Gemstone Keeper is a 2D topdown dungeon crawler where you explore caves and caverns, defending yourself against the creatures that reside and go as deep as you can to collect the rare and hard to find gemstones. Any minerals and gems you find deep in the caverns will earn you enough money to afford better weapons, items and other advantages to go as far down as possible to find the rarest and elusive stones to become the ultimate Gemstone Keeper.
Check out the Steam Store, and you'll see that Gemstone Keeper has a page where you can add to your wishlist, purchase the game and write a review for it. I greatly appreciate seeing people buying the game and giving it a good review, it really means a lot after realising that this game has been in development for nearly two years (May 2015 - April 2017). Reviews in particular are important because I'd like to collect a list of issues and make fixes, and hopefully add a bit more to the game over the course of a year. Gemstone Keeper will also be shown at Insomnia 60 at the Birmingham NEC and maybe a few more events if people find an interest.
In particular I want to thank Vincent Rubinetti for his contributions for the game. While he was the person I had in mind to do the soundtrack from the point I listened to his music in INK, I was a bit nervous about approaching him with the demo I had. However after a few emails back and forth, we made an agreement and we were underway for producing a great accompanyment to the game's visual art style and atmosphere.
In addition, I'd like to apologise for leaving this two days late; I couldn't plan ahead because I spent the last few days sending out emails and twitter DMs in the hopes to get the game looked at by people; I fixed bugs and adding some last minute features such as damage numbers appearing whenever you hit something with your bullets and being able to type the seed you want to use in Score Mode.
On the launch day, I was at Rezzed, where I did talk to a few people about my game, but mainly walked around and tried out a selection of great titles. By the time 6pm rolled around, I hung out at an after party and chatted to a few developers.
Then the day after was my birthday, so I figured I would post on social media, but spend most of the time away from the game and more with friends and family to celebrate and relax.
As for my future plans, aside from this game's maintenance, I'm hoping to return to smaller games for a while. In particular I want to try a few more game jams and experiment a bit more, I have a few ideas I want to try out, and now I have a little less pressure on me to work a bit on them.
Gemstone Keeper is less than two weeks away from release on Steam.
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Demo of the currently Work-In-Progress ASCII Cavern Shooter, Gemstone Keeper. This demo features the first five levels of the main game, including the...
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