Tetra Dungeon Entrance

Tetra Dungeon Entrance

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Tetra Dungeon Entrance

Title: Tetra Dungeon Entrance
Pixel Artist: Adarias  (Level 11 Bonsai :: 34233 points)
Posted: 8/27/2017 22:05
Palette: 4 colors
Statistics:  8 comments    16 faves    0 avatars

The 4 colors brownish/greenish reminded of the classic gameboy games, so I wanted to upsize while still staying true to the feeling of those titles.

This mockup is specifically inspired by the kind of "puzzles" that a lot of those games employed.  Most of them were simple, but so difficult to guess, and whether as a result of bad translation or worse, bad design, most of them lacked any clues whatsoever as to their solutions, which would be -- as you could imagine -- maddening, to the point of insanity.

Can you figure out how to unlock the 4 crystals and enter the dungeon?  (hint: it's not the key or the chests!)

Assets: http://imgur.com/CwKjqxJ

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polyducks (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 8/25/2018 12:14

I like your dithering! It fits really well when compared to the large blocks of colour, and the lineweight helps to differentiate it.

eishiya (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/1/2017 08:28

It wasn't included because you already have too many non-green ribbons as it is ;D

Seconding the love for the line weight here. Not enough pixel game art makes use of line weight and it's such a missed opportunity.

As for the solution: I'm guessing the preview is the solution and you need to interact with the crystals in order of them becoming brighter (Top-Left, Bottom-Right, TR, BL), and/or the opposite order, becoming darker.
Ooor the green lines between them are the hint, since one's connected to the chest and one is connected to the key, and you need to clear off the sand to see how they connect.

To be honest, I got into vidyas too late and missed that era of obtuse puzzles :'D By my time, puzzles were actually fun and about understanding rather than stumbling about.

Christoballs (Level 6 Saber-toothed Tiger) @ 8/29/2017 02:22

I love the weight of the lines in this.

DexRunner (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 8/28/2017 14:50


That sounds EXACTLY like those stinking manuals would say! 

I still loved these types of games nonetheless!  And you did an amazing job here! 

My only guess would be the order you touch the crystals? 

Asmodeusss (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/28/2017 14:38

Oh this looks tasty.

The different way you shaded the same stones is quite amazing. I like it a lot.

Fleja2003 (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 8/28/2017 09:01

Weird - that sucks a lot nonetheless though
Sorry to hear this :/

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/28/2017 06:52

Fleja as far as I know this was uploaded well within the time limit, about 10pm Pacific.  For context I have previously uploaded with less than 10 minutes to spare, and still been included.  I don't actually understand why it was not included.

Fleja2003 (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 8/28/2017 06:41

Aww too bad this was uploaded too late :/

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