The Fabulous Explorationsland


The Fabulous ExplorationslandJerradWho wants to go on a treasure hunt? Everybody? That's what I thought! Then grab your green backpack and safari hat, and dive into The Fabulous Explorationsland, a new adventure game from StefanT, and one of the top entries in our 6th Casual Gameplay Design Competition!

Gameplay is completely keyboard-driven, with [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move, and [space] or [enter] to interact with the environment. Menus, although few and far between, are also completely controlled with the keyboard, so you won't need your mouse at all for this one. The aim of the game is to light all of the torches and open all of the chests, with a brief list telling you what you're looking for at the beginning of each area.

There's a reason this game tied for first in fitting with the competition's "explore" theme; that's what you're going to be doing the entire time. No enemies, no time limit, just a brave adventurer with a jaunty green backpack and a hunger for hidden treasures. Although there are some visual clues to let you know where to go, you're still going to have to check every corner to work your way through to the end. From the beginning you'll only be able to explore the ancient temple, but other environments will unlock as you progress. Although the game progresses in a fairly straightforward fashion, you're free to go back and find anything you may have missed on your first trip through a level.

The Fabulous ExplorationslandAnalysis: With its cute graphics and quirky sense of humor, The Fabulous Explorationsland manages to capture your attention from the very beginning and keep it all the way to the end. One of the biggest challenges of creating a game revolving around exploration is trying to keep the player interested in exploring everything. Each world gives you an inventory of what you need to find, but there are a lot of little surprises to keep you interested on the way. Nearly every piece of scenery you find can be interacted with in some way, even if it's just to give you a quick description, and there are plenty of other objects to find that you didn't even know you were looking for, making you feel like you're participating in the world's most abstract scavenger hunt. Burrito shop? Check! Soccer field? Check! Jackal-headed depiction of "The Thinker"? Better believe that's a check! I think the only things you don't find here are Waldo and Carmen Sandiego, and that's probably just due to copyright issue.

Artistically, the game gets it right in every way. The background music does a good job of adding to the light-hearted atmosphere, and the bright colors make it clear from the very beginning what you can expect from the game. Each area has a different theme, with the graphics done accordingly. Even the random decorations that are scattered about the landscape seem to fit within the theme of the area they're located in. Sure, there may be a soccer field inside of a ziggurat, but it fits! It's a ziggurat-themed soccer field! The designer clearly took great care in making this game, and it shines through in all of the small details that are guaranteed to keep a smile on your face.

Packed with secrets and surprises, The Fabulous Explorationsland is a shining example of what exploration is all about, and is sure to keep you grinning all the way through.

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The Fabulous Explorationsland walkthrough

After all this time, there really ought to be a walkthrough, so here's one. Sorry, it's all in one big lump, because it's way past my bedtime.

  1. Enter the gray pyramid on the left. Light the brazier on the right (walk up next to it and hit space/enter).

  2. Walk to the right, past the burrito shop, then up to the door. Open it and walk through.

  3. Go up and to the left until you're above the door with the arrow next to it. Open it and enter the room.

  4. Walk to the left where the arrow is pointing (yes, into the black part). Go up the stairs.

  5. Open the door and go up, then right, all the way across the soccer field, then into the secret passage where you see the rubble.

  6. Walk as far right as you can, then go upward into the small room and light the brazier. Go back to the soccer field.

  7. Go up to the top right corner of the room and open the secret door (it's slightly darker than the rest of the wall). Go through, then go right through the secret passage.

  8. Keep going right, through another secret passage, until you see the bathroom doors. Go through one of them (doesn't matter which), then open one of the toilets and go through it to the secret cave.

  9. Go left, up, and right to the other green toilet and go through it.

  10. Walk to the left and notice the pattern of the tunnel above you. Open the door and enter the tunnel. As soon as you enter, the light goes out, so you can't see where you're going, but like the sign says, keep walking.

  11. Walk through the door, then go into the secret passage on the left. Go left as far as you can, then go down and into the room with the sign. Light the brazier, then go back to the room with the pit.

  12. Go up the stairs, then walk to the right. Notice the door with the digital lock. (The number is how many unlit braziers are left; if you've followed the walkthrough, it should say "4" at this point.)

  13. Keep going right to the souvenir shop, then go up through the secret door. Go up, left, then down a bit, into the small room, and light the brazier.

