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April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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SlimeABug - schattenkind.net - Jam Entry

SlimeABug

by schattenkind.net team

A tiny alien blob from outer space gets stranded on earth in a front garden. Use your blobs shape-shifting abilities to find the way back to your spaceship. Consume corpses to learn new forms and find out how to use the abilities!

controls:
w-a-s-d: move
space: action (consume a corpse/fight/eat/...)
1-9: morph

Webplayer up now, but only recommended for CHROME due to sound-problems/hang in Firefox!


Hint: for linux you need the love2d runtime: https://love2d.org/

credits:
F. Fischer /sience/
Robert Noll /ghoulsblade/
Sebastian Dorda /hagish/

schattenkind.net
crankgaming.blogspot.com

powered by the super awesome

love2d


Website: http://ghoulsblade.schattenkind.net/wiki/index.php/LudumDare201204
Youtube-Gameplay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FZwpAxJMis

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Ratings

Coolness78%
#13Innovation(Jam)3.96
#33Fun(Jam)3.51
#34Overall(Jam)3.73
#39Theme(Jam)3.58
#63Mood(Jam)3.30
#106Audio(Jam)3.00
#114Graphics(Jam)3.40
#127Humor(Jam)2.33

Comments

Jeremias says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:01pm

Shape shifting, nice idea. Pulling enemies into the "own" units, too. I think getting attacked while transforming makes the game too difficult.

ghoulsblade says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:38pm

try using space while in ant-form instead of luring the big beetle into the horde, that should make it easier ;)

Seppi says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:09pm

This is very cool! I like the swarm concept of getting the ants to work for you!

-josefnpat

headchant says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:08am

fixed(?) resolution made it hard to see everything, movement ist awkward. Great graphics and gameplay!

Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:18am

A WebBrowser version follows soon :) !

graytest says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:20pm

Nice idea, good execution.

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:48pm

Wow. Really nice game, great art and its quite fun to play!

Chtulhu says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:08pm

Great idea. Maybe a bit too difficult. It's hard to have to restart from the beginning after having been playing for a few minutes.

Cosmologicon says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 4:26am

Really great artwork and concept! I'm very impressed. A bit unforgiving, since you can die so quickly and have to start all the way over....

Apr 25, 2012 @ 6:40am

the big group of big beetles blocking the path ? you can get through that without hit&run if you look around a bit elsewhere ;)

Moth says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:23am

This is a really cool game! I love its concept. I really dig the way different forms interact!

Monkey Armada says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:52am

I really liked the concept. The gameplay seems very well planned and the learning curve looks good, although it could use a bit more balancing.
The graphics are ok, I like old school (SimAntish) style, but some animations would help a lot.
The music was quite repetitive and didn't match the ambience imo.
Good overall!

Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:16pm

MacOSX Version is out!

Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:19pm

webplayer up now, but only recommended for chrome due to sound-problems/hang and general slowness in firefox:
http://ghoulsblade.schattenkind.net/love-webplayer/ludumdare201204/

mess110 says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:29am

nice

evilseanbot says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:34am

A bunch of the graphics wouldn't display (the opening scene, the ants all appeared as white boxes). Too bad, looks neat.

Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:56am

If you have problem with the Chrome Browser Version (you need WebGL enabled and a good graphic card), try the Windows, MacOSX one!

chrismcr says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:33pm

Took me a bit to figure out the rules about when/how I could shapeshift but overall this is well thought out, and I liked the music.

Apr 26, 2012 @ 2:10pm

@chrismcr thanks. it feels good to hear someone likes the music :). discovering the rules is a part of the gameplay, but sure ... a tutorial would be good.

racarate says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:21pm

Wow, very polished. The music is perfectly fitting. Grand Theft Insect -- very clever. A bit reminiscent of Space Station Silicon Valley. I often couldn't tell exactly why I died for some reason -- maybe the camera cuts back to the upper-left corner too quickly? I love the mechanic of rallying your ant friends to attack the mega-bug. A little too hard, but good job!

P.S. You guys are the first I've seen to use the LOVE web-player, that is a promising development!

Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:30pm

@racarate thats because ghoulsblade is the developer of the love2d-webplayer :-) . I really appreciate your comment. thanks!

Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:38pm

(ghoulsblade here) thanks ! yeah, the webplayer is still a bit young and lacks some things, but i think it's starting to be rather useful. I finally added audio support for the first time after this jam, and did some big performance tweaking also. Still some browser/system/version combos are problematic.

noxious says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:44pm

Great idea and nice graphics.
It's easier after you found the rigth way ;-)
And at first I did not see that the ability stands in the upper left corner. That made it really hard^^

orunbot says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:57pm

Great idea. I think my favorite part is that the difficulty is unforgiving.

Make A Game says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:21pm

Very interesting concept. Gameplay reminds me of the "Evolution" theme more than the Tiny World one but I enjoyed it!

davidllanos22 says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:36pm

Very cool game! Great concept, but a bit difficult! The web version worked great . Well done :)

Cake&Code says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:18am

That was pretty hard, but the absorbing of new forms when in slime form was really cool. I found the movement to be a bit awkward as the character did the odd rotation in place to go in a new direction instead of facing it immediately or more quickly, made it harder to aim attacks I thought.

Quirky little game, nicely done! :)

jfroco says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 4:37am

Great art. Kudos for using Löve and the Webplayer. Great idea, a little too hard :)

kddekadenz says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 10:26am

Awesome game, nice idea, but a bit hard.
But it keeps me want to play it.

ehtd says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 4:51pm

The shapeshifting idea is very good. The gameplay is interesting and fun. The movement is a little weird, and some times you die too fast. This game has potential :)

deejorg says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 5:35pm

The concept is great and really makes me want to go forward to discover all the shapes he can get. What i feel lacking is some kind of direction as to where i should head to find the ship. Also liked the cooldown mechanic on the morphs, give the game a good pace. Congrats!

PabloAM says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 3:35pm

Nice game and mechanics. I like it :)

domrein says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 4:15pm

Great game. Best one I've played so far! My only complaint is that you have to start over when you die. I eventually gave up because I couldn't beat it.

May 3, 2012 @ 8:19pm

Good game!

PIXEL^3 says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 12:17am

Creative idea, but there were lag spikes for whatever reason and and ran perfectly the rest of the time. Also, why did you make the screen size so big?

raarlac says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 1:14am

Potatobeetle is the most annoying enemy i've seen in this LD!! Awesome game, played it a lot!

gavin5564 says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 9:42pm

That's the weirdest game ive played so far. But it's really interesting. Great work.

May 12, 2012 @ 12:17pm

Yours is a lot more weirder ;-). Lets make a Gamejam to create the weirdest game ever :).

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