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    Ludum Dare 24

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

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    UN-Natural Selection - Haddy22 - Jam Entry

    UnNatural Selection

    -You bread creatures over generations to withstand different events that happen to your village. You take on the role of the Village Shaman that can foresee events before they occur. Do your best to keep your village alive. Can you withstand all 30 events?

    Game built in Flash / AS3
    Art programs used: Flash / Photoshop

    Team Members
    Mark Hemingway
    Marcus Hadlock
    Daniel Hadlock
    Matt Hadlock
    Zac Hadlock

    Team YellowBouncyBall

    View Haddy22's journal. | View all entries by Haddy22

    Ratings

    Coolness100%
    Theme(Jam)4.28
    #15Overall(Jam)3.84
    #20Innovation(Jam)3.70
    #22Humor(Jam)3.51
    #24Mood(Jam)3.63
    #26Audio(Jam)3.72
    #29Graphics(Jam)4.23
    #55Fun(Jam)3.37

    Comments

    nate427 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:06pm

    There is no game to be played at that page. :P

    jsjwooowooo says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:48pm

    Same here, no luck, tried both Chrome and IE.

    DustyStylus says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:57pm

    No game on Firefox either! Please fix, the game looks great, we want to play it! :D

    Ithildin says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:08pm

    Not working in Opera, either (no surprise after reading the other comments and testing it on Chrome too, but it was the first browser I tried to play in).

    PickledBrain says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:28pm

    Same here. Nothing came up.

    Haddy22 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:24am

    Sorry guys- we have 30 more minutes ;) We are making a few tweaks and bug fixes then we will upload it. Sorry!

    Haddy22 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:06am

    Game is now uploaded and ready for you to check out. Thanks and sorry for the concern! We made it in time :) Raced the clock for the last hour there!

    flyingbear says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:37am

    This game has the best voice acting ever. And awesome use of selective breeding. Of all the characteristic breeding games this Jam I've seen so far, this one was the most intuitive. Kudos!

    hi-scor.es says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:44am

    Wonderful game! Top notch!
    Love the idea and very smooth execution.

    axcho says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:49am

    Works great for me. :) Really glad to see a game that actually involves evolution as the basic mechanic.

    clavicarius says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:50am

    Fun to play. Hard to keep diversity in the tribe.

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:01am

    Interesting game. A bit repetitive, but it's not too bad. Fun, nonetheless.

    batiali says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:03am

    Cool graphics! Reminded me Binding of Isaac somehow. Game itself seems to have promising puzzle mechanics. Good job.

    PickledBrain says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:30pm

    Love your graphics. They remind me of the Where the Wild Things Are. The game has very unique gameplay, almost puzzle based. Good work. Btw I think I found an interesting bug, I selected one individual and meant to select another but instead the guy just walked by itself into the tent and a baby appeared lol

    Andrew says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:32pm

    Nicely polished but I just end up breeding a single pair over and over again.

    deejorg says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:18am

    much fun playing it! cool idea and graphics

    Evil Cult says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:47pm

    Cool concept but could use a bit of fleshing out I think. Unfortunately for me a lot of the game seemed to using one pair for the whole round to try and pass and their seemed to be a lack of control over what you had left to breed with in later levels. Sound and graphics worked well, great concept, and matched the theme pretty damn well. Not a bad game all-round :)

    MrDanH says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:48pm

    Nicely polished game, but I really struggled to predict what traits the offspring would have and sometimes I would start a level with no parents that had a required trait (does this mean that no offspring can have it?).

    Kayelgee says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:16pm

    I liked this very much

    Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:17pm

    This game's idea was excellent, also the graphics and sounds were great!

    caranha says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 5:05am

    Very interesting game, a great take on the theme!

    I found that the game was a bit too difficulty, I couldn't get past of the 4th or 5th event -> this was mainly because the breeding animation took too long, an I could never get more than 3-4 offspring. Maybe making the game allow twins would help?

    mohammad says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 9:26pm

    I really like the humor and concept of this. Was fun trying to get my monsters evolve. At certain points the game gave me the impossible, Like short arms when the last event was long arms.
    >:(

    Zelen3d says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 9:45pm

    I loved the sounds the chaman made. For some reason all my females always died, and I facepalmed when I saw that males could reproduce by themselves.

    Cake&Code says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 5:16pm

    One of the best uses of the theme I've seen yet! My only complaints are about difficulty due to the short breeding time and the (seeming) lack of recessive traits. Once you've bred what seems to be a race of the same traits it seems like you've lost all the others completely and there's never enough time nor do enough of the previously unfavorable traits survive to develop them when needed.

    With some polish this could be a great game Mendeleev would have been proud of :)

    goerp says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 5:33pm

    Looks great. Sounds and plays a bit like a level of Spore. Very professionally done. Once I choose wrong and after an event I was left with the same kind of monsters. Unfortunately with this game mechanic it can never change. Maybe a little randomness?
    Bu a very good game for this theme!

    Kmad says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Fantastic game, looks brilliant and fits the theme really well. It was a real challenge to maintain genetic diversity.

    tcstyle says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    Great game idea for the theme. I liked the sound and graphics. Pretty great mood with this consistent style.

