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

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by Knighty - 48 Hour Compo Entry

The concept of the game is to evolve the game itself. The games complexity, the graphics, and your abilities improve as it evolves.


Left/Right Arrows - Move
Up Arrow - Enter doors
X - Jump
C - Attack

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Hvedrung says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:59am

I really like the idea behind this game, that's interesting to play and makes a clever level design, you just evolve in a small area that keeps changing. Nicely done ;)

Mclogenog says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:22am

I really like this idea of the world gradually becoming more difficult and complex. I also like the world design, backtracking through re-skinned areas and sometimes able to explore them more fully. I wish the changes had been more gradual though.

The most frustrating part was the collision. The player was easily hit by enemies, but the range of the attack was so small that attacking without being hit was rare for me. This was especially frustrating in the castle where some platforms were so small the enemies were unavoidable.

Altogether, I had fun and felt challenged.

kato9 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:27am

Nice job! Great idea with the theme, although it would have been to cool to see if it kept advancing, although that would obviously start getting harder to do. Surprisingly, big world too!

Tom 7 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:30am

Cool! Half-way through making my game I had a related idea (which I couldn't do at that point), so I was happy to see it more or less covered here. :) Boss battle, even! I played through to the end. The coins were a bit of a distraction since you can get as many as you want, and the controls are a little bit integer-y, but the level design and graphics and core idea were all good.

Jezzamon says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:01am

Nice! I hope nobody plays just 5 seconds of this and then gives up! D:

NICEEE Although kind annoying not being able to move whilst fighting

davidllanos22 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:20pm

Very well done, lovely idea. I played 'till the end!

shard123 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:36am

The art and game play were great! I also really enjoyed the concept! The only thing was I thought the combat could be improved a little.

jujule says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:32am

Very nice indeed ! I found the 3 stages of evolution styles were very nicely chosen and executed.

If you decide to push this idea, I'd like to have better balance between the evolution states. Here the last part was much longer than the others. I'd also like too see more interactions between evolutions, for example go back one step, or a possibility to influence the next stage of evolution from the previous one, a little bit like in Ocarina of Time, but with more layers and more often.

brother.byto says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:25am

Really nice.

I definitely enjoyed playing it.

SiENcE says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:34pm

Oh this is great. An evolving game! Great stuff for 48hours. The level designis very complex and clever. What mapeditor did you choose?

mr_Hk_ says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:35pm

kind of remind me of my good ol alex kidd =)

Kassoon says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:57pm

Woo beat it! Great idea and execution. I liked that you could move while attacking midair, made it all a bit more fluid.

S0larCode says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:06am

This is by far one of the most unique concepts I have stumbled across! Nice job with the graphics!

echa says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:13am

Nice game.

ScreamRawr says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:23am

This game is wonderul. It really feels like an old platformer game. Great job!

monkeymad2 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:40am

I didn't know what was happening at first, thought something had gone wrong.
The 4th stage blew my mind!

CappaGames says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:42am

Good game, played it till the end.

TenTonToon says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:25am

The best use of the theme, so far. Amazing thinking outside of the box! The game is fun, albeit a little too easy, the controls are tight, and great looking graphics that I'd have liked to see reach the 16 bits era. A surprisingly large world and long playing time, too!

My only "complaints" are with the music, that doesn't sound 8 bit-ish at all (NES-esque is another great term XD), and the story. Or the lack of one, actually. I would love to see the concept pushed much further, with a sort of meta-story on top of it about the evolution of the industry, and our own evolution as players.
The "You Win" final screen was all sorts of disappointing! :)

Finally, why did we have to kill those exceedingly cheerie creatures?

Congratulations! An awesome entry!

TheGameMaker says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:35am

Great graphics and gameplay!

Siegfur says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:55am

I can't say this game has an awesome graphics or outstanding sound, but the idea is just great! Really nice one.
Anyway, the ending seems to be unfinished, heh. =/

LemonTree says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:53am

Excellent game and idea!

JaydenB says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:14am

Love the art style over evolution phases!

Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:31am

Excellent! One of the best games I've played on this LD.
In my opinion it's lacking very basic bleep sounds at the first stage but all the other stages are great.

ubear says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:47am

great game

bytegrove says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:24am

Nice work, I love your interpretation of the theme! The sprites in the final evolution stage are really well done. I like that you're able to explore new areas as the stage evolve, really neat! The music got a little repetitive though. One thing that confused me in the beginning was that the checkpoints weren't visible in the first stage, so when I died in the second stage I didn't know where I had ended up. Not really a big deal since the world is so small though.

Grouflon says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:40am

Simple idea, but very well executed. nice work !

Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:17pm

Nice work of the level design. I think it could have benefited from going back to the very start for the final boss battle, and perhaps one more graphical shift. But good work for two days.

dengzo says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:43pm

good job!

