Kobold Dungeon

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GAIN JAM VERSION

The village kobolds are back, bigger and better than ever before! Plunge the depths of a randomized dungeon to win a vacation that you oh-so-desperately deserve.



Features:

  • Create your kobolds and lead them to riches!
  • Throw things around! Even kobolds!
  • Grow bigger and stronger by spending money to train yourself and your kobolds!
  • Rocks! Lots of rocks! You will grow to vehemently hate them.
  • All the wildcards! There are signs in the village explaining them.
  • Theoretically endless scaling!

Controls:

  • Arrow keys to move
  • W/A/S/D for contextual actions that will be shown on-screen
  • Mouse for menus

Tips:

  • Use the sign with the green arrow in the Northeast of town to visit the dungeon.
  • Give treasures and keys to kobolds to have them delivered to your hoard.
  • Don’t forget to feed your kobolds!
  • Eat at the restaurant to gain some temporary weight before entering the dungeon.
  • Go to the red house in the Northwest of town to use the character customizing screen again.

Known Issues:

  • Sometimes janky physics
  • Sound/Music volume do not save
19 Likes

This is pretty cool, but there’s some janky bits, like picking stuff up and putting it down. Maybe just using spacebar to pick up and put down objects would work better?

Also, I feel like the spawn rate of enemies is way too high. It’s not that they’re hard to deal with, it’s just tedious because they keep piling up before you can kill them.

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Spawn rate is a little high at times, and I’d also argue enemy health is too darn high (or at least scales too darn high when going down floors). Otherwise seems fairly neat.

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Final update for the jam has been made:

  • Added footstep/stomping sounds
  • Added kobold noises
  • Added sounds for grabbing and throwing objects
  • Added sounds for turning in treasure/keys, and a different sound when you have enough keys for the next floor
  • Reduced prices at the restaurant
  • Adjusted spawning weights so that enemies will hopefully appear less frequently at generic spawn points
  • Adjusted enemy spawning weights so normal goblins will be more common at lower difficulty
  • Added a chance for rocks to be replaced with berries
  • Reduced defense of most enemies
  • Spacebar can now be used to perform the bottom (S) action
  • Reduced the time for the Soulsucker to appear to 3+1/2 minutes
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Having fiddled longer, a few more comments:

Sound balancing is a bit off - e.g. footsteps are barely audible while the throw sound effect is fairly loud.

Dodging is a bit too cumbersome to be useful (which… I guess you are a bunch of portly draconics). Wailing away and pushing for stuns is more reliable.

Restaurant still feels like a bad trade vs. saving up for more vigor over time, though maybe once upgrades get expensive enough it’s more worth it?

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quick question, will you ever continue development on kobold village?

I actually worked on it a little bit before starting this game; I’ll probably do a patch for it in the near future.

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The game is pretty good, but I think one thing it could have used was more numbers visible to the player, For example damage numbers or enemy health bars. Ironically enough it feels like a lot of flailing with no obvious feedback.

This was really long and grindy. I’m not entirely sure why I stuck through with it to the end…
The basic gameplay idea is neat. I liked sending my kobolds off with my items.
There was enough here that was interesting to me that I finished it, I guess.
I rambled my thoughts into some bullet points.

aesthetic:

  • I liked Kobold Village when I played it, but the models do not look great up close. It didn’t matter for Kobold Village, considering that had a much further camera, but the customization didn’t matter very much to me considering none of the settings made the models look all that great.
  • I wish the weight gain was better; the completely static bellies did nothing for me, and the weight gain wasn’t especially meaningful. The best detail is that your footsteps become stomps at 1,000lbs, which is good, but anything added here would be really appreciated by your target audience!
  • Maybe get some stock music next time.

gameplay:

  • I like the way that items are very visible before you go grab them. The visual presentation of the game is very clear and uncluttered, so it’s easy to understand what sort of obstacles are between me and an item, and that enables really basic strategy! A lot of games screw this part up, so I think it’s worth positively noting.
  • Finding keys is a crapshoot. I’d have the ghost spawn on me while I was just looking for keys, without even stopping to collect gold. The generation of the level can be truly evil, at which point one hopes for good luck from enemies. This could be fixed in a bunch of ways.
  • The scaling of enemies gets severe enough by the later floors that, without sufficient base stats and some luck, you’re absolutely gonna die, even if you don’t provoke an enemy. Giant enemies were already chasing me at the start of each and every floor.
  • The rooms that are filled with impassable, manually-pick-up-and-throw-out-of-the-way rocks are asinine. I don’t understand their purpose besides to waste the player’s time. Time is a resource in this game, but there’s little resource management to be had when you’re manually moving rocks in aimless exploration. If there’s anything in this game that I really just don’t like at all, it’s dealing with those rocks.
  • Also, I wish there was a floor counter. I found it difficult to keep track.
  • I wish there was a way to tell which kobold I was giving items or food to. I’d try to revive a downed kobold with a berry, and a 200-pound kobold would get it instead.
  • A timer would be nice.
  • I never bothered with dodging. Staggering enemies to prevent damage to my kobolds (so, going full force on attacking) seemed more important to me than my own health, and running past enemies is more productive than a backstep if all my kobolds are dead already.