  14. Go back to the souvenir shop, then out through the exit to the right.

  15. Enter the gold pyramid on the right. Walk forward until you see the three gold sarcophagi. Go to the one on the left, open it, and go through.

  16. Go forward then right and go down the stairs into the secret tunnel. Go left and go up the other stairs.

  17. Open the treasure chest to get 'Plutonium'. Retrace your steps back to the room with the sarcophagi. Go right until you see the secret door (between two Egyptians carrying a fruity drink and an ice cream, respectively).

  18. Walk forward and light the brazier. Go back and to the right. Open the door (between the chicken and ham), then go up the stairs.

  19. Walk to the right until you get to the balcony, then go up and left to the door. Open it and go through.

  20. Chase the white spot until a passageway opens up. Go through it to a room with a treasure chest teasingly just out of reach. Follow the red spot around (you have to be quick or it resets) until the passage to the chest opens.

  21. Open the chest and get 'Enriched Uranium'. Go back out and chase the yellow spot around until a passage opens.

  22. Go back and chase the green spot until another passage opens. Go through it, open the sarcophagus and go through, and go up the stairs.

  23. Open one the doors and go up into the museum. Go up and to the right until you see the bathroom doors. Open one of them and go through.

  24. Go through one of the toilets to the secret cave. Go right until you see another "keep walking" sign. You know the drill. When you get through, follow the cave to the right until you find the other souvenir shop. Go out through the exit.

  25. Go across the bridge and enter the ice mountain. Note where you are when you enter. Go to the right. There are two switches here; you have to flip the bottom one first, then the top one, then quickly come back to where you started and enter the secret passage before it stops flashing.

  26. Follow the passage down and right, then open the chest to get 'Caesiumfrankolithicmixialubidiumrixidixidexidoxidroxide'.

  27. Flip the bottom switch again (the top one stays where you put it), but this time walk straight to the right, through the secret passageway, then into the flashing passage.

  28. Go down and left. Turn off the fan, then light the brazier. Great, the digital lock has been opened. Go back up to the top switch, then keep going up and right to the exit.

  29. Enter the gray pyramid again. It should put you straight on the 3rd floor, which is a relief. Go to the right until you get to the now-open double doors. Go through into the treasure chamber, then to the right to exit.

  30. Walk up the rainbow on the right to sky-land. Open the chest to get some 'Caesiumfrankolithicmixialubidiumrixidexidixidoxidroxide'.

  31. Go through the small cave in the mountains (bottom left). Go up, past the radioactive gems, then down the stairs to get your reward. Well, OK, so there's no reward, but whatever.

43 Comments

I know that song at the beginning of the video from another game... I am thinking it is Yummy Drink Factory or another game by Amaranth Games? Or maybe I'm just having some crazy dejavu.

I played the game a few days ago, actually, and thought it was good. Not necessarily one of my favorites, though.

Just like the game earlier this week, I couldn't turn off the sound and that sucks.

No offense to anyone who loves it, but I don't understand how anyone could find this enjoyable. There were no puzzles to solve and no logic to the location of the various rooms. Unless I'm missing something, all the game is about is walking around looking for wall panels that are a slightly different color. And then when you find out you have missed something, you have to go back through the entire "dungeon" a second or third time.

I played it without sound, but unless the soundtrack is somewhere on par with Abbey Road, I can't imagine it making that much difference.

I actually found it quite enjoyable. There was no plot to worry about, and the art was pretty. I enjoyed finding the funny little details, and each new place to explore. Reminded me of the games of my childhood I suppose.

The little guy moves awfully slowly, which is a major turn off for me. HATE games where the character moves slowly.

Very nice way to spend a few minutes. Zero challenge, but that's ok for what this is trying to be. Figuring out the logic of the game was pretty much the whole game, plus cheesy jokes.

A very nice little game. The graphics remind me of Final Fantasy/Legend Of Zelda. There's not much in terms of gameplay, but it's fun to do some exploring.

Love it so far, but I can't get the treasure in the ice caves!

debaser80, I can't help but feel that you're like the Grinch who doesn't understand that there's more to Christmas than lights, presents, and roast beast.

In this case it's just that you need to realize that there's more to games than tricky puzzles.

Your use of the word dungeon is a dead give away that you're missing what this game is all about. A dungeon is a challenge that has to be overcome, but this game is about something completely different.

