Beneath the City
April 28, 2014
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Your sister, Lice, is held inside the Hammer Watch prisons. You must sneak inside and find her.

Beneath the City is a turn based stealth game where each move counts. My initial goal was to create a stealth roguelike using a 3D isometric view. I finally switched to back to top-down view because of the timing and the controls (3D iso is no good with keyboard controls). Beneath the city lacks proper ending, and different enemies, but all the basics are here.

Links: Official LD page | Source code | Post-mortem | Timelapse

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  1. Geno:

    Incredible I really enjoyed what you have made here!

    May 3, 2014 at 11:23
  2. strongmints:

    holy shit i just checked out a few of your other games and every one i clicked on was brilliant too! big ups!

    May 1, 2014 at 21:30
  3. strongmints:

    Hey this was awesome, it's like that game Ending but the stealth mechanics add a lot more than just pattern repetition, good job man, would definitely like to see this fleshed out more.

    May 1, 2014 at 21:21
  4. FuzzyMcFluffens:

    This soundtrack is surprisingly relaxing.
    Even getting some ASMR vibes from it!

    May 1, 2014 at 02:34
  5. StickNik:

    I want a full game like this, only a few extra features would really warrant it a purchase me thinks. :) Thanks for the sneaky sneaks

    May 1, 2014 at 00:47
  6. Walking Toothbrush:

    With an expanded plot and more levels/maps, this could easily make a full game. An increase in item and enemy types would be nice, but what is there gives it more of a challenging, puzzle-game feel that is already enjoyable.

    April 30, 2014 at 22:36
  7. arsisnake:

    great game! there will be new episodes? Beneath the City 2? :D

    April 30, 2014 at 16:27
  8. Dave Rodriguez:

    Hey!
    Great game, as always, but I'd really like to see a post-compo with more types of enemies and maybe more powerups and, of course, a proper ending.
    Can't wait to read the post-mortem!

    April 30, 2014 at 16:03
  9. Ruber Eaglenest:

    Yeah! It's great. I miss a little trinkets to steal, and special treasure in hidden locations, and such.

    About the story, it is great for me to rescue a little sister, at least, is not the common damsel in distress where romance is hinted.

    Good work!

    April 30, 2014 at 11:11
  10. Quintin:

    That was great. Left me wanting more.

    April 30, 2014 at 04:26
  11. colcol:

    Great game! Would love to see the idea developed

    April 30, 2014 at 01:09
  12. AluminumHaste:

    Awesome, better story than Thief 4 lol. And better gameplay.

    April 30, 2014 at 00:56
  13. Bilal Abdul-Nabi:

    I came back to play this game again! The graphics, game play, story, and music all are just highly polished. I think this game is really awesome. Great job!

    April 29, 2014 at 20:47
  14. Rythian:

    Hello! I quite enjoyed this, and I could easily see this becoming a full game, with expanded mechanics and a cool plot. Well done!

    April 29, 2014 at 20:17
  15. Bugbeard:

    This is terrific, I enjoyed the game a lot! Especially super solid design, visuals and atmosphere for something made in 48 hours! :D

    April 29, 2014 at 18:07
  16. Damian:

    Wonderful!! Just wow!! :-) One criticsm though: It would be cool if you could avoid the two tropes regarding representation of woman in this game: The sister in your game is both used as a damsel in distress and a disposable damsel (see the Damsel in Distress Part 2 Tropes vs. Woman video from Anita Sarkeesian). I can understand that especially in this small amount of time you had, the first plots that come up are totally cliche ones. It's just the way the human brain works. But if you take your time to expand and finish your game, which I sincerely hope because of your wonderful thief-mechanics (!!), I would really appreciate it if you could avoid the stereotypes, cliches and tropes, which permeate way too much games in these times already.

    April 29, 2014 at 17:56
    • Sébastien Bénard:

      Hi, thanks for your feedback, I can't agree more!
      Actually, I would really like to make a full game of Beneath the City, and the plot probably won't be to save a damsel. I actually had to write something during the last few hours, so the result is this: stereotyped and not really interesting nor surprising. I will think of that on next version :)

      April 29, 2014 at 18:35
  17. Taxouck:

    It's sad you did not had the time to make a proper ending :(
    Anyway, the game concept was really great, and I would have liked more levels.

    April 29, 2014 at 01:53
  18. Noaksey:

    Very Cool game, I would like to see what you would do with more time.

    April 28, 2014 at 17:41
  19. Sublustris:

    Great game. "Mini Thief" :)

    April 28, 2014 at 11:34
  20. Peekmo:

    Amazing game :) Congratz

    April 28, 2014 at 06:51