Game developer and official Gaming Evangelist at Amazon Jesse Freeman, recently released a new “pay what you want” title to indie game marketplace itch.io. Freeman fused elements from classic JRPGs, Minesweeper, and modern twitch mechanics to create his newest game Dragon Sweeper. Available now for Windows and Mac OSX, Dragon Sweeper is designed for players who prefer short play sessions, classic GameBoy styled graphics, and randomly generated levels.
When a randomly generated island is created it appears fairly plain at first. Each level is composed of a grid like system where each section must be clicked on to be revealed or explored, a style reminiscent of Minesweeper. Instead of mines that explode, players uncover monster lairs, towns, and other landmarks familiar to fantasy RPGs. The goal is to rid the land of monsters and ultimately defeat the dragon that lives on the island. Three different hero classes are available to choose from each with unique special attacks. Maps can be completed in a relatively short amount of time with each taking about 5-15 minutes. While maybe not the next hardcore gaming experience Freeman claims, “It’s the perfect game to play during short breaks, boring meetings, or when you don’t have time to spend 40+ hours XP grinding in your mother’s basement.”
The title also offers additional modes that can make the game easier or more difficult to suit player taste. Full combat mode allows monsters to attack when too much time has gone by since gamers took their last action. Those wanting a more casual experience can stick to training sessions. High scores are recorded, and since his latest update controller functionality has been improved upon. While the title is “pay what you want,” Freeman is sure to explain that only those who pay $0.50 or more will be notified when new versions have been implemented.
This is certainly not Freeman’s first project, in fact he even offers his own training sessions, development kits, and game art packages on his personal website. Interested players or developers can even watch him create updates to Dragon Sweeper on his Twitch channel most weekdays. He also maintains a series of courses through Lynda.com revolved around game development tools like Unity 5, Unity 2D, and HTML5. Not stopping there he has even written several books again focused on Unity, and HTML5 programing for game development. He even put some his more popular game projects on his website for people to play for free. All the titles are simple games made in HTML5, some of which he uses as examples in his lessons and courses.
Dragon Sweeper also has a community website where Freeman is hoping players will report glitches, bugs, and errors as they come up, while also contributing their thoughts on what sorts of added content they would like to see in the game. For additional details on Dragon Sweeper make sure to check out the official itch.io page. Those who want to read more into Freeman’s Lynda.com lessons, tutorials, books, or game development kits should check out his official website.