Cave Quest from MD Studio is now on the WildTangent Games App! In this Adventure/Match 3 game, you’ll save your family from evil spirits known for attacking travelers near a mountainside village. Vitaliy Molchanov, Lead Programmer of Cave Quest, takes you through the design process of Cave Quest and gives you helpful tips and tricks in this week’s Developer’s Corner!
Tell us about yourself and how you got into game development.
I got acquainted with computer games in the early 90s. I always noticed myself wanting to change certain aspects of games and this quickly developed into the desire to create my own worlds. I have studied modern design technologies and after a job with a local game development studio, I managed to put a small independent team together. That is where I work now.
What was your favorite part about creating Cave Quest?
I like inventing and introducing new features into conventional gaming mechanics. It’s so pleasant to see people using your innovations. For example, while creating Cave Quest, we tested and rejected three quite unique game mechanics. We decided on a fourth mechanic, which you’ll now be able to see in Cave Quest.
Cave Quest combines elements of Match 3 and Hidden Object games. Out of those two game genres, which one is your favorite?
I prefer Match 3 as I appreciate tactics, speed and accuracy in games. It is harder for me to understand Hidden Object games when the player is required to find items that aren’t connected to the story. That’s why we made the Hidden Object element in Cave Quest more sensible and logical. Everything that you find will turn out to be necessary for some purpose later.
What tips and tricks do you have for WildTangent players who are playing Cave Quest?
1. Examine locations thoroughly when looking for new Match 3 tokens. The faster you find them, the more money you will be able to earn. You will need a lot of money!
2. Mountain spirits and other creatures are dangerous. Don’t forget that you must destroy red crystals to overcome them in combat, but be careful that they don’t get to the red crystals first.
3. As one of the power-ups becomes filled, the rest will start filling faster.
Cave Quest takes place on an icy mountainside complete with evil creatures who kidnap the player’s family. If you were a nice creature living at the North Pole, would you rather be one of Santa’s reindeer or elves?
Of course, reindeer. First of all they can fly and so if I wish, I can fly away southward to the tundra. I will be able to make friends with other reindeers and as I can fly, they will choose me as their leader. And if I am tired of this region, I can always fly away to somewhere else.
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