Forbidden Frontier

Forbidden Frontier
from Roadhammer Gaming!
They say nothing lies beyond their cavernous realm, you say differently.

The story:
Living far below the planet's surface the inhabitants of the floating city of Erril believe that nothing lies beyond their city and networks of caves and caverns. No one ever even thought much about it because life was easy and everything they needed existed within their realm. You, however, have the spirit of adventure and an inquisitive mind and believe otherwise. Recently tho things weren't so easy going and without problems, there were isolated instances of strange creatures milling around and stealing food and sometimes even daring to enter the city and make off with some of it's inhabitants! Now you decide to make the unknown voyage out of your realm and see for yourself weather all that exists lies within your cavernous home...

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Arrow keys- move player
Z key / A button- Use weapons and items. Your shovel doubles as a weapon and when no enemies are around you can use it to find items while in the caves.
Back button- Android, quits the game without saving, available after start screen.
Escape key- Windows, quits the game without saving, available after start screen.
Left mouse click / tap for android- enter menu, select menu items
Armor and shields- These are automatically equipped when you find or purchase them, the more armor and shields you own the higher defense your character will have, and the more weapons you have boosts your attack power.
There are 2 weapons available, the shovel and the torch, you must equip these in the equip menu to use them.

Menus- Access the menu by pressing your health gauge at the top left of your screen. there are 6 different submenus which are explained below, from top left to bottom right:

Game start menu upon starting the game:
Sound- turn sounds on or off.
Full/Window- available only for windows version, toggles between full screen and window mode.
Info- Brings up the game information.
Start- Starts the game.
Load- If you have saved your game you can load it here.
Quit- Exit the game without saving
At this time in the windows version you can connect a game pad.

In game menu:
Stats- Lists info about your player, including name, level, hit points/max hitpoints, experience/next, gold, current cavern number/den number, and a map that builds as you explore the caves.
Equip- Here you can equip/unequip weapons and items to use. the power and defense levels are shown when weapons are equipped or armor is acquired. To use food and regain hit points equip it, exit the menu and use it with the Z/A button. Don't forget to re equip your weapon after eating!
Quit- exit the game without saving.
Options- 1. turn sound on or off. 2. Rename your character. 3. In Android version you can watch ad videos to get free random items and weapons, this is the only place besides the caves where you have a chance at finding keys. In the windows versions it toggles between full screen or window mode.
Also in the Windows version you can connect or disconnect gamepads here in the options menu.
Save- click to save your game.
Load- click to load a saved game.

Shop menu:
Here you can buy weapons, armor and food. The amount of money you have is listed in yellow at the top left of the menu. Press exit or walk away when finished.

Inn menu- Here you can rest to regain your hit points. The inn keeper also has valuable information for you that changes each time you defeat a boss enemy. Also a 3rd option appears if you have a completed map and have defeated a boss, at which time you can choose to give her a map. If you do you will loose the map of that cave, see spoiler for more info. Press exit or walk away when finished.

General gameplay:
First visit the shop, after listening to the opening speech, by going straight up from starting the game and purchase a torch. You start off the game with a shovel, don't forget to equip it! Fight enemies and bosses in the caves, Note, You cannot leave any dens until the enemies in that den are defeated. Tip for fighting monsters: your weapon uses an auto aim feature, so when the enemy is moving and changing directions they are sometimes difficult to hit, you need to outsmart them by moving around them in a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern as you shoot. Find keys to unlock areas in the caves, Use your shovel to find items or buy them in the shop, you cannot buy keys in the shop. The goal of the game is to find your way out of the realm that everyone thinks is the only existence!

