December 17th-20th, 2010
Theme: Discovery

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by Meep - Competition Entry

I had so much more planned for this but didn't have time to put everything in, so the game is pretty short unfortunately. I also didn't have time to add background music or sound effects. =(

I'm submitting this early due to having family parties to attend, otherwise it would at least have some sounds and maybe a few extra rooms.

The game basically revolves around a penguin egg that rolled away. It hatched on its own in a small cave and the baby penguin has no clue what it is. It runs into numerous animals and situations that make it ponder about itself and consequently discover its nature.

As you progress in the game, you'll be able to see the baby penguin's thoughts about the things it perceives. Instructions/controls are relayed through these thought bubbles.

The game plays as a platformer, but has the feel of a children's story book. I suppose it's like my first art game. This is my second Ludum Dare to enter, and like always, it was a great experience.

Controls (In case you miss the particular thought bubbles):
Z = Jump/Swim
X = Interact with fish (When hungry)

Additional controls:
Arrow keys - Move left/right
F4 - Full screen

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Hazel says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 6:17pm

This is adorable!

The baby penguin's thought process is just perfect.

ACodeGerm says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 8:05pm

It's a shame you didn't have more time for this, some music would have really tied this together.

Adorable art, the thought bubbles are perfect.

plams says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:06pm

Cute :-)

ladron says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 3:16am

Nice! I really like the thought bubbles. But he moves so slooowly...

Endurion says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 7:57am

Awww cute! :)
It's like you said, rather a story book than a game. I hope the end part is a good end?
I love the thought bubbles, they're great.

Meep says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 11:01am

@Endurion: Yeah, the baby penguin gets saved by the adult penguins at the end. =P

Devenger says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 7:33pm

Wonderful. I was optimistic for the penguin when he thought he could fly a bit. Alas.

Benjamin says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:20pm

nice, I really need the "cute" category to rate your game properly !

mjau says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 6:11am

That was pretty cute =)

Squax says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 6:45pm

Lovely game ^^ Some sounds/musics would have finished it off.

k_wright says ...
Dec 23, 2010 @ 11:32pm

Great take on the discovery theme, I really like the process of going through the animals. It's like all the "who am I?" except the player knows.

Really wish there was audio, I pictured something like Ecco.

thristhart says ...
Dec 25, 2010 @ 8:19pm

One word: D'awwwwww

ethankennerly says ...
Dec 28, 2010 @ 6:49pm

Brilliant tutorial on the controls! Besides the cute animation, the scribbled drawings cleverly gave me hints of what to do. I mistook the glyphs for "Z" and "X" for some sort of drawing. I got stuck at the first big creature underwater who ate me twice. I didn't try a third time, because neither z nor x seemed to get me out of the pond or out of the creature's mouth. I missed something. Also, the cute animation could be larger. While the character waddled across the screen, I got impatient. When I restarted from the beginning (hoping instead to restart just that screen), I got very impatient. Yet altogether, it's charming! I hope next time to _play_ as this adorable, pre-literate penguin.

badlydrawnrod says ...
Dec 29, 2010 @ 7:37pm

Liked the thought bubbles. Leopard seals are mean.

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