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    Ludum Dare 24

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

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    RED PLANET - BuffaloPhil - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    You are a geologist on Mars in this sci-fi adventure game.

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    Ratings

    Coolness80%
    #6Mood4.15
    #20Audio3.85
    #42Overall3.77
    #54Graphics4.07
    #90Theme3.69
    #163Fun3.23
    #298Humor2.27
    #399Innovation2.78

    Comments

    BuffaloPhil says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:08pm

    Here is a little less of a rushed description now I've had some sleep ;)

    You play as a Geologist stationed on Mars. Your crew mate is an artificial intelligence , and together, the both of you have an insatiable curiosity for SCIENCE. Work together to discover the secrets of our nearest neighbor, the RED PLANET.

    josefnpat says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    While I was playing the text moved way too quickly. I had to play it a second time trying to speed read it to figure out what was going on.
    I am running Chromium via Ubunutu 11.04

    I like the graphics and the plot. The mood was set very well!

    vidarn says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:13pm

    Wow! Easily my favorite game of this compo so far. The graphics were great and the mood and immersion were over the top. Then again, I'm a sucker for sci-fi adventures :) Loved it!

    vigrid says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:17pm

    Good entry. It has a good story potential, even though the gameplay was limited to following a predefined series of events. Great graphics :)

    shinD says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:19pm

    Very nice visuals and mood overall, nice little piece.

    1176Studios says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:19pm

    Really liked this!

    nuria says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:24pm

    The mood created by the audio and graphics was great. A nice little tale! Well done!

    kato9 says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:29pm

    Wow, this is great! Wonderful atmosphere and the music is excellent. Good story and use of the theme as well. You definitely got a lot done in 24 hours!

    I think my only complaint is that the game is too 'directed' in that instead of having to figure anything out the computer tells you what to do (almost) the whole time. Some light puzzle solving would have improved that for me, but overall I still really enjoyed it.

    Oh, and for whats it's worth, my game is pretty similar in terms of tone/atmosphere/story. It also takes place on Mars but that's kind of a secret :)

    panzermancer says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:37pm

    That was a really interesting story, actually. It reminded me an awful lot of something Ray Bradbury would write, in a good way. I half-expected some sort of a HAL 9000 deal, but thankfully you didn't go through that overused route. The graphics were well-done, and the music was astounding. I just wish perhaps there was a bit more interactivity; I was essentially just walking around and pressing space. Still, that was a very compelling interactive story, great job man!

    madpew says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:04pm

    This was nice, predictable but well made. Too bad there is no sound. That would have made an great impact on the atmosphere! well done.

    BuffaloPhil says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:30pm

    Madpew, if you don't hear the sound, try Firefox or Chrome, and make sure you have the most up to date version. Thanks for the comment, man

    Mach60KAS says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:43pm

    I certainly enjoyed the story, but truth be told I was a little squicked out by some of the body horror alluded to in the ending. Still, I thought it was well planned out. :)

    The music suited the game, and the graphics were really quite pleasing too. Very well done!

    aare says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:48pm

    Very good story, graphics and music. Despite it lacks a gameplay as You are guided through the whole game by the computer it is a very good and polished game :D
    Awesome job!

    harusame says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:50pm

    A good little tale, i like Audio,
    Well done ^^

    DustyStylus says ...
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:55pm

    Wow, that was excellent! This is one of my favourites so far. I liked the music as well. It had a 70s sci-fi synthesizer feel to it that was absolutely perfect for the atmosphere. The 'game' is a little restrictive, but the story was really enjoyable. Well done!

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

    It was neat, but it was more of an interactive story.

    Uberi says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:55am

    Good story, fun to play, but I had trouble going through doors. Always had to jiggle around a bit before they'd open.

    savethejets1 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:01am

    This is one of my favourites so far!

    The atmosphere is really cool, nice work.

    tigerj says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:03am

    BRAVO, This is one of my favorites. Musice was GREAT. art was GREAT. theme was good and I having a story was refreshing from all the previous games I have been playing. Nice writing. Nice Game!

    jefrsilva says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:03am

    Thank you for this nice game! I love sci-fi and your game caught my attention on the entries list. Liked the story, the mood and the graphics!

    SethR says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:08am

    Wow, short and sweet. Nice experience. Love that art.

    TravisChen says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:26am

    Great work! Ode to the movie MOON.

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:56am

    Very awesome!!! Amazing you got that much done so fast; I was really hoping the story would come to an end and it wouldn't be a "more later". Great job! :)

    Vurb says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:26am

    really good and put ot gether in such a short time it was kinda go here and go there not much interaction and the theme was kinda lacking untill the end but other then that it was really good game. I think it would make a good 3d game aswell

    crzikrn says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:40am

    That had a nice atmosphere! It was fun!

    rhill says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:48am

    Music and art is very effective.

