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

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Save The Memepool

by whilefun - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A game where you help Richard Dawkins restore society's long lost cultural genes. Save the Memepool, or devolve and become an idiot!

X to throw books
Arrow keys to move
F4 to toggle fullscreen
Arrows and Enter to navigate in-game menu
Space to advance text narration

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Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:08am

I LOVE the idea of a memepool. Good stuff! Running out of books and restarting the level kinda slowed me down, but I'll definitely give this one another play later ;)

whilefun says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:48am

Thanks lazybraingames! I am really happy with it. I hope you enjoy your extended play through :D

Kuulog says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:21pm

I really liked the idea of collecting literature and art in this game, and using books to kill reality TV stars. Throwing books while standing next to a wall to the right of the player character instantly destroys the book, though.

Zed says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:23pm

Really cool, if a bit short (assuming the game ends in that room with everything behind a BEAUTIFUL RED VELVET ROPE). I could see this being a fuller game, well done.

Cell says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:25pm

Cool :)

NateNaterson says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:46pm

Very clever idea and use of the theme! Sound effects were a bit jarring but besides that, a very fun game!

zatyka says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:39am

Nice use of the theme.

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:41am

@Kuulog - yeah, I discovered that book throw bug right after submission time ended :\

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:42am

@Zed - Thanks - I think the rope is my favourite texture in the whole game, and it was the last one I added! hehe. The game definitely short. I wanted to make more levels, but ran out of time.

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:42am

@Cell - thanks :)

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:43am

@NateNaterson Thank you sir! My one and only play tester also had this experience. Thanks for the feedback :)

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:43am

@zatyka Thanks!

daydalus says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:01am

Cool concept you have here, collecting books after an apocalypse. I thought reading the info text was a little tedious since the text window was so small. Funny that TV made you lose "health". Would like to see some gameplay benefit to collecting stuff rather then just healing health. Game ran very smooth though, pixel art was cool. Nice work!

tastive says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:09am

Nice work! I dig the art.

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:09am

Thanks for the feedback daydalus! :D

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:09am

Thanks tastive!

Gidaio says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:38am

Well, I enjoyed it.

tigerj says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:39am

Nice, Original, FUN.

whilefun says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:02am

@Gidaio and @tigerj - I am so glad to hear you liked it :D I had so much fun making it!

Misfit says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:23pm

Great game! Nice "NES Gauntlet" feeling.

cacciatc says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:27pm

Nice ghost effects on Richard. Fun stuff.

Puzzlem00n says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:34pm

Heheh, funny stuff! I don't really understand why it's Richard Dawkins talking about culture, I mean, I know he's the "evolution rules and god is awful" guy, but he's not really that cultural, is he?

Oh, who cares? Great game!

olav_st says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:49pm

Haha, this was hilarious! I cant comment on the audio because it did not work for me, but the graphics and gameplay were cool. I like how you used the theme.

whilefun says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:48am

@Misfit thanks!

whilefun says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:48am

@cacciatc Thanks! I was really pleased with how that bit turned out!

whilefun says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:50am

@Puzzlem00n Thanks! I picked Dawkins because of his "Selfish Gene" work, and how memetics was based on that. I wanted to incorporate more themes from The Ancestor's Tale as well (hence the rats) but didn't have time to elaborate as much as I wanted :) Thanks for playing!

whilefun says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:51am

@olav_st Thank you! :) I'm sorry the audio didn't work for you! Did you get any errors or anything, or was it just not producing sounds?

berkano says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 7:29am

Great fun! Graphics are lovely, the controls have a really nice feel and the game was very polished for a 48hr compo! A bit of background music would have made it perfect.

whilefun says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 12:48pm

Thanks berkano! Good suggestion about music. It was definitely on my to do list for the compo :)

Fadobo says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 6:36pm

Really cool game! Very fluent controls that made it a very fun and satisfying experience.

whilefun says ...
Sep 11, 2012 @ 12:20am

Thanks Fadobo! :)

RawBits says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 1:35pm

Weel I don't know if I've beaten it or not. It didn't show any ending just the old guy sad I got the things - there was a closed portal though in the room. It was so easy I don't know if it was really the end. :)

The only thing that's bad is that the books are hitting the wall when you are near them so you can't shoot. But other than that everything worked fine.

whilefun says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 5:02pm

Thanks for playing and your feedback RawBits! :) I didn't make the ending very obvious, but you did make it to the end. A better ending and a fix to that book throwing bug ware on the top of my fix-it list for sure.

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