Barry Abrams says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:05pm

I've seen several other games with the same idea, but so far this one pulls it off the best.

scoots says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:52pm

This game is awesome. For evolving video game technologies, this is the best so far.

Alface says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:14pm

Amazing level design!

Skulls says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:33pm

Cool game bro. A generic platformer at the later stages but I liked the gradual evolution from simple blocks to more complex level design and mechanics. Good take on the theme. One minor quibble was that the music got really annoying and repetitive.

SaintHeiser says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:57pm

Really good game. Really good implementation graphic evolution in videogames. But I think, it would better if you added more detailed 2D graphic such as vector and etc. But 48 hours... I understand =) Nice work anyway! Really nice.

Zombie_Plan says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:37pm


Rex Peppers says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:28pm

Really nice job, levels are put together nicely...

FunByJohn says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:29pm

Nice job. I first realized I had a sword when I was fighting the boss, so I guess I've been playing on hard mode ;)

Rorkien says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:36pm

Fun, clean, and challenging.

Good game!

imef says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:22pm

There are several games to share the idea of evolution of evolution in graphics and gameplay. I must say this one was quite well done!

Peax says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:59pm

Well done! It looks like a good old school game! ;)

Karel says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:13pm

I really love this one!

Fritzendugan says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 9:43pm

The bad: music got repetitive. Coins seemed kinda pointless (unless I missed what they're used for). Took me a while to tell that the game even loaded or what was going on at first. Enemies got boring, fast. Boss battle felt a little anti-climactic.

The good: game was fun. Pacing was done fairly well for a compo game, length was about right (could've been longer, but it was fine). The changing environments was a cool effect. This is probably one of the better executed games I've played this Ludum Dare. Well done.

zatyka says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:12pm

I can tell a lot of thought and work was put into this game. It's a very cool concept and I'd love to play a more polished version.

Switchbreak says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:02am

Really great. I love the art style in all three stages of evolution. I liked the movement and how true to old fashioned games it felt. I got lost occasionally, and some of the sections were a bit overhard (especially the last boss) but this is one of my favorite games I've played yet.

feyleaf says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:25am

This game deserves some serious kudos! I enjoyed playing it so much once I figured out that you're -supposed- to start as a white square on a black background. The final iteration reminds me a lot of Alex Kidd or Wonder Boy in Monster Land or something from Sega 8-bit era that conjures really fond memories.

BrothersT says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:51am

Really fun! Nice take on evolution. I've seen two games using this idea now and yours definitely does it better.

hdon says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 8:14am

Your game is sort of a dream I had once.

I once had a dream that took place in a Perfect Dark (N64) multiplayer map. But when things took damage, like a person being hurt or a bicycle whose presence was unexplainable, it deteriorated into older-looking graphics. I woke up when I was reduced to a few solid-colored polygons.

Well done!

DevWouter says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 4:01pm

Great job, although a little intro screen would have prevented me from restarting the game a few time.

rxi says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 8:48pm

When I opened the game I thought something had went wrong, until I flicked back to this page and realised that's what the game looks like when it starts! You probably would have been better having some sort of menu at the start if I wasn't the only one who made that mistake!

I quite liked your graphics and the idea for the game (I recall seeing this concept somewhere else before, but a bit more played out). I notice you used the NES palette for the NES era, but (for future reference on making nes-esque graphics) you display too many colours from the palette in too small of an area for it to be realistic.

I felt the levels were nicely laid out through out, though I found the music to be annoyingly repetitive. The game felt relatively fleshed out for a 48hours, with a nice range of tiles making up the levels. I liked that it actually had an ending and a boss battle!

Jamin says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:08pm

Thought I accidentally clicked on one of the images instead of the game link the first time I opened it.

Awesome work. The fact that all three segments of the game use the same map is what really sets this apart. Excellent level design.

Awkwardly enough, my favorite part of the game is the very beginning. Most of the additions (including graphics and audio) felt oddly extraneous. If I didn't know better, I'd think it was some sort of jab in the side at more modern gameplay. However, knowing exactly what the Ludum Dare crunch does to concepts, it plays out rather poetically about how less can be more in a Ludum Dare competition.

Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:44pm

Played it all the way through and really enjoyed it. Wish the attack radius was a notch longer, it was nearly impossible at times to hit enemies with out taking damage. The checkpoint system really alleviated these problems though. Great Work!

Colapsydo says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 8:32am

Really great and complete.
I really like the part in the castle.

gritfish says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 11:11pm

Great platformer - the platforms in the castle were a little hard for me to judge, but overall the graphics were great. I played through to the tower before I remembered I could attack. :P

Gornova says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:19am

great idea, good gameplay. sometimes on jump seems on top collision to "fly" a little bit. Anyway, good work!

michax says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 1:25am

Awesome! Love those entries about literal game evolution! Controls are smooth that allows for enjoyable experience! Good job.

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