WINNER OF LUDUM DARE 41 out of 3012 games


Darks Souls meets a Garden Game. 

Made in 3 days for the Ludum Dare 41, Theme was "combine 2 incompatibles game genres"

"Cultivate your garden and earn souls from dangerous plant species" 

Get seeds and plant them on Soil tiles, then use your watering can to grow them and earn souls. Every 5 levels, you unlock a chest in the sanctuary that gives you a more powerful weapon and heal you.

----------- DARK SOIL -- INSTRUCTIONS -------------------------------------------

  • WASD/ZQSD : Movement
  • Left Click : Use Item
  • Right Click : Roll
  • Scrool wheel/1\2\3\4 \5  : Select your Item 
    • 1 : Select Weapon (Attack the enemies that spawn from your plants)
    • 2 : Select Watering Can (Aim at unmature plants to grow them)
    • 3/4/5 : Select Seed Kind (Plant them on soil tiles)

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Pietro Ferrantelli - Game Design & Programmation @PietroFerrantel

Sylvain Guerrero - Game Design, Programmation & Tech Art @Zylvaingue

Robin Chafouin - Character Design & Animations @NoNameNoSocks

Joachim Leclerc - Environment Art, Title & UI @joachimLeclerc (MoJo)

Boris Warembourg - Music & SoundDesign @GrizzlyCogs

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Comments

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omg this is amazing. My only complaint would be the control placement but it might just be my keyboard! gosh this game is awesome, what a great concept! smooth, responsive, good graphics, neat music, cool enemies... i really really hope you keep going with it! it has tons of potential eheh

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great game and i love all the things you do keep it up dude!

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Dark Souls gone gardening :)

Looks cool! Has lots of potential

What does engine was this game made with?

unity

great game when will it be downloadable?

Got to level 44 with something like 1451 kills :D

is there anyway to download this?

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Nice art concept and mood!

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That's what I call a top-notch Ludum Dare 41 entry: The visuals are wonderful and even though the gameplay is based on the grinding, it doesn't feel too repetitive, because the players themselves are responsible for their hostile environment. I could perfectly imagine an expanded version of this game featuring more gameplay mechanics of "Harvest Moon", like a little hen house, where chicken hatch their eggs and when one doesn't collect them fast enough, they'll evolve in monster fledglings or something like that. :D Anyway, that was incredibly much fun, so I simply had to recommend this game in a little article on our blog and also to upload a gameplay video of it. <3 Good luck with the ratings!

Best wishes,
Sebastian

This is really incredible. 

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Awesome! It's really addictive to plant and kill =) I gave birth to you and I'll kill you, bugaga! =)

this game is really fun, I played until lvl 130? (over 100 is impossible to understand exactly what level I am), by planning in advance I was able in the first run to go this far and I could go even further, as other said it would be really nice if there was a mid boss and maybe other maps

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Amazingggggg gameeeeee ^^

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this game is amazing. this is my first time playing this game so the dev can watch it for future update.

the best dark souls game ever of course no doubt

everything is polished in my eyes, the monster is cute and dangerous

just some advice here:

-bigger map please

-maybe watering can upgrade so it could water farther soils

-stamina upgraded of course

-add mini boss, it will be funny :D

lvl 24 is my best

Make a garden game. planting plants will give you xp and new tools, plants try to kill you.

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This game is absolutely AMAZING!

I reached level 60, and i would have played it even more, but i died :^)

I really love this game, and i hope it's gonna be released in the future! ^_^

Ps. I tried to tag your team on instagram,but i couldnt find you guys


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Anyways, I would love to share some ideas/suggestions i've come up with:

-Move the level thing on top right corner, cause sometimes you cant see stuff spawning behind it, when u are in that part of the map;

-Allow players to drop seeds from a little distance (So we dont have to go melee, in a bunch of mobs);

-Water bombs, so when the map is crowded af, and you really can't get close to a crop, at least you can water it from a distance;

- (As another person suggested before me) An encyclopedia with monsters/plants/weapons infos;

-Map expansions;

-Timed/ Limited boosts achieved through some subquests/goals (such as damage increased/the water bombs i mentioned above/invulnerability);

-More subquests, goals, trophies unlocked through achievements;

-More plants & monsters;

-Female character implementation;

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Thank you for creating such an amazing game!

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Thank you so much for the detailled review and the suggestions, we'll publish a postjam update right after the Ludum Dare is over, we plan to add a few things but the goal  is to tweak the game balancing. But maybe in a near future, we'll work on an even bigger full version :)

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I love your game guys ! It's a fucking good job !

Thank you so much !

I think this game could be very fun if expanded upon. monster crossbreeding, an encyclopedia and some upgrades and minions would make it awesome

Thanks, those are great ideas, Well it isn't planned to expand it further right now but I would love to do that, we'll have to discuss about it with the team, but I also have plenty mechanics that I would love to make it a real roguelike game.

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omg its  so much fun! love it! amazing work :D x3

Thank you ! <3