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Bullrushes Final

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December 7th, 2008 8:21 pm (Windows/DirectX 8/VC6)


Bullrushes is a pretty game in the artistic style of Okami (a PS2 title), where everything is drawn with a brush.  The player creates paths of light to guide little fireflies by illuminating bullrushes.  When fireflies come close together, they excitedly mate and burst away, leaving a new firefly in their wake.  Once enough fireflies have been born, the player must help guide them back to their tree stump hollow.

Artistically, I wanted to do something very different this time, taking a minimalist and abstract light on the theme (roads/paths).  I wish I had more time to add a japanese-themed simple score (maybe I’ll add one later).  An interesting fact — the game was created over about 26 hours, instead of the normal 48.

I’m very happy with how it turned out, and had loads of fun doing it.


(Quick edit:  I nearly forgot to mention, the bullrushes will only attract nearby fireflies — those that are about 150 pixels away.  If the fireflies aren’t moving towards the bullrush, you’ll have to find a closer one to light their path!  Similarly, the fireflies will have to be guided very close to the middle of their tree stump nest before resting inside).

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3 Responses to “Bullrushes Final”

  1. Orangy Tang says:

    Er, Avast reports your zip has the “Win32:SkiMorph [Cryp]” virus in it. o_O

  2. midwinter says:

    thanks for checking and reporting that!

    unfortunately (or, actually, fortunately!) it looks like it’s a false positive, according to this forum post:

    just to be sure, i scanned it with 38 virus scanners from virustotal. only avast and GData (which uses Avast) picked it up, the other 36 were silent. just for fun, I installed Avast, and it seems like it thinks my compiler itself is an infection waiting to happen… either avast is better than everything else by far, or it’s making a false positive on my compiler and anything compiled with it.. :)

    here are the results, just to ease your mind :) (

    thanks, though! it’s important to be safe!

    Antivirus Version Last Update Result
    AhnLab-V3 2008.12.6.0 2008.12.06 –
    AntiVir 2008.12.08 –
    Authentium 2008.12.08 –
    Avast 4.8.1281.0 2008.12.08 Win32:SkiMorph
    AVG 2008.12.07 –
    BitDefender 7.2 2008.12.07 –
    CAT-QuickHeal 10.00 2008.12.08 –
    ClamAV 0.94.1 2008.12.07 –
    Comodo 708 2008.12.08 –
    DrWeb 2008.12.07 –
    eSafe 2008.12.08 –
    eTrust-Vet 31.6.6246 2008.12.05 –
    Ewido 4.0 2008.12.07 –
    F-Prot 2008.12.04 –
    F-Secure 8.0.14332.0 2008.12.08 –
    Fortinet 2008.12.07 –
    GData 19 2008.12.07 Win32:SkiMorph
    Ikarus T3. 2008.12.08 –
    K7AntiVirus 7.10.548 2008.12.08 –
    Kaspersky 2008.12.07 –
    McAfee 5456 2008.12.06 –
    McAfee+Artemis 5456 2008.12.06 –
    Microsoft 1.4205 2008.12.08 –
    NOD32 3670 2008.12.08 –
    Norman 5.80.02 2008.12.05 –
    Panda 2008.12.07 –
    PCTools 2008.12.08 –
    Prevx1 V2 2008.12.08 –
    Rising 2008.12.08 –
    SecureWeb-Gateway 6.7.6 2008.12.08 –
    Sophos 4.36.0 2008.12.07 –
    Sunbelt 3.1.1832.2 2008.12.01 –
    Symantec 10 2008.12.07 –
    TheHacker 2008.12.06 –
    TrendMicro 8.700.0.1004 2008.12.08 –
    VBA32 2008.12.07 –
    ViRobot 2008.12.6.1504 2008.12.06 –
    VirusBuster 2008.12.08 -

  3. midwinter says:

    note: i fixed the three white boxes on the bitmap/screenshot of the title screen. the gamma on my monitor displays them as the same, but it looked much different on other’s computers.

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