Sand: A Superfluous Game
A downloadable game for Windows
An open-world, base-building, adventure game with quirky humor and Llamas. Explore the wasteland of Alaska smashing skeletons in your supped-up cab and trading veggies with the native rhino people. Find out what the mysterious cube from space wants you to do for it.
The game will take place in a top-down format. There will be a base the player can build and upgrade. The base will be essential to the story and tied to upgrading the player's skills, gear, and stats. The player will control one person but can team up with several AI-controlled teammates to tackle harder missions. Traveling in the world will be done via a map (think of Fallout 1 and 2). The player can explore the map and find locations and towns to trade and get missions from. Controls will include mouse and keyboard (later will add controller support). The player will also have the ability to unlock different powers for his exo-suit EX: stealth, mass fear, and sand-related powers (sand/fireball, sand wall, sand trap, etc.). The player will also be able to breed llamas to ride (and possibly race them) and eventually unlock cars to travel further into the Alaskan wasteland. Traveling is restricted to the amount of water the player carries. You'll be able to upgrade the amount of water carried and the travel speed to allow the player to explore further from their base. Beware though the further you go out the more dangerous it becomes. Player death will not be perma-death although as a game designer I do believe in some sort of punishment for death. The idea of loss makes the game more exciting and fun.
999 years following the events of The UWN Superfluous' mission to save the earth the pieces of the asteroid in which the fabled ship destroyed crashed into Earth causing massive destruction and loss of life. Many years later the remainder of humanity clings to life in the dry arid lands once known as Alaska. Radiation has caused mutations and mass extinctions. The large bipedal rhinos known as the Karkadann and the frog-like carnivore known as the Anura are both products of this mass mutation. A very tenuous peace between the three races is kept in check only by the limited resources each side controls. Humans have most of the knowledge to build and maintain the tools and machines to help extract water and energy. The Karkadann protect the only large known source of water and use it to produce the large quantities of vegetables their size requires (they are herbivores). The Anura have monopolized the salvage market; if you need anything ask an Anura. Being amphibious they can dive into the toxic oceans and bring back material and technology once thought lost.
More mysteries unravel as the land is plagued by a new threat. The dead are rising and seem to be controlled by the once recluse Inks (ink-like creatures that take the form of humans and wear bones for decoration). Why have the Inks turned aggressive? Will the three tribes ban together to face a new threat or slowly be swallowed by it because they can't trust each other? Is llama racing really in the game?
This is a continuation of the story from my previous game "The Superfluous" also on itch.io here. You will not have to have played my previous game to understand this one. If you did play it you might meet some familiar characters in your adventure though.
THIS GAME IS IN EARLY ACCESS AND THUS IS NOT COMPLETE. PLEASE EXPECT BUGS AND UNFINISHED ART AND SOUNDS.
- Alpha/DEMO - Free (always free here)
- Early Release on Steam and itch.io (full price) [Currently here}
- Final Release
- If you get the error: FATAL ERROR in Vertex Shader compilation try updating your Microsoft DirectX Library from here: [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=8109} OR you can manually download [directx_Jun2010_redist.exe]. Run that file to extract all the libraries and then in the DXSETUP.exe to install the needed files.
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|Updated||16 days ago|
|Author||Voided Pixels Studio|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Survival|
|Made with||Adobe Photoshop, Piskel, GameMaker: Studio|
|Tags||2D, Action RPG, base-building, Exploration, GameMaker, Open World, Pixel Art, Singleplayer|
|Average session||A few hours|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $12.74 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:
- Version 0.8.2 EA58 days ago
- Bug FixesOct 09, 2022
- Controller Support AddedOct 08, 2022
- 10/3/22 - Currently Working OnOct 04, 2022
- Sand is Now On STEAMSep 30, 2022
- Win a FREE STEAM key!Sep 27, 2022
- Sand EA - UpdateSep 24, 2022
- STEAM Keys EmailedSep 11, 2022