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

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Yellow Dog - Barry Abrams - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Controls: Click the buttons to give the dog food, water, a treat or to take him outside.

This is my first LD. I designed this around my dog, who slept by my feet over the past few days. I recorded a time lapse of my progress from the beginning until now.

As you play the game, based on your actions, he'll either become a good dog or a bad dog. Bad dogs bark at cats and dig holes. Good dogs don't go potty in the house.

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You're now the owner of one yellow puppy.

Over time, he'll grow into a adult yellow dog, then an
old yellow dog. Yellow dogs grow up in about 7 minutes.

It's your job to ensure that he grows up happy.
Feed him when he's hungry. Give him treats when
he's done good. He'll learn from your actions.

And for goodness' sake, don't let him poop on the floor.


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Ratings

Coolness100%
#86Humor3.16
#112Mood3.22
#141Overall3.43
#165Graphics3.51
#242Audio2.77
#255Fun3.00
#340Theme2.97
#395Innovation2.79

Comments

scoots says ...
Aug 26, 2012 @ 9:37pm

Haha, awesome! :)

rachito says ...
Aug 26, 2012 @ 9:40pm

I love this game, congrats!!

aquasheep says ...
Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:06pm

Fun! The poop animation was hilarious! My remarks would be to only allow one food/water/treat on screen at a time. Also, there was a small glitch where he drank phantom water.

Overall fun game, pretty good connection to theme; nice animations.

wumpus says ...
Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:22pm

Just like a real pet I felt more like a slave to him than an owner but any game with pooping as a mechanic wins my vote. Nice little sprite too.

freakingid says ...
Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:58pm

So cool. Accidentally hit "Go Outside" twice because there was no visual indicator that she was headed outside. Totally cool "I'm pooping" flyout. Nice work.

link2x101 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:38am

Wonderful job! I love the graphics and the smoothness of it all.

Good use of theme.
Sounds were a bit loud but nice.

Clean and simple.

DiscoFish says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:36am

Amazing! :)

Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:01pm

I really liked it. Loved the speed of the animations it fit well with the graphics

chipcaramel says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:05pm

Virtual Pet Simulator. LOVE IT.

BrothersT says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:12pm

I got stuck in a poo-loop at one point where he kept pooing dozens of times in a row without coming back onto the screen inbetween, but apart from that this game was pretty good :) reminds me of a tamagochi.

K1NET1K says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:29pm

Hahah the go outside to poop "plink" noise

Jeremias says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:35pm

Very nice game, sadly it gets really repetitive after some minutes (but I played it to the end). My score was 91. Like the visual style and the humor (going outside xD). More gameplay elements and this game would be so much greater. Good job :)

DGoodayle says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:03pm

I love it :D Its like a tamagotchi

Zamando says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:12pm

Vere repetitive after some time. Otherwise a nice looking game!

DaviDeMo says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:13pm

nice done, a bit repetitive :-(
I'm not a real fun of tamagotchi games, but I think is nicely done

Starmen says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:17pm

This could've done with slightly better pacing. Either make it all move faster so that I have to be super active or make it move slower so that I can do other things while I watch the dog grow. I really like all the mechanics though, it felt like the old digimon toys they used to make where you had to raise you're own little monster thing. Good stuff.

Zoomyzoom says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:50pm

A bit loud but thats it! Great game!

Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:59pm

So cute :)

Cake&Code says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:03pm

Everyone seems to share my enthusiasm, it was really fun to take care of the puppy, then the dog, and then the old dog. I really freaked out when after giving my dog food and looking away for a second I came back thinking it was dead in a pool of blood, but it was just sleeping on top of the food bowl! xD

Barry Abrams says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:07pm

Thanks for all the nice words, everyone. Given more time, I likely would have changed the sound effects. I think i was working in a bit of a vacuum over the weekend and the speakers I was using were pretty weak.

@Starmen: I think the pacing (140 seconds per stage) is ok, but if i had more time, i would have put in more stuff to do. Some things got scrapped as I was running out of time.

@Cake&Code: I deliberately built it so the dog can't die. That would be too depressing.

Thurig says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:10pm

Really nice game! Enjoyed it!

juaxix says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:17pm

My good dog potty outside the dog, but the inside of the house is full of dog stuff hahaha

Sergey Mohov says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:24pm

Really neat take on tamagochi :-) When the dog grew old, I kept expecting it to drop dead, but eventually ran out of patience :-) Nice game though!

pereubu says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:39pm

now i want a dog :[

JaJ says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:48pm

Really not my genre, but the game was very well-made.

Bemmu says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:52pm

Little computer people is back in the form of a dog.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:56pm

Good dog (pats on head)

Adbook says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:26pm

Very nice game, even if it is a bit repetitive (The drinking sound is unsupportable to me :P)

TravisChen says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:23pm

Awesome poop anim. Loved it!

