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    Ludum Dare 19

    December 17th-20th, 2010
    Theme: Discovery

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    Unfathomed - kylerhoades - Competition Entry

    Explore the unfathomed waters in your submarine, as you attempt to rescue a missing colleague.

    In addition to the rescue mission, there are rare creatures and a secret area to discover and explore.

    Created using Game Maker 8. All content created by myself during the competition.

    View kylerhoades's journal. | View all entries by kylerhoades

    Ratings

    #23Coolness19%
    #92Theme3.24
    #179Community2.00
    #184Innovation2.24
    #185Graphics2.35
    #191Overall2.29
    #195Fun2.12
    #197Audio1.00
    #204Humor1.44

    Comments

    Krazystyle says ...
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 4:55am

    This ocean is truly vast, I found the dr, but not the black creature. Excellent entry!

    kylerhoades says ...
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 5:23am

    Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

    Hamumu says ...
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 1:22am

    I got to doctor and the depth charges... pretty sure I met the black creature, but since depth charges don't affect anything but the ground, I just followed him around a bit, then rammed him to discover that doing so is fatal. I think I was missing something... maybe something I didn't DISCOVER?

    All the wide-open spaces (and the camera not scrolling until you get near edges) amount to not the most fun exploring experience. It felt like luck whether I stumbled across something or not in the great wide open.

    ladron says ...
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 2:32am

    Where are you Dr. Bennett??

    kylerhoades says ...
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 2:41am

    ***SPOILERS***

    Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.

    The level design was the rushed part so the main discovery is really easy to miss. I want to fix it up later, and I'll try and improve the scrolling and make the depth charges affect enemies.

    This is what you missed: The black creature has an underground lair that you can only get to with the depth charges. In it are a few more of them and a crashed spaceship, which is my highly original way of implying that you have discovered aliens.

    ***END SPOILERS***

    Endurion says ...
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 5:43pm

    A bit dry and slow, but a nice game.
    At the first fish onslaught I thought the whole ocean would be like this. Thank god it wasn't :)
    Found the doctor and depth charges, thanks to your spoiler also the space ship. When you respawn, do you have to find things again? 'cause the message triggers didn't work the second time after I got killed.

    Dslayer27 says ...
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:36pm

    Well that was interesting, found the charges and other Dr. didn't really end though, but it's good.

    Hempuli says ...
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 9:01pm

    A tip for later games: You can usually achieve the atmosphere and feel you're looking for in a much smaller area than you'd think!

    ACodeGerm says ...
    Jan 1, 2011 @ 8:32pm

    I'd definitely change how the camera works, a little ambient music would have made the exploration a little less monotonous.

    Found the doctor, no sign of the black creature though. After I realized that the level just wraps around on the left and right sides I gave up :P

    Nifty game for ten hours :P

    MrPhil says ...
    Jan 5, 2011 @ 1:06am

    I didn't find the black creature, but I did carpet bomb the entire ocean... a lot.... repeatedly. Eventually I found a deep cave with black jelly fish, but one of them caught me. I just didn't feel like trying again.

    huhwhozat says ...
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 3:32pm

    I pretty much echo Hammu's comment in it's entirety. A better camera would be the first improvement to make.

    sirGustav says ...
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 9:19pm

    carpet bombing was fun for a few minutes, this entry is missing some sound and good moody music. perhaps some bubbles and stuff that makes the water look like your moving in the world, sometimes i didn't know if I was moving or not since there wasn't any ground or fishes around, and while the camera did help somewhat with this, I foound it mosly irritating and lagging behind.

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