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The House of Correction (playable prototype)
 
 
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Genre: Adventure, RPG
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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May 1, 2013 @ 1:03am
May 5, 2013 @ 8:21am
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House of Correction now has a trailer !
Description
Select your party and get ready to explore The House of Correction in this tile-based modern dungeon crawler with hand-drawn 2D graphics !

PLAY THE PROTOTYPE NOW ! Available at http://hoc.notbydesign.net

Explore
  • Non-linear dungeon
  • Teleporters, illusionary walls, secret rooms and more !
  • Will you find ways not to get lost ?

Fight
  • Real-time dynamic combats
  • Plenty of weapons to equip
  • Manage conditions and discover synergies to maximise your survival

Solve
  • Interactive environment
  • Locks, traps, secret switches and pressure plates, we've got it all !
  • Lots of items to combine and craft
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8 Comments
Tjaart Jul 21, 2013 @ 6:49am 
Good to see you on here!
Refeuh  [author] May 9, 2013 @ 10:33am 
After iterating with Volfin on the crash he reported, he found out that trying to run the game from the root of a drive (C:\) was causing the issue.
While I haven't been able to reproduce, it's useful to know in case others have a similar problem.
volfin May 7, 2013 @ 9:40am 
ok, sent
Refeuh  [author] May 6, 2013 @ 4:54pm 
volfin > Thank you for taking the time to download the game. I'm sorry to hear it's not working on your machine. Due to the prototype nature of the project, little compatibility testing has been done so far. Nevertheless, the underlying engine we use usually handles this fairly well.

Could you please run a dxdiag (windows + R, type "dxdiag" in the Run box, and save all the informations to a text file), and send the result along with the "console.txt" file (if there is one, in the directory where you extracted the game) to the following address : hoc@notbydesign.net

I will have a look ASAP to see if I can understand what's going wrong in your particular situation in order to get it working for you.
volfin May 6, 2013 @ 4:28pm 
downloaded the playable prototype, but it just crashes at startup.


Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: HoC.exe
Application Version: 1.5.0.0
Application Timestamp: 517c0769
Fault Module Name: HoC.exe
Fault Module Version: 1.5.0.0
Fault Module Timestamp: 517c0769
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 000087e7
Refeuh  [author] May 4, 2013 @ 4:08am 
(part 2/2)

Interestingly, the "dungeon crawler" genre was very popular 20-30 years ago (Dungeon Master, Black Crypt, Anvil of Dawn, etc.), but it seems to be coming back (Legend of Grimrock, as you mentioned, but also Might&Magic Legacy, etc.). We started working on our prototype before these were released or started to communicate, and it was a great pleasure for us to see them succeed as it clearly shows there is still a public for this kind of game !

We hope to provide this public with a game they will enjoy for its differences :D
Refeuh  [author] May 4, 2013 @ 4:07am 
(part 1/2)

Dungeon crawlers do necessarily share a certain amount of common elements ; managing a party and inventories, exploring a maze-like environment, using items to solve puzzles, fighting monsters, finding treasures, etc. are all fundamental mechanics that are reasonable to expect from this kind of game.

Nevertheless, there is enough flexibility to allow developers to make radically different core design choices to renew the experience of the player. Our approach to combat and navigation, for example, share very little with Legend of Grimrock ; which is why we are releasing a playable prototype to gather some feedback about the overall experience from the user point of view.
bluemime86 May 3, 2013 @ 1:41pm 
Looks like Legends of Grimrock. Looks like ya gonna have some competition