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

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Darwin Games 2012

by Bemmu - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Objective is to get 1000 coins by betting on how creatures do in various sports such as diving on cement. Each round the losers are destroyed and replaced by a mutated version of the winner + a random new contestant.

I'm Bemmu on IRC #ludumdare.

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Aug 26, 2012 @ 4:02pm

Awesome idea, I'd have liked it a bit more if the movement was slightly more predictable but it was still addictive anyway. The backstory at the top was hilarious

gabeochoa says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:57am

Great game, wished it wasnt as random. Backstory was the best part :)

nuria says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:47am

The creatures look pretty cool, first time I see something like that in Flash. The game needs to be more interactive though. Good to see an original idea! ;D

Fritzendugan says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:48am

Cool idea. I like the physics, the particles do interesting things at times (almost look like they're dancing or something). The "evolution/mutation" idea is an interesting one. No real game mechanics or goals, though. This has potential in that regard

panzermancer says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:50am

Best game I've played so far.



This game is fucking hilarious. Great fucking job, man.

Waynetron says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:50am

Cool idea. Could have really benefited from some evolutionary style traits rather than straight up randomness.

cacciatc says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:37am

Who knew that hearts were such good swimmers?!

Jamin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:38am

I know he's going to lose, but... but I have to vote for him! I just have to!

mutuware says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:27am

Kind crazy on the dash, would be nice if they made it to the finish line :)

@cacciatc All my money on the heart, also pretty good at the bounce!

Bemmu says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:15am

@mutuware Yeah I've actually never seen one cross the finish line, but sometimes they get really close :) Instead of bumping up their x speed a bit I decided to leave it like that so whoever manages to witness it happening can feel special.

Bemmu says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:40am

@Fritzendugan They do look like dancing sometimes. Even considered adding "dancing" as one event, but wasn't sure how I would rank them against each other. If I ever make a game that needs a disco in it with a lot of dancing NPCs, I'll know blobs with a lot of springs is the way to go :)

dvdking says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:44am

It was fun to play. Even though I do such simple action as bet. Quite addictive thing.
p.s. there was a kitten!

Bemmu says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:02am

@dvdking The kitten is pretty good at running, too.

Ezzam says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:06am

A truly great game. Backstory was awesome as well. As others said, creatures' movement could have been less random.

Baburo says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:52am

Awesome game :D had a blast with it.

Citiral says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:11pm

It was really original, but it was too random, it should be more clear who would win, now it just feels like a glorified betting game.

willh says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:39pm

This is brilliant. We spent 9 billion or something on the 2012 olympics and it wasn't anywhere near as good as this.

Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:29pm

Brilliant idea! Love the little backstory-blips :)

foxor says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:30pm

Very odd

Matt Rix says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:49pm

Pretty sweet, I wish there was a bit more predictability but it's interesting anyway!

Fadobo says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:40pm

Really creative, even if a little weird game. Winning is a bit random maybe, but the betting mechanic really makes it exciting to watch the simulation.

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

Rofl, I laughed out loud playing this, I love the randomness and this is very funny

Pixelulsar says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:13pm

Never seen anything like it, it fit the theme very well. It was funny during the run when they all just fall over.

jplur says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:28pm

Hahaha great stuff.. till I lost 400 on the cat in the swim race >:|

Maxium says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:45pm

Fun game...even though I lost each time

Porpentine says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:33pm

my cat is into nickelback and i need 1000 coins to melt them into a sword. narrative of the year imo

madpew says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:53pm

Haha, how did you come up with this! Genius! I don't like betting games at all but this is great. Some music would have added a little backgroundnoise. Funny game. Well done!

Bemmu says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:46pm

@Porpentine That backstory generator was just a random thing I added out of impulse, but found myself going back to the game just to see what kind of stories it would spit out. Sometime I would like to explore if you could actually have a random plot for an entire game that could be played out and not just a bunch of text.

Porpentine says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:08am

yeah that kind of stuff fascinates me so much, narrative + generator is one of my chief game design interests

Porpentine says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:09am

you should definitely explore that!

FunByJohn says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:48pm

I was so close to win like 600 at the run part, in like the last 2 seconds mine was in the lead, then an other, then me, and finally the other. xD Pretty nice idea. I actually found it to be pretty fun.

wombatica says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:11pm

clever. Very different to any other LD game I've ever seen. good play.

Pierrec says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:11pm

This is so weiiird (and cool)

pansapiens says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:26am

Amusing, but hard to predict. I guess I need to play more to get a better feel of the likely winner in each round.

Andrew says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 2:33pm

A wee bit random but a nice idea in an evil-ringmaster-lounging-in-his-chair way.

alwaysinbeta says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 10:04pm

Really good. Enjoyed playing.

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