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    Ludum Dare 20

    April 29th-May 2nd, 2011
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    Curse Of The Golden Pearl - Hamumu - Competition Entry

    Scuba Jim & Mumbly Jim in...

    Curse Of The Golden Pearl!
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    It's very simple to play, just click to move, and visit the tugboat to buy things with the pearls you collect. Instructions are shown before you play, so I don't have to tell you that.

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

    Ratings

    #18Fun3.74
    #36Overall3.53
    #45Graphics3.68
    #45Humor3.19
    #75Coolness8%
    #97Innovation3.22
    #109Audio2.70
    #123Community2.81
    #179Theme2.51

    Comments

    Orangy Tang says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 10:27am

    Perhaps it's because I'm playing on a laptop trackpad, but this is really hard! I could only just get the first two items before dying. Perhaps recharging your health on the surface would help?

    Also the world felt very small - going all the way to the right and the left there just seemed to be empty space. Would have been nice to be able to explore more.

    Nice graphics and setting though, and an interesting idea. I'll probably give this another go when I've got a proper mouse handy.

    AtkinsSJ says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 12:40pm

    Good game! Managed to win in 22:28, which is probably a terrible score.

    I never did figure out what the pants were for though.

    Hamumu says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 3:30pm

    I got 22:46, so you beat me! But I did have an extra golden pearl at the time, that should be worth something. As for the world, it's not just empty space - it has a fixed width (not that wide) and there is "interesting" stuff filling it all. It's just deeper the further you go from the middle, so you need more air and a flashlight. And a duck doesn't hurt either.

    pythong says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 10:42pm

    very nice and solid entry! something that was annoying was to find the ship everytime i came back to the surface to go shopping, it would be nice if it would follow you (slowly, more or less. does it want to lose its single customer?). also, the exit button on the shopping screen was more annoying than helpful. i loooove your pixel graphics! what do you use to make them? overall, VERY nice entry :)

    erik says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 1:34am

    As always, an interesting and fun game. If you have a run of bad luck at the start, the beginning of the game can be frustratingly slow.

    SonnyBone says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 7:28am

    Took me 26 minutes. I just couldn't find any dang ol' GOLD PEARLS! Ow. Now my wrist hurts. :(

    This was pretty fun but lacked something that I can't put my finger on... It controls very well and looks nice.

    eli says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 7:45am

    High score for humor =)
    I wouldn't have wanted to make it shorter, but it did get tedious about halfway through.
    Also, I couldn't figure out how to use the depth charges.

    Lovely graphics and style. Wish the pants had done something.

    Hamumu says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 2:30pm

    For depth charges and duck, they make an icon in the lower left. Hold the duck down as long as you want to use it (you can also keep it held and move the cursor elsewhere if you want to steer), click the depth charge to place one (then run!).

    May 3, 2011 @ 10:58pm

    Best one yet. So fun, great feedback loops and progression.

    You definitely put your skills to good use here, Ham. Thanks for making this one for us!

    Winterblood says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 1:37pm

    Very slick! Impressed.

    jonbro says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 1:48pm

    a pretty polished game for the amount of time. You must know what you are doing. I felt that the difficulty ramped up pretty darn quick on some of my plays, but not so much on others. is the world randomly generated?

    recursor says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 1:53pm

    I think there should be a keyboard button for the mines instead of having to click on them. I kept getting gnawed on by the sharks when I tried to deploy a mine. One other thing, there is a small bug with the purchase menu. If you are have the store open and you press escape, the store doesn't go away but you can still swim around behind it. Very fun game! 35:00

    Hamumu says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 2:58pm

    Yes, it's a random world. It adds in a fudge so that it's shallowest right where you start and heads deeper off in both directions. If you get a lot of platforms near your start, it probably is a lot easier than if you don't!

    lingmops says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 5:43pm

    Is that Brendan Small from Home Movies I spot? Solid little game this, I really enjoyed playing this! The only criticism I have is that the random map creates some impossible to get to areas, which is mildy annoying, and it isn't always clear how some items work/affect the player. Overall though, excellent game. iOS version please! It would definitely be iThing compatible :)

    Made me giggle a few times too!

    Hamumu says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 6:40pm

    I googled "patron saint of scuba divers", and of course there is one. Saint Brendan, so I google-imaged him to make sure he came out accurate!

    You can actually reach anywhere you want eventually, because Depth Charges can blow up rock. You may have to hurt yourself to set them off though.

    And lastly, yes it was designed with tablet play in mind! That's why there's no key for mines (or arrow keys to steer), though I did allow ESC in a couple places. Planned for Playbook specifically, because I don't have a way to port to iPhone, even though that would be a better market.

    Covenant says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 9:47pm

    Amazing work! :)

    lingmops says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 12:40am

    Aaaah, I never tried the depth charges! Fair enough then :)

    treeman says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 10:11am

    Wow this is so addictive, clearly one of the simplest yet funniest games here.

    DrPetter says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 5:47pm

    Addictive but slightly tedious. I wasted a few gold pearls before I realized they were useful for something other than exchanging and buying stuff. Collecting got a lot quicker when all the stuff was equipped, but it also got less exciting since the whole ocean was relatively harmless and not scary anymore. In the beginning I had hoped that there would be increasingly large and spooky things below. Would have been nice if there were at least angler fish and other creatures that you only saw beneath a certain level, in the dark. Maybe they could flee your light as you approached. The light could also get dimmer the further down you go, so maybe you have to upgrade the flashlight a few times to reach bottom. Anyhoo, fun and casual.

    Cirrial says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 7:37pm

    Nice little game. Seems a bit sparse to the left, though. Also I was pretty terrible at playing it and couldn't finish but I enjoyed the stuff I did play. Pretty solid little game.

    TellusE says ...
    May 6, 2011 @ 5:39pm

    Not bad, not bad at all.

    Kept me going constantly, think I've been playing half an hour straight so far :P

    great animations, really nice effects with the darkness and bubbles. Excellent detail with the drift on the clam feed in the water.

    Tack on a select few features (more upgrades, more locales, achievement or score systems) and get this thing out :)

    bmfs says ...
    May 7, 2011 @ 3:44pm

    I really like the kind of play-and-get-stuff-to-evolve gametype Only felt the control was getting in the way. Maybe because I was using the trackpad, it was kind of difficult to control the diver.

    Endurion says ...
    May 8, 2011 @ 1:45pm

    Really nice :)
    As usual I'd like to add ;) Very nice increasingly useful items and you get to see more and more. However I got too greedy and drowned 17 minutes in :(
    Well done!

    Kynrael says ...
    May 8, 2011 @ 6:36pm

    Very nice game, congrats !

    Little Angel says ...
    May 13, 2011 @ 1:20am

    Ver ver nice. Feels complete. THAT is an achievement in itself.

    Danik says ...
    May 13, 2011 @ 12:31pm

    Addictive and fun, nice one!

    Cybs says ...
    May 16, 2011 @ 8:53pm

    zee pants do nothing!

    case 15: // pants
    items[w * 5 + 2] = 0;
    break;

    *waves fist*

    Hamumu says ...
    May 16, 2011 @ 10:41pm

    Well, there are no cats in the ocean.

    jfroco says ...
    May 22, 2011 @ 7:07pm

    Nice game. Congratulations

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