GreyShock says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:28pm

Good job :) I missed some difficulty or dare on the gameplay beyond feeding when hungry and going outside when pooping but... Felt good to play. Cute pixel yellow puppy :)

aare says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:30pm

Very polished game, gr8 work :) Reminds me of my old tamagochi that horribly died in the wasching machine...

wibblymat says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:31pm

Wonderful!

ahm99 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:57pm

I really liked it. good job. :)

Also, is he supposed to eat and drink backwards? It only happened when he was fully grown. Either way it was fun.

thewiseguy99 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:05am

Just had to play this being a yellow (and black) dog owner. Laughed at the poop animation. Enjoyed playing the game. High on the 'cute' factor. FYI: The dog did eat a fantom bowl of food. Good job!

jwin says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:14am

Great little game!

Gungnir says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:58am

Good job, would be nice if there was some more direct interaction (petting?)

eyehawk says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:35am

Lol funny little tamagochi type game! Loved the retro graphics. Only improvement would be to introduce more gameplay elements - after stage 3 it became a bit easy and repetitive.

Orni says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:10am

I enjoyed it
sadly it's not really evolution though, but simply "growing up" but the game is solid
good job

Ragzouken says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:35pm

Cute game :)

munchor says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:04pm

Very nicely put game, perhaps a bit too easy?

madpew says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:31pm

love the art an animations! well done. the barking is earpiercing, totally realistic!

cappelnord says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:07pm

great pooping animation :-) Would have been cool if new needs/actions were introduced at each stage.

flyingbear says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:27pm

I just love that this was inspired by your dog, who hung out with you the whole time you were making it. very heartwarming.

Tyler says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:36pm

Verry cute game, I love the feel of this game and I think it helps that I am a fan of these Tamagatchi type games. I do think if you were to take this game further, to add in some down time events like games or something because I found myself waiting for the bars to lower before I made an action.

Mesene says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:00pm

was funny, It was kinda repetitive but it keep my atention all the time. I think it had the right lenght. Nice job.

pbdiode says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:13pm

Good Job! Great animation for the poop. See my dog do that every day.

DevWouter says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:24pm

As an owner of a golden retriever I'm proud to say I got 100 points at the first go. But I'm ashamed I don't clean up the bowls afterwards :)

photex says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:47pm

such nice work!

Zemmi says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:23am

I also got stuck in a poop loop, panicked cuz I thought he was gonna go on the floor so I spammed the "go outside" bottom. He pooped all the food and water right out of him, poor dog. Funny game, I enjoyed it.

leafo says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:22am

Pretty sweet game. The dog ate from a blank space in the ground but that's no big deal :)

keenblaze says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:08pm

Best game so far!

Zed says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:30pm

The whole time I was playing, I kept thinking "PLEASE DON'T LET IT DIE AT THE END". Thankfully, it didn't, but then I had to eventually close the game and that made me sad...

This is really, really good.

Cell says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:02pm

Love it! Love it!

Uberi says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:27pm

Addicting and funny. Awesome!

I selected "Go Outside" repeatedly, though, and it queued all the animations up. Perhaps it would be better to disable the button until the dog is "done its business"?

PapyGaragos says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:46pm

Kept me hooked until the end. good job!

Saturnyn says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:49pm

Great design and sound ! I found the game a little too slow paced though.

infernet89 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:10pm

Really nice job on sounds and animation! Gameplaye remembered me Tamagotchi.. a bit repetitive.

Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:06pm

Cute game, it's a bit repetitive, but you did pretty good job. I was expecting the dog to die of old age or something though. Everything seemed to otherwise work just fine, but are all the bowls and stuffs supposed to stay lying on the ground after they have been eaten or drank?

Barry Abrams says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:11pm

everyone: Thanks! I appreciate all the kind words.

Empty bowls and dishes are supposed to appear, though if you put down one, and he's already full or not thirsty, he'll walk away. The next time he's thirsty or hungry, he should go to one of those 1/2 full bowls.

The phantom bowl/food problem is a bug. It's a simple bug to fix and it only came up in the last 10 minutes when I was trying to fix a different bug. I'll leave it in there for now, but after the compo, i'll fix it.

zx81 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:40pm

yellow dog ask, how about his name ??? ;)

Barry Abrams says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:01pm

@zx81 The real name of Yellow Dog is Olive, and she happens to be a girl. Why I chose to make her a him in the game is beyond me.

Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:25pm

Yey I made a good dog :) I like this game, it's like the Sims but better because it's a dog and not people.