    Yngar says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 11:14pm

    I liked it a lot, it was pretty difficult. I think with a little balancing to make it a bit easier would make it a really cool game. I spent a lot of time in the game breeding the same two just hoping to get one that would survive.

    thewiseguy99 says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 11:31pm

    Great game. Very well related to the theme. Graphics are great and funny looking too. The music was very appropriate to the game. A really good job make of this game. Polished and professional. Just think how much better it would be with more time!

    Wan says ...
    Sep 6, 2012 @ 7:10am

    It's hard not to rate this 5/5 all across the board. A funny and innovative gameplay that fits perfectly the theme, awesome and consistent graphics, a pretty decent audio...

    This game could go as-is to Armor Games/Kongregate and probably meet some moderate success, and it's been done in 72 hours. Congrats YellowBouncyBall team!

    SaintHeiser says ...
    Sep 6, 2012 @ 8:35am

    Nice work! Despite I don't like this genre=) It's really fun and addictive!

    infernet89 says ...
    Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:00am

    Woha, that was a really good game! Maybe it's too hard, because keep all variety of species it's quite impossible after certain event, but i believe you if you tell it's possible!

    zx81 says ...
    Sep 6, 2012 @ 5:19pm

    The game is awesome!! I loved the graphics and the sounds... and the whole idea. I liked the "tribesmen" language, Google translator went crazy!! :D

    science4cake says ...
    Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:07pm

    Loved the game overall. Game play wise, I was frustrated with two things. It was often difficult to select a particular critter for breeding, and time is a big deal in this game. Also, it's very hard to maintain trait diversity, or to expand back out after a certain trait has been wiped out.

    kddekadenz says ...
    Sep 7, 2012 @ 9:51pm

    Amazing game. Simple concept, but I enjoyed playing it.
    The sound and graphics are very good, too.

    zachstronaut says ...
    Sep 8, 2012 @ 5:46pm

    Holy crap this is awesome. Love the audio. Cute graphics. Love the gameplay. Not sure yet if I can actually maintain the diversity I need to survive many rounds... could be my poor planning, or you could need to tweak that. Also there seems to be an occasional bug where you don't see both monsters highlighted when selected. I appreciate very much that you didn't force there to be male monsters and female monsters... no reason to enforce gender stereotypes, and you did not. Nice work!!!

    savethejets1 says ...
    Sep 8, 2012 @ 7:07pm

    Wow, awesome stuff!

    michax says ...
    Sep 8, 2012 @ 9:06pm

    Hahah nice mating simulator. Awesome graphics!

    Sep 9, 2012 @ 8:54pm

    Really good, love the concept and the art. Only thing that wasn't great was when they walked off the bottom of the screen at times so I couldn't see if they had short legs, but other than that I really enjoyed the game!.

    hamster_mk_4 says ...
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 4:19am

    I love the vaguely suggestive monster noises. Of all the games I have played this best fit the theme. I couldn't make it past the big teeth challenge. If the game were turn based as opposed to time limit it might be easier to figure out.

    Sep 11, 2012 @ 11:26pm

    Great job!

    juaxix says ...
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 8:44am

    All my tribe died of water melon? XD
    I found some bugs, i could create a new generation just selecting just one, and so on haha
    It's funny to see how after randomize the tribes and disasters are new :D

    Sestren says ...
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 5:00pm

    Everything about this game is very well put together. The challenges quickly become very difficult, indeed. It seems it is absolutely essential that you maintain at least some diversity in your tribe, since some traits are impossible to breed without it. A list of suggestions that would make the game more accessible, however, would be: Show a small version of the mixture chart, in the background maybe, or have a way to bring it up. Maybe consider showing a preview of what the next challenge will entail, so you can prepare better (since right now it's too easy to get a dead-end through no fault of your own), and maybe differentiate the legs and arms a bit more (The different stages of teeth and fur are very easy to identify, but for arms and legs, it's a lot harder).

    Despite those minor issues, this is one of the best games I've played, and it is spot on with the theme. :)

    DWallin says ...
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 3:28am

    A nice job but there needs to be some tweaks in the gameplay to allow for a diverse population. You breed to get through the round and then the disaster kills off the rest. Eventually you get to a monoculture which then go extinct. More variation plus the ability to breed in several rounds before a natural disaster happens would go a long way.

    Jedi says ...
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 4:54am

    It's well-polished and overall very good. I wish the polish was more in the gameplay department, though. It takes way too long to click on the next couple after you choose one. It would be annoying even without a timer!

    Also, the genetics aren't entirely realistic or intuitive. L + M = S? I guess something has to, since I just lost all my S's...

    As it is, this game seems Tetris-like in that, at some point, the player's death is assured.

    Don't limit the number of couples that can be in the breeding tent, lose the timer and instead limit the number of offspring and you've got yourself a great game ;)

    cakemonitor says ...
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 9:14am

    lovely graphics and a great game overall. it would be good to introduce a chance of random mutation, because I ended up with three identical creatures that could only make more exactly like themselves ... the next even that they weren't suited to wiped them all out ;)

    bobiniki says ...
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 10:33am

    Just briliant!

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