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

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the Evolution from zx81

by zx81 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

The point of the game is to race on the ladder of the evolution... You against the chameleon.
Jump with Spacebar
Run fast with arrows- right or left.
Do not fall down, fight!
... or would you prefer to live in the terrarium on the planet ruled by the Chameleonus Sapiens, and to wash their shoes?!!!

1. You can only die on the lowest level, as a bacteria, when you reborn, you'll hear the Bach "music".
2. The shark doesn't kill but paralyses for a moment.
3. Every new hole is made by yourself at the momeent of getting your character on the higher level of evolution. Evolve in such moments that it will be easier for you to play.

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Afrodynamics says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:55pm

I got a little frustrated. I like the graphics a lot, especially the little sign posts at the side with the time period labelled in million years ago. It was a nice touch. I also liked Toccata and Fugue for the death sound. Overall, good work!

jprogman says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 8:11pm

I like the game play in a retro way. (Dating to the Atari ages.) Challenging, but it is a good challenge.

raoz says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:56pm

Very good game. Liked it a lot. It was a bit hard, once fell from top to bottom, but I was able to complete.

Wan says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:05pm

AAAAAAaaaaaaargh!!! I hate this game I hate it!!! But I finished it, yes sir! After not-sure-how-many attempts, I eventually won, all sweaty from frustration. 'Cause y'now, things got personal between me and these ****ing holes!

I'd say this annoying thing is somewhere between a platformer and... a gambling mashine. Frustrating, but hooking enough for you to want beat it.

(PS: Don't get me wrong, I gave good ratings to this game ;P)

fhoenig says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:20am

No windows here :-/

Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:27am

Wahahaha. It was a fun little game. Frustrating, yes. But fun. The most frustrating part is when u miss a jump and your player becomes disoriented and was not able to move. Then a gap comes over and makes you fall to the floor below. Then this happens again, again andagain and you are back from the start. Haha.

eyehawk says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:30am

Here's my evaluation:
1 Lively, fun cartoony graphics
2 Responsive controls
3 Great concept and creative/clever application of the theme
1 Frustrating gameplay - too many punishing factors e.g.:
1a falling through the gaps to easily
1b getting stunned from bonking your head (I'd remove this)
2 The gaps for the first level seem to take quite a while to cycle around

sfernald says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:43am

This game just goes to show you that you don't need great graphics or tons of polish to make a fun game. This game is just fun, no other way to describe it, in a hit my head in the forehead kind of way. So many times I got close to the top, but then my luck would change and I would end up rapidly falling near the bottom. Arrrgh. Still fun though, good job.

dr_soda says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:30am

I... Won?! That was surprisingly hard, yet achievable.

It sometimes feels like you get caught in no-win situations where you're stuck between two oncoming pits and you have no way to jump to avoid them. I would like to have had some way to avoid imminent doom.

Was the shark ever actually dangerous? The only times it touched me were when I was stunned, but nothing bad seemed to happen as a result.

K1NET1K says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:38am

Nice controls, and the graphics are clean and nice :0

madpew says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:18am

The time it takes to recover from a "drop" is a bit too long, resulting in mass drops. I actually dropped from the topmost era all down to the bottom without being able to interfere. Besides to that a nice little game. Feeling very retro, but sadly missing some music. Well done!

Mach60KAS says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 1:27pm

It was okay. Gameplay reminded me of Ice Climbers.

RARoadkill says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:06pm

Fun and frustrating, well done. Took me a few tries but I beat it.

Gidaio says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:29pm

Frustratingly fun, which is the way I like it. :)

marudziik says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:02am

Fun and frustrating, as many others have stated before. I liked it, though I've experienced some of the problems also noticed by others (the frustrating part, I suppose).
I might actually add something in terms of sounds. I know Bach is public domain, but I'd rather hear something "out of created classical music", even sfxr/bfxr generated blips&beeps. This is in my opinion an edit/mix so it's not against the rules or anything, but I'm just stating my point of view.
Overall, it's a pretty good entry and I had fun playing it. And the source code is full of polish. ;)

Miltage says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:25am

One of the better ones I've played. Great work!

Kayelgee says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:41pm

this took me forever to finish wow, it's so damn hard.
Whenever I fall, because I can't dodge it when 2 holes come from each side, I fall like 3 or 4 times because I am stunned for so long. I didn't understand why the shark was there. He swam past me multiple times while I was stunned and nothing happened.
I like the graphics and the audio. I guess that the difficulty is ok because it is a real simple concept. I don't see how this could be taken further but I would love to be proved wrong :D

zazery says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:16pm

It's a bit frustrating when you fall down. Thought it was really cool how you evolve when you move up a level.

Kmad says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 12:38pm

It is a little difficult at times, I managed to fall from the top almost all the way to the bottom when the gaps aligned but it's a good effort, fits the theme nicely and has interesting but simple game mechanics.

cakemonitor says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:45pm

I got to the top on my 2nd or 3rd attempt but nothing happened and I fell back down - I later realised (well, I guess) I should have gone to the right-hand side of the top platform... but then I couldn't get back up - very frustrating! Fun though, well done :)

Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:54pm

Yeaaaargh, this game kicked my butt. Was fun to try though!

zx81 says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:56pm

At the top, there is a part of a picture "Creation of man"
God's hand,
nobody knew what it was :(
The Hand showing direction of evolutions!

Tyler says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 10:57pm

I think having the player get stunned after falling seems a little too difficult, but other than that, interesting game!

Skypeians says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 11:46pm

Took a second to realize how to 'evolve' but overall it is good! nice work!

sev_inf says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 6:13am

This tends to be much harder than it seemed to be. But I like it.

harusame says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 2:45pm

Simplist game and little frustrated but it's a good challenge and your game is nice. I like it, good job !

demonpants says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 6:12am

Looks cool. Any chance on a Mac port?

quill18 says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 3:23pm

Fun, simple, and feels like a great educational game for kids. VERY high votes from me.

However, it was pretty hard!

Pierrec says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 10:24am

Getting on the top is very challenging! Cool!
Graphics, sounds, etc could be improved, but the gameplay is good, it's a solid base for an hypothetical future game.

zx81 says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 11:01am

Unfortunately I can't make the game work on the Mac since I don't have it :(
Thank you very much for all the feedback, (mostly the positive one since they gave me a good kick to do more games.

goerp says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:02pm

if it wasn't ludum dare I would have been put off by the spammy download page. Maybe you could use Dropbox next time? Its free.
I was pleasantly surprised when moving up. Its an original take on evolution. Liked the graphics.
For me it could be more obvious when/how you lose your life. I found it hard as well, but thats not a bad thing.

infernet89 says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:01pm

The bad thing is that if you hit the ceiling for evolving, you probably fall 3-4 floors, dizzed. Overall it was a nice Frogger twist, nice idea!

Walt says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 1:58pm

nice one, although i have a hard time enjoying the possibility of beeing thrown back all the way. the jump cooldown i find far too long, condemning me to fall back one level after another all passively.
rest is pretty well executed though!

Sep 17, 2012 @ 7:25pm

Good idea, way too hard for me but still cool. It made me smile, I liked the idea of racing the chameleon

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