 windows Speech system by Mikael Norrgard @ Gamephase 2016
All game music composed by Eric Matyas @"
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Game Walkthrough:
After the opening speech head directly up to enter the shop, buy a few pizzas and a torch, or if you're daring just another shovel and a torch, as starting off at level 1 the monsters are very challenging. Now head up the stairs and the inn keeper will give you some info. When you're finished head down the stairs then down out of the shop and go left and up the left side of the city. Before entering the cave to the north make sure to equip your shovel or torch weapon! Also you can watch video ads to get free stuff in the android version in the options menu at any time. Make sure to visit EVERY room in each cave to create a full map of each cave, the reason for this will be explained after the first cave's walkthrough below. Upon entering the cave fight the monster using the Z/A button, You cannot leave any dens until the enemies in that den are defeated. Tip for fighting monsters: your weapon uses an auto aim feature, so when the enemy is moving and changing directions they are sometimes difficult to hit, you need to outsmart them by moving around them in a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern as you shoot. After defeating your first enemy go down,  you are now in cave 1. head north 1 'den' (rooms, lairs, whatever you want to call them, for this walkthrough I will refer to them as 'Den' or 'Dens') and then left, then back right and up 1 den, then left to get a treasure containing a key. Go right and unlock the door at the top, then head up 5 dens, left for 2 and find another treasure containing a key, then go left and up 3 dens, and then right 2 dens. Go down for another treasure with a key, then up and unlock the top door, go up and then back down 1 den. Go right 2 dens and down 4 dens and save the game, go down 1 more den to fight the first boss fight. There will be an enemy as well as the boss, try and defeat the enemy first. The boss will shoot blobs at you so beware. Once you have defeated the boss watch the cut scene and head back to the city. Use your map (it is in the Stats sub menu) to find the shortest way back. Go to the shop and power up whichever weapon you prefer and get whatever else you need and head up to the inn. Here she will have some new info for you and if you visited every room in the cave there will be a new option to give the inn keeper your map and stay for free! Even if you don't need to rest give her the map as it will change the outcome of the game after defeating boss #3. When you're ready leave the city and wander to the right, when the floating city has passed head all the way right and enter cave #3. Go right 2 dens, then up, then right 2 dens, then down 3 dens, left 2 dens, then back right 2 dens, up 1 den, then right to pick up another treasure with a key. Leave to the left and go up 4 dens and then right, then back left and unlock the top door and be sure to re equip your weapon for the 2nd boss fight. This monster also shoots at you, and there is an enemy present as well. Defeat the enemy first and then the boss while dodging it's crystal shot. After defeating it watch the cut scene and head back to the shop again and re up, buy some more armor if you can afford it. Head up to the inn to receive some new info and give her the new map and rest for free. When you are ready leave the city again to the right, and after passing the floating city go up to enter cave #2. Go down and upon entering the next den you are in cave 2. Go up 1 den, right 3, then back 3, up 3, right 3, up 2, then right to get a key treasure, then left 2 dens, then right again, and unlock the door on the top. Before going left in this den make sure you've re equipped your weapon, and then head left for boss fight #3. Same deal here for fighting, but the boss has a bit more hit points. After defeating it you will recieve a strange plant, one that doesn't grow in your realm proving that there may be something more than the small realm in which you live! Watch the cutscene and return once again to the shop, re up your supplies, weapons and armor, and head up to the inn. She will have some more info for you and again, if you had visited every room to make a full map in the cave, and want to get the best ending and unlock the secret character, give her the map and stay for free, if you don't want the secret character or alternate ending don't give her the map. But if you do give her the map, when you try to leave the inn keeper stops you and joins your party!! upon re-entering the inn you will see that her sister has taken over as inn keeper. Your new player, Sasha, has 2 abilities and needs nothing from the shop. She has a lightning spell and a heal spell which she uses liberally in combat. Also if she dies she will auto regenerate herself! Now for the final boss fight! Head out of the city, up and around the left side, and back into to cave 1. You will notice if you check your stats that you have your map back as she was kind enough to bring them with her! So head down then straight up after entering the actual cave for 7 dens, left 3, up 3, right 2 and up 1 for the final boss fight. After you beat the last boss go up through the final door and watch the cut scene and enjoy your new life with your new beautiful girlfriend, congratulations you have won the game! If you did not choose to give her the maps during the game or fought the next boss before giving her a previous map, things don't end as well, the final boss will be much harder to fight, and if you do win you will be trapped in the forbidden frontier forever, alone.
Thanks for playing!!
Maps:                                                             cave1  |  cave2  | cave3