Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dinowaurs in a (new) nutshell

Over the course of development at Intuition Games, Dinowaurs has gone through several design iterations. It's quite a different beast than when we started. This post is an attempt to explain the new Dinowaurs design in a nutshell.

Premise

Dinowaurs tries to recreate the childhood joy of dinosaurs fighting each other. In the game, two opposing teams of villagers attempt to gain each other's land by strapping crazy weapons to dinosaurs and forcing them to fight each other. The dinosaurs themselves are actually oblivious to the fact that they're fighting.

Gameplay

Dinowaurs is a free-to-play multiplayer online combat/strategy game played in real-time. It has MMO-like persistence and character customization, and can be played in your web browser if you have Flash 9.

You play the game by (indirectly) controlling a dinosaur that can be equipped with weapons meant to destroy the enemy's dinosaur and villages in an arena. Each village produces gold and allows you to buy and equip weapons there using a simple drag-and-drop interface.

Once your dino is equipped with up to two weapons, you can go out and attack the enemy. Be careful of enemy villages, since they'll attack you with some of the same weapons you have. The other player will of course be trying to do the same to you. If you kill the enemy dino, it will hatch out of a new egg at its nearest village.

If you destroy an enemy's village, you can build your own village there instead. Once you capture all the villages in the arena, you win.

Villages and their Tiers

Each village has a different tier rating tied to its location. The villages in the middle are tier 1 and allow you to only buy and equip the first 3 weapons. The villages outside of those are tier 2 and allow you to buy and equip the first 6 weapons. The outermost villages are tier 3 and give you access to all 9 weapons.

At tier 1, you start off with trajectory-based weapons, allowing you to shoot arrows, cannonballs, or rockets in an arc at your enemy. As you get access to higher tiers, you get access to more interesting weapons that allow you to create a strategy for attacking your enemy. Maybe instead of using a trajectory-based weapon, you'll use a tactical strike weapon to "drop the hammer" on a village deep inside enemy lines, crippling your enemy's gold production.

All of this is wrapped up in a cartoon dinosaur game that can be started and finished before your lunch break is over. :)

2 comments:

The Rhythm of One said...

I'm going to hold you guys to the "before your lunch break is over" comment. If I get fired because of Dinowaurs, I'm going to "drop the hammer" on your fancy office...

p.s. Finish the game already!

WillianGallis said...

Haha @ rhythm's comment.

Sounds like a wonderful game for me. Nice concept. I'l waiting for the game. :)