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#1 Del_Duio

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

Hi guys,

I'm on a "world tour" trying to promote my latest game called Equin: The Lantern, which was just released this week. The best way to describe it is to say it's got many features of a roguelike (randomized dungeon, permadeath, pretty hard) with the combat system akin to older Dragon Quest games. There's also some Dark Souls-y influence as different weapons have different combat actions and information is hard to come by aside from bribing the guildmembers for tips.

The hook I suppose is that there's a mysterious lantern that's always present, and it shines through 5 different colored phases while you play. Each phase affects certain gameplay elements but nothing is clear at first. It's up to the estute player to figure out what it actually does (aside from the guildmember's tips who reveal info about the lantern too).

Three classes: Warrior, Thief, and Wizard. One Dungeon. Loads of weapons, armor, shields, potions, scrolls.. you name it!

There is a free demo available on my website, and a cheap full game if you really like it.

Thank you, and here are some screenshots!

http://dxfgames.com/...nTheLantern.htm

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:36 AM

I just uploaded a gameplay video for this, if you'd like to see what it's all about:



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This is a small(ish) gameplay video of my new game called Equin- The Lantern. The game can best be described as a Roguelike with a combat system similar to Dragon Quest. There are also some elements of mystery like one of my new favorite games Dark Souls.

You play as one of 3 classes: Warrior, Thief, or Wizard and journey into a randomly generated 50 floor dungeon full of traps, monsters, and over 300 treasures and items. Equip powerful weapons and armor with special battle abilities and slay not only regular monsters but champs and bosses too.

There is an ever-present magical lantern which cycles through 5 different-colored phases. Each phase has many mysterious effects on the overall gameplay for both player and foe. None of which are immediately known to the player. You have to be observant and learn from the game the more you play it. Also you can bribe guild members to gain further info about how things work.

This is a video of me playing as a wizard up until the 9th floor. At character levels 4 and 7 you gain a new class skill and get a different character sprite, which you'll see here. In the wizard's case, you gain another magic spell. Spells in this game are special in that they always hit your opponent and bypass physical defenses. However they require a lot of stamina to cast- something which is in short supply by design. Other things included show how to equip items, fish with a fishing pole, buy stuff at a shop, fight, etc etc.

There is a 15 floor demo available for free at my website, and the full version is only $5 which not only supports the whole 50 floors but has a lot of new items, monsters, hazards- you name it. Thanks to those who have already purchased the game, it's awesome that you guys are helping and this indie developer is grateful for it!


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:37 PM

It looks like my sort of game. :D

I still have "NP-MTCE" saved on my hard drive from a few years ago. :P

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:46 AM

Sounds interesting...I'll see if I can purchase it later if I find time :P

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

If you ever want music composed for a future game PM me.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

Oh crap, I did not realize anybody had replied to this thread sorry!

Steelrat: Thanks man! I always wonder if that game ever even SLIGHTLY gave somebody in the RUSH camp to get them to play TCE for the Time Machine tour. Of course not, but it's cool to think about. What's your game you're working on?

GB&R: Thanks I will for sure consider you in case I make something new that needs music. I've already done most of the music for Hasslevania 2 and will probably finish the remaining songs myself but that doesn't mean it'll be my last game ever :D

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

Oh shit! I just realized your title's "The Mathemagician".

Mathamagicians are wizard enemies in Hasslevania 2 too! Is that a coincidence? Pretty awesome!

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:38 AM

Hi again everybody, I've bumped this thread because I just released a major update to this game called..
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Equin- The Lantern v1.2

It has some new gameplay elements and a lot of new stuff. The classes are more balanced now and overall it's a lot more challenging. A quick rundown of some new things:

New 'Hit Streak' feature- Strike enough enemies in a row without missing to trigger an XP bonus
Players now have the ability to get the poisoned status
Chests are harder to disarm & some sprung traps may poison you too
50+ new items
9 new maps
A new boss enemy almost as hard as the end boss
Spell Tomes for wizards (gives an extra spell in the LH slot when equipped)
Empty bottles & cauldrons
Pickaxes & mineral deposits
New statue effects like regeneration & item change
Blood fountains at lower floors
5 new possible floor events including Time Bomb, Rainstorm, & Inferno

Overall, I'm very happy with how this came out and the changes were much-needed and really make for a different type of experience (IMO). It's not really an easy game but it is easy to get into and play.

The demo is still free of course so if anyone's interested please check it out over at my website here:

http://dxfgames.com

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:44 AM

Very cool! I'll check it out soon!




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