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08-10-2010, 07:41 PM
#11
Joined: Nov 2009
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I've no emotional ties to the original version, and don't happen to feel that a guy who turns a lack creative graphical skills into a "feature" is anything to get excited about. Now, is there anything for me to see in this game, or should I just move right along?
08-10-2010, 07:50 PM
#12
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 4,443
My life has meaning now.

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08-10-2010, 07:52 PM
#13
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Canada
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My life has meaning now.
I know, right? This will fill the void until gyromaniac comes out.
08-10-2010, 07:52 PM
#14
Joined: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
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Game Impressions

Okay, I just played three games through (dying twice).

Like Envirobear, this game obviously has to be taken with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. You control a conestoga wagon as it travels to find the city of El Dorado. Gameplay consists of navigating triangular hills with your wagon, adjusting midair in jumps to land properly, some decision making, and hunting animals.

The main gameplay is navigating the hills. Hills are triangular and so you are constantly jumping off and flying. You have to adjust your wagon's angle as you jump off of hills in order to not land upside down (and take damage) or get stuck. You can make multiple loops in mid air at times. This is the most fun and frustrating part of the game.

Along your way, you encounter villages, where you can decide between two random decisions-- among those being rest, see a doctor, trade for food, trade for ammunition, and others. There are Indian tribes which will give you a random good or bad effect. If you stay too long in a river people will get sick. There are also snakes, bandits, and other events. There are more options than the original PC version because of this, and sometimes you may have to make difficult decisions.

Hunting is pretty silly. You shoot from your wagon at animals, and then you have to pick up the meat they leave when they die. Sometimes when you hit an animal they go flying across the screen, or the meat they leave gets stuck in a hill (pretty certain this is a feature and not a bug). There are also food-stealing bandits you can fend off with your gun. You have a limited amount of ammo.

The food system steadily decreases and can only be increased by hunting or trading at places. If you run out of food, you lose. If everyone dies to disease/damage/other things, you lose. You win by finding EL Dorado.

I would say that this game has a lot of charm, but it isn't as ridiculously silly as Envirobear. Sometimes it feels like you get stuck in the semantics of just going up the hill at the correct angle, backtracking to get a jump, etc. instead of constantly moving along. The food is a little too generous and you rarely run out, The controls aren't bad but they are of course designed to be crazy. There are awesome moments when you succeed and make a perfect dismount with your wagon.

I'd say buy if you want something silly and fun, but not if you want something serious.

Oh yeah- it's definitely harder than the original PC version.

i'm a pretty kitty cat

Last edited by SkyMuffin; 08-10-2010 at 08:04 PM.
08-10-2010, 07:52 PM
#15
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 845
I've got bad ties to the original version... but this still looks intriguing...

Can anyone tell me if you still get options (like fording rivers, upgrading wagons, trading, resting to get rid of illnesses, etc), or is it more straightforward like it looks in the trailer. Not saying I'm not likely going to buy it either way, but if it retains some more of the "depth" of the original game, it's a "buy now" type of thing.

You couldn't shoot flying armadillos in the original version of course, but it's more of the original framework I'm looking for than the insane extra stuff added.
08-10-2010, 07:56 PM
#16
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
Can anyone tell me if...
You can download the PC version and find out for yourself: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-16/?uid=505
08-10-2010, 07:56 PM
#17
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: In an Apple store near you
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Hmmm..your impressions make me a bit what do you call it...reluctant

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08-10-2010, 07:59 PM
#18
Joined: Dec 2009
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Originally Posted by starjimstar View Post
You can download the PC version and find out for yourself: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-16/?uid=505
Thank you. And after checking it out and reading the original title... I think I'm buying this before even trying it.
08-10-2010, 08:05 PM
#19
Screenshots look terrible.

So I thought, must be something you need to see in action... so I watched the video.

Video makes it look even worse, LOL.

Pass!

Dev must have a bunch of friends on this site.
08-10-2010, 08:09 PM
#20
Joined: Jan 2010
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Originally Posted by RttaM View Post
It's from the dev of Enviro-Bear! IS THAT NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO PURCHASE??!?!?
Never liked that game. Horrible IMO

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