PlanetScape

PlanetScape

By Sean Dugan - Added On 7/8/2013


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PlanetScape is a 2D top-down sandbox adventure game, focusing on building, action, and exploration.  You as the player take control of an android, built for an unknown purpose, who has crash landed on a strange and magnificent world.   In order to leave, the player will need to repair his ship by mining for minerals, and then use them to construct replacement modules.   As you explore the surface, and the many layers below, you will uncover the dark secrets of this mysterious land, and the spaceman will have to fight increasingly more daunting demons and monsters, in order to unlock the key to his escape.

The world of PlanetScape is a procedurally generated world, meaning every new game will have a completely unique world for you to explore.  During the game, you will explore large, beautiful locations, from the exotic tropical surface, to the fiery hellish depths below.  You will also be able to create and upgrade several amazing bionic tools and gadgets that will help you progress through the game, and build large and complex structures in order to defend yourself from attack and explore further. 

PlanetScape will keep you exploring, building, and fighting for hours, but you can save your game at anytime in one of 3 save files, picking up where you last left off whenever you wish. PlanetScape is currently only being developed for Windows.  PlanetScape has a purposefully retro visual style which is very easy to run on most current computers running Windows. 

 

This project still has a lot of work left to do before completion, but before I can move further, I need some helpful feedback from my friends on the Game Jolt.  Thank you for taking the time to look at this WIP and I hope you give this game a try.

 

NOTE:  The game is still missing music.  I am looking for a composer for this title, as well some help perhaps with some sprites and sounds. look for links to more information on that here as it becomes available

 

NOTE:  To take a screenshot of the game you can press <P>  at any point after your world has been loaded.  These screenshots are saved in your %localappdata%/PlanetScape folder.  Please take a few screenshots of your favorite moment or best creation, and post it here along with feedback if you do decide to comment.  Thanks again!

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Gee-K
Gee-K 5 days ago
I started getting this error alot soon after I finished repairing the pod. It might be connected to the black dog-like creatures on the surface. I saw the dogs for the first time just before the errors started and I only get the error on the surface level.
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FATAL ERROR in
action number 1
of Create Event
for object obj_enemy:

Push :: Execution Error - Variable Get -1.hp_max(100520, -1)
at gml_Object_obj_enemy_Create_0
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Gee-K
Gee-K 2 weeks ago
@Sean - How do kill the fire lord. I finally realized I can dig lava, but he kills me before I can get far. I Assume it has something to do with Fusion bombs, But I used the two I had (from chest drops) and I can't get more slime cores till after I kill him. Plus it Is didn't look like it hurt him at all. Is there another way to attack him? lazer gun? Fire trap?
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Sean Dugan Game's Developer
Sean Dugan 2 weeks ago
All of those things will damage him, but the safest route is the laser (and the most damaging is the bomb). The boss can only be damaged when not attacking. You should see him flash red if he is hurt.
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Gee-K
Gee-K 1 week ago
Thanks for the help. I still can't kill him, but it more my poor platforming skills than your game design. I wish I still had those bombs.
In your next update, could you make it so players can copy their save file (or have multiple save files). It would be nice to have a permanent save point before the boss fights.

The sentries work great, but how do I use the fire trap? I tried connecting it to lamp, button, lever and pressure plate, but no go.
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Gee-K
Gee-K 1 week ago
POP, I finally got past the fire lord. I'm glad I kept trying. Now to discover the secret of dark walls...
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Gee-K
Gee-K 2 weeks ago
It’s been a while since you updated this game, so I assume you have moved on to other projects. Hopefully this message will reach you.

I haven’t been able to find any help from other players, since it looks like the game didn’t spread far beyond Game Jolt. Which is a shame, since you obviously put a lot of time and effort into it.

I first played your game a year ago, I enjoyed it but I got stuck. I came across the game again last week (at jayisgames.com) and decided to give it another go, but I’m stuck again at the same place – how to get past the lakes of fire or what next to do in the game.

From the comments, it looks like other players are also getting stuck at various points. The game needs more guidance or explanation.

I don’t expect that you will be adding any more updates to the game, but perhaps you would be willing revisit your old friend PlanetScape and write a walkthrough or Strategy Guide?

I think you should honestly consider returning to the game, polishing the rough spots, and re-releasing it. If you made a demo and got it distributed more widely, I’m sure a paid full-version would sell.
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Sean Dugan Game's Developer
Sean Dugan 2 weeks ago
Wow Gee-K, great comment, and you make some good points. First, to answer your question: Once you get to the lake of fire and defeat the boss he should create a ladder down near where he was killed (it's a small after-fight cutscene) use this ladder to get down to the next level. It is aveepossible for the ladder to be created outside of the lava level if you defeat him to close to a corner of the level, in which case you can only restart :/

I am very honored to hear you have been following the game for so long and that you are so passionate about the game, even though I have neglected this project for many months now. Your post has really inspired me, and although I am currently wrapping up another project, I now plan to return to this next and re-release a complete version. This version will be slimmed down and refined, getting rid of a few non-essential features and polishing the core gameplay.

I'll be sure to make a walkthrough soon too ;) Thanks again for playing and commenting.
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1_8a4979
1_8a4979 2 months ago
anyone know how to get to go underground?
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1_8a4979
1_8a4979 2 months ago
nevermind, you have to make ladder.
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Sean Dugan Game's Developer
Sean Dugan 2 months ago
To go underground, craft a Level 2 shovel, dig a hole, and then place a ladder in the hole. There are several underground layers to explore... :)
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somnomania
somnomania 2 months ago
I'm possibly just stupid and/or unobservant, but I can't even get out of the opening menu, or do anything like log in to GameJolt. :( I've tried hitting basically every possible key on the keyboard, and I've tried clicking, right-clicking, etc. The only keys that do anything are arrows/numpad for going up and down through the menu items, and escape for quitting. What am I missing?
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somnomania
somnomania 2 months ago
Nevermind, spacebar was the only thing I didn't try. I've never played a game where space was enter, but it works with the other keys better that way, I guess. Good game! It could definitely use some tweaks, like mouseover text for the parts needed to repair the pod (so I don't have to picture match to figure out what I need), and maybe some additional tutorial info (guidance for what the mystery man needs to have happen before he'll trade, for example). The item names need some different formatting so they can be seen better against all possible backgrounds; the names are really hard to see during the day on the surface, with all those light colors around. But otherwise it's a really strong start, I like it a lot, and it definitely has tons of stuff to keep people engaged for hours. :)
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POWER
POWER 3 months ago
actually ik a guy who makes his own music, maybe i can get him to do it..idk if your paying or anything but maybe advertising would do. hit me up on steam my name is: ʎɐʍ ƃuoɹM|Rightway
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Danroo
Danroo 6 months ago
Incredibly addictive
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lordodin92
lordodin92 8 months ago
hey dude would you mind if i record myself playing your game for my youtube channel?
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theblackfalcon
theblackfalcon 8 months ago
This looks really good, gonna try it out and giev my opinion later.
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MCMinus
MCMinus 8 months ago
Great game, very fun.
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Developer: Sean Dugan
Genre: Adventure
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