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    Ludum Dare 24

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

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    The Balance - mr_Hk_ - Jam Entry

    __Intro__
    The balance has been created by
    Abe - http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/abe
    Reuno - http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/reuno
    Kuru - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-of-Kuru/177891188907256
    Mr_Hk_ - http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/mr_hk_

    If the 6Mo Loading is too long, grab a cup of coffee (or any alternate beverage ).

    __Story__
    Did you know that everytime a new planet is born, it gets automagically populated by a bunch of colorful creatures ? Half of them are pure evil while the others are really nice fellows.

    Ok you probably knew that already. But did you also know that everytime a new planet is born, the Evolution Master sends his devoted assistants to evaluate its potential ?

    It's up to them to decide whether the planet will evolve towards good or evil. Basically what they do is destroy either the planet's cute or evil inhabitants. Whoever's left gets to rule the planet.

    Are you up to the task ?


    __Credits__
    - Created in 48H for the Ludum Dare #24 (Yeah we know, we had 72H but we've chosen ton fight with our Compo fellows).
    - Source code could be found at : http://github.com/abe33/ludumdare24 ( Yes we weren't supposed to post as jammer, but we are happy to share it with you)
    - Special love to the talented Andy for the Awesome track "The Neon Nest". You should have a look at www.uniformmotion.net , it's good for you.
    - Line Tship and her magical apple/chocolat Muffins.
    - Special tribute to Lipoutou.
    - Every Ludumers at Motion Twin :
    Ben : http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/benjamin-soule/
    Deepnight : http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/deepnight/
    Warp : http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/ncannasse/
    Carduus & 01101101 : http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/author/01101101/

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

    Ratings

    Graphics(Jam)4.92
    Mood(Jam)4.03
    Audio(Jam)4.26
    Coolness56%
    #33Overall(Jam)3.64
    #93Innovation(Jam)3.08
    #130Humor(Jam)2.26
    #150Theme(Jam)2.65
    #163Fun(Jam)2.70

    Comments

    Sakuyan says ...
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:51pm

    beautiful graphics... It's really really good

    LordSolvine says ...
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 11:32pm

    Inspiration Odyssey ! C'est beau, la musique est géniale, le concept est poétique. Un seul tout petit petit petit petit regret : je m'attendais à des fins alternatives en fonction du choix fait. Mais sinon, c'est un petit bijou ne serait-ce que pour le perso d'intro qui est vraiment superbe.

    juaxix says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:15am

    I really like the way it moves and the music and sounds,...a lot of good work and taste,congrats

    TobiasNL says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:16am

    A very artistic and original entry.

    MadGnomeGamer says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:30am

    Holy crap...Don't suppose you have a timelapse of you doing the graphics? I would love to see how you did them!

    Haven't played any entries yet but will definitely bookmark this one

    aschearer says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:32am

    As others have said the artwork is awesome. All around the production quality is extremely high! On the other hand, I found the gameplay to be quite drab by comparison. I think you guys could build on your amazing presentation by adding more variation to the gameplay.

    ethankennerly says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:41am

    Stunning graphics, including the dynamic brushstroke trail! You really made this from scratch in 48 hours? Even the title screen image? I bow to your artistic alacrity.

    While playing, at first I thought I had to collect red or blue. After a couple minutes, I guessed I would get the meter to center by alternating red and blue collections. Not sure what is supposed to come after doing that.

    coreyvacate says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:57am

    The artwork on this is incredible!

    Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:28am

    Stunning presentation! Graphics, audio and the double-world-gag are great. Nice work! (I guess it could use a bit more on the gameplay-side though)

    Also nice how you integrated the website.

    Oreganik says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:09am

    One of the most beautiful games I've seen so far. It was fun just to move around for a while, and peek behind the scenery as the balance shifted. I'd be interested to see this "evolve" into a larger thing.

    Kortuga98 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:14am

    Holy Graphics.

    That is all.

    nimblegorilla says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:22am

    Awesome graphics, music, and overall ambiance, But I wasn't sure what the goal was.

    Erephy says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:43am

    Loved the graphics and music. But gameplay was a bit monotone, since i didn't even move the mouse after a point

    Waynetron says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:37am

    Graphics are great. the Painterly swooshes and splats just fantastic. Not sure what it had to do with evolution though, and the gameplay got a bit boring fairly quickly.

    Writerman says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:42am

    Beautiful visuals and sound. Reminds of the thatgamecompany games. The gameplay reminds me of Ikaruga. Good work.

    Quentin says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:06am

    Really great looking game, and an awesome concept. It did get quite hard near the end, but I ended up keeping the balance fairly well(something like 117 to 121). I might play this again later!

    cappelnord says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:23am

    I think the global balance counter is great. Graphics look awesome! The song is neat but I think it's kind of cheesy to have a game song with lyrics.

