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    Ludum Dare 24

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

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    Bear Selection(Web) - darkshadow - Jam Entry

    Description: View a world, where creatures mutate and evolve by themselves. Their traits are passed onto their offspring, so watch natural selection in action or start some artificial selection by killing what you don't like.

    Goal: Breed 1 or more "Care Bears" and find the Easter egg animal!

    Instructions: In Game

    Browser Requirements: uses an HTML-5 Canvas, so it won't run in Internet Explorer.

    The link is to the html page in my public drop-box folder so it may not cope with high traffic and is slightly slower to refresh. If that is a problem, please download the .zip file and run it from your computer.

    Please comment your thoughts along with your rating and I will do likewise! Thank you for playing my first ever LD game! :)

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    Ratings

    Coolness88%
    #9Theme(Jam)3.98
    #100Innovation(Jam)3.04
    #202Humor(Jam)1.59
    #215Overall(Jam)2.59
    #226Audio(Jam)1.07
    #227Mood(Jam)2.03
    #250Graphics(Jam)2.16
    #252Fun(Jam)1.91

    Comments

    fruitfly says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:28pm

    the game is quiet slow in pace. not so much for me.
    i like that you did it as a browser game. too many entries still require to download an executable.

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:52pm

    I have fixed the slowness problem with a slider bar that sets the mutation rate. It is now possible to win the game if you are not patient.

    SiENcE says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:26am

    Very interesting game concept. It should have much more interactive elements.

    Hint: Update the mutations via slider bar without the need of button pressing.

    All i all it's nice to see this concept. Try to evolve it. It has huge potential! Look at dwarven fortress.

    DustyStylus says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:33am

    Fascinating little sandbox! Game does stop sometimes and I'm not sure what I'm doing that makes that happen. Seems to be random. The actual evolution bit is nicely implemented. Fun to watch new species appear. I like the variation in traits as well, that's nicely done. :)

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:38am

    Thanks for the comment, my original plan was to include more interaction from terraforming the world and placing events but unfortunately I ran out of time.

    I will try, I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to HTML and modifying it with the DOM. The slider bar is placed in form which seems like it is more designed to submit server requests, the button called the function properly so I stuck it in.

    Now you mention it I see the similarity, the original goal was for a game where you don't interact directly with the creatures and instead influence them through events. I will have to work on that as I didn't have time to write any other events than to splat them with my mouse.

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:00am

    I think I've fixed the freezing bug, or rather found that despite the fact I fixed it last night somehow I had forgotten to upload the revision.

    for anyone interested the bug, was the game manager running a loop that goes through all the creatures, but as it was checking to see if the creature was a certain type after it told the creature make its move. So in the rare case the creature was the last in the array and died the check was looking outside the bound of the array.

    Kickerua says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:40pm

    I like to sit and watch how my little stupid creations mutate.

    It would be nice to have button "spawn amoeba". :)

    sampyxis says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:14pm

    Really interesting idea - I think if I had a lot of time - I'd be able to play all the way through - it moved a bit slow - but I love the way you used the theme

    juaxix says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:52pm

    I dont understand why should we need to kill creatures to let others evolve, that is the task of nature...
    In fact, the less evolved creatures are food for the evolved, you know, if zombies or vampires exists we are f*** XD
    It does not looks like a game, a science project describes this, to teach children things about evolution, and that's fine, a good idea

    DevoreUK says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:04pm

    Love the little touches like the graph and the amount of information you've put on the webpage. I also like the way you gamified the concept by letting the player kill creatures.

    dr_soda says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:46pm

    I would have liked some sort of tooltip to display when you have your mouse pointer over an animal so you can see what they are. Also it might have been nice to see the root levels of the evolution tree... eg: are you screwed if you kill all the amoeba, fish, and proto fish yet don't have any mamals? It seemed that might be the case but I had no way in-game to know.

    Thurig says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:07am

    Nice entry. I like the evolution part of the game.

    gnx says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 6:50pm

    Population graph was a nice touch. Messages could have a little bit of buffer/log so you could see a bit of last few events.

    Very slow game with not much for the player to do, still kind of appealing.

    goerp says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:06pm

    I like the messages. Gives a bit of a dwarf fortress feeling. It makes you care more for the creatures. Good take on evolution. There isn't much interaction and therefore my mind did wander quit quiickly. I DO like the way your tiles look! If the rest of the graphics were in the same style it would have been great.

    Zelen3d says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:34pm

    I like it. You took "evolution" literally but pushed it far enough!

    harusame says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:32pm

    Nice entry, gameplay is rather limited but the game has its charm. Too bad there is no sound. It is interesting to see life develop.

    thewiseguy99 says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 2:06am

    A great take on the evolution theme. Very interesting. I was very close to my Care Bears but hit a stupid button on my mouse by accident which refreshes the browser. AAahhh!!! After all that time. I also wanted to see the mystery creature. Oh well, that will teach me to be more careful. Sucks though. Never mind, loved playing it. Related well to the theme. So glad you put in the slider though!! Thanks for that. Well done, great effort and something to build on for sure.

    darkshadow says ...
    Sep 5, 2012 @ 5:14pm

    Thanks for all your helpful comments. I had been away for a while but I will be making a post-compo version of the game once the rating period is over.

    vilya says ...
    Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:44pm

    It's a neat idea & good use of the theme. It kinda felt like I could have just left it running though - not really enough player interaction for my tastes.

    localcoder says ...
    Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:50am

    Interesting. I like how the trees are consumed and grow back.

    I'd like to see more interactivity, and a message log showing the previous few messages.

    I would also like the animals to be a bit larger - I sometimes had trouble seeing them.

    This reminded me of a very old game called Primordial Life by Jason Spofford. If you haven't already seen it, you might find it interesting :)

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