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We Don't Know How to Approach You

by Drusilla - Compo Entry

Hey. I'm pretty new to programming, starting with Lua two or three weeks ago. So, this is mostly a learning thing for me.

You are an alien visiting earth. You have to choose the right form and opening line to get the locals to accept you and offer you fruit.

Most likely they will sends waves of bleu cheese and dates at you.

Select form/words with the mouse.

Use WASD/Arrow keys to move, z/space to 'shoot'.

R to return to the dubiously titled character select thing, ESC to exit.

Soon I'll figure out how to pause the 'music'.

Made with Love2D v. 0.10.1, Famitracker for the noises, and GIMP. Source in the .love.

UPDATE: I fixed the Win 32, otherwise you can get Löve here:

Downloads and Links




fizzhog says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:52pm

Can't run it. Win32. Missing love.dll. Need to include it with your game or at least tell people where to find it. Like the images :)

Drusilla says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:36pm

Thanks for letting me know!

Ovidios says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:42pm

A very surreal experience... Thus judging art and music's kinda hard. One thing though, you forgot to disable the console! ^^

kivlor says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:10pm

wasn't able to run the os x version :(

Kazetsukai says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:31pm

Funny idea. Liked it.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:39pm

The x64 version didn't seem to work at all (it just said "No Game") until I also downloaded the .love file and put it in the same directory.

The "locals" seem to just spew an endless spray of bullets that eventually are undodgable. I did a Cow+moo and "beat" the game I guess, but there wasn't really anything that really made sense to me?

Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:12pm

weird but funny

Aaranos says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:34pm

The locals seem to be amazed at the flying cow.

Baknik says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:13am

I'm not sure how to play. I selected my character and word, but died instantly every time. Am I doing something wrong?

rantt says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:27am

Different, but I liked it. Nicely done

nihilaleph says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:42am

That was strangely funny.... kkk I would like to point out only that the graphics are a bit inconsistent, the locals are waay too pixalated compared to other assets.

Great entry!

bobismijnnaam says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:44pm

Hahaha, wow! This game is great :D The graphics are simple but very coherent and you immediately understand what they mean and what the implications are. The controls are simple but effective, and you surely have a nice sense of humour. Keep it up and make an even better game next time! :D Be sure to include a "pause music" button though :)

Reis Mahnic says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:44pm

Certainly unique! I had fun with it, even if it took a couple restarts to understand what my character and 'word' was affecting. Fun concept that would be cool to expand on!

glitchu says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:05am

What an interesting take on an interesting question. I enjoyed the outcome and the different possibilities

Lady Beardo says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:33am

I love everything about this one. The music, the characters, the outcomes, the jackfruit. So good!

ruchirbapat says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:53am

odd game but still nice!

play and rate my game here:

Drusilla says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:07am

Thank you all for the advice and wonderful compliments! This has been a great experience for me.

Ampera says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:11am


josefnpat says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:50am

Yaaay! I did it! The fruit is life. Life is fruit. Moo, pew pew, obey.

Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:59pm


I wanted to be a harmonious snail alien but Earth just wouldn't have me :(

Apr 26, 2016 @ 3:35am

[offtopic] Such unreadable color scheme on downloads page [/offtopic]
Linux version seems not to work, may be because of lack of resources. But windows one works fine. I like the mechanics of choosing different forms and words before reveal yourself to people and see their reaction. Nice and simple idea, perfectly fits for theme.

notime4games says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 4:01pm

Well, that was different! :)
Managed to both win and to kill everybody, which gave me the curse of being followed by deadly flying potatoes for the rest of my days apparantly! Fun fact: Had 0.5 hp left

danielilett says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 1:03pm

What did I just play :p
I liked the idea - it's certainly different! I seemed to just get eradicated with a hailstorm of cheese with most combinations. Maybe one day I will find love.

Also, as someone else has said, the downloads page could do with a different colour scheme, but that's not part of the game so it's fine. I'd like to see how you could expand on this. Good job, especially if you haven't been programming for long!

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