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    December 16th-19th 2011 :: Theme: Alone

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    alone I art - Make A Game - Jam Entry

    "alone I art" is a game about spending valuable time alone with art.

    You're a shady character in a museum. You love art. You love it so much that you need to steal it. But to steal the art, you need to be alone. You can't have anyone spot you stealing or you'll never be allowed be alone with art ever again.


    How to play:
    - Use the Arrow keys to move
    - Use the Space key to grab the art piece
    - Go to the exit door to cash in the art piece
    - Avoid the guards
    - Esc goes back to main menu

    Be sure to check the Gallery in the main menu after you're done stealing. Score and Gallery are cleared if you close this page, sorry.

    UPDATED TO 1.01, SOUND PROBLEMS SOLVED AND MINOR BUG FIXES

    Bug List:
    - Sound and Music aren't playing online (fixed in 1.01)
    - Footsteps may not play
    - Loads wrong splash screen (fixed in 1.01)
    - Prop and obstacle layers not showing
    - Guard getting stuck sometimes
    - Vase and bust values not showing or being added to score (fixed 1.01)
    - P doesn't pause the game
    - Guard "angry" animation isn't playing
    - Exit door animation isn't playing (fixed in 1.01)
    - Some paintings are impossible to steal, sorry, our bad (fixed 1.01)
    - Gallery doesn't display numbers of uncollected art (fixed 1.01)
    - Top Score isn't saved when game is closed
    - Guards' circle of vision passes through walls but guards can't see through walls
    - When more guards are after you, pursuit music changes to sneaking music if one loses you.
    - Top Score and Gallery are cleared if you close the game, sorry.
    - Gallery shows 75 paintings out of 72.
    - You can cash in a piece of art when being pursued.

    Minor adjustments:
    - Main menu and HUD objects need alignment
    - Paintings and lights need alignment

    Missing Features:
    - Museum at day with visitors

    View Make A Game's journal. | View all entries by Make A Game

    Ratings

    Humor(Jam)4.08
    Coolness100%
    #4Overall(Jam)3.86
    #10Graphics(Jam)4.20
    #10Audio(Jam)3.62
    #12Fun(Jam)3.43
    #13Community3.87
    #14Innovation(Jam)3.42
    #29Mood(Jam)2.93
    #48Theme(Jam)2.78

    Comments

    Winterblood says ...
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 9:13pm

    Basic mechanics are fun - love the doorway sizes, and the bulging trenchcoat. Quickly became a bit repetitive though, trekking through the thoroughly emptied half of the museum to reach something else to steal. Could benefit from a time trial mode to force player to balance many quick cheap thefts against one big score.

    Make A Game says ...
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 9:14am

    Thanks for the feedback. We didn't have an opportunity to play test the whole level and we knew there was a possibility of it being too big for a single playthrough, but we barely submitted in time. That's why the Gallery in the main menu was so important for us, to give some replayability if you just want to see the paintings. We'll be planning some additional modes just like the one you suggested and probably different museums (from small to big like the one you played).

    MadEqua says ...
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 8:23pm

    How nice would it be with the museum open (in daytime) with lots of visitors getting in your way to the exit door, and some of them calling the guards? I say it would be even more awesome. Bom trabalho malta! ^^

    Make A Game says ...
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 10:29am

    @MadEqua:
    That was the original plan. But time constraints and issues with Flixel kept us from adding visitors and a better AI than just pathfinding. It would make the theme of being alone even stronger, since you couldn't be seen by the visitors. We were even pixelated into visitors here, as you can see here: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2011/12/18/well-our-main-artist-must-go-home/

    Dax says ...
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 3:45am

    I really enjoyed to play this game and discover the constraints when I picked up a head or a vase.
    Too bad some game design ideas have not been implemented (due to time) to reach an awesome level

    Make A Game says ...
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:32am

    Thanks! We feel like Ludum Dare is a good incentive for game prototyping, so we're not closing the book on "alone I art" or "Eggscape". If everything goes well, we'll deliver full games based on those LD entries. But first we need to take care of some important projects. :)

    Shigor says ...
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 10:27pm

    Great idea, surprisingly bit too easy for a stealth game. Problem is that it gets too repetetive and boring quite quickly :( (Hope you'll do some postcompo version)
    Full points for art :)

    SonnyBone says ...
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 1:21am

    ... TROLL PAINTING. YOU BASTARDS!!! This was genius. Thanks for making such a unique game!

    ziomorti says ...
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 1:38am

    This made me laugh a lot :D Simple, yet so fun!

    bach says ...
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 8:50pm

    This was fun and made me laugh! Love how he packs away the paintings. :D

    Fantastic job overall, really nice graphics.

    Make A Game says ...
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 10:15pm

    @Shigor: We have a lot of tweaking to do for a postcompo version. Smaller museums and smarter AI might be a good idea.

    Glad everyone here is enjoying the game. :D
    Thanks for the support!

    Aaron says ...
    Jan 1, 2012 @ 5:35am

    The mechanics are smooth. You guys mentioned some trouble with Flixel, but that doesn't show at all in the final game. You guys mention wanting smarter AI, but I thought the guard AI was more than decent (they pathed, they chased, what more could a thief ask for?). On top of that, you guys had some pretty sweet ideas--I was in love with the gallery feature, it adds a lot.