    I managed to get some kind of bug, where I locked down the lab without having gone outside, so then when he said come outside to see my new world I couldn't because the door was locked. But I liked the mood enough I played it a second time, following all the instructions so I could see how it's supposed to play out.

    codesavage says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:54am

    Very linear, but an engrossing environment and story!

    Talslain says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Enjoyed this game enough that when it finished I wanted more. I like the idea and would love to see it further developed, the graphics are brilliant. The only thing I didn't like was the forced pathway, but then this was necessary for the story line.

    eyehawk says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:15am

    Cool adventure game! Did you make this game with Construct 2?

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:35am

    Great game, the Graphics and audio are fantastic the music sounds similar to the music from the original Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy TV series. The map is nice as well it does feel like you are in a small research station.

    Only only negative point was the story wasn't only linear (not always a bad thing) but you were constantly told exactly what to do.

    dvdking says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:11am

    Really awesome game. Very weird, but cool style of graphics.
    I can't believe it was done in two days.

    Starmen says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:21am

    I absolutely loved this. The atmosphere was perfect, and the writing was mostly really good (a few mistakes here and there but nothing too bad). If you were to make this in a wider time frame, you'd probably want to make all of your graphics make sense as currently the perspective of the character vs the environment was a bit disorienting, but that didn't stop the game from being amazing. Really great work.

    marudziik says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:43am

    Wow, the plot is... well, it's awesome. Crazy awesome, especially since I love all those movies like Moon or Space Odyssey 2001. This is probably the highest rated game by me so far! I love every bit of it!

    ilijabc says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:21pm

    Atmospheric, music and story are really nice. I think this game have great potential to 'evolve' in some serious adventure. I felt there would be some dramatic ending judging by the music that drives the game, but I like it be more optimistic as it is. Good job.

    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:37pm

    Great job! I wished there was a second ending or something so that you didn't have to "evolve" at the end, but instead fought back. But great mood, the ambient sounds were amazing!

    Zamando says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:51pm

    Really nice mood and story. More like an interactive story, but none the less pretty cool!

    gustavodort says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:23pm

    Helluva mood! :)

    imef says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:29pm

    This is easily the game with the best mood I've played so far!

    bonder says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    Fantastic. :)

    pereubu says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:58pm

    very nice and immersive, good job dude :D

    Mango Man says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:02pm

    Love the mood!

    Andy Go says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:25pm

    I really liked the atmosphere.

    Kumquat says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:51pm

    Enjoyed the plot a lot! Also think the top down perspective is well done, especially the shower and the fridge.

    whilefun says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:26am

    Amaaaaaazing audio and mood! What a creepy, creepy game. Very well done! I couldn't get "outside" to meet the new cpu though. I walked back through every room to every corner, and even tried space-bar-ing every wall wolfenstein style. I want to finish! :S

    BuffaloPhil says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:11pm

    Hey, Whilefun- ***SPOILER ALERT*** Go back into the airlock room and space bar the valve marked "manual open". Thanks for the comments!!! :)

    cappelnord says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:39pm

    awesome retro-sci-fi music :-D The AI reminded me of the movie Moon.

    nimblegorilla says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 6:58pm

    Great story, nicely done interface, and good theme. I felt the gameplay didn't give me a lot of choices, but I think a lot of big budget games work the same way in that there is a very linear progression through a set story arc.

    Puzzlem00n says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 8:23pm

    I really like it! I thought it could use some slight polish, and yeah, I guess maybe some more gameplay, but you managed to spin together a nice sci-fi experience. One flaw with the story many people have overlooked, which is good for you guys: Why does he need a suit the first time he goes out, but not the second? Just a thought.

    CappaGames says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:51am

    This was really good. It an amazing atmosphere to it, top marks for mood and music.

    raohmaru says ...
    Sep 2, 2012 @ 11:28pm

    I've seen blockbuster worse than this game.
    I bow to you.

    recursor says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 12:32am

    A very well-done interactive story. You had my full attention until the very end.

    amidos2006 says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 9:39am

    nice story :) I like it :)

    dogtopus says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 1:09pm

    That was great! :D I had a moment where I was like... I'm in space... haha! I love the boring bits of everyday space life. Great again, thank you! :D

    samoojamies says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 3:55pm

    I love the story and the mood in this. Sadly it was too easy, but I enjoyed it because of nice setup.

    mohammad says ...
    Sep 3, 2012 @ 6:37pm

    poor guy!
    you must've worked your sorry ass on this!
    there's always the jam!
    good luck!
    all i can do is give a rating.

    Teknik says ...
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 12:23am

    there's a glitch to skip story. if you pick up the tazer as early as the time your told to go eat food and then walk up to the lab and press space it will skip the story to where the monster breaks out. you then get stuck in the space ship as the airlock won't open when you are prompted to go out and see it on the outside. otherwise very cool graphics. it was short but very good. awesome job!!

    BuffaloPhil says ...
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 2:51am

    @Teknik: Doh! Thanks man, I didn't realize that.

    alwaysinbeta says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 10:58pm

    Great game. Really enjoyed the story. Loved the sound.

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