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On the Origin of Block

by savethejets1 - Jam Entry

On the Origin of Block

source is on git hub!

On the Origin of Block is a 2D platformer.
Your goal is to mate blocks together to get the right shape to unlock doors and to reach the goal. To do that you need to solve puzzles.

This was my first ever Ludum Dare, hope you like it.

Any feedback is welcome!

Note: There was a bug with the game that ruined it so I pulled it out of the 48 hour comp and fixed the bug and resubmitted it into the 72 hour jam. Fixed this up after work today so I had a little time to add a few more levels too!

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aare says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:06pm

It is nice to see so many games made by libgdx here :)
Overall, the idea is not bad but I find the gameplay not smooth enough (f.e. the collisions between blocks, or the fact that i don't need to have exactly the same shape to fill the block in order to use it) and a little bit confusing.

Lacutis says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:32pm

I liked your entry. My only issue was that the controls where a little sticky and I sometimes got stuck inside another block requiring me to restart the level. This happened on the last level a few times. All in all I liked the idea for a puzzle game although more depth would be nice.

savethejets1 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:59am

Hey I took this out of the 48 hour compo and re-submitted it into the jam cause I fixed the bug with the Goals.

I also had some time to add a few more levels.

Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:01am

Interesting concept. Controls/mechanics seem a bit overwhelming at first.

Would be interesting to see where this goes!

pjchardt says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:07am

Really nice combination of mechanics. This seems like something really interesting to expand on.

Cambrian_Man says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:07am

I really liked the concept and I'd love to see it expanded. Sure, the controls felt a little wonky, particularly mating things, but I thought it was quite clever.

Switchbreak says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:36am

Had a tough time doing some of the things. I like the music and the color choices in the graphics.

2Creative says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:10am

Very cool game idea. I loved it!

Glamdring says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:22am

cool idea, interesting gameplay - I love puzzle games

sfernald says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:56am

Clever concept for game, but didn't grab me as being fun. Still, definitely well executed game for time frame. Good job.

evilseanbot says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:27am

Nice little idea.

There's a control issue in that mating requires the use of the left shift key, but the game doesn't specify that the right shift doesn't work, so I bumbled around for abit.

gustavodort says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:17pm

puzzle pieces mating is really funny XD

Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:18pm

Great idea, liked the combining of block DNA to get to the solution

kevincorrigan says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:55pm

This didn't work for me, the web one just loaded a black box and the windows one just opens and immediately closes. Sorry

Kumquat says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:03pm

Like the concept, although I find the logic somewhat confusing. Maybe the execution of some of the mechanics could be made simpler and more intuitive?

turnip says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:05pm

Awesome idea!

Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:51pm

There are some nice puzzles in here. I wish you had time to make more levels! Great job!

Kayelgee says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:55pm

I like this game very much. The whole mating and how different kind of blocks behave, I like it.

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

Great idea for a puzzle platformer and interesting take on the theme. I got stuck pretty fast.

Andrew says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:35am

I don't think I've ever had so much fun playing tetris. Ok I know it's not tetris but you know what I mean

CapGrip says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 5:32pm

Great game man! I like the puzzles, your music and specially mechanics.

wlad says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 8:49pm

Wow, brilliant idea! Some little glitches, but nonetheless pleasant to play.

patrickgh3 says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 7:20am

Very interesting concept. You set up a nice difficulty curve which fit well. After a while it gets a bit tedious, but overall it's very fun.

Sep 8, 2012 @ 5:56pm

Very cool. Good music. Graphics weren't great, but they worked. Very unique idea; quite fun. Controls and jump heights could have used explanation.

Desi Quintans says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 9:16pm

I really enjoyed that. A more fluid control scheme, like clicking on blocks to select them instead of cycling through them all, would have improved this even more.

alwaysinbeta says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 11:46pm

Fun and interesting game. Found it hard to remember all the controls, but enjoyed playing nonetheless.

localcoder says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 6:32am

Cool! I love this, the puzzles are fun and make sense, it's a great use of the theme and a creative idea that works really well.

The music adds a lot to the game too.

I played the whole game.

Arc says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 2:45am

This is the first LD applet I've seen since my first visit to LD (yes, I'm a noob). Cool concept and nice to look at. I'm a bit bias because I like Java. I think I broke your game after the SHIFT + Collide round as I found my 'player' suspended with nothing to interact with. Someone should employ me full time to test games because if they can be broken, I will break them. I wouldn't invite you to watch me test your games because the overwhelming feeling of pity at my ineptitude would cause you to cry. But this inability to game has a flip side which allows me to break! Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to what you do next.

kratorspore says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 11:33pm

This is my favorite game of the comp that I've played. Orignal mechanics fantastic sound and visuals. Five stars from me.

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