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

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by madlee - Jam Entry

GONADS is our take on the theme: blind, undirected evolution fueled only by death and the sexual impulses of 21952 different robots. Unfortunately, that was too many robots and we never quite realized our goal of actually making a win/lose condition or progression on the character's side. So what we have left is more of a toy than a game; more of a preview of our generated robots. We have art for about 9 times as many chassis as you can see in the game, in addition to a large number of traps and things the robots could do to counter the traps. All the artwork was originally produced since the beginning of the jam.

The game would have worked as such: You are an employee in a lab who's robots suddenly go haywire, forcing you to protect various important assets. You can place barricades and traps, but the robots are varied and diverse, and among their ranks are robots built perfectly to compromise your defenses. The better the individual robots do, the more likely their GONADS (galvanized ontogenetic nanobot assembled deployment systems) are to transmit their own designs back to the manufactury, guaranteeing more similar robots. The goal of the player, therefore, is to misdirect this reaction. Build walls and walls of wood until every robot carries a saw and an axe, then switch to metal bars and sprinkler traps and watch as they fall against your defenses... until the one nerdy robot carrying an umbrella and an arc welder makes it to the front of the pack, impressing all of the lady robots,* spreading his seed far and wide.

This is more of a general proof of concept for the pathfinding that that game would use. You can place blocks from the panel in the upper left that add to the 'cost' of the path based on the hardness of the block (wood<stone<metal), and robots will re-path mid route, even to other goals.

We (just two of us) do plan on fleshing out this concept in the coming weeks. Check out for updates as we release a finished version in the next month.

*(There are not actually lady robots)

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PickledBrain says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:37am

Hmmm. I'm just getting a blank screen. But don't worry. It seems like lots of people are having problems and I'll wait to play your game. It's interesting :) I demand lady robots

axcho says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:49am

Just got a blank gray page. Couldn't play. Sorry, looked really cool from the screen shots.

madlee says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:28pm

Sorry about that! We found and squashed a little bug that caused the game to not work if the page took too long to load. Should be working now

PickledBrain says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:21pm

Hrm. Still looks blank

madlee says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:07pm

Hmm. What browser are you using? If it's IE that is probably the issue, otherwise it might be caching.

madlee says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:16pm

Actually, we think we found the issue. Should me more cross-browser friendly now. Thanks for being bugtesty :)

SimianLogic says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:30am

Looks gorgeous, and the idea is pretty neat. You should definitely keep playing with it!

rhysvdw says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:08am

Sounds like the idea had potential. The graphics are nice. Not really much more can be at this stage.

TravisChen says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:28am

Love the screenshot with the exploded robot.

PickledBrain says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:40pm

Great job on the graphics. Now keep working on it, I wanna play this game :)

wlad says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:25am

The idea and the whole concept sounds great, but i guess one has to play it, when the whole thing advanced. For the moment I don't see what's exciting about it. You already can place metal boxes, the robots pass through the boxes and i can't see if their GONADS already are transmitting. So, go ahead, I'm looking forward to your update. … aaand, of course really great graphics. Maybe you can improve the mood i you give the tiles a noise or so - but that might be only a personal preference :) Great job!

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

huh? the robots are cheating and just walk through my barricades :/? firefox btw

madlee says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 11:31pm

yeah, we couldn't get everything working in time, so its technically not a game. We are working on developing the idea fully now that the competition is over and we have more time :)

dj_pale says ...
Sep 12, 2012 @ 9:14pm

Good graphics, gameplay is not finished so hard to evaluate it as a game.

thewiseguy99 says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 12:01am

Really great graphics! This game really has potential. Such a pity it is not more playable right now but there is enough for me to see that I am looking forward to seeing your updated version!

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