    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:43am

    Good song and good graphics! It's a very good game!

    Jezzamon says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:50am

    Wow wow very nice, although kinda a shame there wasn't much goal or anything

    Still, this should go very well in the competition!

    legrandgrand says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:59am

    Ouah... magnifique... je m'attendais pas à de telles graphismes pour le LD, j'ai était épaté. Rien à dire, c'est beau, c'est classe, une superbe musique... génial!

    dvdking says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:01am

    The sound, graphics and effect are really great. But I haven't found anything interesting in gameplay. It's even quite boring.

    nosfer says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:06am

    great graphics, music and overall mood

    Lidfrid says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:08am

    as said, stunning art!
    I don't like the gameplay though.
    Strange music for a game but very evocative!

    DustyStylus says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:16am

    Very beautiful! Music was nice as well. Playwise I just killed all the cute ones and after a while didn't need to move the mouse (much). Perhaps I wasn't playing the game in the correct frame of mind! ;-D Production values for this are very professional.

    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:25am

    Very nice graphics

    gupta_shvm says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:31am

    Awesome game, beautiful graphics.

    gupta_shvm says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:31am

    Awesome game, beautiful graphics, great sound

    PapyGaragos says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:32am

    Amazing first impression, but quickly bored.

    SteelRaven7 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:32am

    It's a pity the gameplay was pretty lacking. Artwork is brilliant though.

    Orni says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:44am

    the most beatiful game I've played this ludum dare so far

    sadly there isn't much gameplay in it but the experience is priceless. brushing around the screen with your character to the music is almost of meditating quality

    well done guys

    ncannasse says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:51am

    Great graphics/mood, but didn't felt much challenging

    sara.mena says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:56am

    Love love love the graphics :)

    eyehawk says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:12am

    Wow, the graphics and sounds blew me away! The only suggestion I have is to somehow vary the game play a bit as it could get a little repetitive. I guess if it's more of a chill out/relaxing game where you enjoy the sounds and visuals, then it definitely achieves it's goal! :)

    Karel says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:35am

    Incredible graphics and sound, too bad there's not really any gameplay whatsoever :(.

    nek says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:12am

    Very good content, but it's not a game. It's artistic meditation tool.

    Citiral says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:38am

    These graphics blew my mind, and that song was really good. The gameplay was very lacking though, it was more of an eyecandy presentation than a game.

    jeroenimooo says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:06pm

    Best design sofar!

    mr_Hk_ says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:14pm

    @All> Thank you so much this for this amazing feedback.

    About the gameplay :
    the aim was to create a very contemplative and relaxing game. Having something pleasing to watch and exciting to control was the first step.

    Unfortunately we didn't have the time to implement the core gameplay : Chain, boost, level up and such features demands much more work in order to have a positive experience based on pure scoring.
    We were afraid that death would crash the contemplative mood, so we've chosen to deliver a proof of concept that playing with the hero could be satisfying.
    Rez, radiant Silver gun, ikaruga or journey was on our mind. but those kind of gameplay demands level design and fine tweeking.

    maybe we will find some times to create an enhanced version and port it on touch devices.

    Thanks again for all this feedback, it was a stunning LD.

    Andrew says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:01pm

    The only issue with this is the somewhat dull repetitive gameplay. Everything else was awesome.

    deepnight says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:08pm

    The duration of the game is probably a bit too long and gets boring after 2 minutes: maybe the pace should rise faster to make the game fit within 1 minute?
    Anyway, the overall execution is amazing & beautiful! :)

    Otacon says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:09pm

    Excellent artwork and audio, although the game itself was a bit stale and I don't see how it relates to the theme.

    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:12pm

    Loved the ink trail thingy :D

    Maxium says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:57pm

    Nail the graphics and mood!

    yetanother says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:05pm

    Graphics and music are amazing!

    RosyPenguin says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:08pm

    The art is breathtaking, very nicely done!

    jsjwooowooo says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:34pm

    Great game, fits theme, and really immerses. Mechanics are simple but feel right, controlling so much with such simple motions, you feel powerful!

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

    jaw dropping =O

    amazing graphics and nice music! very epic!

    Mach60KAS says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:07pm

    Lovely graphics and nice music, but I'll admit I found the gameplay to be repetitive.

    kato9 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:25pm

    As others have said - incredible presentation (even the web page is wonderfully designed), but the gameplay is repetitive.

    zkenshin says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:43pm

    In agreement with everyone else, amazing audio and visuals.

    Krobill says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:00pm

    Amazing execution. Great potential for a cool game but more of an interactive experience for now ^^

    Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:26pm

    The visual design of this is fantastic. And I like the song. I also like the way that how everyone plays it makes a difference overall too. Could do with a bit more to do in game. Playing on a trackpad it was hard to control at first but when I'd hit a few of them they all seemed to go in a line and I didn't have to move so I sat back and listened to the pretty song :D

    Mamick says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:53pm

    Absolutely stunning music and graphics, but mediocre gameplay. It might have been a good idea to spend the remaining 24 hours on gameplay.

