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    Ludum Dare 20

    April 29th-May 2nd, 2011
    Theme: It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take this!

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    Ant General - whizzter - Competition Entry

    (FireFox 3.x has performance problems. I got them partially fixed in the FF3 version but if you can, then use another browser)

    Take the sugar to guide your troops to reach the sugarpiles!

    Controlling the general is done by:
    - Clicking on the place to walk.
    - Walking over an item to pick it up.
    - If you are carrying an item you can click on the hand in the upper right corner to drop that item.

    The game requires a modern browser with HTML5 canvas support and a fast JS runtime.

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

    Ratings

    #19Graphics3.97
    #36Theme3.56
    #50Innovation3.50
    #107Community2.90
    #119Overall3.06
    #156Coolness3%
    #176Fun2.56
    #248Humor1.80
    #265Audio1.33

    Comments

    Radiatoryang says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 8:33am

    Really cute idea and great graphics

    DrPetter says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 10:04am

    I managed to beat the second level without carrying sugar, and running at 3 fps in firefox. I just zipped right past all the bugs and got the whole sugar stash for myself. Model general. Perhaps the goal should be to get N (or any) troops to the sugar, rather than just yourself? Looks pretty though.

    mjb67 says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 12:16pm

    I always have one stupid ant that's always going the wrong way :-) Fun game.

    lingmops says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 2:52pm

    I like the indirect control of the troops concept, bloody difficult game!

    Cirrial says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 2:59pm

    Amazing little game. Awkward to control units indirectly but then that's what makes the game challenging. Gets a little clunky when everything's all clustered into one area. Nice graphics. Very well done. I enjoyed it quite a lot!

    zzorn says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 3:47pm

    Performance is pretty bad in firefox 3.6, but neat idea. Swarm against swarm battles could be interesting to explore further.

    FireSlash says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 7:59pm

    Loved the graphics. AI was frustrating to deal with.

    mpc174 says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 5:04am

    Brings back some memories of playing SimAnt! Nice graphics too.

    spoon says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 10:35am

    The AI works poorly. All my soldiers get stuck, and won't defend me even though I have the sugar.

    Graphics are good though, and it runs okay for me on firefox 3.6.16

    @mpc174 SimAnt was one of the first games I ever played - a classic!

    Winterblood says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 8:32pm

    Nice visual treatment, but the soldier ants didn't seem all that helpful - they all got killed halfway through the first level and I sprinted the rest, then on level 2 I didn't see any sugar so just sprinted with a sunflower.

    May 4, 2011 @ 3:51am

    Insect Overlord. Very nice.

    Kynrael says ...
    May 7, 2011 @ 7:19pm

    Very interesting concept. Good work on the graphics too.

    mwest says ...
    May 11, 2011 @ 6:21pm

    Very innovative and the graphics are nice - managed to finish it and killed all the bugs on the second level :)! Well done!

    Endurion says ...
    May 12, 2011 @ 11:54am

    Not bad, I like the idea. I got horribly stuck (not literally) in the first level with all soldier ants getting killed and me badly hurt.

    Works really nice in a modern browser like IE9.

    elbowroom says ...
    May 17, 2011 @ 10:42pm

    I had trouble playing this on ff.. It works great on IE9. looks pretty great too but I was disappointed when it ended after the second level. It seems like all you do is lead ants to battle.. but it is fun. You don't actually 'order' the ants to affect battle strategy.. which could be interesting.

    My suggestions, (1)have surviving ants, gain xp so you can gather a small but trusted group of elite(high lvl) ants to use in the later levels.(2)Add later levels.
    (3)Give ants different roles?

    Overall very thematic and great fun.

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