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

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Mutate Now!

by goerp - Jam Entry

Here is my first entry for a Ludum Dare.
I was too late for the regular competition (evolution takes a lot of time, right?), so I submitted it to the jam competition.

It's not much of a game.
It's more like a very short,slightly interactive cartoon/comic with minigame. But I had fun making it!
Winning isn't hard, nor losing, so try to do both at least once.
Use the cursor keys.

(Edit) Allright it needs more instructions:
Your enemy tries to kill all mutations (she doesn't like them). You can mutate normal lifeforms by touching them with your 'mutator'. If you have mutated all normal lifeforms, your enemy will give up for that time.
And yes, it is not always obvious which lifeforms are mutations.

The game looks at its best played in the standalone flash player.

By the way: I like that the scientist had his eyes closed at the moment I took the screenshot (typical).

(EDIT) I've also made a version with build-in help screen. You can press Esc for a popup screen with help. I'm not sure if it is within the rules so I posted it as an post-deadline update.

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jprogman says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:25pm

I sort of had troubles trying to figure out how to play at the start. After finally getting the idea, the game turned out quite enjoyable. Funny humor too.

goerp says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:27pm

thanks, yes it sure needs more explanation. I'll do an update tomorrow.

YopSolo says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:26am


Colapsydo says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:58am

Humor is present from start to end (both ends).
The gameplay is simple event if it takes few tries to catch the way the mutator works.

cadin says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:41pm

This is great! You're right, there's not much too the gameplay, but I really like the cartoon style and it's one of the few games I can actually rate in the Humor category. Nice work.

goerp says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:05pm

Thank you for all the compliments!
The Ludum Dare scene is great.

imef says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:13pm

haha! I liked that game!

Wan says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:01pm

Funny one, both endings are funny and unexpected! Well I had the same issues as mentioned by others regarding gameplay, otherwise it's all good. Nice job :)

dekart says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 4:23pm

Not really a game, i assume, but fun anyway :)

tcstyle says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:01pm

Awesome intro. Great humor. The controls are a little quirky.

zatyka says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 7:39pm

Very silly, but still fun. I wish there were more to it though.

goerp says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:19pm

I wish there was more to it as well. Amazing how time flies when you're having bugs :)

ggiraldez says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 12:15am

There's not much in the form of gameplay, but the graphics are very good and I love the sense of humor. Good job!

Jorjon says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 3:18am

Poor gameplay, but funny story!

Dietrich Epp says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 1:07pm

Hilarious script! Gameplay is nice, but a little buggy.

thewiseguy99 says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 11:49pm

Very funny game. Loved the theme. The artwork is really good and the script/story clever and unique. Few games make me laugh, this one did! Win or lose!!! Wish there was more gameplay as it ended too soon. Great job!

samoojamies says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 2:18pm

Funny stuff :). Nice use of the theme and nice cartoonish style. I replied to your question about music made with a script. So you can also include some music next time :).

Sep 3, 2012 @ 8:21pm

Ha, funny but not much to play :D

goerp says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 7:30pm

@samoojamies, great thanks for the tip. I was working on an autotracker (in Excel, yikes!) but didn't get results nearly as good as yours!

darkshadow says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 7:03pm

Nice cartoon animation and great humour both endings are quite funny. Movement felt a bit clunky but otherwise good.

zx81 says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:56am

It is a good and interesting game! A bit too short for my liking though.

sev_inf says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 1:39pm

5 stars for humor:)

airdeck says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 2:48am

The gameplay is a little too simple, but I think the humor and style of the characters make up for it. I enjoyed it.

vigrid says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 4:47pm

Kind of hard to figure out how to play this.

Chinchilla says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 5:24pm

Short and sweet! :D

goerp says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 9:04pm

@Vigrid: yes I agree it is not very intuitive. I was totally blind to that, just trying to finish the game. I have an post-compo update where ESCAPE would give you a popup screen with more instructions.
But it still would hasn't a lot of gameplay. But as a first LD I'm pleased with it. Already made another game and if there is a miniLD I'll sure want to do that too.
And be better!

marudziik says ...
Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:52am

I loved it. :) Great humour, I just love the intro and ending when I lose. The other ending is also quite funny. Animations look really nice (it's funny because now that I looked at them, they're very simple, but look really great) - the talking mouths are something not seen that much in LD, because people usually don't bother, but you did it, so Kudos to you for that. Your graphics are very good, actually.
Some in-game explanations on how to play would be great (like "use arrows to move" during the intro), because during the first playthrough I was sure I needed to push space or some other key to mutate things, and it seems to be done automatically.
Overall, it's a great LD entry: it's short, funny, has some audio (some music would be a plus, though), different endings and feels quite complete. While the gameplay is maybe a little too simple, this works perfectly, because everyone can see every ending.
Plus, your comic strips were awesome. :)

heuermh says ...
Sep 13, 2012 @ 3:29am

Liked this one a lot, cool animation style, great monkey noises.

Jedi says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 1:31am

Very funny! Like you said, I sometimes had trouble telling what was and wasn't a mutation, so I would waste time mutating the mutants.

hamster_mk_4 says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 7:18pm

The controls didn't feel very good, but you more than made up for that in humor. Also don't be to hard on yourself for "not much of a game." It has both a win and a loss condition, and that makes it more of a game than many other entries out there.

ramoncb says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 3:23am

I loved it ! I laugh so hard ! Loved the characters! =)

nuria says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 6:35pm

Great visuals, animation and mood! The game was a bit too simple, but with some more time and work it's got potential for something great. Quite charming!

Puzzlem00n says ...
Sep 18, 2012 @ 12:55am

Haha, awesomely cartoony. Nice.

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