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

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by nddrylliog - Jam Entry

Bioboy is a platformer... with a twist! You can't jump or run, all you can do is shoot bubbles (or bullets).

Dictator Price's daughter needs rescuing. Go through 21 levels in increasing number of difficulty, dealing with inert blocks, ice blocks, arrow blocks, snow blocks, spring blocks, bombs, and more! Gain points, unlock powers, and go obtain better times on other levels.



Backspace: retry a level
Arrows: shoot bubbles/bullets
Ctrl: slow time (when unlocked)

That's it!

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quinnirill says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:20pm

Love the soundtrack! You might want to run the audio in a separate thread though, every time a new track is loaded the game freezes for a while.

The powerups are the evolution part? Could be more prevalent, though it was a hard theme.

Also, there should probably be a way to disable powerups, on some levels the explosive bullets are more of a punishment than a powerup, e.g. Thinking Diagonally can't be finished with them.

Have the gold award time limits been tested to be possible? :D :D I tried to get one for ages but no luck.

Either way, overall it's a very complete game, much of content and finishing touches. I liked it!

nddrylliog says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:26pm

@quinnirill The soundtrack bug has been fixed - I think it's within the rules of the jam :) No new content/gameplay, just bugfixes and ports.

And yes - you can get all golds, I've finished the game twice. But you need to 'cheat' a little bit by spamming diagonal bullets :)

Also, the Win32 version is out. Go crazy!

pythong says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:50pm

hm. doesn't start for me, I get an error 0xc000007b

Miltage says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:59pm

Really cool game. I'm impressed by the amount of content you managed to squash in there. Music is really great, I must say.

A neat idea, one that I don't think I've seen before. Controls work well, level restarts quickly, which I appreciate. The only thing it seemed to be lacking was a restart button, I had to exit and re-select the level if I got stuck.

Great game, two thumbs up from me.

Gidaio says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:02pm

Interesting game, though many of the puzzles didn't seem possible... are you supposed to do the levels in order?

DevWouter says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:20pm

I wanted to walk away, but I notice I couldn't :)

nddrylliog says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:06pm

@pythong It was because of OpenAL32.dll - I uploaded a new build! Should work now.

nddrylliog says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:07pm

@Miltage: you can retry a level with Backspace, it was said so in the README and description here but it should have said so in-game :/

@Giadio Yep! All levels are possible, but you sometimes have to try the early levels from other worlds in order to gain powers and go back to the first worlds.

bdufresne says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:12pm

Great game. Too hard for an old man like me.

daydalus says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:11pm

Very solid puzzle game. Lots of polish and clever puzzles. I did think some were pretty challenging, and the powerups weren't obvious at first. Nice work!

demonpants says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:38pm

Mac version please thanks!

Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:47pm

This is really impressive for 48 hours. There's more UI polish than I was expecting.

bvanschooten says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:09pm

One of the best games I've played. I first though some of the puzzles were unsolveable until I discovered how the powerups work.

PapyGaragos says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:17am


_AM_ says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:57pm

The vertical resolution is way too high. Mine is at 768 and I can't move the window up enough to see what the rest of it says sometimes. Otherwise it's good fun; it's a nice puzzle platformer.

eli says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:44pm

Challenging game with plenty of depth! A few simple powerups mean all the difference, each time changing the way you play. Cool entry. Loved the music and the simple graphics. A little twitch-heavy....

The thing I liked the most was the "programmability" of the levels. You have really cool things like loops and switches going on with those triggered blocks. Reminds me a little of the old Windows game "Kye".

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