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    Ludum Dare 24

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

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    Kudzundheit - ChainedLupine - Jam Entry

    ** NOW FINISHED! JAM VERSION IS DONE, WOOOOOO! **

    The basic idea is that you are a jetpack wearing redneck with a shotgun, whose trailer home is being invaded by space alien kudzu. The kind that rapidly evolves to resist your weed killers. Yeah, that kind.

    Controls:

    A/D to move left/right
    W to thrust upwards with jetpack
    S to shop (only if in front of trailer)
    F to activate fumigator bomb (limited supply)
    1/2/3 to swap between weedkiller types (buy more in shop!)
    R to restart a level quickly

    Destroy the beating kudzu hearts in order to progress to the next level. You'll need the right kind of weed killer to kill the vines that the hearts generate. Green works on green vines, blue on blue vines, and so on. You can use the wrong sort of weed killer, but it takes 3 hits instead of one to kill a vine segment.

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    Ratings

    Fun(Jam)4.10
    #13Overall(Jam)3.88
    #27Innovation(Jam)3.64
    #35Theme(Jam)3.58
    #36Audio(Jam)3.57
    #44Mood(Jam)3.36
    #48Humor(Jam)3.18
    #64Graphics(Jam)3.82
    #1112Coolness10%

    Comments

    K1NET1K says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:18am

    Very cool take on the theme.

    coreyvacate says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:47am

    Awesome game here! Fun graphics, gameplay and items!

    turkwise says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:27am

    I'm loving the art. The controls work really well too.

    Erephy says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:06am

    Loved the pixel art. Especially the growing alien animation looks really nice. Good job!

    Jezzamon says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:34am

    Nice! You fit the theme really well, game is pretty fun!

    Great job!

    chamberlainpi says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:37am

    This is a very interesting game. I like how the green "plant" stuff only grows when it is attached to the core flower thingny. It gets really difficult with the stronger grey leaves growing. I may have missed something, but what can the coins be used for?

    SpectreNectar says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:05pm

    Awesome!

    Talslain says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:28pm

    Such an addictive game, and such a simple idea but one I've never thought of, I really did enjoy this game

    Justin Kibbe says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:27pm

    Very nice game how it is and it was unfortunate that you were not able to put in other features you wanted to add. I had one question though: Was the core of the plant supposed to automatically be destroyed by the vines being destroyed?

    Porter says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:15pm

    I beat all 5 levels, woot!

    Awesome take on the theme. Great audio, excellent graphics, and very solid controls. Gameplay was great. With another 10 or 20 hours thrown into this, you'll have an excellent game on your hands. Great work!

    LiteLab says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:36pm

    Pretty swell!

    kato9 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:40pm

    Wow, great game. Awesome graphics, gameplay, audio - everything! Only thing I noticed that seemed like a bug or something was that I beat two levels without actually killing all the hearts - somehow they were destroyed on their own or something. Anyway, great job!

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

    Beat it ;) Fun game :)

    levelbylevel says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:31pm

    Great idea and well executed.

    Brassawiking says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:52pm

    Simply hilarious =) Great work with the organic growth and pixel art!

    sP0CkEr2 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:59pm

    That was fun -- it was neat how the vines kept growing and attacking.

    ChainedLupine says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:58am

    @chamberlainpi: Go back to the trailer and press S. There's a shop that lets you buy things. :)

    @Justin Kibbe: Correct! This is intentional, though I toned it down in the final version. The idea being that, if the core is too heavily defended, you can just sit back and kill encroaching vines. It also prevents the player from just coin-farming infinitely.

    @kato9: Not a bug, intended behavior. But if you played an early version (before jam submission deadline), then the kudzu hearts would blow up too early. That's been re-tweaked.

    SaintHeiser says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:51am

    Hmmm... Well made game=) Nice pixels and gameplay.
    Can't beat blue bullshit at third level. It has many HP and grow too quick.

    TravisChen says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:57am

    Awesome work! Love the growing kudzu..

    Eniko says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:50pm

    Excellent game! Really fun to play. Don't actually have a whole lot of critique except that the trajectory of the coins is super irritating, they always seem to fly over my head making me waste time and life picking them up before they vanish. And that might be intentional. :P

    flyingbear says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:46pm

    This was fun! It really captured the feel of battling overgrown vegetation. The upgrades all felt good and the feeling and strategy of trying to stem the vines was unique. Great job!

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:48pm

    Really great. There are no big flaws, although I wish there were more options for upgrades. That's super nitpicky though, especially for a 72 hours game. Really awesome work!

    Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:43am

    Amazing, simply amazing. Fun!

    X-0ut says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:17pm

    Very good, been hooked for the last 30 mins. Damnit level 7 got the better of me. Very good, fun game!

    Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:59pm

    Fantastic! One of my favourites. Smooth gameplay, nice retro graphics and sound effects, and a very Duke Nukem style mood to it. Great job!

    pekuja says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    Really good game I think. One thing that bugged me a bit is that when I'm shooting directly at a kudzu heart, half of my bullets still don't hit it because it keeps growing so fast. It kinda feels to me like at that point I should be allowed to just kill it. Maybe if hitting the heart slowed down its growth for just a tiny moment? Unless that breaks some balance I'm not observing, of course.

    SethR says ...
    Sep 2, 2012 @ 12:20am

    Awesome

    Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:43pm

    Really nice, the graphics and sounds are good and the controls work very well. Lots of stuff you managed to create in such a short time, great work!

    benderbinary says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 5:28pm

    I'm coming back to this game for the third time in last three days :)

    kibertoad says ...
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 1:23pm

    Excellent game, innovative twist on platforming gameplay! Top-notch entry.

    tcstyle says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 7:16pm

    Great arcade game. Somehow the shop didn't open consistently for me.
    Sountrack is great.

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