December 16th-19th 2011 :: Theme: Alone

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They Hunger

by Cell - 48 Hour Compo Entry

They Hunger is an Shooter/Survival.

Mouse = aim and shoot
WASD or Arrow keys = move

Point of the game:
Get all 25 relics, while NOT get eaten by the Zen.
Each relic you get = Faster and Stronger Zen.

(ps: The game is Hard!, and only true champions will win.)
(psps: The last page(when you win( is all true :( and the game was made in 5 hours :( .......)

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vubuntu says ...
Dec 18, 2011 @ 2:52pm

nice action. and hard. max relics i've got is 9 =)

Deza says ...
Dec 18, 2011 @ 6:15pm

I reaaaly likes this :D

bzizizi says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 3:45pm

loved it! ++!

wbobeirne says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 4:20pm

Cool game, simple concept, but the execution could use some touching up. Finding 25 things across a fairly large map with one hit sending you back to square one is a bit frustrating. The lighting effect was cool, but it would have been nice if it was smooth instead of the blocky effect in place now. Having relics glow through the darkness was a good idea though, expedited collection.

Andrew says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 5:37pm

They're everywhere, and I can't see very far. I managed to get some relics but I wish I could also get a flashlight/torch as well.

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

I like it, funny litte game :)

Goldendice says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 6:56am

I had a lot of trouble getting even four relics until I remembered the instructions: Mouse = aim and shoot. After I realized I could shoot, it only took me one attempt to beat the game. The trick is holding down the mouse button for autofire - the bullets don't just kill zen, they also light your path (nice touch, by the way, Cell). By using it to scout and eliminate all zed in the vicinity, by staying mostly in the open and going around the edges of the map, it's actually not that hard to get all the relics (the most difficult is in tight corners with lots of zen, but even that's doable). Their speed doesn't matter if they don't even see you coming.

iforce2d says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 11:30am

Awesome, you get my first 5 for 'fun'. Was it supposed to start off slow and then get fast, or is that something funny with my PC? It's really cool when fast, and once I realized I could hold down the mouse to continuously fire :)

Dec 20, 2011 @ 2:14pm

awesome! and i didnt even realise i could shoot... i feel it may get less fun now :(

binary_girl says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 4:09pm

really like it man :) the sound is great and love the colors and the smooth shooting squares :)

bostelk says ...
Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:33am

bonus points for a nicely packed game. i want zeeee relics!

Ashkin says ...
Dec 21, 2011 @ 11:52am

Pretty good game. The graphics felt nice- I especially liked the bullet particles. I beat the game with all 25 relics, finding it pretty easy to blast through the hordes of zombies. Though you didn't really work with the theme, the mood was great, with the darkness around the player. However, the audio was really annoying- I can only guess that the player is some form of clown, judging by the squeaky sound of him walking around. Apart from that issue, the game is good.

Dec 21, 2011 @ 12:03pm

lol. clown.

ratking says ...
Dec 21, 2011 @ 1:53pm

Nice thing (especially for 5 hours)! But I'm not particular patient for such gameplay. :)

Aaron says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 4:13am

Cell, I'm fairly sure you've spent more time commenting on every game I've came across than working on this game ;)

But the really fun gameplay despite that constraint highlighted how awesome your simple design was. I'm mentally battling against the thought that a game made in five hours could be this fun, but I'm physically writing you down for probably the best entry I've played yet. Good on you, mate. :)

One design sore spot: while randomly generating relics might add to the replayability, the one-health difficulty is a better fit in the "repeat until you've mastered" arcade gameplay of yore. Randomizing the relics seems almost like a kick after you're down, but maybe that's just me being a wussy.

Aaron says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 4:15am

Oh wait. You can shoot? XD

Shigor says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 8:56pm

Simple, yet fun to play (but gets too hard too quickly), too bad you hadn't used more then five hours :)

angrygeometry says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:36pm

5 hours? amazing. would have loved to see a full weekend game from this, definitely potential here! it was cool once i figured it out!

lanoiadimuu says ...
Dec 24, 2011 @ 3:11pm

A pretty cool game, hard but not frustrating.

Rudy says ...
Dec 24, 2011 @ 5:17pm

It's pretty hard but sort of fun. Certainly not a new concept. It does get repetitive quick as getting to the goal is a lot grinding without any immediate gratification. Instant death is a bit punishing. I like that the projectiles light up the immediate area though. I think lighting effects could have been taken further for nicer visuals/polish. Especially if there was some simple raycasting lighting. But it still has it's mood. Cartoony sound and abstract graphics take me out of the "alone" mood. But they are there, distinct, and accomplish what they are there for in terms of gameplay. I like the projectile trailing particles. I think this (rather fast-paced) game would be suitable with an actiony soundtrack. But since the theme was "alone", perhaps a less abstract and "slower" gameplay may have worked better. The AI isn't terribly smart, but it's fine. I think with such high relic goal, there should be a minimap with explored areas shown or at least distinct environment features. Hunting for every one might be a big chore and I have to admit I didn't see the end. Good entry, but I'd like to see a more innovative idea behind it. I realize this was just a 5-hour game, but this is a 48h competition and others don't get leeway. 5 stars in community for rating games though!

