Dwarrows DevLog #2

A Quick Overview of Dwarrows

What is Dwarrows?

Dwarrows is a peaceful town-building game that borrows from the Action Adventure genre.

Take control of three uniquely skilled characters to leave the confines of the town, explore the lush forest surrounding it, and work together to solve puzzles.

Gather resources to build your town, invite the wandering elves to join it, and discover treasures within the ruins of a forgotten civilization.

Specs

Engine: Unreal 4

Genre: Town-Building/Adventure/Metroidvania

Mood: Happy, Peaceful, Calm

Art: 3D, Handpainted, Colourful

Major Gameplay

Town Alchemy

The Town Alchemy System allows players to experiment with combining structure types to create a new one. The logic is similar to that of Little Alchemy. When the player disscovers a new structure type they receive a blueprint which they can use to build that structure in town.

Examples:

Tent + Tent = Small House

House + Small Store = Inn

Puppet Show + Farm = Circus Tent

Treasure chests and rewards from quests will also be minor ways of getting your hands on blueprints.

Puzzles and Dungeons

Throughout the world, the player will encounter puzzles. Sometimes spread throughout the outdoors in the environment and sometimes in the form of a dungeon. At times, the puzzles will be ways to move forward in the environment/story, other times it will be used for gaining specific rewards. Puzzles are similar to the MetroidVania style with some minor 3D platform jumping.

Similar to Trine, many of the dungeons will require 3 character coordination for completion.

Example:
This room has two floor buttons, one powers the door, the other opens it. If either button becomes unpressed the door closes.

To solve: Two characters stand on the buttons, the third character walks through while it is open, finds a switch in the next room which opens up a new path for the two characters who were left behind.

Resource Collection

The three main resources that the player must collect to build their town are: Wood, Stone, and Gold. These can be obtained by the Dwarf with his wood-axe and mining-pick, or by any character if they search a geocache. Gold can also be found on treasure hunts with the Halfling.

Backstory

The Queen, The Commonwealth, and the Little Elves of the Wood

The entire reason the protagonists have come to this forest and are building a town. Many races belong to a peaceful Commonwealth under the rule of a High-Elf: Queen Solatia. This includes the realm of Dwarves, Gnomes, and Halflings (the races of our protagonists). The homelands of the Wood-Elves had been destroyed a very long time ago and have since been wandering the world with no territory of their own. That’s where the protagonists come in. The Queen enlists your team of expert colonizers to help rebuild a civilization. This explains how everyone came to be where they are.

-Andy

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