit training and fighting.

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Comments

Submitted

Cool theme interpretation and visuals! Nice music, too.

Developer

Hey thanks! I appreciate it!

Submitted

This was a nice fun little game, with some good RTS implementation. I feel like there good be a bit more guidance in what you want to accomplish and how you need to go about it, but overall, a good implementation.

Developer

Thank you for the kind words and the feedback. I tried to keep it simple and provide hints such as cost per unit on mouse over but over all I agree, an RTS needs some tutorial level, which was a bit tight in the current scope.

Submitted

It made me remember my days playing Age of Empires. I liked the idea, the sound effects, and artwork. It has a lot of potentials.

The movement through the map is a bit tedious and confusing, a minimap could be helpful. Sometimes it is hard to select units, mostly when you want to choose them in groups.  I think better UI feedback for units movement is a need. It was especially hard to send them upwards. Having enemies guarding resources at the beginning of a level slows down the progress, maybe if you give more resources to the player removing the need for fighting could lead to epic battles near the end of the level.

Developer(+1)

Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to write detailed feedback. I really appreciate it. I will work on those points to improve it for a future version.

Submitted

One of the best games of the game jam!

Very good idea, graphics and sound.

The only point for improvement is the characters selection and routing. I accidentally sent a warrior down the platform because I sent it to another platform on the same level in one click instead of sending him first upstairs :-)

Developer

Thank you very much for the kind words and the feedback! I really appreciate it! I need to work on the pathfinding and the selection of units. Both would improve the gameplay and the experience in general.

Submitted

I really enjoyed this game, very original, great job!  :)

I hope to see more of this game in the future

Developer

Thank you very much for the nice words!

Submitted

I loved the music!

I love RTS games and side scrolling added a layer of fun on top :)

Developer(+1)

Thank you! I appreciate the kind words.

The music is composed by Eric Matyas. You can find more of his work in www.soundimage.org

Submitted

Cool game!! Really enjoyed playing it ! Thanks for making it.

Do check our game too 😁

Developer

Thank you! Will do

Submitted

Good match of the theme, and was fun to play. Despite its real time nature, made me miss Patapon.

Developer(+1)

Thank you for the nice words! Patapon is awesome! Now that you mentioned it I got the itch to play it as well :-)

Submitted

Of course! And feel free to check our game out too! :D

Developer(+1)

I will! Your game looks very interesting and atmospheric! I have already added it on my list to check it out! :-)

Submitted

Hooray!

Submitted

Great games! I don't understand why there is no more RTS with side-scrolling view.

Developer(+1)

Thanks! I like old school RTS games and I thought I might try a different spin.

Submitted

It's bit annoying that workers build houses at the spot they're standing. It also take too long to build houses IMO - it just slows down the game.  Other than that it's interesting to mix RTS with side-scrolling view.

Developer

thank you for the feedback. I appreciate it. I experimented a bit with the build times to both not feel that they drag a lot but also to feel like something substantial happens. Probably it needs to be lowered a bit as you suggest. I thought about allowing spot selection for the buildings but I ended up prioritizing other mechanics. It would be nice in a future version to include spot selection instead of building them on the spot.

Very nice entry, enjoyable to play and explore! I can see the Warcraft 3 references in there! Good work!

Developer(+1)

thank you! Yeah I was actually listening to a lot of Warcraft 2 soundtrack while coding it :-)

great concept!!

Developer

thank you!

Submitted

Selecting units can be a bit nifty, but other than that, loved the concept! Great music, graphics and gameplay :D

Developer(+1)

Thank you for all the nice words! I am trying to improve the unit selection mechanism with keeping the single left-click for everything (in order to make it playable on touchscreen) as opposed to the classic for the genre left-click for select and right-click for command.

Submitted

This game is great! I hope you make this a real game!

Developer

Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement!

Great Work. I love it. 

hint: dont kill you own builder hahaha

Developer

Thank you! I am happy you enjoyed it!