    But I felt that the level, that tied all the gameplay together, didn't show off the mechanics as well as it could have. Having one exit does constrain the player, but the execution became a bit more "walk forever, do this, walk forever, do that" instead of an intense thief game. Perhaps multiple exits, time cap, having a bit more time to design the level (your journal suggested that final level design started ~5h left), features that just makes use of all of your existing, fun systems could definitely add a lot.

    Flixel's definitely an interesting environment. On one hand, it gives you things like pathing. Unfortunately, that makes you reluctant to do other kinds of AI. I think the trick is to make sure you have all the powerful tools in your belt (like saving: http://flashgamedojo.com/wiki/index.php?title=Saving_%28Flixel%29), try to take advantage of them in clever ways, and never waste time trying to fight against how Flixel does things. :P

    It was immediately obvious that art is one of you guys' greatest strengths, and this game was a fun, clever play on the theme and a tribute to your talents. From all the humor, I can tell that you guys enjoyed making it--and it's really nice to see a game that just shows off the team's personality so much. Good job, guys! :D

    Jan 4, 2012 @ 12:19pm

    This is a great idea. Soundtrack is beautifully fitting.

    h.attila says ...
    Jan 5, 2012 @ 3:55am

    Loved this game. It's funny, it looks nice, it has a great soundtrack. Unfortunately, after a while it gets repetitive, so I would've added an another exit at the other side of the museum to cut down the long walking distance.

    Drabiter says ...
    Jan 6, 2012 @ 11:22pm

    It's really funny. The door's sizes make it challenging, and the guard is very fine when pursuing you. Really like the music when you spotted. Nice work!

    Make A Game says ...
    Jan 7, 2012 @ 3:13am

    @Aaron: Thanks for your support! That link could have been very useful during the competition. I'll make sure the programmers read it. Regarding some of your points, we just posted our post mortem. :)

    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/01/06/alone-i-art-post-mortem/

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

    jeffz says ...
    Jan 7, 2012 @ 10:24pm

    Original, music is a nice touch, however it gets a bit repetitive. Nice work on rating so many games too.

    cadin says ...
    Jan 7, 2012 @ 11:42pm

    Great work! It felt a little too easy and repetitive as others have said, but the concept and graphics are great. Very unique.

    headchant says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 2:31am

    Nicely done. Sadly, the music stopped after loosing one round.

    Make A Game says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 4:07am

    @headchant: It's a known bug, just get spotted and run away to have the music back. ;)

    Pierrec says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 9:58am

    Awesome game! The only problem is that it's a bit too easy, and so, it becomes a bit boring. But I enjoyed the 20 first minutes a lot!

    volando says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 2:38pm

    Loved it!

    Make A Game says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 2:58pm

    Yeah, looking back, if we had time, we should have made a 10 minute timer. :(

    Fififox says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 3:08pm

    Great game, with awesome art and music ! The map is a bit too big and going back and forth to the door is a bit repetitive but the game is still really fun to play ! Congrats on writing the journal, the post-mortem, taking photos and making a gameplay video!

    Zuieni says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 4:45pm

    At first I just wandered around and took some paintings to see which was valued the most, because I believed I only could take one. Then I forgot were the exit was ;) Then I found the trollpainting that could not fit thru the door, love it :D

    Milo says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 5:56pm

    The graphics were awesome and comical. It seemed a bit easy; as long as you kept moving, the guards wouldn't catch. It'd be a lot more fun if it were harder.

    Make A Game says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    @Milo: We wanted a guard AI similar to the Metal Gear series, but since we didn't have time, we tried to make the guard paths come near each other for some challenge when being pursued.
    I agree it's easy, but when you're trying to fit a small painting through a small doorway, oh man. :D

    Cosr says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 3:58am

    Loved it, until it became too repetitive. The different ways your character tries to smuggle out the art were great. But once I had stolen one piece of each type, there wasn't really much incentive for me to keep playing. I did anyways, but the longer and longer treks to get another art piece became more and more tedious. Could do with being shorter, maybe, or having some way to limit the amount of times the player has to keep returning to the same rooms to clear the place out.

    I finally gave up playing a little while after a guard who was chasing me got stuck and it wouldn't stop playing the chase music (annoying because it doesn't loop cleanly. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! wasn't noticeable with the stealth music, but it really got to me after listening to the chase music for a while).

    DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 6:00am

    Charming! Gameplay isn't quite there but this is still really really neat regardless :)

    Andrew says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 11:59am

    The level is waaaaay to big. Levels progressively larger would be a good addition

    waynebeam says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 3:53pm

    loved it. the graphics and music were great. the idea was cool too. like the use of the theme. may have already been mentioned but i would have liked an extra exit, maybe one on the opposite end of the museum. also maybe if one guard got alerted all (or all the ones close by) the guards would start chasing you for a little more challenge. great job, a lot of fun!

    SusanTheCat says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 5:59pm

    I think a great extension would be to rob different places with increasing difficulty.

    Susan

    callidus says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 5:59pm

    haha I liked that :-) nice game with a good simple mechanic done well, good stuff.

    Make A Game says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 9:44pm

    We hear you! We originally wanted the game with multiple levels and smarter, more hive minded AI.
    We love these comments, and the way everyone points the same problems. It means we really need to deliver on those in the future. :) Thank you!

    MurrayL says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 10:30pm

    I loved the graphics. The first time I stole a bust and walked out with it on my head I laughed out loud!

    Drabiter says ...
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 4:12pm

    There's bug when I played a guard like bull (in matador), he stucked on wall and couldn't turn back. The music still on warning state for rest of game. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/54138920/img/bug.jpg

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