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

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Octo-Darwin Vs Bat-Monkey

by AaronGordon - Jam Entry

Darwin has created an experimental evolution ray, which rapidly evolves life! But something's gone horribly wrong... The evolution ray mutates life into horrific winged tentacle beings!

Bat-Monkey has escaped from Darwin's evil lair and stolen the evolution gun! Help Bat-Monkey escape by shooting the glowing objects (bananas, mud puddles and horses) to rapidly evolve them and slow Darwin down!

It's a pretty hard game, but games these days are far to easy we say! It's good to have some good old fashioned difficulty every now and again.

Try to beat the developer high scores on our online score board!


Space to Jump
Mouse to aim and fire


Extract and double click launch in the octodarwin folder
(You must have the latest version of Java installed)


Aaron Gordon
Oliver Knott
Alistair Lynn
Jeremy Morse
Sam Phippen

(Known Bug - Doesn't launch in administrator mode)

Please rate and post your feedback in the comments, and we'll play and rate your game in return!

Downloads and Links




Pierrec says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:31pm

Fun but I died a lot without seeing a single banana...

Ragzouken says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:19pm

Polished game! Pretty graphics and sound :) Have a lot of trouble with accidentally clicking outside of the window though :(

dvdking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:07pm

I have an error

What could it be?

sev_inf says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:43pm

Difficult, but very addictive. Also, it could be great on mobile

blundis says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:36pm

Hectic as hell and really hard but also fun!

RARoadkill says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:44pm

Could be a very good mobile game. Had a few times where nothing showed up for me to shot though.

Pitzik4 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:32pm

I can't run it, I get this when I try to run launch.bat:
C:\Users\<My Real Name>\Downloads\octodarwin\octodarwin\octodarwin-desktop>launch.bat

C:\Users\<My Real Name>\Downloads\octodarwin\octodarwin\octodarwin-desktop>"C:\Program File
s (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\java" -cp "..\octodarwin-desktop\bin;..\octodarwin-desktop
The system cannot find the path specified.

C:\Users\<My Real Name>\Downloads\octodarwin\octodarwin\octodarwin-desktop>"C:\Program File
s\Java\jre6\bin\java" -cp "..\octodarwin-desktop\bin\;..\octodarwin-desktop\libs
The system cannot find the path specified.

DaviDeMo says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:32pm

haha, good one. Yeah, this would be cooler as Android game

Pitzik4 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:34pm

Never mind, I replaced jre6 with jre7 in the batch file and it worked.

Pitzik4 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:52pm

Charles Darwin as a mad scientist? Hahaha. This is quite a fun game! But it's taking every bit of self-restraint in my body to not open up a new tab in Chrome and go to that URL in the code that sends the scores to the online scoreboard! You might want to see about removing that hacked score of 9001, too, by the way. No, it's not mine.

pjchardt says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:04pm

I could not get it to run on my windows 7 machine :(

turnip says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:21pm

Just couldn't find any way to get past 26m :S

AaronGordon says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:02am

Thanks for giving it a play and for all your feedback guys!

It is a pretty hard game or sure. You have to shoot about 2/3 objects (as well as jumping the obstacles) if you want to stay ahead of Octo-Darwin! We play tested this quite a bit and you'll always stay ahead of him if you shoot and dodge everything.

The procedural generation of objects isn't perfect but these are checks in place to make sure that you'll never get 3 obstacles in a row with nothing to shoot.

We've also just got a web version working for anyone having problems with the zip.

Any feedback is more than welcome!

dvdking says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:06am

The game was fun.In my first attempts the game looked very hard, but after a few minutes it was quite easy to play.
Graphics and music are also great.

Misfit says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:28pm

Idea is hilarious. Audio and graphics are nice. Great game!

science4cake says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:46pm

The only thing I didn't like about this was the game not pausing when you click out of frame. Sooo many deaths to that, hehehe. Great job!

AaronGordon says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:51pm

Yeah, we tried to fix that bit just didn't have the time to constrain the mouse or make it resolution independent (to make it full screen). Thanks for playing and for your feedback!

pjchardt says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:17am

I got it working. I see the bug now that it does not work in admin mode. Pretty fun, but sometimes I never saw another banana and died when I felt like I was playing very well.

Brassawiking says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 2:35pm

I missed to read the instructions first, so it was a bit confusing what I was supposed to shoot. The puddle had a really bad position since you had to place the mouse just precisely at the border, if you went outside you lost control.

Good crisp and smooth graphics, liked that!

Cake&Code says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 5:55am

Difficulty is not a problem, hard games can be the best of games. This game is not what I'd call hard, it is just unmediated. What I mean is, the level is too randomly generated. While this is a good idea for replay value, you need to do a lot of fine-tuning and polish the randomness.

Sometimes there's be no weapons to use and other times obstacles would be sent in droves. There needs to be some tweaking to the randomness system to make this game feel more fair.

When it worked right though, it was magical. Loads of fun and silly to boot. Nicely done.

airdeck says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 4:29am

Simple yet difficult, nice character design too

sPe says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 3:10am

Had fun even despite some regular "Java-lags" (at least within Chrome). The game may be a bit too unforgiving when it comes to missing only very few targets in combination with the small viewport.

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