April 29th-May 2nd, 2011
Theme: It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take this!

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Take This Penguin

by Meep - Competition Entry

You play as a young girl who sets out to climb a cold, endless mountain in the middle of an avalanche. The temperatures on the mountain are dangerously cold, so you must take a little penguin with you. Its hug will provide the necessary warmth for you to embark on your never ending vertical voyage. If you get hit by falling icicles, the penguin will fall off your back and you must retrieve it if you hope to climb further.

The platforms are randomly generated as you climb, and the icicle drop-rate increases as you get higher up the mountain. Controls can be found in-game.

Unfortunately I was again hopeless at making decent background music for the game. Hopefully the gameplay, art, and sound effects will suffice.

This is my third Ludum Dare competition. The theme was rather difficult for me, that by the time I came up with an idea I liked, there was only 22 hours left. Fortunately I was able to finish it, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out.

<3 Penguins

Additional Controls:
R (Mid-game) - Quick Restart
F4 - Toggle Full Screen

- Meep

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ladron says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 5:58pm

Simple, but well-executed platforming. You might want to use just one key to interact instead of 'z', 'enter' or 'r'. Also, repeating the intro after every death got pretty old pretty fast - especially given that I died a lot :-)

Meep says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 1:03am

Yeah I meant to make it go to the mountain room but accidentally had it go to the first one. ): It was too late to fix it, but what I do is just use the quick restart (Press R mid-game) if I mess up early on. As for the single button thing, I never considered that before and might try it post-LD. Thanks for the feedback!

TellusE says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 11:17am

I agree with ladron on the quality. Well-executed, and the theme had a decent tie-in.

SonnyBone says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 9:04pm

I could never make it to the top. :(
I think the farthest I got was 143 feet.
I loved the 'NO' when you fall into the pit at the start.

SonnyBone says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 9:06pm

I could never make it to the top. :(
I think the farthest I got was 143 feet.
I loved the 'NO' when you fall into the pit at the start.

Endurion says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 10:41am

Not bad at all :)
However it felt a little slow and having to wait for replaying is way too long.

Is there an end somewhere?

May 5, 2011 @ 3:43pm

Awww. I loved it!

Meep says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 1:09am

@Endurion: Yeah I might upload a copy that doesn't have to sit through the intro cutscenes. Also, there is no end. The icicle drop rate increases as you climb so it's mainly seeing how high you can make it. =P

Rikkard says ...
May 8, 2011 @ 6:07am

Agree with the comments about the restart taking too long, but it was fun. Good job.

Meep says ...
May 9, 2011 @ 3:48am

The post-compo edit restarts much quicker.

elbowroom says ...
May 12, 2011 @ 12:54pm

Yay, it is a fun game, sometimes I had issues with controls.
I really like the graphics. It could have used monsters, maybe you could throw the penguin at the monsters?

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