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Hello New Grounders,

Welcome to our latest title, Knightfall - it's based on a prototype we started several months back and is probably best described as a "puzzle role-playing strategy game"; bit of a mouthful, but it's the best we could come up with. :-) It combines elements of Mr.Driller, Puzzle Quest, Rogue and Collapse, and the end result is a fairly fresh, original title we think.

The game consists of 2 modes, 3 difficulty settings, 5 areas, and plenty of fiendish enemies to do battle with. There's also a leaderboard for each game mode and 28 achievements for all you completists out there; the game remembers which difficulty level these were achieved on, so only when you've achieved "gold" on all of them can you say you've done everything. :-)

The basic premise is to reach the door on each level, grabbing the key along the way. You don't actually have direct control of the hero, so in order to manoeuvre him around the board you must drill away groups of 3 or more blocks of the same colour, and also rotate the board to change which way is "down". You can also vanquish enemies by coming down on them from above with your drill, earning you experience and gold. Each enemy attacks the hero in a different way, but you can learn something about each one by clicking on them before facing them in battle.

For all those wanting to know how to unlock each achievement, here's a quick breakdown:

"Death From Above" - Perform a 3 x combo
"Sir Grindalot The Wise" - Reach experience level "10"
"Difficulty? Nay!" - Simply complete the game
"No Logo Knight" - Don't buy anything from the shop!
"The Bravest Chicken" - Reach the final battle without killing anything
"Sir Dodgealot The Swift" - Complete game without being hit!
"Swords, No Sorcery" - Reach the final battle without using magic
"Merlin's Way" - Reach the final battle without attacking any monsters with the drill
"Nowhere Near Rock Bottom" - Complete game without using block switch tool
"Hoarder Extraordinaire" - Accumulate 10,000 GP or more
"Dashing Adventurer" - Complete the game in double-quick time
"Grandmaster" - Complete the game in under 300 moves
"Superboring" - Destroy 20 blocks in one drill
"A Clutch Of Magic Mushrooms" - Catch 3 Golden Mushrooms
"Last One Left At The Banquet Table" - Complete the game without letting your AP drop to zero
"Variety Is The Spice Of Death" - Destroy one of every enemy in the game
"Rainbows over Camelot" - Drill blocks in order of: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
"Medieval Monochrome" - Finish a stage while drilling only one type of block
"Deadly Gentry" - Finish a stage with no enemies left
"Ghosts 'n' Goblins" - Kill 100 enemies in a single game
"All in one" - Complete the game in one sitting, without quitting or dying
"Monster's Munchbag" - Take damage from 3 or more enemies on the same turn
"Tiptoe Through The Turnips" - Complete the game without waking a Mandrake
"Honour Amongst Thieves" - Complete the game without having an item stolen
"Collector's Edition" - Buy one of every item in the game
"Fowl Play" - Kill 10 or more chickens in a single game
"Fall From Grace" Fall from the top row of the board to the bottom
"Relentless" - Reach Stage 50 in the Purgatory Quest

I think that's just about everything - if you have any questions or feedback then feel free to leave a message here or PM us. Thanks for reading and we hope that you enjoy the game!

Cheers,

The Megadev Team.

Reviews


strangekittystrangekitty

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fantastic!

I found the tutorial a little lacking, I wish it was in game.
Theplot isn't explained much either, but that is only a minor setback!
This game is highly entertaining, it could just use some little pointers here ad there, rather than throwing you in.



JohnnyAtomicJohnnyAtomic

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Original and fun!

It says a lot about your game design skills that you can take the most common elements and make something so fresh out of them. I hope you are going to sell this at some point.


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SewerSharkSewerShark

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This should be on XBox

Thats a great game, you should try releasing as an Indie Game on Xbox Live Arcade, I would buy it.



AlmightyHrothgarAlmightyHrothgar

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Genre crossovers! Huzzah!

Wow! This is really great! I was expecting to not like it when I first switched it on, as I've been growing more and more tired of all the block puzzle clones, but you really did something unique here. I like the idea of drilling around through the blocks (rather than the usual swap-and-match-three rigamarole). It's also fun the way you are eliminating blocks to try and bring two tiles on the grid together (hero and key, hero and door) rather than just trying to eliminate tiles. It provides an actual objective to eliminating the blocks. Plus the extra items you can pick up feel sort of like side-questing, which is fun.

The monster encounters are really well designed, too. You can actually fight with them, but fighting with them also requires puzzle-solving.

In my opinion, the game you've create is a better crossover puzzle game than puzzle quest. This is really interesting stuff!

If I were to make one request, I would ask for some sort of in-game tutorial. It's okay going to a different site with an instructional video, but it would be much more handy to have everything right there in game.

Adding this to my favorites. I'll keep playing it, and I'll keep the sequel in line as well. Kudos on a job well done.


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Megadev responds:

Thanks for your comments, and glad you liked the game. :) The tutorial was a bit of an experiment which obviously back-fired, and in Knightfall 2 (which is also on NG) we went way over the top with a very lengthy tutorial! You should definitely play the sequel though as there are lots of improvements and new features. :)

Cheers,

Mike.


Dark7HeroDark7Hero

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Love this game

cool lil story and nice playing style, also liked the descriptions of enemies 10/10