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

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One Final Trek

by vandriver - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This lady has one great trek left in her! the controls are hinted at in game, but space jumps, X attempts to light her lantern(may take a few tries!) and can extinguish it as well, and Z will blow flames out of a lit lantern, which also extinguishes it.

I started really late on this one, since I disliked the theme and had abandoned it, but had an idea halfway through saturday. I would have dearly loved to get sound into this but i simply didn't have time. It really needs audio cues. And a bit of polish in a lot of places.

update: it seems game maker likes to blur the pixels on some machines so i found a short script by dear chevy ray that fixes that and reuploaded. hopefully that's ok!

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iforce2d says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:28pm

I really like the look of this. The fixed-length jump seemed odd at first but I quite like it - it helps when you can tell exactly where you will land. I could not get past the monster though.

Lusmu says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 5:09pm

Glad you decided to make this, the world is richer by one fun game! I can only imagine how fun this would be with good sounds and music.

ziomorti says ...
Dec 21, 2011 @ 5:19pm

The lantern mechanic and animation are amazing.

SonnyBone says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 11:47pm

This is simply THE BEST GAME I'VE PLAYED IN ALL FIVE LUDUM DARE COMPETITIONS THAT I'VE ENTERED. PERIOD. The forced distance jump, the amazing random lantern strike, the graphics, the animation, the 'story', the atmosphere, the EVERYTHING. Even without sound, this is the best thing I've seen. Period. And you started late? WOW. Seriously. My vote for BEST GAME belongs to vandriver.

evilseanbot says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 5:02am

I enjoyed the lantern mechanic a lot. A little more smoothness in the controls would help.

Yoman says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 7:46am

You seem to, uh, made a very similar game to me. Not that I'm saying you stole it. But you did an amazing job. How did you do your lighting?

jeffz says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 8:20am

I like the aesthetic, shame about the lack of music, would go towards making a brilliant little game.

bach says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 10:38am

Probably my favourite game so far in this entry. It's simply brilliant in every way.

But yes, this _needs_ to have audio.

binary_girl says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 1:26pm

nice mood and love the lighting and jump :)

vandriver says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 5:08pm

hah, wow guys. i must say i'm really enjoying these comments!

@evilseanbot: some of the controls i purposefully made a bit sticky to show her age, and some of them i just didn't have time to make smooth(or didn't know how, haha)

@yoman: i did the lighting in the simplest, most brute-force way possible since i'm not too adept on the programming side. i took a giant black image, erased random parts in the middle, and layered it animated over the character.

iansnyder says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 7:06pm

I LOVED this, the ending was adorable and really made it feel like I accomplished something :3 I thought the gameplay was great; it was challenging but not frustrating, because I knew what I was doing wrong whenever I hit a snag. Great job, glad you had the idea!

iansnyder says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 7:18pm


I forgot to mention, I loved that I only had to kill the vampire. I really like it when killing isn't the only way through (and killing a vampire seems perfectly justifiable :P). I put out my lamp when I saw the ZZZ's and was able to sneak past the bear (who I assume wakes up if you have your lamp on); so amazing >:3

waynebeam says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 9:09pm

this was really good. the look/lighting was awesome. the jump felt great. nice job!

SonnyBone says ...
Dec 24, 2011 @ 6:06am

OH MY GOD. You just used sprites and opacity for the lighting? I was SURE that you had used the Game Maker lighting system. No wonder it look so marvelous. And your source code is HILARIOUS. Some of your variable names had me rolling. How in the world you managed to remember what the fuck some of that stuff meant... wow. I played this again today. Do you plan on expanding with music? Do you do music at all?

vandriver says ...
Dec 24, 2011 @ 8:00pm

@ian i love nonkilling games also, but not as much as i love oldschool boss fights, hence the vamp. also you may notice a pointless room with a blue mouse in it. i had planned to have a wolf you could kill there and save him, then if you killed no mice he'd join you on the last screen as a sort of easter egg but i could never get the wolves to be fun(and wasted way too much time trying)

@sonny haha, after reading this i had to check my code worried i'd put some horribly obscene names for variables; i find it helps me remember their names as the program gets more complex. and without comments even now, the code is so convoluted that i don't even know without looking what half of them do.

as for music, i do like using tracker programs and may still try and write something for it, but people seem to like what's there so far that i'd be worried about messing it up actually. i do think some sfxr sounds will be solid though. when holidays are over i may try and motivate myself to add those things. i do thank you for the kind words and promotion. you're why this community is awesome and infectious despite my introversion. maybe i'll even make a holiday version and write up a postmortem!

karlosxr says ...
Dec 28, 2011 @ 8:12am

Dude, I only made the account here to congratulate you, I LOVED how without sound, no story and simple game mecanics you made a fun game & a great ending. I'm no game expert, nor a game creator, I justa happened to be a guy that stumbled upon your game on mindless surfing, and boy did I get lucky! I hope to see another of your submissions, because, for what it's worth, I think you have a great talent! Cheers!

noogai03 says ...
Dec 28, 2011 @ 1:13pm

Hey, iforce2d commented!.
His box2D tutorials are amazing.

SonnyBone says ...
Jan 10, 2012 @ 2:41am

CONGRATS ON 17th OVERALL! This game was my vote for number one, but I'm glad to see you get some recognition for your work!

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