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Cirque du Seul

by iansnyder - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Madame Margeurite and Her Magnificent Menagerie, a roving circus troupe, have set out on an Arctic voyage from Paris to the World Fair in the New World. En route, in her haste, the ship charges headlong into an iceberg.

None survive the plunge into the icy Arctic, or so the newspapers say...

Completed in about 15 hours. For an updated version with a few minor tweaks (preloader, some more sounds) follow this link:

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johnl says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 6:34pm

Love the art sytle, random maps and idea, but just wish there was a bit more gameplay in it.

G says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 6:47pm

The art is amazing, reminds me of echo the dolphin for some reason. Needs some more game play elements to engage the player.

increpare says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:44pm

I liked the ending :)

Dmurph says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 8:33pm

The music and art was nice but I didn't understand the point of the game. I didn't find the game to be very fun.

marudziik says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 10:21pm

With some more thought, this could be a very good artsy game. Now it's mostly just artsy, unless there's some hidden meaning which I didn't get. It would be great if there were some gameplay, or just more content. The art/sound part is great though.

iansnyder says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:34pm

Thanks for the feedback, everyone :) I was definitely planning on more gameplay with some food and energy mechanics for swimming between the islands, and choices to make for food, but with a young baby I was lucky to get the time I did to work on this :P I worked on it for about 15 hours, which was great, but just not enough time to really flesh it out.

Thanks again for the feedback, this is just the beginning for me in Ludum Dare >:D

Matt Rix says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 1:15am

Really nice art, and the story is kinda fun. Not a whole ton of actual "game" here, per se, but it was still entertaining.

andrebeton says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 3:20am

Beautiful. But not much to do.

Tex Killer says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:26pm

Very beautiful and immersive. Congratulations.

Dec 21, 2011 @ 6:00am

Did you really make that whalesong yourself?

Thank you for the pretty pictures.

mes says ...
Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:06am

the random cutscenes were a bit underwhelming after the magnificent setup.

eld says ...
Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:09am

The Mood and setting is great, and I hope you keep it that way for any eventual gameplay improvements :P

Shigor says ...
Dec 25, 2011 @ 1:56pm

I don't get it... like... not at all :)

BigDaddyXD says ...
Dec 28, 2011 @ 12:21pm

"Did you really make that whalesong yourself?"
Perhaps his wife did ;)

SonnyBone says ...
Dec 29, 2011 @ 7:03pm

So... strange. I'd like to see where this could go.

Make A Game says ...
Jan 3, 2012 @ 10:10pm

The art is stunning for a 15 hour work =P!
Right now, I'm in love with this Polar Bear (screw you Cats & Kittens & Fury Things that Meow and purr!)! Does he have a name?
Aside from the visual appealing experience I felt the lack of a more active gameplay experience, as it was mentioned before. Perhaps a HUD and a counter for the time spent in the swimming between icebergs would be enough! But as you say, time won't stretch and there are other priorities!

Jan 8, 2012 @ 3:38pm


Flocks of seagulls freak me out as well :)

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