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    Ludum Dare 23

    April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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    Maru - RandomOutput - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    Maru is a local 2 player game played on the keyboard. Battle your friends on the tiny seas!

    Developed in Flash with Flixel.

    Tools:
    IDE: Flash Develop
    Art: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
    Sound: Zoom H2 Field Recorder, Audacity
    Source Control: Git + Github, SmartGit

    The word Maru (cirlce in Japanese) is also attached to many of their merchant vessels. Came by the word while researching ideas for the "Tiny World" theme and it sparked this game concept.

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    Ratings

    #76Graphics3.97
    #94Theme3.73
    #109Innovation3.67
    #187Mood3.13
    #193Overall3.39
    #210Fun3.22
    #296Humor2.50
    #404Audio2.54
    #642Coolness49%

    Comments

    mneubrand says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:23am

    Took me a while to figure out how direction is determined by the position of the cloud. But it is great now that I got that down.

    I really like the look and feel of the game. Looks very coherent and polished.

    Rabbits... says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:28am

    I found a second player, but most people will not be able to. An adventure mode would be very nice.

    EddieCameron says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:29am

    Wow, really polished, nifty game. Controls seem kind of cramped though?

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:07am

    Nice game, always cool with a "couch co-op" game like this, been a while since i tested one. A little confusing controls, but generally nice.

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:50am

    Love hotseat games, and this would probably be pretty fun with a friend. Wasn't able to grab one, sadly, but the game looks great!

    Daniel says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:22am

    Very serene! I love how the hotseat controls are right next to eachother when they don't have to be... Makes everything feel smaller.

    mattchu says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:27am

    Took a minute to catch on to the wind, but it was a lot of fun to play with someone else. :)

    superstu says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:36am

    Only able to play with myself on this one for now but looks very promising. I'll find a second player tomorrow :)

    Daniel says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:39am

    I like the concept! It would be good to play against AI though.
    Do you know about the long-range missile crisis that is going on? It's possible to make a game a bout that with this system :D

    aaronsnoswell says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:21am

    Nice! Needs music and AI though! Really cool idea for a game, and I love the quote on the menu.

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:37am

    Wonderful minimalistic controls.

    Cake&Code says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 1:18am

    I really liked this game! The wind added in such a nice uncontrollable element and I think it's really fun to play as well. I also love the graphics and the art direction is pretty good. (Although as a nitpick, I dislike that font. It's really a nitpick, i didn't consider it in my rating at all. #designernerd) Thanks for the great game! :)

    desmarkie says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:10pm

    Love the idea and style. It's a quick n fun multiplayer.

    KhaoTom says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 5:13am

    Nice, innovative use of theme, really effective graphics. Bonus points for multiplayer :)

    DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 7:32am

    Fun! Extra points for making a 2-player game!

    otaviogood says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 12:02am

    I had fun playing it when I thought the wind was random. Then I read the comment about cloud and wind direction. Still fun. :) This is probably the most polished game of the 48 hour ones I've seen so far. Nice.

    azurenimbus says ...
    May 2, 2012 @ 11:54pm

    Cool game! Very nicely implemented mechanics and immersive audio!

    gregdevice says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 4:15am

    Looks great! Seems real polished, but crazy hard to aim :)

    AD-Edge says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 5:38am

    Nice graphics, hard to play properly though, since theres no one else around at the moment to play the 2nd player. foreveralone.jpg
    Either way though, a cool looking game. Was just a bit confused about how to control which way the boat goes, seems to be pushed around by random wind, some indicator of the wind direction would have been handy.

    Rex Peppers says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 7:53pm

    Nice! Really like the style you chose on this game. Good audio as well.

    Pixelulsar says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 10:46pm

    Cool concept but I feel like it needs something else, there wasn't much too it. Could use a campaign mode, and maybe different shaped worlds and different boats to choose from.

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