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Helix - A DNA Editor / Creature Platformer

by hirsch - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This game needs no installation! (Just extract the *.zip file)

Helix is a platformer with (more :>) than 57 different levels. If you die, you have the possibility to edit the DNA of the character to change its appearance and skills helping you to continue easier. But not all modifications are useful.

Leveldesigner is included, just in case you want to create your own levels, but if you do publish it! ;)
Make sure you rename level.dna to create a new empty level.

This is my first compo submission for ludumdare - and my own first plattformer.

Have fun and don't forget to rate and comment :)

Oh, and it would be interesting to know if you have discovered the effects of some DNA changes (sometimes hard to notice). Let me know in the comment section :)


IDE: SciTE4AutoIt3
Compiler/Interpreter: Autoit v3
Music and Sounds: TuxGuitar 1.2, GXSCC Beta 236E and my guitar
Graphics: Corel PaintShop Pro X
Icon: InfranView 4.32
GUI: Koda FormDesigner

Download info:
Filetype: *.zip
Size: 6.4 MB

Downloads and Links




andreyin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:45pm

Pretty cool, neat idea. I even got the "true" ending, probably on a place I wasn't supposed to be, I think. You should've written "Thank you", people love that hahaha.

Cell says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:00pm

Cool :D

Arkazon says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:43pm

Awesome idea with changing the dna, few issues with the controls - wall jumps were somewhat dodgy but a good game overall.

Zoomyzoom says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:47pm

Fun little addictive game, I got so carried away I forgot my pasta was boiling

MurrayL says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:56pm

Great concept - I loved the DNA interface, and the changes it made!
Would have been better with some more challenges other than just jumping on platforms. Also would've been great to be able to see the effect of a DNA strand once I've modified it once :)

timtipgames says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:05pm

Very funny graphics ;) It also was much fun to play around with the DNA to see the effects. Overall a nice game :)

X-0ut says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:02pm

It was a clever idea to use the helix to influence the mutations.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:18pm

Nice mechanism with the DNA, got past the ending and i think probably to somewhere i hould get to, kudos for putting the level editor in the code, nice stuff!

Nimphious says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:21pm

Great game! Some bugs in level transitions but overall brilliant. The DNA sequence editor was a neat death bonus!

Eniko says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:22pm

Really like the DNA system. Unfortunately I got stuck in the wall at some point and couldn't get out. A self-destruct key would be handy.

_AM_ says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:58pm

That was interesting. I think you should be able to edit the DNA further as much as you want on death, the user won't know the results anyways until it's confirmed. If not that, a take back or undo for each edit would be good.

ratking says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:17am

This most certainly is a concept worth to expand it more!

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