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

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RUN RUN AMOEBA - tigerj - Jam Entry

HTML5 browser needed. Use the arrow keys absorb DNA to evolve into a faster Amoeba and outrun fossilization. Evolved Amoebas will be granted leaderboard status!

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CONTROLS
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LEFT ARROW: MOVE LEFT
RIGHT ARROW: MOVE RIGHT
UP ARROW: JUMP (HOLD FOR MAX, TAP FOR MIN~SKILL HOP)



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DESCRIPTION
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It's a pretty hard speed platformer. If you ever played the carpet level in the classic Aladdin, or some of the other older speed memory games you will have fun with the challenge. If that style was never your thing then you may not like this game too much as it requires several replays and memorization.

There is a screenshot with some advice if you REALLY want to make it on the leaderboard.

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MECHANICS
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Every piece of DNA evolves your Amoebic acid to be 10 faster in x-velocity. It also increases your speed cap by 10.

Kicker: it increases the Walls velocity by 11 -3% of your velocity and increases the walls cap by 11. IT also stops the wall forcing it to re-accelerate.



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Gameplay Video
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-N91MJsIYQ&feature=g-upl

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Ratings

Coolness66%
#117Mood(Jam)2.80
#130Fun(Jam)2.88
#131Overall(Jam)3.05
#134Humor(Jam)2.22
#150Audio(Jam)2.54
#172Theme(Jam)2.44
#184Graphics(Jam)2.71
#204Innovation(Jam)2.32

Comments

andreyin says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:22pm

Really cool. The controls are awkward though.

PapyGaragos says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:25pm

You should spend more time working on the "feeling" of your game.
Here the controls feels "heavy" and unresponsive, and that hurts the fun in your game

tigerj says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:15pm

Thanks for the early feedback! I probably will not have time to adjust much of the controls though since it's Monday and I have to work on other stuff. Post LD I wil examine this and see how it effects the difficulty ramping. Also the controls tend to feel better after you have started evolving and can accelerate faster. Maybe I should adjust the decelleration inversly to the amount of possible DNA... eh I'll play with it after the JAM. THANKS AGAIN!

Pierrec says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:56pm

I didn't manage to control it well enough to start evolving. I'm still curious of what's ahead...

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

I think your game is pretty fun, but I had a problem with the scenario. I'm having fun running like hell, thinking fast and jumping all around the level and, suddenly, I'm stuck in some wall. I feel you could improve the gameplay just avoiding this kind of obstacle. Anyway, good job!

zkenshin says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:32am

I agree with the others that the controls made it feel a little more difficult than it should have been, but fun game overall.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:10am

Pretty fun -- nice effort.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:40am

Really good but hard (and only 2 guys reached the end when i wrote this).

Alface says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:18am

Cool. I liked the music!

Raptor85 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:10am

controls are really unresponsive in firefox, i watched the sucessful run you linked on youtube also an that wall thing chasing you is WAY faster for me than it is in your video, it's basicly on my ass and im barely ahead of it even collecting every thing of DNA, first time you get to a spot you have to stop and jump back it's impossible to get by since you can barely keep in front of it.

tigerj says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:41pm

@Raptor85 Thank you for your feedback. i just tested in FF 14.0.1 on Linux and it was REALLY JERKY. if you come back try it in chrome or IE9 and I think it will be a much better experience for you. I don't want to touch anything internal to the game until the judging ends.

Next LD I'll have to be sure to run the game in FF versions > 3

DaviDeMo says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:31pm

Hey very cool and a "cool" difficult. I still have to finish it =)

gnx says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:14pm

I awarded you some mood points as there is something very nice about the minimalistic music and just having the little sound collecting the dna pieces.

I guess the presentation juxtaposes calmness with the urgency of a runner-game. Very nice.

pjchardt says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:39am

Fun but tough. Had to memorize the layout because I never had time to backtrack.

Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:51am

WOW! This game was insanely difficult, but I kept trying and trying, very addictive

ahm99 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:59am

Interesting. I couldn't get far but it was fun :) can't wait to see what you do next time.

wibblymat says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:09am

Controls felt sluggish somehow

Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:56am

Really like the synth pad sound. And the color theme.
Yet I didn't succeed much so I doubt whether it's truly evolving later or not, I hope it does! :)

whilefun says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:53am

Cool concept! I died so hard every time! haha. I think it could have had snappier controls, and of course audio would have made it better. Good work! :)

tigerj says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:44am

@whilefun can I ask what browser was not delivering Audio? I've tested in FF, IE and chrome. I have not tested in Opera or Safari on mac.

Nile says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:40pm

The part where you have to jump up and then backwards to get up and keep moving is crazy hard. Controls are a little iffy but great game.

SiENcE says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:51pm

I'm soo bad *haha, but your game is fun!

thewiseguy99 says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 1:46am

Game with a lot of potential when you tweak the controls. Hope you develop this further as you have something here.

DaveDobson says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 4:55am

Great sound, fun art, a temple-run kind of feel. I found the controls a little too hard for me - too many do-or-die jumps, and I kept failing at them. I like the idea. I never got very far, even playing a number of times, but I enjoyed it - just wish it were a little easier.

airdeck says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 4:53am

Runs really well and a lot of fun

Sep 17, 2012 @ 9:37pm

Controls and difficulty destroyed me unfortunately, but I really liked the music

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