Gemstone Keeper is a twin stick shooter where avid explorers go down into the Cistershire Caverns, a large, dangerous and mysterious set of caves and caverns that are filled with vast amounts of rare and valuable gemstones.
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January 5

Fixes following Winter Sale

First of all, I'd like to say thank you to those who have supported the game up to this point, including those who have either provided feedback or let me know directly about any bugs or issues you have found with the game. It can be difficult for myself to find all of them, but people's descriptions of such events help a lot in finding solutions.

The Steam Winter Sale especially proved troubling as being away for the holidays meant I couldn't provide immediate solutions, so I appreciate the patience some of you had.

The main issues which have been resolved in the patch released today included runtime errors at the start of boss battles late into the game as well as crashes in the Linux build which were caused by the random number generator.

Hope you enjoy the improved build of 1.0.4 and hope for the best of 2018!
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December 21, 2017

Build 1.0.4 for Winter



Hope everyone has a happy holiday this winter, maybe some of you will pick up some really cool games or play ones currently in your library! (hint hint :P)

Gemstone Keeper has been updated to Version 1.0.4, the changes made are as follows:

  • VFrame Engine Update: The underlying engine of Gemstone Keeper had been updated during the development of a new project. Some changes are optimisations but there have been more additional functionality for graphics and tilemaps.
  • Weapons and Bullets Added: Specifically, a gun that will shoot in all directions, big bullets and shrinking bullets. The count of both gun and bullet types is now seven, meaning there are now a total of 49 weapon types!
  • Transitions Between Levels: This was a fun addition since I want more excuse to work on visual effects.



If you wish to continue playing Gemstone Keeper as the previous version (1.0.3), you can set the game go to Properties -> Betas and opt into Legacy.
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Reviews

“you might quickly fire this up and have a small delve into the caverns, although don’t be surprised when 10 minutes soon becomes an hour.”
Early Access Gaming

“ASCII art seems to have been recovered from some way by the creators of video games to claim an aesthetic of the most viejuna which is of great importance thanks to the contemporary feel that is given in titles like [Gemstone Keeper].”
RetroManiac Magazine

About This Game

Gemstone Keeper is a twin stick shooter where avid explorers go down into the Cistershire Caverns, a large, dangerous and mysterious set of caves and caverns that are filled with vast amounts of rare and valuable gemstones. This game combines the quick and reactionary feel of a shooter with the exploration and decision making of classic roguelikes.

Using an ASCII art aesthetic in its purest form, all visual assets are produced from a single text font file, software rendering and visual effects. The weapon and bullet system is fully interchangeable, over 150 gemstones to collect, several creatures and bosses, different game modes and a soundtrack that echoes through the open spaces in-between the rocky walls. Gemstone Keeper is the shooter that is both fun and eerie.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo / AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 GT @ 512MB / ATI® Radeon™ X1900XT @ 512MB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 27 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu/Debian/Fedora based with Linux Kernel 4

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