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

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Natural Selection: Travel Agency

by lucasncv - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A different approach to natural selection. Control the winds and direct a species of birds towards its future. You must escape predators (red birds), collect food and be "naturally" selected to survive. For how long can this branch of birds avoid extinction? Follow your travel agent: nature!

This is my first time participating, the theme was quite a surprise! Shame the idea itself didn't really evolve, the game ended up being very simple.

The game was written in C++ using GLFW, OpenAL and FreeType. All content made with GIMP, BFXR, Autotracker-Bu and Audacity. Vista upwards. You'll probably need the VC2012 redistributable linked above.

Summary: collect food, escape the red birds and get inside the DNA region when it appears.

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Ratings

#120Humor3.00
#221Audio2.83
#245Theme3.23
#341Innovation2.92
#357Overall3.00
#424Fun2.69
#475Graphics2.62
#858Coolness32%

Comments

Rellikiox says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:53am

The captions really did it for me :D

Ninja says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:56am

This game was rather confusing to me, but I did manage to live for 3000 years!

Vordux says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:47pm

Pretty cool, didn't get the intuition of the controls until I played it for a bit.

Pretty nice overall, played it for a bit and enjoyed it the whole time.

Khayet says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:14pm

Pretty cool, the captions are funny. ^^
Controls could have been more intuitive.

shinD says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:01pm

A bit unintuitive at first, needs a bit of explanation to get the hang of it! A bit simple, but overall enjoyable.

sPe says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:27pm

Well first played, then read the inscriptions here and then played again.

Couldn't find a way to prevent extinction through game mechanics. Apparently eating, going to islands and avoiding predators is not enough, or I wasn't good enough at that :). But managed to survive at least 8000 years, guess that's ok.
The relaxed background music somehow fits the game. Feels like vacation..

lucasncv says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:38am

I've never managed to go beyond 8000 years! I feel like the flock never really increases in size. It was quite a challenge to reach this unbalanced state, can you believe it? Gonna try harder next LD!

mes says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:13am

Hey, I installed visual c 2012, ran it, got MSVCP110.dll is missing. I'm using win 7 64.

It seems it worked for other people so maybe its on my end?

Anyway, sound's interesting and I'll come back and rate if I can get it to work.

lucasncv says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:19am

Well that's weird since the redist includes that. Did you get the right version? What's your OS?

lucasncv says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:22am

Oh sorry, you said win 7! Try getting the x86 version if you installed the x64.

scoots says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:41pm

Downloaded the binaries but the window just closes for some reason right away on Windows 8. The process stays open and I can hear some beeps.

Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:07pm

Fails to run in WINE, unfortunately. Looked pretty cool.

Andrew says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 8:21pm

Seems I'm missing MSVCP110.dll

metadept says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 2:55pm

Very solid all-around entry. My only complaint is that it took me a little while to figure out the discrepancy between the screen wrapping and the DNA areas; went extinct several times by flying past the goal. If the map scrolled and you could explore islands and continents, with a little bit of species progression, I could play this for a very long time.

NOTE: If you get the missing dll error, install the x86 version of the runtime instead of the x64 as the author suggested.

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