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Gnome Alone

by Matt Rudder - Jam Entry

You play Gerald, a solitary garden-variety gnome whose tiny tranquil world is suddenly invaded by the savage gopher and robin alliance.

Armed only with lawn darts, how long can Gerald survive the onslaught?

Programming by Matt Rudder, Art by Aaron Mortensen. Our very first game jam game, and my first attempt at ActionScript and FlashPunk.

Special thanks to my lovely wife Sarah (http://sarahrudder.com) for her amazing UI design contribution.

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Ratings

Coolness72%
#94Humor(Jam)2.63
#168Graphics(Jam)2.86
#170Theme(Jam)2.64
#186Overall(Jam)2.66
#188Fun(Jam)2.43
#208Mood(Jam)2.11
#211Audio(Jam)1.14
#227Innovation(Jam)2.05

Comments

Transmit says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:10pm

The game itself is good fun, and your art is nice. But I had problems that the gnome moved faster than the camera could keep up!

jeroenimooo says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:12pm

A fun game, Sounds would be cool and also sometimes mobs glitched into walls

angrygeometry says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:18pm

the camera pans too slow! especially when you pick up gas! kept running into enemies off-camera and dying. nice job on what you have though. the art is fun.

Catman says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:21pm

Too bad there is no sound and the collisions are not really working, but the art is good!

john_conder9 says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:07pm

GNOME OVER...haha pretty clever wording in the game. Would have made the mood a lot better to have had sound and of course the pan/collision issues, but, it was pretty fun anyway!

Zoomyzoom says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:10pm

Awesome game. but my gnome ended up in the walls!

Jack says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:12pm

lovely game but incredibly unpolished. I can tell that you had some serious bugs early on or ran out of time for some other reason, because this game is in serious need of playtesting

Miltage says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:14pm

Enjoyable games, the menus screens are particularly nice, good job.

Orni says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:14pm

the camera is really annoying.
also, the title screen and tutorial page looked very polished - I was a bit dissapointed that the game itself looks not that great in comparision

however - fun game, gnome over made me laugh :)

tcstyle says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:37pm

Haha. "Gnome Over"
I had a bug where I was forced to run right regardless which key I pressed. It ended with the next powerup I collected.
The graphics are great.

KungPhoo says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:20pm

Nice game. But it's very hard. The graphics are very good.

azurenimbus says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:56pm

Fun game. I didn't run into any of the problems most people are talking about.

I wish there was a bit more to do. Good job, though!

Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:01am

Fun game, nice work.

eburn184 says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:06am

The menu screens are really clean looking. Nice job. Fighting the gophers reminded me of the first Zelda and the enemies that burrow in the sand.

KevinWorkman says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:21am

Cool start, it would be pretty easy to turn this into a full game with different levels, powerups, etc.

gnx says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:23am

I kind of enjoy the graphic style. I think there is a lot of promise there. Gameplay is solid enough but there doesn't seem to be a clear objective as such. Sound usually livens up action games, but unfortunately there is none.

All in all very nice effort for a first jam.

jrasmussen24 says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:18pm

The camera not panning quickly enough definitely made it difficult to move around easily-- enemies slightly off-screen caused some issues (especially with the gas can power up :P). Still a fun concept though, good work!

marudziik says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 8:32pm

Great, funny topic, but I find it graphically a little inconsistent (great title screen, great gnome art - rest kinda doesn't fit in) - but hey, it's playable enough for me. For a first attempt, this is actually quite good.

Digitalis says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 1:25am

The title screen is really nice, it would be great to see more of that style in the game.
The gameplay is simple to understand and enjoyable but it could really benefit from a secondary objective to give it a bit more depth.
Good job

Apr 28, 2012 @ 3:39am

Gorgeous title screen.

Lacutis says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 6:57am

Game is fun, controls seem a little off, or maybe it's the collision. Could use more feedback when you are hit.

Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:44am

Pretty cool game.

The only annoying thing was that the camera movement was slower than my movement so that made me have to stop every few seconds to let the camera catch up.

davidllanos22 says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 10:17am

The angry version of david the gnome? I found it very sad :C Just because I grew up watching david the gnome and he has never harmed an animal :C

Datamosh says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:56pm

I did not find the enemies attractive and I would like to see a more badass gnome design (but that's just me). But being a gnome was fun! Nice graphics. Specially liked the "Max Payne Style" life bar and menu screen!

kddekadenz says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 4:56pm

Very easy.

Jim Haslett says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 8:43pm

I loved the idea of a gnome running around throwing lawn darts at things. I never figured out what the gas cans did.

jimmypaulin says ...
May 10, 2012 @ 8:48pm

Enjoyed the shooting and moving mechanic, good gnome graphics and a well put together package. Would love to see some more feedback when scoring a hit, perhaps some simple particle effects? Good entry

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