When I was a kid I used to explore the countryside around my house. There weren't puzzles to be solved. It was just about finding out what was behind the next grove of trees or in the next clearing or abandoned shed.

Likewise this is a game about discovery. No there isn't really challenge or puzzles. There's just a world to discover. And that's why I loved it.

Obviously it isn't for everyone, but you asked what makes this great and that's the best answer I can give you.

Post a walkthrough already! Some of us are stupid! I remember trying this one during the challenge and being stuck on the first floor. A little help for the (insert your politically correct noun here) aka gaming challenged would be much appreciated! Keep the peace!

I can't get

the treasure chest that is surrounded by the black area in tombland!

really, some of us are quite stupid. what about the timed lever near the girl?

What a jolly little exploratory game this.
The music, though simple, really manages to convey a gentle mood, and underlining the different places.
I need a bit of help though, at the very end (or so I think)

I've lit all the fires and found all the chests - but there's still one room in the ice cave I've yet to enter - the one with the fan and woman. I can't find any passages! Frustration abounds! help.

Oh the power of post. I solved it.

Just a little hint, "rainbow"

Done it!
Foob:

After you've found all fires and chests, a rainbow path opens on the main screen. Step on it behind the pot of gold and walk right up. You'll make it from there.

Sorry if this one is really obvious but inside the pyramid theres a box still waiting to be opened but i can't reach it, there's a square black outline around it.

Well I just luved it. Simple challenges but challenges all the same plus I never died. More like this plesae.

Re: that black square with the chest inside

When you stand on the red colored square, it moves away. Chase it and stand on it. :)

I can't get the chest in the ice area. Where are you supposed to go after you pull the second switch? (I got the one leading to the torch).

That was silly, I spent a lot of time wandering around because

the rainbow path looks like it's going straight up, so I didn't know I could walk on it. Perspective is a good thing!

I can't get the element in the top right section in the cloud room!
An how do you get to the thing behind the burrito shop?

Where's this "digitally locked door"? Please help... I forgot where... I have a bad memory. xD

I need help with finding the

digitally locked door

I know you can unlock it by

turning off that fan in the ice cave then light the fire.

I wonder if this is a bug (because it is inconceivable that I would not be able to figure out a puzzle such as this).


In the Ice Dungeon I pulled the lower lever and made my way to the brazier next to the fan. Having lit that brazier I then pulling the second lever and noticed a transient passage to the chest room appears - but I can find no way to get down there. As near as I can figure I did these things out-of-order and now I am permanently stuck in the game? Am I wrong?

moofins,

you'll find the "digitally locked door" back in Lost Templeland.

Nevermind! I was wrong! Secret path discovered after some more searching.

Could somebody please tell me how to get the last torch in the pyramid? The only way I see to go there is through one of the sarcophaguses, but it's sealed!!!!! X(

What no walkthrough! Please help me out guys, I can't do it without you!

Need some help here! How on earth do you get to the

last chest in the ice mountain? All I know is that you pull a lever to open a path, but where does the path lead from?

Nevermind. Just found it. Wasn't looking hard enough.

AWwww that was such a cute game!! I was gutted when it finished, although to be fair to woud be boring if it went on forever.

Vaxjo, enlighten us as to where the second passage is?

Ok, can't figure out how to get to the newly revealed passage at the bottom of the screen when you pull the second red lever in the ice cave. Just can't find the way there - can go down and left, but not down far enough. Help!

Never mind. ;-p

IMO, the best of the comptetion. Keep it going, StefanT!

What? How are you people getting to that last chest in the Ice Mountain Base? I know it's got something to do with the 2nd lever, but i just can't get to it.

Oh um. Nevermind, found it.

For the Ice Mountain chest:

Flip the 2nd lever, then run over to where you first appeared when you entered the dungeon. You'll find the secret passage flashing there.

Fantastic game. I really felt like I was an explorer trying to unlock the mysteries of these lost tombs!

How do you unlock the digital safe thing and get to the girl?

"Found 'Caesiumfrankolithicmixialubidiumrixidexidixidoxidroxide'!"

hahahha... I love the little pleasures games can bring... :D

This was an adorable game - I loved it, more like this, please! :)

For some reason, the game came up in a too-small window, which cut off the right side, which meant that I spent an hour walking around in circles looking for the

rainbow

. Zooming out and then resetting fixed the problem, but I don't know why it came up like that in the first place.

