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

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by Vordux - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Known issues:

Fixed issue with sound not playing.

If you are running as OS that is lower than Vista, you will get an error relating to missing d3d10 .dll files. Please make sure you are running Vista or greater with a d3d10 compatible graphics card. Sorry xp users!

There is a bug if you hold A&S that it heals and upgrades simultaneously. Do this if you want to cheat and get to the end, otherwise don't!

terravolve was written with C++ and my own D3D10 engine library,which is still currently in development.
Feel free to butcher the source code, wear protection however for your own personal safety.

This was my first Lundum Dare and I have to say it's been an amazing experience. See you next year.

Any issues or questions, contact me via:

Game Summary:
terravolve is a game whereby the player must manage the technological advancement and health of continents on their planet to ensure the planet progresses through ages.

in terravolve the player must balance time and resource management to avoid the destruction of the planet as the planets health gradually falls.

Can you evolve your planet beyond a space faring culture?
Do you have the skill and patience to succeed?

Downloads and Links




Follett says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:48pm

Something I learned from my first ludum dare is that most people don't want to have to read pages of statistics and rules to play, they want to jump in and go. Although I personally thought this was rather cool and one of the most original ideas I have played so far.

infernet89 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:49pm

Cannot run it.
First it says "d3d10.dll" is missing, i've downloaded that.
Then "d3d10.dll", same
Lastly, error on "memmove_s" on mscvrt.dll

I'm running Windows XP 32 bit.

Vordux says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:52pm

internet89, this is due to the fact you are running on Windows xp I am afraid, DirectX10 is compatible with Vista machines and above I am afraid mate.

Ragzouken says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:57pm

This would really benefit from having the health/research levels presented in the map space, rather than in a GUI, I think. Perhaps you could do it by colour somehow? As it stands it's really hard to firstly notice which continents are in danger and secondly map continent numbers to continents on the map.

I do like the visual style, though, and the message behind it is good!

dalbinblue says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:41pm

Had a missing DLL error. Downloading and installing the DX10 runtime did the trick ( for anyone else having the same issue).

In game, I found it really difficult to control. I would use left ctrl to scroll around but every time I pressed it, the globe would jump and I would have no Idea where I was. Also, for some reason healing didn't seem to work. The continents health never went back up.

Danvil says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:47pm

It gives me an error about a missing d3dx10_43.dll :(

Vordux says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:48pm

If you're running Windows xp, you can't play the game guys I'm afraid, you need Vista or greater with a graphics card that supports d3d10, sorry

pereubu says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:54pm

very interesting idea, even if there's a restrictive interaction, i like the way you make the player "play god"

juaxix says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 2:08pm


iandioch says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:14pm

It looks good, but I'm on XP. Perhaps you should rename the link "Windows Vista or Higher" or something?

NatNoBrains says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:14pm

Dropbox download not seeming to work... Can anyone else confirm?

Robotic says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:16pm

Kinda lacks feedback, hard to identify the continents and to select them, but the idea is original.

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

NatNoBrains, just got some friends to test the link, it seems to be working, try a different browser or refresh. I hope it works for you.

iemfi says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:19pm

Couldn't get the controls to work, only managed to increase research on one continent.

Prealpha says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:24pm

Nice, I liked the juggling element, although I had 2 issues:
-Health for me is S instead of B
-It was pretty hard to keep track of which continent is which, and the way the planet rotated added to the confusion (not sure if it's the speed or the general way it controls)

Could be expanded into something very interesting, perhaps making technology improvements affect each continent in a different way while keeping some of the fast-management sense.

surreal_whale says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:29pm

Interesting idea but for me it became a matter of selecting a continent and holding A and S simultaneously until they had max health and research, then moving onto the next and repeating.

ripatti says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:29pm

Cool graphics but I didn't understand how to play this.

timtipgames says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:16pm

Unfortunatly I had so much trouble to recognize which continent is which that I couldn't enjoy it. The controls really made me angry. The basic idea is great, but the controls made it impossible to play.

EinBernd says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:22pm

Could REALLY use some differenation between the continants.

1176Studios says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:24pm

like the idea, but could not rotate the planet

Graf_Grun says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:26pm

It didn't really work for me. I was only able to select continent three. I also think that you would have been better off with using the arrow keys to rotate the planet.

Oh, and don't use directX10... to many people can't use it.

Maacus says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:32pm

A bit hard to control the rotation and keep track of which continent i should go to.
Other then that, I like the idea and the 3D graphics was nice.

NedortGames says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 5:32pm

Love it!

josefnpat says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 6:45pm

Trying to run under linux.

I installed mono 2.10 (mono-2-10-parallel-environment.deb) on my machine, but I can't seem to get it to run:

[terravolve]$ source mono-2.10-environment
[mono-2.10] ~/ld24entries/terravolve @ wine terravolveGame.exe
wine: Install Mono 2.8 or greater for Windows to run .NET 4.0 applications.
fixme:msvcr90:__clean_type_info_names_internal (0x780b19ec) stub

Maxium says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:46pm

Not really sure if its responding to my controls..

BMacIntosh says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:26pm

Unfortunately the game is unplayable for me. I do not see the nice background box or the title text at all, and the black stat text overlaps the dark part of the planet, making parts of it impossible to read. The instructions, credits, and whatever 'O' shows do not render either - I get only a blue screen.

This is a Windows 7 64-bit laptop with DX11.

Vordux says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:41pm

That's unfortunate BMacIntosh, I have had a friend test it on their machine and it worked fine. It might be a driver compatibility issue or among a numerous amount of other issues, I don't think there is much I can do however mate. I will look into it and see if there are any compatibility issues on the internet relating to D3D10 applications.

D3zmodos says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:32pm

I thought it was a cool idea but I found it difficult to navigate and find the continent I wanted to save, maybe making the buildings disappear off of a continent when it dies? Or having a label saying which is which?

Maybe I'm just bad at navigating spheres the way I want to...I personally would have preferred arrow keys to rotate left/right or up/down

ahm99 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:24pm

I couldn't play because it said I didn't have d3dx10_43.dll
:( I'm sure it would've been fun though. Maybe next year you could make something more compatible. :)

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