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    Ludum Dare 24

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

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    Adventurers Evolution - Thurig - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    The game is about family. Before you go out and kill as many zombies you can before dying, you must make the most important decision. Which lovely girl will have your successor? Your successor will avenge your death by killing as many zombies it can!

    Controls:
    WASD or the arrow keys for walking. Space bar to confirm.
    If you run away from a zombie you must tag another one before the one you left standing can be tag again, but only if there are more zombies on the field.

    Why zombies? Because my son wanted me to make a game where you kill zombies and he is allowed to play.

    BTW: this is a AS 3 game.

    About the stats:
    STR and ATT are both used for attacking. I wanted to use STR also to calculate how much stuff you could have on you. I wanted to mix ATT with DEF to calculate the players total defence. "The best defense is a good offense".

    Timelapse:
    https://t.co/Iok8jgDl

    Post Mortem:
    http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/08/28/post-mortem-adventurers-evolution-a-family-game/

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

    Ratings

    Coolness100%
    #90Theme3.69
    #193Innovation3.25
    #259Humor2.41
    #508Audio1.95
    #512Overall2.72
    #546Mood2.30
    #576Fun2.33
    #698Graphics1.95

    Comments

    kevincorrigan says ...
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    Nice concept, Fun too:)

    Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:20pm

    Hahahaha cool! nice work :D

    Rabbits... says ...
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:49pm

    I liked it alot. Good job...

    Brucef says ...
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:49pm

    Cool game concept with the whole generation thing! I was never able to clear an entire floor though): cool game!

    Ninja says ...
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:54pm

    Interesting idea!

    Cell says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:25am

    This game is good. :D

    Sakuyan says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:26am

    Great concept. One of the best use of the theme I've seen in this compo

    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:33am

    Nice concept! Could of used a faster movement speed for the character. Also what is the difference between attack and strength? Would of benefited from a combat log and some other gameplay elements but nice job!

    delerium10101 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:40am

    Really neat, and I liked being able to choose my "evolutionary path". Some explanation of the stats would help though, particularly strength vs. attack.

    AndyBrown says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:29am

    Great game! Managed to clear a few floors with one guy then I stopped progressing at all after a bunch of generations.

    Orni says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:29am

    that's more like breeding than evolution - but who cares, it's a fun concept

    liked it, also very cool your son was involved in your design process

    fr_automatik says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:10am

    Nice!

    samoojamies says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:17am

    Nice use of the theme!

    ncannasse says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:55am

    Love the concept, but could have been more funny if :

    - you could regress by choosing the wrong wife
    - you could have choice/rewarding when killing zombies
    - understanding how you stats affect fighting

    agersant says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:11pm

    Nice take on the theme. I was going to complain about zombies but I see you had a good reason for it =)

    thewiseguy99 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:09pm

    Yes, I agree with the others. The concept of choosing your wife to bear children with certain traits is a good idea. Clearing the level for me was difficult if not impossible. Maybe describing this fighting system would help us but I didn't get it. I think you really aligned the theme. Good Job.

    LuizHGMonclar says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:18pm

    I took some time to understand how it works, but once I did, man, I was really impressed. I loved how you made the "next generation" evolution thing, so before you "pick a wife" you have to think well.

    The only thing that frustrated me a lot is the movement of the character... sometimes it just takes too long to walk up to a zombie just to end up getting killed in one button press, you know? character could be faster, or the level smaller! Just an opinion! :)

    Awesome job man, I really enjoyed it!!

    CdrJameson says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:49pm

    Er, fighting the zombies isn't much fun? I was expecting something a bit more Robotron-y, where they'd come and get me.

    Senekis says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:37pm

    I liked the concept, although the slow movement was annoying. Other than that, I think it's a really nice game.

    Good job!

    My Milked Eek says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:33am

    Cool concept, but hated moving around.

    madpew says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:13pm

    I like the mechanic but it feels a little bit too random. Also the walking around to find zombies is a bit annoying after 13+ generations (to slow) Well done.

