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

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Darwin's Odyssey

by Edd Morgan - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Darwin's Odyssey is a top-down survival combat game built in 48 hours. It's educational because it teaches you about evolution with 100% scientific accuracy and also zombies.

To play: W, A, S and D to move. Point and click to attack. Press H for help at any time. Objective: kill zombies until you die.

I coded it all from scratch using Ruby and some help from the Gosu library[1]. I suck at pixel art, yet I managed to produce some not-bad sprites in Photoshop. I used bfxr[2] for the sound effects, and composed what little music there is myself in GarageBand.

There's even an online high scores table!

Please feel free to browse the source code and other downloads at GitHub[3].

I love Ludum Dare. It's so much work, but at the end of it I come out with something I'm tremendously proud of. Working hard on something and then seeing the fruits of your labour is profoundly beneficial for your self esteem.


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Desi Quintans says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:41am

I loved the 'extra' evolutionary stages, but stopped playing because the second stage after Modern Man (don't want to spoil other players) dragged on for too long. Still had a lot of fun, though, and I hope I didn't miss out on too much content by quitting early.

Andrei Barsan says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:55am

Pretty nice, but as I said in the blog post comments, it felt a tad disappointing when I got "demoted" back to a mele sword when I evolved to the 3rd stage. :(

Edd Morgan says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:31pm

The object of the game at the end is to just obliterate zombies and accumulate that high score until you inevitably die. Maybe I made the final stage too easy.

Vordux says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:01pm

Pretty fun to play. Later stages take a little too long though.

LuizHGMonclar says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:03pm

Loved it, lol! Can you evolve beyond Super?

The game is really fun, I liked how the sound reminded me a lot of atari, and even the art sometimes :) Good humor too!

great job man, very fun!

Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:05pm

It's a very nice game, but it could be bether if the zombies would become stronger..

Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:05pm

The art style could've been better and the combat could've been a little smoother, but otherwise a very humorous and simple game!

Loved the Science fact about kittens, by the way! :D

tompudding says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:06pm

Very enjoyable indeed. I liked the progressions (stage 5 was my favourite)

kevincorrigan says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:12pm

This was very entertaining!

gabeochoa says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:33pm

great backstory, funny
he had large feet
wasnt sure how many dna's i had to collect and the progress bar didnt help, because i wasnt sure how big it had to get

gabeochoa says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:34pm

great backstory, funny
he had large feet
wouldve liked to see the zombies as neanderthals and evolve with you
wasnt sure how many dna's i had to collect and the progress bar didnt help, because i wasnt sure how big it had to get

yettatore says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 1:24am

Mmm... I get it... The ninjas are an evolution of Darwin... Ok... And, SUPERMAN ARE AN EVOLUTION OF A NINJA!!!?????
Funny, funny!
I get 636550 points! Yeah!

DavidErosa says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 9:30pm

Fun to play.

michax says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 1:08am

Atack animation seems a little wird. Otherwise ok game. GJ!

timtipgames says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 6:50am

Very funny game :) A bit more polishing and a more difficult "endgame" would have been nice. Protip: Read the funfacts on the help page frequently. Gave me some good laughs :)

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