August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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Living Tales

by kddekadenz - Jam Entry

In "Living Tales" you write you own story, which turns to life.
You type in a word and if it is supported the equivalent object will appear at the left (e.g. a tree).
On the right will be simultaneous a story written ("A tree comes out of the ground."). Spawned creatures will act without needing a command, they write the story, too.

game design: kddekadenz
code: kddekadenz
art: madgnomegamer(most) & kddekadenz(book)
sound: pdsounds.org, opengameart.org

We had more time than usual, but that still wasn't enough.
Expect a update on this after the compo has ended.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness66%
#5Innovation(Jam)4.07
#79Mood(Jam)3.11
#95Humor(Jam)2.59
#108Audio(Jam)2.95
#130Overall(Jam)3.07
#134Graphics(Jam)3.20
#135Theme(Jam)2.76
#153Fun(Jam)2.76

Comments

jonnopon3000 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:20pm

This is a really interesting entry - it's a totally unique concept and it's quite fun to try all the commands to see what happens. With a little expansion this could be really awesome.

Porpentine says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:44pm

"Plants were eating plants in this cruel world" haha, what pathos!

i like this idea a LOT. the presentation is a bit crowded, it would be cool to see a version of this spread out more, say over a landscape or wider area.

SusanTheCat says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:52pm

Very calm and relaxing game. Love the music.

axcho says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:24am

Interesting - I wish I were better able to understand the dynamics and relationships between the objects I added. It didn't help that a lot of the time they appeared overlapped with each other and I couldn't see everything...

Switchbreak says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:47am

Super fascinating. I spawned a bunch of rats and they kept planting trees then cutting them down. I couldn't figure out anything to do beyond spawning rats and mushrooms and watching them run around, but the concept is great. I love the art and the music as well.

juaxix says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:47am

Wow, a big sandbox of life, this project has a true potential!

levelbylevel says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:49am

interesting game idea :)

alvivar says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:58am

Cool idea. I really would like to play an extended version of this!

marudziik says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:20pm

Very good idea. Spawning a few rats and plants made it play on its own, and was quite interesting experience - however, after some time the framerate dropped drastically. The concept is really great and I like the not-so-obvious take on the theme.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:40pm

I like the idea behind it! Of course it's a bit like Scribblenauts where too many options is overwhelming.

I would show the verb and noun list by default with a button to close it later.

Nickolai51 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:34pm

Really nice entry, would have to agree with others though that it felt a bit squashed... It also ran quite slowly for me, though I think that's because my internet connection is pretty poor!

Kumquat says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:22pm

Very nice idea, quite unique. Your game has lots of potential :D

Kinokochan says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:38pm

Really interesting concept, and a great interpretation of the theme!
I wasn't sure why my fakeshrooms kept dying, or why more and more rats kept spawning without my summoning them, but it was fun to see the little town evolve and grow. :)

Overall, great job!

RawBits says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:16pm

I love the idea! An interactive and evolving story. Nice job! :)

It lag a lot sadly on my computer but played it for some time anyway.
There are bug where the story says something happened and it didn't. Like a little brown mushroom appeared - or something like that - and there isn't one. I think maybe it's because you didn't made graphics for it. When I typed 'plants' it isn't showed the correct number - as assume it should show how many of them are on the screen.
The placement of the things should be corrected as they tend to be on each other in this small space. Maybe you should tilt the book even.
There should be a button to recall previous commands so you can save on typing.

Anyway I encourage you to continue developing this amazing game! :)

mohammad says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 9:45pm

Kinda reminds me of ScribbleNauts on playground mode.
Was as fun as ever though!

triliyn says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:23pm

This would have been really nice if the objects didn't overlap so much. As it is, it was still fun to play, but all the actors got stuck and I couldn't tell what was going on.

Cake&Code says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 5:32am

Haha, pretty funny game! It was a little strange to have to press Help in order to know any commands in the game, but it went well from there. Neat setup!

Qaterknan says ...
Sep 12, 2012 @ 7:39pm

I got it working somehow and it was nice. But I didnt know what does what.

thewiseguy99 says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 11:16pm

Unique game/idea. Relaxing music. Nice...

Loyalty says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 4:41pm

unique game idea. I think it has a lot potential!

matheod says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 10:03pm

Wow, really innovative game, i love it !

pardue says ...
Sep 18, 2012 @ 12:07am

Great idea, very unique!

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