The MEGA UPDATE features 3 new challenges, which each take the base game and adds their own twist on it as a shortened 50-floor adventure. Explore a dungeon crammed with a more varied and more numerous selection of monsters in the “Monster’s Lair,” or try out the cave as a maze with limited visibility in “The Labyrinth.”
If you’re looking for a radically different experience, you may love “Green Goo’s Quest,” in which a particularly courageous green goo from the first Enchanted Cave sets out to be a hero! You can only equip swords and helmets, with loot and enchantment stats adjusted for this.
There are 4 new heroes (5 including green goo), and every hero now has their own unique starting stats.
Full Controller Support
The largest addition as far as my own development time goes is the addition of full controller support for the desktop versions. It turns out there are quite a lot of clickable things in the game that had to each be considered to make everything easily accessible with a controller!
Import and Export save files to any other device
The Enchanted Cave 2 is now available on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and even some html5 versions, but all platforms handle their actual save files differently. With the new Import/Export feature you can copy a text output of your slot’s save data, transfer it to another device you have the game installed on (emailing it to yourself works great), and paste it directly into the game on that new device to effectively transfer a save. This feature can also be used to copy save files on the same device, or make backups of your save slots.
Live Beta on Steam available now!
Every bit of content in the update is completed and is the beta stage of development (except for the artwork of one more hero which I plan to live stream the creation of during a Q&A on the update). If you own the game and want to test out the new content today and help me iron out any bugs I may have missed, check out the steam thread here!
In the interest of full transparency, when the update goes live on May 2nd I will also be increasing the price of the desktop version from $4.99 to $9.99 as well as the mobile versions from $2.99 to $5.99. If you already own the game before May 2nd, you will not have to pay any extra for the update – it is a free update and is not paid DLC.
The reason for the price change is simply because I have felt that the game has always been very under-priced (which was my mistake) even before the new content. I’m confident that the quality and amount of content the game provides is well worth a $9.99 price tag with of course the occasional discount during sales.
The new content adds plenty of new features that I’ve either considered from the start and turned out too time costly to add (like controller support) or ideas that cropped up during the months or years following the release. In addition, the update allows me to provide a significantly richer experience that further distances the premium version from the stripped down free flash demo.
It’s around 3 years after the release of the game and I’ve always been pleased with how the game turned out and it’s reception, but this update especially feels like a more complete conclusion to the development process. The Enchanted Cave 2 will now feature everything plus more that was originally envisioned, and at a fair price that will further support myself as I work on my next game. Thank you to everyone who is a fan of the game for your support, bug reports, suggestions, and sharing it with your friends, and an extra thank you to my original kickstarter backers who funded the development of the game because none of this would have happened without your generosity!
This week I’ve worked on the inventory window, a very important thing in RPG type games. It needs to be simple and easy to use, as well as clear to what does what. Honestly this kind of stuff is pretty dull work, but it should be given a lot of attention.
I’m keeping the Enchanted Cave drag and drop onto equipment slots, but you will also be able to double-click an item in inventory or an equipped item to quickly equip or unequip. In addition slots for hotkeys are planned that will run across the bottom of the screen, where a key press or a click will equip/swap out that item with the currently equipped, or use the item if it’s consumable.
Finding items in treasure chests also show the stat change for equipping and include an “equip now” button, so you don’t even have to open the inventory window to compare stats and equip your new item.
Ironically, a lot of work goes into an inventory screen to make it clear and easy to use, but the overall goal is for the player to be able to play the game itself as quickly and easily as possible with hotkeys and “equip now” buttons, spending very little time browsing his or her inventory – because fighting monsters and finding treasure is more fun than scrolling through inventory.