This tileset mockup I created has inspired me to make a game.Introduction:
Untold millennia ago, in the true history, was a dark age when demoniac beasts reigned over humanity. At first the humans had struggled against the enormous power of these beasts, but in time they came to see grim reality and so lost the will to retaliate. Entire civilizations fell into fearful domestication. Most humans were preyed upon, where many others were enslaved - condemned to construct the beasts' lairs. Any settlements greater than a small village were annihilated. Those few, fortunate souls who were left unscathed lived on to replenish the population as the beasts lied dormant and awaited their next feast of blood. It is within this cycle of death and rebirth that humans were oppressed for countless generations, and where this story begins.
So that, ladies and gentlemen, is the premise of this game. I could go on, but I do not want to give away any more than I already have.Characters:
When the game begins you will be presented with a character select screen. In addition to affecting gameplay, each character will also have a unique introduction. As of now I'm not decided on who each of these characters will be.Survival:
If you don't find food and eat, you will become famished and die. If you do not rest you will pass out. The more energy you exert, the more quickly you will become tired and hungry. Your inventory will be limited in one form or another, so you may have to make difficult decisions about what you need and what can be left behind. Some creatures, take rats for example, may carry a disease which can inflict you if you were to be bitten or eat it's meat. If you sleep in a vulnerable position, you may wake up to combat or find your items stolen. The dungeon environment requires you to keep your wits about you at all times.Exploration:
At frequent points in the game, you will be presented with options for where you want to progress. In this way, the dungeon branches off into may possible routes - some lead to the end of the game while others lead to various alternate locations. Any player who wants only to complete the game may take easier or otherwise more direct routes to do so. However, taking a more difficult route will lead to additional rewards as well. Backtracking will be kept to a minimum necessity, though in most cases will be possible.Puzzle Solving:
Puzzles will play a major role in gameplay as the player navigates through the dungeon. Their answers will range from obvious to obscure, and most(if not all) of them will be unique from any other puzzle in the game.Platforming:
No wall jumps, double jumps, or stomping enemies on their heads - just basic navigation. The physics will not be 'floaty,' meaning that you stay more or less close to the ground when you jump and falling too far will get you injured or killed. You will have the ability to grab onto ledges and climb. The platforming is intended to make moving from point A to point B much more interactive and add another dimension of skill to the game.Combat:
Combat is merciless - if you don't have the skill necessary to defeat an enemy, you will be injured or die as a consequence. When attacking you'll typically have two options - hit high or hit low. This is the same when defending. These are the basics of combat, and apply to most enemies as well. Whether or not you will be able to find weapons and/or learn magic to increase your effectiveness in combat is yet to be determined. While enemies and bosses dwelling in the dungeon are occassional obstacles for the player to overcome, it is intended that the dungeon itself be the real and ever-present antagonist.
So, that's what I've got right now. What do you think?