But Where's The Gold?

You are an amateur dungeon explorer, but it seems there is no gold left in any of the dungeons, So instead your are looking for some lost books on alchemy so you can start making your own.

Your weapon comes in 2 flavours, fire and water, use the right one against the right enemies for an easier time.

You change by picking up bits of the weapon - some kind of magic wand thing - with a stick part and a stone part. Sorry i could not think of better names for them at the time. So you can have a fully fire weapon, or fully water or mixture of the 2. The spell looks the same either way, just didn't have enough time to change it :(

Fire Is Stronger against The blue enemies, Water is stronger against the green ones

Mouse Left Click To Move/Attack, Right Click just to Shoot

Edit: Uploaded a web version to Itch also, no feature changes just ran the Unity Web GL build and it seems to work ok

Voting results

Overall
26th
5.071
Graphics
25th
5.214
Audio
3rd
7.000
Gameplay
28th
4.643
Originality
32nd
4.643
Theme
33rd
4.429

This game entered in the Solo competition (36 entries).

Comments (15)

KorbohneD
7 months ago

I liked the music. Gameplay was a little shallow but good for what it was. The mechanic with the two attacktypes was not really visually there for me. It might be better to implement a mechanic to change it while or before attacking so you can plan ahead.

benjamin
7 months ago

I finished it, but it was very long without a map. I'm not sure about what stone are used for. I also tried to switch my weapon from cold to fire by looking for key shortcut, didnt know I needed a bonus for this. These bonus also need a sfx, it's realy frustrating taking one of them without a rewarding tune :)

HonestDan
7 months ago

Great effort on your own! Nice animations on enemies. Improvements I could suggest would be: Making it clearer how to change between weapons; allowing user to change movemenet whilst mid-movement; giving indicators as to which direction to go.

automatonvx
7 months ago

@benjamin yeah sorry the map was far too big without enough variation to keep it interesting, I should have made it much smaller, I didn't think of making it possible for the player to switch between weapons without a pickup, maybe that would have been better that way. @KorbohneD I completely that the gameplay is kind of shallow, to be honest i massively overscoped so the end result of cutting features was pretty basic gameplay, and left out obvious things like a visual clue of what kind of weapon you have. Oh well maybe next time.

saneangel
7 months ago

Love the music! Enjoyed the game play. Not sure hwo to switch weapons and I agree woth the previous post the map was quite big… felt a little wandering. Great work overall, congrats getting something fun completed, posted, and in the solo category! respect!

Haoron
7 months ago

Main theme is great, but sound effects are harsh. Why do i move by clicking on the ground? The lack of enemies makes the game not that fun as it could be

mampee
7 months ago

The best part about your game is the music, it's really good. and the big robots are also cool!
Overall, this game was well balanced on difficulty part and gameplay controls. Things happen nicely and the controls are also simple. You have done a good job!! Keep it up.

Call_in
7 months ago

The sound track is great ! But the environment is quite empty :/

The gameplay is cool but a little slow, the fact that the right click work for deplacement and that you have to wait to re move your character make you do some errors and slow your gameplay again.

I don't understand well the loot system too, and the fact that the loot do not make any song when you pass on is quite frustrating cause you don't know what you are looting.

And when you shoot at an enemy but that you have some loot in front, the loot destroy your spell.

Overall you make a good game but the gameplay is slow at beginning, the song is very good, and the graphics are ok. I played a long time to find those books but it wasnt too boring so good job :D

wizcas
7 months ago

As others said, the sound track is solid. You do have talent in composing ;)

The game, on the other hand, works not so well. I can understand there are cooldowns between attacks. But setting such interval on movement makes this game feel laggy and slow processing, and with the big map it makes me inpatient to finish (but I still found 2 books).

The voxel art is ok. The giant enemy is interesting as an variant. Choosing the portion of water and fire makes the game fun, which can be improved by designing the enemy's spawn strategy. And I do hope the camera can orbit so my view won't be blocked by the high walls.

Overall, the game is a fair work in 48 hours, but you should've put more effort on gameplay rather than the music. Keep going and hope there will be a post-jam version!

Aurel300
7 months ago

Hi! We played your game with Danae on this twitch channel, and now the video is available on YouTube. Feel free to check it out :)

Danae plays: But Where's The Gold?

thomastc
7 months ago

I largely agree with what others have already said. The music is great! Very "sneaky" and soundtrack-like. Graphics are OK, they get the job done but nothing special. Gameplay could be better though. It's impossible to change direction while you're walking. The fire/water mechanic is unclear. And the map is just a bit boring…

automatonvx
7 months ago

@Aurel300 thanks for playing and taking the time to record and stream it, its always educational to see other people play your games. @thomastc @wizcas @Call_in I completely agree the level is kind of boring and currently the gameplay is not particularly fun, i had some vague idea of a kind of magica like combining 4 elements for different attacks thing, but no time for that in the end. Anyway am already working on a post jam version with better controls, better gameplay and level design and update itch when the ratings are done.

fsegura
6 months ago

Great music, I love voxel art but unfortunately the map feels too empty. The main gameplay mechanic is nice, but the slow flow of the combat with those long cooldowns can make it a bit boring after the first minutes. Also, i'm not a big fan of point and click controls in this kind of games, could be improved with keyboard/mouse control.
It could evolve in something more polished since the core is quite solid, so good job.

HuvaaKoodia
6 months ago

Going to agree with others here on the main points: Too big a map, dull shooting, odd two weapon pickup system, basic enemies, crude "laggy" movement controls.

I'd also add that, unfortunately, this is not a very original or thematic entry. It's all dungeon crawling, where's the alchemy?

Applauds for the music, sound effects not so great.

O 4, G 5, A 8, G 3, O 1, T 1

Jupiter_Hadley
5 months ago

Great start! I included it in my compilation video series of all of the games entered in the Alakajam #1, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/QBXJYhpSjpA

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