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    Ludum Dare 23

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

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    SlimeABug - schattenkind.net - Jam Entry

    SlimeABug

    by schattenkind.net team

    A tiny alien blob from outer space gets stranded on earth in a front garden. Use your blobs shape-shifting abilities to find the way back to your spaceship. Consume corpses to learn new forms and find out how to use the abilities!

    controls:
    w-a-s-d: move
    space: action (consume a corpse/fight/eat/...)
    1-9: morph

    Webplayer up now, but only recommended for CHROME due to sound-problems/hang in Firefox!


    Hint: for linux you need the love2d runtime: https://love2d.org/

    credits:
    F. Fischer /sience/
    Robert Noll /ghoulsblade/
    Sebastian Dorda /hagish/

    schattenkind.net
    crankgaming.blogspot.com

    powered by the super awesome

    love2d


    Website: http://ghoulsblade.schattenkind.net/wiki/index.php/LudumDare201204
    Youtube-Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FZwpAxJMis

    View schattenkind.net's journal. | View all entries by schattenkind.net

    Ratings

    Coolness78%
    #13Innovation(Jam)3.96
    #33Fun(Jam)3.51
    #34Overall(Jam)3.73
    #39Theme(Jam)3.58
    #63Mood(Jam)3.30
    #106Audio(Jam)3.00
    #114Graphics(Jam)3.40
    #127Humor(Jam)2.33

    Comments

    Jeremias says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:01pm

    Shape shifting, nice idea. Pulling enemies into the "own" units, too. I think getting attacked while transforming makes the game too difficult.

    ghoulsblade says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:38pm

    try using space while in ant-form instead of luring the big beetle into the horde, that should make it easier ;)

    Seppi says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:09pm

    This is very cool! I like the swarm concept of getting the ants to work for you!

    -josefnpat

    headchant says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:08am

    fixed(?) resolution made it hard to see everything, movement ist awkward. Great graphics and gameplay!

    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:18am

    A WebBrowser version follows soon :) !

    graytest says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:20pm

    Nice idea, good execution.

    BubuIIC says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:48pm

    Wow. Really nice game, great art and its quite fun to play!

    Chtulhu says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:08pm

    Great idea. Maybe a bit too difficult. It's hard to have to restart from the beginning after having been playing for a few minutes.

    Cosmologicon says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 4:26am

    Really great artwork and concept! I'm very impressed. A bit unforgiving, since you can die so quickly and have to start all the way over....

    Apr 25, 2012 @ 6:40am

    the big group of big beetles blocking the path ? you can get through that without hit&run if you look around a bit elsewhere ;)

    Moth says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:23am

    This is a really cool game! I love its concept. I really dig the way different forms interact!

    Monkey Armada says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:52am

    I really liked the concept. The gameplay seems very well planned and the learning curve looks good, although it could use a bit more balancing.
    The graphics are ok, I like old school (SimAntish) style, but some animations would help a lot.
    The music was quite repetitive and didn't match the ambience imo.
    Good overall!

    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:16pm

    MacOSX Version is out!

    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:19pm

    webplayer up now, but only recommended for chrome due to sound-problems/hang and general slowness in firefox:
    http://ghoulsblade.schattenkind.net/love-webplayer/ludumdare201204/

    mess110 says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:29am

    nice

    evilseanbot says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:34am

    A bunch of the graphics wouldn't display (the opening scene, the ants all appeared as white boxes). Too bad, looks neat.

    Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:56am

    If you have problem with the Chrome Browser Version (you need WebGL enabled and a good graphic card), try the Windows, MacOSX one!

    chrismcr says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:33pm

    Took me a bit to figure out the rules about when/how I could shapeshift but overall this is well thought out, and I liked the music.

    Apr 26, 2012 @ 2:10pm

    @chrismcr thanks. it feels good to hear someone likes the music :). discovering the rules is a part of the gameplay, but sure ... a tutorial would be good.

    racarate says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:21pm

    Wow, very polished. The music is perfectly fitting. Grand Theft Insect -- very clever. A bit reminiscent of Space Station Silicon Valley. I often couldn't tell exactly why I died for some reason -- maybe the camera cuts back to the upper-left corner too quickly? I love the mechanic of rallying your ant friends to attack the mega-bug. A little too hard, but good job!

    P.S. You guys are the first I've seen to use the LOVE web-player, that is a promising development!

    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:30pm

    @racarate thats because ghoulsblade is the developer of the love2d-webplayer :-) . I really appreciate your comment. thanks!

    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:38pm

    (ghoulsblade here) thanks ! yeah, the webplayer is still a bit young and lacks some things, but i think it's starting to be rather useful. I finally added audio support for the first time after this jam, and did some big performance tweaking also. Still some browser/system/version combos are problematic.

    noxious says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:44pm

    Great idea and nice graphics.
    It's easier after you found the rigth way ;-)
    And at first I did not see that the ability stands in the upper left corner. That made it really hard^^

    orunbot says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:57pm

    Great idea. I think my favorite part is that the difficulty is unforgiving.

    Make A Game says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:21pm

    Very interesting concept. Gameplay reminds me of the "Evolution" theme more than the Tiny World one but I enjoyed it!

    davidllanos22 says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:36pm

    Very cool game! Great concept, but a bit difficult! The web version worked great . Well done :)

    Cake&Code says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:18am

    That was pretty hard, but the absorbing of new forms when in slime form was really cool. I found the movement to be a bit awkward as the character did the odd rotation in place to go in a new direction instead of facing it immediately or more quickly, made it harder to aim attacks I thought.

    Quirky little game, nicely done! :)

    jfroco says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 4:37am

    Great art. Kudos for using Löve and the Webplayer. Great idea, a little too hard :)

    kddekadenz says ...
    May 1, 2012 @ 10:26am

    Awesome game, nice idea, but a bit hard.
    But it keeps me want to play it.

    ehtd says ...
    May 1, 2012 @ 4:51pm

    The shapeshifting idea is very good. The gameplay is interesting and fun. The movement is a little weird, and some times you die too fast. This game has potential :)

    deejorg says ...
    May 1, 2012 @ 5:35pm

    The concept is great and really makes me want to go forward to discover all the shapes he can get. What i feel lacking is some kind of direction as to where i should head to find the ship. Also liked the cooldown mechanic on the morphs, give the game a good pace. Congrats!

    PabloAM says ...
    May 2, 2012 @ 3:35pm

    Nice game and mechanics. I like it :)

    domrein says ...
    May 2, 2012 @ 4:15pm

    Great game. Best one I've played so far! My only complaint is that you have to start over when you die. I eventually gave up because I couldn't beat it.

    May 3, 2012 @ 8:19pm

    Good game!

    PIXEL^3 says ...
    May 9, 2012 @ 12:17am

    Creative idea, but there were lag spikes for whatever reason and and ran perfectly the rest of the time. Also, why did you make the screen size so big?

    raarlac says ...
    May 9, 2012 @ 1:14am

    Potatobeetle is the most annoying enemy i've seen in this LD!! Awesome game, played it a lot!

    gavin5564 says ...
    May 11, 2012 @ 9:42pm

    That's the weirdest game ive played so far. But it's really interesting. Great work.

    May 12, 2012 @ 12:17pm

    Yours is a lot more weirder ;-). Lets make a Gamejam to create the weirdest game ever :).

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