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August 26, 2014

gridland

Build during the day and defend at night using a match-three mechanic and explore what's going on in the fascinating gridland by Doublespeak Games.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

it's taking forever to load... :/

Bart said...

Have patience, it's totally worth it! Or maybe try to reload.

Fee said...

On Day 2 the playing field stays empty - is that a bug or a feature I'm not getting?

Ian said...

Tried Chrome and Firefox. not loading on either.

Bart said...

I suspect it's very popular and their server is getting hammered right now, try reloading a couple of times

eightoclock said...

An interesting concept of using the match-3 mechanic for a survival horror game.

Anonymous said...

OMG this is amazing!!

jj said...

Oh nooo it seems to be down and I want mooore of it!

Mantaraya said...

Ok... Now I get it. Between the music and urgency, I was playing this as fast as I could, not realizing that this is a slow strategic turn-based match 3...that I need to sometimes wait for the guy up top to finish what he's doing, so I can figure out how to help him.

Anonymous said...

For whatever it's worth, it's not working for me either on Firefox under Windows.

Anonymous said...

Night 4 is just brutal. Either the game is meant to be frustratingly difficult at that point, or I'm missing something, or ... the difficulty scaling isn't done yet.

Anonymous said...

How the heck do you even make it through the first night. No matter how many matches I make it just restarts Day 1? Lousy game.

eightoclock said...

As Mantaraya said, the game is completely about strategy. Sitting and looking at the board and planning your next move doesn't cause you to lose health or time. Think about what resources you need to complete buildings during the day, and at night pick and choose the enemies you want to fight at night along with getting swords and shields. This isn't Bejeweled where you need to match as much as you can with a dwindling clock against you.

Bart said...

Yes the key is that this is a turn based game. Thinking about your next match3 does not progress time, only making a move does. So plan your next match and then see what effect it has on the little person.
During the night you will soon discover it's matter of always trying to have a sword to attack and a shield
to protect before picking an enemy.
And the game saves progress! I'm at day 16 btw.

Emily said...

Oh my gosh this is so much fun and so ADDICTIVE!!!

eightoclock said...

I have experienced Day 29 about 6 times now. The water monsters are the worse.

Anonymous said...

Great game. Been playing a while and still getting surprises.

Anonymous said...

Day 30

Me! said...

up to night 4! It's fun so far!

SasiSneak said...

Day 65 and nothing happens anymore. The buildings are done. The worker doesn't work anymore. At night I beat everything... I think I won the game... :)yeahhh

Anonymous said...

I am in love with this game, yeah!

-k said...

This game is fantastic. Thanks for sharing this with us, Bart!

eightoclock said...

Has anybody beaten the dragon yet?

Emily said...

I can never tell what I'm fighting at night. The graphics aren't that good. What symbol summons it?

Anonymous said...

i killed the dragon.
it needs not much skill, rather preparations

DonutLover said...

I usually find these games to simple, but the combination was very good. Especially considering that it was designed so quickly. Thanks Bart!

Anonymous said...

So hard to tear myself away from this game. Their other text game also builds up into quite an adventure game."A large village".

Anonymous said...

Great game! I love this. I just wonder where is the goal of this game?

Anonymous said...

Why do I have to restart the next time I load up the game? It has 3 save game choices, implying I can continue play even if my family plays too. I run Firefox with cookies on & delete history is unchecked.

Anonymous said...

Come to think on it "a little village" reset on me too.

Anonymous said...

sooooo stuck on day 33. ugh

Emily said...

Anonymous @ 20:00, the name on the tab actually changes as you progress. The name of the game is "A Dark Room

Emily said...

Anonymous @ 20:00, the name on the tab actually changes as you progress. The name of the game is "A Dark Room

Anonymous said...

Is there an end to this game? I'm on day 41 and it starts to be boring while the days get on.

Anonymous said...

Yes! There exists an end.
I made it!
Here I leave one hint.

To see the end, you must be strong.

Jade said...

Don't like this game. Most of the time you 'work' for nothing. Every time you lose the fight at night, the building during the day starts all over again. And you have to wait forever while the man is building his houses. Boring.

Anonymous said...

My screen has the title and 3 white rectangles. What do i do now? is it loading...

Anonymous said...

never mind. got it

Yu-chan said...

Really interesting, I love it, but I'm a bit tired... day 18!! xD

snackles said...

i already defeated the dragon and beat the game but i'm still playing it.... i'm at day 53!

Devin said...

I am on day 79
I'm pretty sure I have beaten this game. I continue to grind resources to no avail. I think it may be time to move on

Devin said...

OMG FINALLY!!!! GOT TO DAY 100!!!!!!!! I CAN LITERALLY NOT EXPLAIN HOW HAPPY I AM!!!! THIS TOOK ME LIKE A WEEK.

wyatt (leslie on FB) said...

cool... addictive is right!
i took my time to get to night 100, was totally prepared, killed the tall red witch, summoned the dragon and slayed it in one try!
hee hee hee!

rayyan said...

i already finish building could you please add some more?

rayyan said...

bart?

rayyan said...

i have a dance party at my blocks because they are full.

rayyan said...

BART!!!!!!!! PLEASE ADD SOME BUILDINGS

rayyan said...

I NEED TO UPGRADE MY SWORD AND DEFENCE!!!!!!

rayyan said...

ALWAYS I DIED

rayyan said...

bart im here please speak to me?! why your not chating or adding buildings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please!!!!! im begging you please!!!!!! i will give you 99 favorite things to you or between 1 through 98 favorite things. Please?

rayyan said...

im on day 71

rayyan said...

i beat the evil queen!!!!!!!!!!

rayyan said...

ok i started a new game... and i got everything except my sword and the shield. and i got the queen and got a dragon. i fight a dragon and guess what? I BEAT IT AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT :D and i think i finish the game. i beat all monsters and my sword and shield are maxed. Could you add more swords,shields,monsters,and resources. That will be great :D

Donald Trump said...

This game costs $15.99 or buy me a million dollars to play every game. I'm the 45th president and i want a million dollars so you could play. This game sucks.

Donald Trump said...

So Rayyan and others are going to pay me a million dollars because you played. You have to pay me everytime before you play. If you don't i will kill your life.

Anonymous said...

WHAT????? IM TOO YOUNG!!!!!!!!!!!

rayyan said...

omg im 8 im too young to do it.

rayyan said...

also i have a question to bart. is this an rpg game? (if it is i will play it all day)

rayyan said...

omg and this is so good i went to day 115 wow that was like 3 days in real life. I think is going to be a great time killer game. I think that my blocks are filled because i have nothing to upgrade so.. this blue sword and a gold shield are pretty good but i need still improvements i only hit the final monster with 3 hits and i'm level 16. I got 4 gold hearts (idk with the gold one with the heart are called) and i was almost filled with only one heart of gold. I think i need kinds of food, shields, swords, resources, and buildings. If i was full of gold hearts what it will be the next one? Well when i was not dying now on i only have 3 deaths. I slayed 9 dragons, i gather 11565 resources, and i swamped 3889 titles. I kill all monsters and the dragon. I tried to do my best with my sword. I think my shield and my sword needs improvements. Or i could change my difficulty to hard. but i need 1 hit on easy mode that means i need new swords, shields, monsters, and more experience from monsters. I need that update.

 

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