August 19th-22nd 2011 :: Theme: Escape
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Lost Psyche

by neilogd - 48 Hour Competition Entry


Let me take the time to invite you to escape reality for a while, sit back, be mesmerised, and allow you to guide the music along it's path to creation - with visuals intensifying to match. My experiment for this LD was Procedural Music.

To guide the music, you must avoid the red blobs, but attempt to collect the blue and green blobs. One will increase the chord complexity, and the other the progression complexity.

Controls are WASD to move, Esc will exit, and F1 will reset the game.

This is my second entry using my own engine, Psybrus. All engine code used is based on what was located at at the start of LD.

All game code is written in GameMonkey ( See the .gm files in "Dist" for all the game code. For some idiotic reason I decided to lump everything very hackly into "". There you will find some horrific game code, along with the music generator. Hopefully I will get the time to clean this up, and improve upon it as there are so many avenues of music generation I wanted to explore, but didn't have the time to :(

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Pvaiun says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 4:39pm

I like the idea and the music, but due to the 2d objects in 3d space thing going on it's really hard to accurately judge depth and to hit the right colors for that reason. Still, cool concept for 48 hours.

kevglass says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 8:11pm

Very hard to play. Couldn't get the hang of it.

tgijsola says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 1:15am

I love procedural audio generation, this was quite a cool idea. I agree with the previous poster, it was very difficult to judge where I was at. Eventually I figured out that there was a crosshair, but even with that everything moved too quickly to really get into the groove.

Great concept, and good execution on the music generation!

Neilo says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 6:02am

I was balancing this game to make it playable with pretty heavy sleep deprivation...and it became quite easy to me. I guess that's what I get for spending the last couple of hours tweaking gameplay in the competition :( Totally needs some improving, and possibly slowing down the graphics a touch to give you more time to respond.

trialbyfun says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:18pm

Really like that you're experimenting with procedural music, and the visuals are totally trippy (in a good jeff minter esq way). however, i had real trouble judging the note directions which kind of got in the way of my enjoyment of the game.

Aug 25, 2011 @ 6:36am

Nice idea, but it is quite hard to play.

Andrew says ...
Aug 26, 2011 @ 7:58pm

The triangle doesn't centre on the screen and it's hard to judge depth. A good idea, but needs some touching up.

Sos says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 12:02pm

Cool stuff! Looks like Audiosurf! It's kind of hard tho and needs a seizure warning :P

refrag says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 11:49pm

Trippy, but hard to play. Kind of stretching the theme a bit aren't ya? ;)

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 2, 2011 @ 6:17am

Primitive and abstract. I liked it but most people would expect more. I know a VJ Toy when I see one! Nice effort. :-)

dev_zero says ...
Sep 3, 2011 @ 11:12pm

reminded me of Rez and Child of Eden. Very cool, but goes very fast.

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