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    August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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    Mighty-chondria - JonathanG - Jam Entry

    Game by Jonathan Gover, Duncan Stead and Ricky Willis!

    Clear out the bacterial infection! Evolve and absorb the antibiotic resistances and abilities of the bacteria you destroy by splicing their DNA into your plasmid!

    Use WASD to move and QE to roll, and the mouse to look around.

    Click to shoot toxins.

    Hold Space to scan objects.

    When you have collected some plasmids from destroyed bacteria, press TAB to open the upgrade menu and splice DNA. There are three sections of the plasmid that can be upgraded, giving different abilities in each. Your current abilities are displayed in the bottom left.

    Rotate the plasmid to see which DNA segments you have available - they appear as red strands of DNA in a box. You can click and drag them from the box down onto the plasmid ring, and drag DNA segments from the ring back up into the box.

    For an example of this in action, see this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIohRsbVLNI

    If you have more than one spare section of DNA, you can click the arrows at the top of the screen to cycle between them.

    The current spare DNA segment shown in the box can be destroyed and converted into health if you are running low, by clicking the button next to it.

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    Ratings

    Coolness57%
    #14Overall(Jam)3.87
    #20Mood(Jam)3.69
    #22Innovation(Jam)3.68
    #30Graphics(Jam)4.22
    #37Audio(Jam)3.56
    #44Fun(Jam)3.47
    #45Theme(Jam)3.41
    #184Humor(Jam)1.81

    Comments

    frcouceiro says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:14am

    Impressive! 72 hours and this... amazing. Great graphics. Could have better sounds ;)

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:27am

    Ha, this is great! Gameplay is punchy, and exploring the body is kinda fun.

    Love the Deus-Ex-y-ness of it all. Not just the menu-screen, the music fits that quite well too :)

    What kind of shader is that on the bacteria? It looks cool, but I couldn't figure it out yet.

    -Matthew

    JonathanG says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:16pm

    The bacteria use a modified rim lighting shader to look like a surface EMG image - it's about halfway down this page: http://docs.unity3d.com/Documentation/Components/SL-SurfaceShaderExamples.html

    Ditto says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:08am

    This felt nasty, in a good way, great job!

    Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:04am

    Cool, thanks for the link!

    cominu says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:05am

    Great job guys!

    Huitre says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 4:01pm

    The controls feel really good, and good DNA mechanics! I would have liked to see a bit more the effects but nice concept!

    aeveis says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 4:06pm

    yay i beat it. fun way to sort of upgrade, have to arrange the cubes accordingly. nice job with unity!

    JonathanG says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 7:38pm

    Well done for beating it, it's difficult to eradicate them all!

    TravisChen says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 8:52pm

    Valve pumping was awesome. Great work! Should be Magic School Bus licensed.

    someone says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 2:39pm

    This looks cool, unfortunately you only released the web player version so I cant play it in Linux.

    Zamando says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 2:42pm

    Really cool game! very hard though!

    PaulSB says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 3:07pm

    Cool game! Liked the quivering environment, looked and sounded great. I did struggle to get my head around the upgrades and got lost going back on myself a bit.

    matheod says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 4:05pm

    The drag don't seem work with me but its a really good job, really good immersion !

    Cake&Code says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 6:28pm

    I also could not get the drag to work. Gameplay was fun, and being able to shoot the plasmids further away from me was hilariously frustrating xD

    Also, like the look and feel. Its Deus Ex HUD meets Splice graphics meets Descent gameplay ;)

    robcozzens says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 6:58pm

    Super cool!
    The veins/tunnels could look better, but the cells look awesome!

    darkshadow says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 7:59pm

    Great game, the location in the veins with all the blood cells and bacteria is fascinating, more games need created like this!

    Adhesion says ...
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 4:47am

    Nice! I like the gameplay and music. Upgrade menu doesn't seem to work though. (Can't drag DNA onto the plasmid?)

    odrega says ...
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 7:52am

    Doesn't seem to work. I get the menu screen (with the awesome bacteria) but the start button doesn't work. =(

    Vircung says ...
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 5:48pm

    Game is great. Good job. But bacteria supposed to heal me in some case? That supprised me the most:)

    Walt says ...
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 8:26pm

    great looks, rough controls

    goerp says ...
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 2:39pm

    Wow that looks amazing. You guys really know how to make it look like the real thing. Good sound and music. The game is tight as well. Good menus, intuitive controls and steering. Except the dragging of DNA, that took me a moment to figure out.

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