The Fabulous Explorationsland walkthrough

After all this time, there really ought to be a walkthrough, so here's one. Sorry, it's all in one big lump, because it's way past my bedtime.

  1. Enter the gray pyramid on the left. Light the brazier on the right (walk up next to it and hit space/enter).

  2. Walk to the right, past the burrito shop, then up to the door. Open it and walk through.

  3. Go up and to the left until you're above the door with the arrow next to it. Open it and enter the room.

  4. Walk to the left where the arrow is pointing (yes, into the black part). Go up the stairs.

  5. Open the door and go up, then right, all the way across the soccer field, then into the secret passage where you see the rubble.

  6. Walk as far right as you can, then go upward into the small room and light the brazier. Go back to the soccer field.

  7. Go up to the top right corner of the room and open the secret door (it's slightly darker than the rest of the wall). Go through, then go right through the secret passage.

  8. Keep going right, through another secret passage, until you see the bathroom doors. Go through one of them (doesn't matter which), then open one of the toilets and go through it to the secret cave.

  9. Go left, up, and right to the other green toilet and go through it.

  10. Walk to the left and notice the pattern of the tunnel above you. Open the door and enter the tunnel. As soon as you enter, the light goes out, so you can't see where you're going, but like the sign says, keep walking.

  11. Walk through the door, then go into the secret passage on the left. Go left as far as you can, then go down and into the room with the sign. Light the brazier, then go back to the room with the pit.

  12. Go up the stairs, then walk to the right. Notice the door with the digital lock. (The number is how many unlit braziers are left; if you've followed the walkthrough, it should say "4" at this point.)

  13. Keep going right to the souvenir shop, then go up through the secret door. Go up, left, then down a bit, into the small room, and light the brazier.

  14. Go back to the souvenir shop, then out through the exit to the right.

  15. Enter the gold pyramid on the right. Walk forward until you see the three gold sarcophagi. Go to the one on the left, open it, and go through.

  16. Go forward then right and go down the stairs into the secret tunnel. Go left and go up the other stairs.

  17. Open the treasure chest to get 'Plutonium'. Retrace your steps back to the room with the sarcophagi. Go right until you see the secret door (between two Egyptians carrying a fruity drink and an ice cream, respectively).

  18. Walk forward and light the brazier. Go back and to the right. Open the door (between the chicken and ham), then go up the stairs.

  19. Walk to the right until you get to the balcony, then go up and left to the door. Open it and go through.

  20. Chase the white spot until a passageway opens up. Go through it to a room with a treasure chest teasingly just out of reach. Follow the red spot around (you have to be quick or it resets) until the passage to the chest opens.

  21. Open the chest and get 'Enriched Uranium'. Go back out and chase the yellow spot around until a passage opens.

  22. Go back and chase the green spot until another passage opens. Go through it, open the sarcophagus and go through, and go up the stairs.

  23. Open one the doors and go up into the museum. Go up and to the right until you see the bathroom doors. Open one of them and go through.

  24. Go through one of the toilets to the secret cave. Go right until you see another "keep walking" sign. You know the drill. When you get through, follow the cave to the right until you find the other souvenir shop. Go out through the exit.

  25. Go across the bridge and enter the ice mountain. Note where you are when you enter. Go to the right. There are two switches here; you have to flip the bottom one first, then the top one, then quickly come back to where you started and enter the secret passage before it stops flashing.

  26. Follow the passage down and right, then open the chest to get 'Caesiumfrankolithicmixialubidiumrixidixidexidoxidroxide'.

  27. Flip the bottom switch again (the top one stays where you put it), but this time walk straight to the right, through the secret passageway, then into the flashing passage.

  28. Go down and left. Turn off the fan, then light the brazier. Great, the digital lock has been opened. Go back up to the top switch, then keep going up and right to the exit.

  29. Enter the gray pyramid again. It should put you straight on the 3rd floor, which is a relief. Go to the right until you get to the now-open double doors. Go through into the treasure chamber, then to the right to exit.

  30. Walk up the rainbow on the right to sky-land. Open the chest to get some 'Caesiumfrankolithicmixialubidiumrixidexidixidoxidroxide'.

  31. Go through the small cave in the mountains (bottom left). Go up, past the radioactive gems, then down the stairs to get your reward. Well, OK, so there's no reward, but whatever.

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