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:09pm

    Wow, finally managed to get to floor 2, 17 generations in. :) I liked it. It's like Inside a Star-filled Sky meets Desktop Dungeons. The sounds and yellow backdrop made me a bit nostalgic for my ZX Spectrum days.

    Sergey Mohov says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:23pm

    It was pretty fun, but I can't say I fully understood the fight mechanic and what tagging has anything to do with it, but what the hell :-)

    munchor says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:33pm

    I liked the game, but it could be more fun...

    Cosmologicon says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:13pm

    Creative idea, but the mechanics of the zombie-fighting part leave a bit to be desired. Having an option to run away doesn't help at all and just slows things down. I accidentally ran away from the last zombie on floor 1 and then I got stuck!

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:05pm

    Really interesting mechanics, I like the idea of getting stronger like that and the concept. A harem selection screen does feel a bit sexist though. >.> "She could bear you this child!" Of course on a strictly game mechanic type, it's fine and thinking too deeply about games is for editorial writers.

    I wish I could see the stats on a zombie before fighting it.

    pighead10 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:28pm

    It felt a bit random whether I died or killed a zombie, I could see no stats other than what was described at the beginning. Good concept.

    Cake&Code says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:29am

    Hehe, finally got to floor 2 at generation 14! Of course, I was slaughtered by the second zombie there even with my 16 Hp and 15 Defense. I think this game could benefit so much from simply displaying the stats of the foe after a battle (whether win or lose) just so you can see what you had been fighting against. A full battle sequence would be a lot more work... but a lot more impressive!! Overall, pretty engaging despite the rather frustratingly slow movement xD

    zkenshin says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:02pm

    Kinda felt too slow after a while when I was strong enough to take out the first floor almost every time but had to slowly walk around to each zombie, but I had a fun time playing. Good job.

    timtipgames says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:51am

    I really like the personality and love you put into this game. Reading your post-mortem and description it's nearly impossible to not like it :) The game itself definitely would be much better if it has a combat system. That would bring much more transparency into the stats and as a result dying to a zombie would not feel so random. Making the player a disposable thing that needs to be sacrificed to proceed in the game is something that I haven't come along in this way yet. (In know, seeing the dad as disposable is not your interpretation of your game, but that's what it is like from a game-mechanical point of view). I finaly have to admit that I wished the graphics would be nicer and that there was some sound. But anyway: a great idea.

    Gungnir says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:03pm

    Nice game.

    I do think it would be much better if it felt more alive, more zombies, faster pace, animated etc.
    Also, the interactions with the zombies could use some more depth, as mentioned above.

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:17pm

    Generations concept is fun, it would be nice little touch if the guy had his mothers hair colour. Movement is a little slow and if you could get zombies to move that would also be great.

    matheod says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:32pm

    Movement are little slow and the game quickly become boring but was funny ;-)

    monomanio says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:17pm

    Hah awesome :)

    nseward says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:53pm

    If you had Nazi zombies this would be better. I had fun playing. I wish there was some more skill than picking the right mate.

    TheSarcastic says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 6:33pm

    Concept is really good but would be nice to move a bit faster and have better graphics would help it too

    Thurig says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 7:00pm

    Thank you all for the kind and nice replies. I going to put all the feedback into work. As soon as there is a new version ready to be played I will post about it. Thank you all again for play and replies!

    Raptor85 says ...
    Sep 7, 2012 @ 12:07pm

    Game felt pretty much entirely random, even getting over 15 in each stat it seemed to be a simple matter of chance as to whether i killed a zombie or it instantly killed me, weaker characters by chance easily cleared 2-3 floors then a stronger character might die on the first zombie. Movement is way too slow and kinda just made it drag on, especially when a zombie spawns way on the other side from where you're at, the combat menu didn't really seem to serve any purpose, and actually hindered a lot, i accidently hit "run away" quite a few times and had to cross the entire map again to fight something else before it would let me fight that zombie again, since you have to kill everything and can't tell zombie stats before the fight run away didnt seem to have a purpose anyways.

    The actual evolution part is fine, just would have been nice if the combat was more fun and the stats more relevant to it.

    infernet89 says ...
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:57am

    Interesting idea a generational fight against the same enemy.

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