|Summer 2009 Prototype | Action Puzzle | Adobe Flash (Windows / Macintosh / Linux)|
Dearth is an exciting co-operative action-puzzler. The Tribal Lands have been suffering through the worst drought in many lifetimes. Plant-life is withering away, and people fear the approach of a great famine. Rumors spread of the awakening of monstrous creatures who the ancestors warned would one day rise to drain the land and its people of their water. As the thirsty beasts emerge, worried villagers turn to the Tribal Lands’ two great shamans and ask them to restore the water to the land.
Dearth is a research tool designed to help us understand the strengths and weaknesses of Markov Decision Problem solvers for implementing game artificial intelligence, specifically for side-kick characters. The goal is to develop character behaviors automatically, based on a description of the game rules, instead of a programmer-generated set of behaviors. The human-human game mode serves as a testbed for future research, presenting increasingly difficult challenges to the MDP solver.