Video Game / The Stomping Land
The Stomping Land
was a Survival Sandbox
game about dinosaurs
. The player is an musclebound hunter attempting to find food in a hostile world dominated by unkillable titanic beasts. Like DayZ
, multiplayer is vicious and dangerous, making stealth a constant necessity. Many players are crazed survivalists bent on eliminating all other threats to their little village. In many cases, players had more to fear from each other than from the dinosaurs. Kidnappings abound
Development ended when the game was in early access. Only a handful of the planned dinosaurs were in the game, and the larger Wayneth Island was unavailable. After collecting the money from a successful Kickstarter, the lead developer became unresponsive and left other developers unpaid. This prompted the modeler to move to another game, in effect terminating development of this one.
Provided Examples Of:
- Artistic License – Paleontology: Surprisingly averted. All of the dinosaurs in the initial early access release are from roughly the same general time period, namely, the Maastrichtian Epoch of the Late Cretaceous. However, in real life, most of them would have been on different continents. Additionally, Stygimoloch is represented as being several times larger than it actually was, and there's that whole 'humans and dinosaurs' thing. Best not to overthink it. The anatomy is also remarkably accurate with only minor problems, save for the Gallimimus (although the devs have confirmed they will revamp it).
- Awesome, but Impractical: Taming dinosaurs while in a group. In early access, they are loyal to you... and only you. Be careful not to dismount while your friends are near. Your kickass Carnotaurus will soon be eating your village.
- Behemoth Battle: One of the central gameplay mechanics revolves around waiting for these to happen. If a larger animal happens to wander into your village, your best option is to saddle up on your largest tamed dinosaur and let them fight.
- Blade on a Stick: A spear is the weapon of choice for melee combatants.
- Continuing Is Painful: You get experience points ('expertise') for staying alive longer. The more expertise you have, the bigger and badder the dinosaurs you can tame. You lose all of this expertise – along with all of your items – when you die.
- Death World: Yep.
- Domesticated Dinosaurs: Partially, they'll still flee and may kill your friends.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: No explanation is given for why there are humans on an island full of dinosaurs. It's just fun.
- Feathered Fiend: Tyrannosaurus rex and Austroraptor will have feathers in the game.
- Giant Equals Invincible: There is no way to kill larger dinosaurs with conventional weapons. Justified in that 'conventional weapons' refers largely to sharpened sticks and stones.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: Averted. Most of the danger on the beaches comes from the Stygimoloch, a foul-tempered pachycephalosaur that will run down players without provocation. Many players are killed multiple times by herbivores before they even see their first carnivores (which tend to congregate inland). Should you tame a Carnotaurus, herds of Ankylosaurus will actually go so far as to seek you out so that they can remove the carnivore threat from their territory.
- Kaiju: To the players, the large dinosaurs are this. They may not be fifty stories tall or breathe fire, but when all you have is a pointy stick...
- More Predators Than Prey: Averted. The only carnivore on Cappa Island is the Carnotaurus; however, two of the herbivores are extremely aggressive and territorial.
- Orphaned Series: The creator stopped responding to messages from the other developers, leaving the game in a permanent state of unfinished early access, as many of the developers have now moved on to other projects.
- Power Up Mount: Befriending a dinosaur is your surest means of safety.
- Player Killing: Killing players gives experience points, and you don't really know who to trust initially, so this winds up happening quite a bit.
- Ptero Soarer: Judging by the concept art and models, the Quetzalcoatlus is on its way of averting this. It will even be portrayed as a terrestrial stork-like predator.
- Raptor Attack: Averted with an anatomically accurate Austroraptor, which is still not yet in the game.
- Sea Monster: Although currently absent, the Parahelicoprion definitely qualifies, being a chimaera the size of a Megalodon. The also currently absent giant snake Titanoboa can also count, depending on your point of view.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Austroraptor, Parahelicoprion, Prestosuchus, Psittacosaurus, Puertasaurus, Shantungosaurus, Stygimoloch, Therizinosaurus, and Titanoboa. There's also coelacanths, which judging by its size could be Mawsonia.
- Snakes Are Sinister: Titanoboa, a snake the size of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Ankylosaurus, Styracosaurus, and Gallimimus make an appearance, but Carnotaurus is also present. Quetzalcoatlus is planned.
- Survival Horror
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Not in currently, but planned
- Video Game Caring Potential: Freeing Players from a cage, stopping them from being kidnapped or saving them from a giant dinosaur definitely qualify...
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: .. Or You can put players in cages, run them down with a Dinosaur, Drag them into a cave to abandon them, destroy campsites, etc.