    Arsenio117 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:36pm

    I LOVE THE STYLINGS OF THE GAME!!!!! ITS AMAZING!!!!!!

    xhunterko says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:51pm

    I felt really odd at playing this game. One of the reasons was I went, oh joy, another "autoscroller". It's pretty. Neat trail effect. I think there's a guy singing but I can't hear him that well. Oh, hey the little dude lags behind my mouse way too much but I completed a level. Um, that's all there is to the game? Aw.

    Pixelulsar says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:09pm

    Great graphic, best so far, but game play was kind of boring...

    Devaki says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:11pm

    Wonderful game, incredible art! i liked the way the player-shape changes as the mood of the planet changes. very nice!

    Zemmi says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:28pm

    Gorgeous game. I was a little confused why hitting red made blue weigh more, then I finished and read that you're killing them. Makes sense but wasn't communicated too well in gameplay and I think collecting a population for the world could be better simply for communication reasons.

    Also, I don't know how many people see the global stat tracking at the bottom of the page. That's really cool and the game feels awesome to control but I have to agree with most people that it gets a little stagnant with the lack of variation. I would love to see this game if you guys spent more time developing the chains, boosts, and leveling you mentioned.

    Fififox says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:47pm

    Really beautiful and nice music!

    mdkess says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:31am

    Wow! Sounds and looks beautiful. I'd love to know how you do the rendering of the tail - it looks fantastic. So fluid!

    jwolf says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:40am

    Wow, very well done.

    DaviDeMo says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:56am

    Woot, this was a big work =D gratz

    johnfn says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:19am

    Wow, this game is beautiful, and it has really nice music also. The gameplay itself is a little simplistic though, which is too bad.

    lun says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:21am

    wow, guys! great game! really cool!

    LemonTree says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:30am

    Cool game!
    But didn't really see how it fit in with the theme.

    zeid says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:55am

    The game looks beautiful, and the idea and concept is pretty cool. The game doesn't demand much user interaction however and this lets it down, by the end of the level I simple let go of the mouse and let the character do the rest. Really stand out graphics and atmosphere though!

    braingale says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:20am

    Beautiful graphics and amazing music. I stopped playing before getting to the end, though; it wasn't much of a game. It ran pretty choppy on my Mac what with flash and so much graphic intensity.

    -PostPre

    BNeutral says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:31am

    Thanks for the code, I'm quite curious about the ink trail!

    Haddy22 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:50am

    Bad-A graphics and animations! I didn't really get the story or the theme and the game-play did not have much to it. Great job though- you guys have got some skills!

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:31am

    Amazing art style!

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:44am

    Awesome game with epic art!

    However after looking through your source I realised every
    single file was created on the starting date of the compo
    at the same time...

    Sounds fishy to me why someone would mask creation dates...

    Kinokochan says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:50am

    Definitely the most beautiful entry I've played so far! The art is gorgeous and seamlessly integrated. The gameplay is really smooth and really fun - everything works as expected. Also, that music track is great! Really brings together the whole ambient feel.

    Excellent work, everyone! <3

    Glandouze says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:24am

    Not very challenging but holy shit the graphics are awesome.

    Joker says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:13pm

    I don't know, this one seems kind of style over substance.

    chipcaramel says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:12pm

    Such beautiful art in this. My mind... was blown.

    rodrigomotta says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:24pm

    Amazing graphics, style, experience. Congrats. But i think it should be more fun. Well, it's a little gold mine, i think. o/

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    For the 42 hours competition, you need to work alone. Only Jam allows teams. Of course, it's all about fun and the rules are not seriously enforced so it's not a big deal.

    The graphics are beautiful, and I love the song. If you expand this, think about combos and also enemies or obstacles making it harder to collect. It feels a lot like Music Catch and I like it.

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:19pm

    Oh, oops, I misunderstood! Disregard earlier comment on 42h versus 72h.

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:15pm

    Amazing graphics, what is really nice is the paint line that gets drawn out and all the pattern you can make from clicking. The total stats from all of the games played is an interesting idea, it looks very balanced at the moment.

    FunByJohn says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:48pm

    Absolutely amazing! I had no idea what I was supposed to, I just assumed I had to have a balance between how many blue and red creatures I ate. It's really simple, but the mood of the amazing graphical design and the sound design that collide creates an excellent atmosphere! This is brilliant.

    FredericRP says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:26pm

    Wow ! Not enough gameplay though, but still... wow !

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:29pm

    Unbelievable presentation, literally. I had to check your commit history just to be sure. The integration with the website takes it to another level. Bravo.

