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

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Buffalo Joe

by Oreganik - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Only the fittest can survive, and Buffalo Joe is fit like a battleship!

How does this fit the theme?

Well... I can always claim "survival of the fittest," right? =D

But the original intention was to have special plants which would evolve your herd and give them wings, allowing you to fly over the lava gorge and win the game. So if intentions were gold I'd be at Fort Knox, but since time's oversold it's more like "guess not"!

Read the post-mortem if you like:

Want to simply win the game? When you start, pressing "a" adds a baby buffalo. Forgot to remove that debug key... d'oh!

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Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:50am

Pretty interesting game. I like the concept, but it seems like you needed a little more time to flesh it out some more. The intro voice over is super awesome

DavidErosa says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:54am

Dude, there's a wolf floating over my head :D
Nice game, maybe a first person view would have worked too. Switch view button? :)

Kortuga98 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:13am

Very cool. I really think you should continue working on this :D

K1NET1K says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:18am

Pretty funny

AndyBrown says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:38am

Ah man dive bombing wolves are super evil! Amusing game though, was pretty fun!

robcozzens says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:39am

Pretty cool.
It was more difficult than I expected.
Wasn't clear to me how it was evolution, but still cool.

GFM says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:58pm

Let me see if I got this right...

When a baby buffalo eats enough, it breeds another? O_O
Words fail me... xD

Jokes aside, the idea may be kinda fun... but I found the gameplay lacking. >_<
It's nice to knock wolf away and it's kinda funny to see new babies being born... but it's only that!
More stuff would be nice... (though I understand... xD)

Oreganik says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:54pm

Thank you for your comments, everyone! I plan to write up a good post-mortem on this, as it is a great example of how game concepts [wait for it] DEVOLVE to meet deadlines! =D

Krobill says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:16pm

Hard to get the hang of the babies behavior but definitely +1 for the mouth-made soundtrack :D

TobiasNL says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:21am

Cool stuff. Missed some country music or the such like though.

Oreganik says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:44pm

Epic post-mortem went up:

hamster_mk_4 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:03am

I love the sound effects, the actual game play felt unnecessarily tough. Especially when I pushed a calf into a wolf trying to get to the wolf. Nothing points out how stupid computers are than friendly AI.

kato9 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 2:28am

Dang, I really liked this game, very unique and original mechanics. It's kind of tough but mostly in a good way. I wish the baby buffalo were just a little smarter, like for example it'd be nice if they got out of your way when you are charging at a wolf. There's a lot of other little tweaks that could make the experience friendlier, but overall I thought this was really good!

BNeutral says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:22am

Best voice of Ludum Dare.

mes says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:27am

I loved the "Durh" noise the wolf makes when you hit him. That single detail added about three points to my ratings overall

Here is some constructive criticism:
The baby buffalos have a tendency to try and run through joe to get to the grass, but you can't move... so you have to keep trying to reconfigure them to not bump into you. Maybe add some logic so that they seek the nearest clump of grass that isn't pastjoe?

I liked the character art but the level art I felt could have meshed a little bit better.

Good work, fun to play.

DaveDobson says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:45am

The art style is really cool - I like the 3D and the intro screens. Very well done. The game is a little frustrating; there's not a ton to do, and the little guys don't get out of the way when you need to charge a wolf. I spent a lot of time trying to find grass one time, and the wolves seemed to get a lot more frequent, so I was having trouble holding on. But it was fun, and worked well, and I had a good time. I think with another couple of days, you'd have a really fun game built on top of this strong foundation. I love the quirky humor, too - very fun.

DustyStylus says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 12:54pm

Great voiceover! Cool idea for the game as well. Some of the wolves spawn a bit close though. Very nice graphical style as well. :)

PS: I'd change Web url to HTTP (i.e., not HTTPS). Some people are getting the "Install Webplayer" page even though they have it properly installed. It's an issue with Dropbox hosted Unity games.

michax says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:37pm

Haha awesome voice over. Enjoyed the gameplay and graphics! Good Job.

Oreganik says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:29pm

Thank you, DustyStylus! That confused me to no end. I fixed the link like you suggested.

Cyboot says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 7:22pm

i thought my baby buffalos where lions at first and try to run away :D

nice game :)

harusame says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:35pm

Nice voice X)
I like the idea,intersting game, good job dude !

Teknik says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 6:18pm

great game. definitely needs more to it but a great start. good job!

Colapsydo says ...
Sep 5, 2012 @ 3:06pm

Really nice presentation. AI works well. It seems a good base for a bigger game.

Kmad says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 9:18am

A fun little game although evolution that could be developed further. Looks great, I'm impressed to see such a good 3d game in 48 hours. I had a few collision problems, sometimes my buffalo went through the wolves and the baby buffalo would collide with me or themselves and get stuck when trying to move towards food. Good entry.

Kmad says ...
Sep 9, 2012 @ 9:20am

I just realised the first sentence of my comment is gibberish, that was some bad editing. What I meant to say was "A fun little game that could be developed further although it didn't have much to do with evolution."

pardue says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 6:33pm

Nice game, I laughed a few times due to the voice-over. Interesting art style as well.

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