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

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500 years - imef - Jam Entry

This was normally supposed to be for the Compo. But I ended up wasting time and getting behind schedule for the Compo.

The game is a simulator of 1-4 tribes on a randomly generated Island. Depending on the tribes profiles and priorities, the simulation will happen differently. The tribes are all controlled by AIs. So as a player, you can either watch the simulation or, you can unleash disasters which can advantage some tribes and slow others.

500 years was made using game maker 8.1.

You may use/modify the source as you please.

update :
-> modified the tiles.
-> randomized tiles.
-> disasters effects now vary depending on the profile of the tribe affected.
-> added pop messages when tribes reach a certain level in technology/warcraft/religion/politics
-> fixed the message boxes closing when pressing arrow keys problem.
-> added information on the main menu.
-> increased disaster radius.


If you have any ideas let me know in the comments.
I'll try to make a post-compo including as many new features.

idea box :
- when a tribe discovers a new technology, it will have an effect.
- tribes can expand.
- ressources can deplete.
- you can spawn a monster and the tribes will unite to kill it.
- sprites vary according to technology.
- add mouse control.

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Ratings

Coolness100%
#73Innovation(Jam)3.18
#79Theme(Jam)3.12
#101Humor(Jam)2.53
#165Mood(Jam)2.52
#169Overall(Jam)2.86
#185Audio(Jam)2.11
#187Fun(Jam)2.53
#224Graphics(Jam)2.40

Comments

siondream says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:10pm

Hahaha the game of being a trolling god (sending disasters :-). Nice one!

Jeremias says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:23pm

You should give more feedback what is going on and more possibilities to affect it (beyond disasters and textboxes). I have no idea what the graphics (like the tent) are for and what the religion is used for. Gratulations to finish your game :)

Huchickut says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:28pm

Really fun to watch! Small suggestion: Arrow Keys shouldn't close text messages. I always miss what's going on because I was looking around the map.

Ponte says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:44pm

Not much of a game there but i like it.

SpectreNectar says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:59pm

Many quite good ideas in this one.
I could have wished for mouse control of some sort...

dalbinblue says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:17pm

Interesting to watch. I like the idea of being able to use disaster to control a tribe, but unfortunately all that it seemed to do was kill of units and slow progression down.

Gareth001 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:49pm

That is a really amazing, innovative game that has everything to do with evolution!

Mamick says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:36pm

Great idea! I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing and there wasn't much gameplay, but pretty fun anyway.

geekygenius says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:26pm

"The red tribe found out anatomy is a good weapon"?

imef says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:38pm

oh, Haven't fixed that >.<

jwolf says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:38pm

Not bad! It could use more ways of interacting with the game, but it's a pretty good start.

Materie says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:00am

Unable to download the game: "Invalid or deleted file" at Mediafire.

imef says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:30am

It's normal. I was changing the game file.

Zoomyzoom says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:48pm

Muhahahahahahahaha!!!

Rialgar says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:39pm

woman vote comes after comunism, I don't know why, but to me, this is a comedy game.
My braindump of ideas for improvements:
More feedback on what is happening, maybe inducing suggestions to people as an interaction technique. Impact of the events to the setting. E.g.: Inventing the wheel should make people faster. Make the tribes expand and enlarge the map.

imef says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:41pm

That's what I wanted to do but didn't have enough time. I think I'll try to make a post compo including that.

RARoadkill says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:42pm

I liked it, I wished the tribes would build up more, but I understand that time constants would make that difficult. Also would be fun if you could drop monsters in for the tribes to fight.

chunkyguy says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:15pm

This is a Windows only right? Why do you have other platforms listed? Or is there a way to run this on Mac?

imef says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:30pm

I thought it's cross platform... But maybe I was wrong...

Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:42pm

Great idea, I really liked watching the simulation. It would be good to see a bigger difference between soldiers and workers, and perhaps see the soldiers with different weapons depending on their technology. Overall really interesting

AaronGordon says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:04pm

Great work. Fits the theme very well, but i wasn't sure what i was doing most of the time. Anyway a really good entry!

PaulSB says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:54pm

Neat idea! Shame there wasn't a bit more gameplay really, all I could do was randomly kill dudes. But it was fun seeing them going about their business. (Also I had to force kill the exe on Win7)

Matt says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:16pm

haha fun little game.

SusanTheCat says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:31pm

Cute little game.

infinitedog says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 6:30pm

Nice one! My suggestion is add control using mouse, playing with the arrow keys is quite slow :D.

kibertoad says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:26pm

Liked simple, functional graphics. Simulation was visualized in an easy to follow way; wish there were more things happening around and tribes expanded beyond their comfort circle. If developed further, could be an interesting game.

ramoncb says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:04pm

I liked the concept, interesting idea, you should keep investing in this game! Was really fun playing god xD

Cipher says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:55pm

Nice job

jake says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:24pm

Love The Game Keep working on it PLEASE :)

cacciatc says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 7:58pm

I am still trying to visualize the twiggy weapons. Fun stuff.

Evil Cult says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 7:24pm

Nice idea. This could be rather awesome with additional work.

Cyboot says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:42pm

playing god and annoy the people.
I like it :)

TastyOrange says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:13am

Pretty nifty! It looks like there might be a lot of replay in this!... if it wasn't a tad bit on the boring side. The graphics and sound were okay, nothing really stunning. I would have really liked for a sound when a popup appears; quite often I found myself minimizing the window. A little background music wouldn't hurt either.

I gave high humour points! Some of the stuff that came up was pretty funny. Things like "blue tribe has invented art" and "yellow tribe has invented travel to space". It was bit interesting that you put in monotheism as well as God but no other "superior beings".

I might come back to play this more, just to see the other possibilities. Good work!

MurrayL says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 3:42pm

As others have said, this isn't much of a game yet. It's really fun just to watch, though, and it would benefit greatly from some further development.

I hope you keep working on it!

zx81 says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 9:07pm

Imef, the game is pretty cool :)

Porpentine says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 11:56pm

nice start, it's like playing around with ant colonies. i want more games like this!

tomhunt says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 3:25am

i kind of felt like a third wheel playing this and the only thing i could really do once it started was to unleash disasters that kill the little simulated people.

after a little bit of this i went over to another window and just let it run for a bit. this was kind of interesting just letting it play itself out, but it would often stop and demand my attention to acknowledge that the Red people have discovered that sticks make nice weapons. i'd much rather just have this message just pop up and go away on its own.

davidwparker says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 3:03pm

Sorry, I don't have Windows, so I can't play it.

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