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

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Barnacles - UltimateWalrus - 48 Hour Compo Entry

In "Barnacles" you are a predator fish. You must eat 20 "barnacles" each round. The game uses a genetic algorithm after each round to repopulate the play area. Depending on how you play, the barnacles will adapt and evolve in different ways to try and prevent you from eating them. There's also a sandbox mode where you can try and breed the barnacles to your liking!

Made in Multimedia Fusion 2 for Windows. I've removed the Flash version because unfortunately it's very slow.

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pbdiode says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:36pm

It did get slow pretty quick with the flash version, couldn't do much by the 3rd round.

Seemed like the barnacles got to evolve, but I couldn't! no way for me to eat the ones that puffed up.

Overall, great effort for what I was able to play!

90sml says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:04am

The idea is pretty fun, and the gameplay is nice. But the enemis spawned most of the time behind the text so it was kind of messy after a few levels.
I didn't find a quit menu for the windows version, that's a little bit annoying because i had to "Aft+F4" the game.

Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:22pm

Thanks for the comments guys. The idea behind the game is that the genetic algorithm adapts to your play style. If lots of them were puffing up, it may have been because you have difficulty eating those ones. If enemies were spawning behind the text it may have been because you had trouble getting them there.
If you want to get further, try intentionally eating the more powerful creatures (so they can't reproduce), rather than just taking the easy pickings.

frosty says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 6:21am

Really like the overall style!

RawBits says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 9:26pm

This idea is nicely implemented. I like it. Only the fish needs the abbility to eat from right to left too. Maybe there are too much mutations going in one evolution.

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