Per says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:08pm

Poop animation rocks!
Nice little game. I was afraid that my little pet would die at the end when he was old :)

RosyPenguin says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 5:50am

Solid pet game! The art and sound are charming. I think I broke him near the end when I spam clicked food all over the screen xD

geekygenius says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:06am

Don't see how it fits the theme, but it was still fun!

kirill says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:30am

Hey, very well done game. Good pixel graphics.
I'm glad the dog never died on me :)
The pooping-12-times-in-a-row glitch happened to me too - you keep a queue of onlick events or something.

imef says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:19pm

I had lots of fun playing that! You should keep on working on that! (maybe by adding more content)

Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:26pm

Nice and simple! Good job!

Kayelgee says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:01pm

tamagotchi game with dogs :D

dector says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 3:04pm

Fine dog. Like sleeping animation very much :)

pentaphobe says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 3:21pm

Fun game!
A little unclear what my goal is after the dog's grown up, though I'm still playing so I guess I'll find out!

marudziik says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 7:41pm

Very nice entry. Gameplay is a little repetitive, but it didn't stop me from getting the dog to its senior years with 100points. :)

mohammad says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:52pm

the sound frequncys were high enough to give me brain damage

DevoreUK says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:18pm

Made me miss my dog back home. Love the graphics and the concept.

CapGrip says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 12:31am

I liked the game, the visual is very cool specially the poop animation, was hilarious. Good work.

cadin says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 12:54am

Adorable. Love the graphics and sound effects. I wish there was a more challenging 'game' aspect to it though.

BNeutral says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:38am

Better than Tamagochi. Although it's more "growing" than "evolving".

zatyka says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:45am

For what it is, it's great. Felt complete.

Crushenator says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:10am

I didn't enjoy 'playing' this very much but I think it would be a great game that you could set and forget. check on your dog once a day. That sort of thing.

Quentin says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:54am

Really awesome game, I'm learning FlashPunk so the source will be really helpful!

MurrayL says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:59pm

Really neat idea, and well executed!

The first time the dog went to sleep I thought he had died :(

BumpkinRich says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 7:34pm

Nice entry. Enjoyed playing but felt I needed some closure at the end but maybe that's just the type of gamer I am. Good pace and mood.

ramoncb says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:43pm

so cute! congrats! :)

Evil Cult says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 7:09pm

Lovely :) Graphics were simple yet effective, mood was great. Audio was almost on the point of annoying whilst eating/drinking but wasn't too bad. Poop animation was hilarious :) I felt the gameplay could have used a little more depth, maybe having to clean up the empty dog bowls in-between tasks and perhaps some options to pet/scold when he has done good/bad things. This game reminded me of my dog (except that my dog has been rather naughty lately unlike my dog in the game :P) and it made me smile. Good work :)

Evil Cult says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 7:12pm

Oh and I forgot to say the text fading and interface were really cool!

sclark39 says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:52pm

Cute.

michax says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 10:15pm

Awesome idea :) Speeded up dog sims.

angrygeometry says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 3:21pm

very polished, though a little repetitive. good job overall though.

Rabbits... says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 4:19am

No dogs died on my watch...I got 98 points!

jfroco says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 5:14am

Great execution and good idea.

Mago says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 9:49am

So cute. I love graphics and sound. Great idea! Very fun game!

pooping animation make me smile every time :)

darkshadow says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 8:33pm

Great little pet simulator, felt a bit like a mix between catz and the sims with a heap of pixel art style.

azurenimbus says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 5:30am

Very sweet and fun. Maybe a bit more difficulty to get him to be a good dog would make it more engaging.

Good job!:)

Pierrec says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 6:38am

Nice little tamagoshi. There wasn't much to do but hey, like in every tamagoshi. The animations are great, and it's a good way to spend 7 minutes

amidos2006 says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 11:18am

It remember me about tamagotchi :) but nice :)

kibertoad says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 1:17pm

Really liked the graphics. Also yay, dog simulator. Wish evolution itself was presented in a more beefy way...

Wan says ...
Sep 10, 2012 @ 12:44pm

Nicely made! It gets a bit repetitive and could enjoy some sort of end, but it's already a pretty cool tamagotchi with nice graphics/animations.

hamster_mk_4 says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 4:06am

It is a nice game about growth. At one point the dog slept so much it starved. I guess just like a read dog.

DWallin says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 3:14am

Nice pet sim! The connection with the theme is tenuous at best though. This is much more about growth than evolution.

airdeck says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 5:04am

Simple and repetitive but still a lot of fun. As others have said the poop animation is hilarious. I think that it would be nice if every time the dog progresse the game changes a little more - maybe you get toys or a button to take him to the park.

jefrsilva says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 2:13pm

Quite a charming game! Got 97 points, yellow dog is a really good dog :)

lekochen says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 11:38pm

What a lovely game.

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