Cosr says ...
Dec 25, 2011 @ 12:42am

Well done for the time spent on it. The lighting was effective, if a little rough, and I liked the particle effects from protectiles. The game might be more interesting if the zombies weren't quite so static, like if they wandered slightly or something.

Cell says ...
Dec 25, 2011 @ 12:30pm

Thank you everyone :)

bach says ...
Dec 27, 2011 @ 8:57pm

Impressive for 5 hours :) Would love to see a more polished version of this..

Hazard says ...
Dec 28, 2011 @ 8:33am

I usually like minimalistic art style, but this is a bit too minimalistic for my taste. Same for the gameplay. Still fun to play for a few rounds.

Pierrec says ...
Dec 29, 2011 @ 4:33pm

I'm sick of Ludum Dare survival shooters but I must say this one is the best I've played, on every aspect!

caranha says ...
Jan 3, 2012 @ 7:35pm


J/k :-) Nice game, I really liked the progressive difficulty, and the shadows. The "step" sound was a bit annoying. I managed have only 8 relics left before they got me... careless mistake.

There should be a way, even if limited, to detect relics. I'm afraid missing a relic in the beginning might mean a lot of tedious backtracking near the ending...

Thanks for the game!

Canyon says ...
Jan 4, 2012 @ 10:57am

I like how fast paced this is. I think it'd be great if the levels were procedurally generated as you explore. Because I was skirting the edges and working my way in, but if the world was infinite then I couldn't skirt the edges and I'd be forced to play the game less cautiously.

I found that overtime the game slowed down, so I think the projectiles aren't being removed from memory, it gradually slowed to a crawl for me.

The walking sound was annoying. But the other sounds were ok. I think this game is great and I think if the levels were procedural and there were more weapons or some kind of progression then this game would have more replayability.

Great game. Great name.

Cell says ...
Jan 4, 2012 @ 3:06pm


Thanks :)
my orginal idea was proc-gen'ed levels, but i didn't have any more time that 5 hrs :(


Tifu says ...
Jan 4, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Aghhhhh! I got to one left and then died looking for the last one ;__;

Awesome game for your super limited time D:

StarLight says ...
Jan 4, 2012 @ 7:22pm

I like it!

Wompus says ...
Jan 4, 2012 @ 8:04pm

Had fun playing your game :)

AyCe says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 12:13am

Nice game! Accomplished it in 15 min, got all relics, was very careful. Nice lighting I think :D

Tritax says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 2:40am

Brilliant game. Brutal difficulty (not a bad thing). I'll agree with other comments regarding the walk sound - it can get a little grating. Thanks for making this. :D

Zuieni says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 4:26pm

Nice game! It works with wine on linux too but I did not get any sound and a little bit laggy, my own fault ;) If I got the time I will test it on windows.. And great job for 5 hours!

Benjamin says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 11:01pm

Nice game, but it really need the rewarding coin sound whan you grab relics. One my notebook the framerate was ok on gamestart but became laggy so I had to stop after 2-3 minutes of play. Nice particules & shadow effect !

NeiloGD says ...
Jan 6, 2012 @ 12:48pm

Didn't work for me in my VM :(

Cell says ...
Jan 6, 2012 @ 2:58pm

@Bejanmin hmm, i thought i did fix the shadowAdding bug :S

@NeiloGD It works best on Windows :)

Sheep says ...
Jan 6, 2012 @ 4:56pm

+ Sound
+ The bullets/fire/ammo/shooting things' sprites look cool.
+ Challenging, terrifying
+ Light effect
- No menu or start up screen or something like that.
- No story

Beerman says ...
Jan 7, 2012 @ 5:07pm

5 hours? Impressive. Being able to use the fireballs for lighting was a nice touch.

NeiloGD says ...
Jan 8, 2012 @ 6:15am

Damn that is hard! Love the limited vision, and simplistic style - excellent work for 5 hours :)

SonnyBone says ...
Jan 8, 2012 @ 11:15am

FIVE HOURS? This is better than a large majority of full-on 48 hour attempts. Good work!

Jorjon says ...
Jan 9, 2012 @ 12:18am

Although the concept is good, the implementation needs to be tuned. The game gets really boring, 25 relics are way too much to find, since nothing happens or changes if I have 25 left or 10 left. Maybe less relics or more variety on enemies will fix that. The controls are good, but I think the shoots gets slower over time (maybe is just my imagination). I tried it 3 times, and after having to find only 5 more and died (one-hit), I ragequit.
The effects were really cool.

Cell says ...
Jan 9, 2012 @ 4:40pm

@Jorjon If you have read the info at the top of this page, it will say that the enemies get harder at every relic you pick up.

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