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

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    Oh Boy, Oh Boy - Tom - Jam Entry

    Oh Boy, Oh Boy is a game about cultivating boys in space.
    Rotate your planet and watch your boys flourish.

    Controls
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    Rotate Left: Left Arrow
    Rotate Right: Right Arrow

    Credits
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    Tom Harris
    Rhys van der Waerden
    Kalonica Quigley
    Kim d'Amazing

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

    Ratings

    #12Theme(Jam)3.90
    #34Graphics(Jam)4.12
    #41Innovation(Jam)3.59
    #77Mood(Jam)3.13
    #94Overall(Jam)3.23
    #129Fun(Jam)2.75
    #132Humor(Jam)2.27
    #216Audio(Jam)1.00
    #809Coolness36%

    Comments

    Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:30pm

    This is beautiful. Seriously. Trying to figure out what to do and cultivating a a habitable planet is fun. Nice work!

    CaptainIcy says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Nice game! I really like the style and the idea. But I must ask, is this endless or is there a way to "win"? I played it for a while and never did understand what I was really⦠doing in the long run.

    Anyway, really nice job with the animations and the art, coding, etc. Great job for 72 hours. :)

    Tom says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 3:08am

    @matthias_zarzecki
    Thanks very much.

    @CaptainIcy
    Thanks for the feedback, at this stage we have not implemented a win condition, we will post a link to the updated version when its available.

    Gremlin says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:00pm

    Looks gorgeous. Would love to see the systems expanded and a win condition...the interaction felt a little sparse, but growing a planet like this seems fun.

    BubuIIC says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 7:10pm

    Nice, this is really fun to play, almost got everything grown, but not quite :-)

    leafo says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:59am

    It's a cool concept but it doesn't really go anywhere. I'd love to see more

    rvmook says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:28pm

    To bad there's not really much going on besides the cool idea. Really nice graphics and concept though

    tequibo says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:57pm

    Very cool mechanics. Needs balancing, progression, win condition and it will be a very interesting game.

    chinchang says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:27pm

    marvelous...sets a nice mood. just that it was much of simulation kind of. Anyways...i liked it :)

    AirRider3 says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:56pm

    Interesting! AI is an inspiring field!

    spooks says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:24pm

    I love it, one of my favourites! I'm guessing everything here is 2D models (except for the animal)? Really nice work, you should definitely keep adding to this!

    Gabriel says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:18pm

    Beautiful! One more entry that reminds me Flow, for the slow rhythm and contemplative nature. Very calm and good to look at, even though it lacks actual game mechanics and is more of a simulator / pretty toy - but nothing wrong with that! I'd love to see this game expanded, congratulations!

    desmarkie says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:27am

    Looks great! Beginnings of a nice game idea here.

    eigenbom says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 7:15am

    Looks great and I like the (mating?) dance..

    Jigxor says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 3:18pm

    Cool mechanic, awesome graphics and nice presentation. I really liked the concept, it would be cool if there was a win condition!

    Overall, very nice polished game :)

    jason.bakker says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 7:14am

    This was very cool! Loved the systemic nature of it :) Can't wait to see a more fleshed out version.

    ghRibacki says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 12:54am

    Nice idea, awesome graphics, too bad there is no sound.
    Want to try out the updated version later! =)

    R3ason says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 1:48am

    Fun! Beautiful game with simple mechanics! Really enjoyed this one (wish it had a nice ambient sound track to go with it!) Thanks!

    ilo says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 6:34pm

    Quite the curio you have here. Some LD games of a similar style are very straightforward to make progress in, so I liked how you have to constantly deal with the weather and asteroids here.

    MrBarnslig says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 6:21am

    Putting together planets is fun, if anything this LD has determined that! I wish I had a little more agency in the process though - I didn't feel like me moving around the planet did a whole lot - things kind of moved forward on their own, albeit a bit slower. Also the meteorites come in a bit too fast to do much about it. That said, graphics were great, has a nice feel to it. Thanks!

    Zillix says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 8:20am

    really neat idea, would love to see it taken further!

    ilikescifi says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 1:45pm

    Great idea! Please make a full game out of it!

    ragnister says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 6:24pm

    It's easy and funny, you can make a full game, port to mobile and sell it!

    Niavlys says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 8:48pm

    As already said, gorgeous graphics, nice idea, but limited gameplay. I'd love to see this updated.

    mooosh says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 1:51am

    this is so neat. great job! I'd love to see this expanding with civilizations and such

    Shadow says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 2:57am

    Amazing but simple concept. Would love to see this idea evolve into a complete game (currently lacking win condition and music mainly)

    AD-Edge says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 6:07am

    Lacking a soundtrack or sfx unfortunately, but this is one nice game to look at!

    ratking says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 8:07am

    This is sooo beautiful!

    Pierrec says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 12:27pm

    Interesting concept! It deserves to be developed further!

    deejorg says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    Gorgeous looking. I reaaally wanted to keep playing, the idea is pretty fun. You should look more into this and continue developing =D

    blob says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 7:08pm

    Beautiful game. Would love to see an updated version with an ending and or extra levels.

    chambers says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 11:39pm

    I like the core mechanic a lot and the graphics are amazing. I'm not sure if I did everything there is to do, though.

    azurenimbus says ...
    May 5, 2012 @ 1:02am

    Really nice take on a type of game that I normally don't like too much. Made it quite interesting to play by reducing the controls to a beautiful minimalism. Very well implemented, great job! Will be playing more of this in the future.

    Digitalis says ...
    May 5, 2012 @ 9:12am

    Hey everyone, thanks for all the positive feedback.

    We're definitely putting some more work into this game, including devising some sort of goal for the player and making the gameplay a bit more interesting.

    We've got someone doing music too. Hopefully we wont take too long getting you the new version!

    -Rhys

    Thief says ...
    May 10, 2012 @ 12:04pm

    Pity there's no way to win, but it's pretty good.

    Thotep says ...
    May 10, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    Figuring it out is fun; impressive what you can accomplish by just rotating the planet.

    JonathanG says ...
    May 12, 2012 @ 8:08am

    It's a nice idea but it does get to the point where the whole planet is covered in trees and you just end up repairing the patches where the meteors land with rain. Looks very nice, and there's a good mood to it which would have been helped even further with some music!

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