    With that said, the game itself is incredibly boring. There is no motivation for action after you get over the (albeit very cool looking) paint brush and splatter effects, which happened well before the game ended. If the idea is to keep the balance between light and dark then all you have to do is nothing. If the idea is to have to choose between light and dark then it's a completely arbitrary choice because there are no consequences for either choice.

    Having an open-ended game that let's the player set their own goals is totally fine (and often preferred) but when the players actions do not affect the game world in any perceptible way the result is total lack of interest.

    Overall, despite the beautiful art and ridiculous polish, I left disappointed by the gameplay (or lack thereof). I hope your next game can find a better balance (see what I did there) between presentation and gameplay.

    mes says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:29am

    you guys obviously put a ton of work into this. really nice graphics, controls well. sadly the gameplay is pretty much nonexistent. i didn't bother to try, but it seems to me that you'd win if you just left the mouse in the center and didn't come back from grabbing that coffee. maybe the guys should move around? maybe they could fight battles across the line forcing you to do stuff to maintain the balance?

    BrothersT says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:47am

    It was alright... I mean the graphics were obviously great, and I do like the idea of seeing whether people generally go for good/evil but dammmn was that gameplay boring! seriously, there was nothing more you could do with all that skill going into the game?

    BrothersT says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:49pm

    That sounded like a harsher critique than I meant it to, the game is definitely one of the most polished and impressive that I've played :)

    mr_Hk_ says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:38pm

    BrothersT> No worries mate =)
    as i said on my journal and here, we only had 48h.
    the main objective was to create the proof of concept. the actual gameplay is purely contemplative aka it's an eye candy whose let your mind flow without real purpose.
    I do have a very clear gameplay with chains, evolutions (actually your skin is changing when you do good or bad but no direct boost of stats) and much more.

    But we sadly did not had the time neither the motivation due to 48 hardcore hours and a monday work waiting for us =)

    BrothersT says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:49pm

    Yeah very understandable, the things you suggested to us were all things that we didn't have time to do as well. Don't know why it didn't occur to me to read your comments, instead of making you explain yourself again ;) I think it would definitely be worth trying to finish your original vision!

    Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:46pm

    Absolutely fantastic presentation.

    I would have loved some more short term goals to keep me entertained..
    Full marks on every count!

    flyingbear says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:47pm

    Awesome art style! I had to play the game twice to see what would change if I took the other path. My favorite part was seeing the good/bad creatures scroll by in the background. I just wish there was more gameplay

    SiENcE says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:27pm

    This is art to me. The name, the gameplay, the graphics, the music. All fits together.

    A stunning wonderful experience!

    CapGrip says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:02am

    The artworks is very beautiful. The character and animation are very cool. Great job. But we have a doubt, you really made this in 48 hours?

    abe says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:57am

    @CapGrip : Just check the git history if you don't believe us :)

    @all: thanks again for the kind words, if I get some spare time this week end I'll try to improve the gameplay

    Atridas says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:41pm

    Majestic graphics, probably the best of all entries (I hadn't played them all). Gameplay had also interesting elements, but I found the controls quite challenging and not always did what I wanted.

    Overall, the artistic team did a wonderfull job, and the programming team executed it very well (I love the trace you leave).

    Yakka says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:32pm

    The game is not very fun, and far from the theme...
    But... Wow, these graphisms, this music! I love the ambiance!

    Peax says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:22pm

    The graphics are awesome! The gameplay is pretty nice. Good job!

    CapGrip says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:30am

    @Abe
    @mr_HK_
    Yes I believe in you. It was just a joke. Your game is so beautiful and so well done that is impressive. Grea great job!

    linibou says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:49pm

    Really great job, congrats !!! such graphisms and ambiance in only 48h must be rewarded ! Love your work.

    abe says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:41pm

    @CapGrip : Sorry, I didn't mean to be rude :)
    @linibou : Nice to see you here, hope that you'll join us next time :)

    Knighty says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 9:38am

    Amazing visuals and audio! The second time I played through, I managed to complete the game without killing a single thing (for a challenge, I guess?), but at the end it still said I has killed 1 cute thing and 1 evil thing :/

    Eldaryze says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 5:10pm

    wow, beautiful : very artistic game. The interpretation of the theme is really original. The gameplay is just a little bit repetitive.

    yosh says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 1:16am

    If we put apart the wonderful graphics, there's something really interesting that goes beyond the game itself. The evolution here depends on how players are actually playing, and this is huge.
    I only regret the very limited gameplay tough.

    lekochen says ...
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 7:21am

    Superb in Graphics and Audio.

    amidos2006 says ...
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 12:43pm

    Thats really an amazing game and idea :)

    pardue says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 9:09pm

    Beautiful game... the graphics are really impressive... the music is great, overall an incredible presentation. :)

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