I hope my comment doesn’t discourage you from making games and stuff. I clearly got some fun out of this game, considering I spent so long playing it as to see the end. I hope you’ll update the game. The game could end at floor, like, 6, instead of 10; or, there could be more things to see, like more enemy types, more room types, et cetera. I really couldn’t recommend this game as-is to anyone, but I think you’re onto something with it. Don’t let my overall negative tone fool you! You had me hooked!

For others, here’s what the ending screen looks like. After you win, the NPC tells you that there’s some sort of second quest, but I’m really, really not gonna do that. I’d share my save file if I knew where save files were saved.

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Small patch!

  • Significantly reduced level up costs
  • Restaurant price is now based on minimum weight (from vigor) instead of total weight
  • Reduced base price of restaurant meals
  • Increased clear rewards on higher new game plus levels
  • Fixed ending screen sending you to the main menu instead of town
  • Dodging will now give kobolds i-frames as well
  • Slightly increased base i-frames and bonus i-frames from speed stat
  • Time for the ghost to appear will now increase by 2 seconds for each floor
  • Removed difficulty scaling based on time
  • Doubled the amount that strength reduces the speed penalty of carried objects
  • Added a chance for all enemies to drop a key that increases based on time spent on the current floor
  • Defeating enemies will now reward small amounts of money directly to your total
  • Poise damage dealt to enemies will now increase slightly based on weight
  • Fixed giant goblins always spawning aggroed (this was a bug)
  • Nerfed giant goblins because I hate them
  • Adjusted shadow goblin stats
  • Increased chance for rocks to be replaced with berries based on distance from the starting room
  • Buffed food and treasure values
  • Adjusted some of the more egregious room layouts
  • Added a few more guaranteed key spawns to some rooms
  • Keys can now spawn from generic spawners
  • Increased kobold attack speed by 25%
  • Added a fix for kobolds sometimes not stopping their attacks after an enemy dies
  • Added a floor counter
  • Added a timer
  • Increased volume of regular footsteps
  • Fixed invisible floor in the starting room
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Much smoother progression now. Felt a tad on the easy side this time, actually, though that was likely because I had already spent a while grinding my team up in the earlier version. Still had a dicey key situation once, but felt less of a roll of the dice.

I’d love to try it, but for some reason i cannot download it off of google drive. Probably a browser issue.

Also, I’d like to say I really do appreciate giving us the ability to customise our Kobolds, it’s much easier to tell them apart when we can give them custom names and appearances.

the slider menus are extremely finnicky, i hope that gets fixed, or maybe no sliders at all

First Round Scores


Jux Score


Category Total
Game Runs: 50.0
Use of Theme: 50.0
Art: 6.4
Writing: 4.6
Music & Sound: 5.5
Mechanics: 6.8
Game Concept 7.4
Use of Fetish 6.2
Judge Preference: 9.0
Wild Cards Attempted: 3.0
Admin Wild Card: 2.0
Patreon Wild Card: 4.0
Community Wild Card: 4.0
Total: 158.9

Alex Score


Category Total
Game Runs: 50.0
Use of Theme: 50.0
Art: 7.5
Writing: 5.0
Music & Sound: 5.5
Mechanics: 7.5
Game Concept 6.5
Use of Fetish 7.0
Judge Preference: 7.0
Wild Cards Attempted: 3.0
Admin Wild Card: 2.0
Patreon Wild Card: 4.0
Community Wild Card: 5.0
Total: 160.0

Roops Score


Category Total
Game Runs: 50.0
Use of Theme: 50.0
Art: 7.0
Writing: 6.0
Music & Sound: 6.0
Mechanics: 5.0
Game Concept 6.0
Use of Fetish 6.0
Judge Preference: 0.0
Wild Cards Attempted: 3.0
Admin Wild Card: 2.0
Patreon Wild Card: 2.0
Community Wild Card: 4.0
Total: 147.0

Final Score: 465.9