By Broken Kings
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You are the adorably deceased, pickaxe-wielding cat "Dirt," trapped underground for reasons unclear. Where are you? Why have you been falling for so long? What else is down here with you?
Excavate potentially infinite screens of dirt, gems, mysterious artifacts, and clues about... well, that's a little unclear. Why don't you start digging and find out?
-Endless, persistent world
-Multi-directional gravity using the accelerometer (NOTE: if you have a device where you can lock the orientation, you must unlock it for this to work!)
-Plenty of mysterious secrets to unearth
-Ambient soundtrack carefully crafted to maximise immersion even on iPhone speakers
-You're a skeleton cat with a pickaxe wearing boots
Stephen Gazzard - Lead Programmer
Lopi Mackenzie - Programmer
Jennalee Stad - Concept Art, Additional Art
Josiah Tobin - Lead Artist, Sound Design, Lopi stand-in
Dirt was designed collaboratively with much love by the family of the Broken Kings House.
iPhoneGameUk: "Dirt is best played with headphones as the ambient music in the game is simply fantastic...it's another awesome indie game which should be seeked out as is another hidden gem... i'm going to give this gem of a game a fantastic 5/5"
AppSpy: "Dirt by Broken Kings is a relatively short abstract narrative title that places you control of a cat-skeleton attempting to work out who he is and why he's digging around underground in a persistent world...much like Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor it's told via 'found objects' that are unlocked as you progress through your random ramblings...There's a zen-like appeal to the simple act of exploring environments without pressure, especially when you can backtrack quickly simply by 'falling' back through the passages you've made...Dirt is a pleasant heart-warming title, but beyond the narrative it fails to remain an engaging experience."
===What fans are saying!===
"a true gem, one of the best apps in the store.
not to be missed" -Draekosilver
"Once in a long while a game like this is created; a game that offers an experience that requires the players imagination to be active while playing; a game that requires you to explore a world in a meaningless manner, without the need to perform meaningless tasks. This game is a true vision, firstly because the developers left the option of additional narration open, and secondly because the game is polished enough to be an amusing gem-collecting-time-killer. It's when you combine the seemingly pointless gem collecting, odd object placement and endless exploration with little text to explain what is happening, you enter a world that delivers much more than a Mario-clone platformer, or major game remake for your handheld. I applaud the developers and will patiently wait for any updates or sequelss." -MeMyselfOrWho
"HOLY MOTHER OF GEEZUS!!! cryptic -_-" -Zithorio
"Another great Indie game that oozes a lot of character that some of the bigger games lack. " -Goose2K
"1: This game is creepy.
2: This game is sad.
3: This game us unconventional to the point that I wonder if I should even call it a game.
If you can cope with those three facts, do yourself a favor and skip all the spoiler-heavy reviews and buy this app. It's 99 cents, a cheap price to pay for an experience you're not likely to see duplicated." -Tom Mayflower
What's New in Version 1.511
BIG SPOILER ALERT
Please do not read if you haven't beaten this game yet!
Ok, this story is simple (cat has died etc.) but I believe it goes deeper than that. You are probably on the verge of death (probably just given the shot) and are replaying your memories by the gems being different people in your lives (purple being the mom, green son, etc.) "You have been falling..." well at the END END of the game, you "fall" through the credits and see probably the last months/days of your Earthly life. The last frame shows an empty cat bed, suggesting that you have already died or have been taken to the vet. And about the worm, I think that it is all of the memories of the kids wanting to play with the cat, in which dirt refused some times causing it to be something scary meaning that he wishes that he had played with them all those times. Though, some parts of my opinion are arguable (the first ending comes to mind), but this is a really confusing story-wise game on the simple level. I enjoy games like this and hopefully more games like this come to the app store.
To people who rate this game as 1 star: Im assuming that you like games with actual game play and all and I respect that. Just don't expect much from games that make you use your brain.
Amazing Experience. If you have a heart, play.
If you're seeing all those 1 or 2 star reviews harping on technicalities or how boring it is...and you're considering if buying it is a good idea or not, then don't listen to them. They don't have a heart for sentimental games. Fare warning though, this game is VERY non-linear. There is no antagonist, and no way to lose. Simply explore your cardinal directions looking for gems. Finding a certain amount of a certain color unlocks a new memory of Dirt's past life (as a family's house cat). Each new clue let's you know just how much Dirt was loved. It really is a touching game.
A little creepy...
A little adorable...
And a LOT of heart.
Don't play this game expecting an adventure or action or puzzles. Play it expecting a warm story told in a slightly cold way. Perfect mix.
Spooky game, and a sad story.
You are an undead cat digging around collecting gems. Once you get so many of each gem it gives you a bit of story by either words on the screen or a picture.
There are a couple faults with the game one being that the text that comes up is not in the right direction and you have to try to turn your device to see it. Often you miss the words. If they had a tap to continue type feature it might help.
Another fault is that there is nothing else to do after you've seen all of the story line. You simply collect more an more gems.
I think they could have drug out the story a bit longer with some interesting additions. Like interacting with death a bit more.
I finished the game in a few hours but it was definitely a touching yet sad story. I'm happy overall being able to experience it either way.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jul 05, 2012
- Version: 1.511
- Size: 15.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Broken Kings Inc.
- © 2011 Broken Kings Inc
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.