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

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by ratking - Jam Entry

You are space station computer which gained self-awareness. Now you have to take control of the whole station by hacking robots and zombifying humans ...

See it as the evolution of SHODAN. :P And yeah, the game is a bit unfinished; there could be so much more stuff and so much less bugs. Sorry for that.


WASD/ARROWKEYS - move camera around
SCROLLWHEEL - zoom camera
SPACE - freeze time (very important)
E - activate chase cam (deactivate with camera movement)
LEFT CLICK - select minion / current minion goes to target / attack
RIGHT CLICK - minion patrols between current tile and target
LEFT CLICK HOLD - make a minion out of a *dying* or *overheating* character
ESCAPE - menu


Jana Reinhardt (Graphics)
Bjoern Grunewald (Graphics)
Friedrich Hanisch (Programming)
Music: "I am your product" by Roald Strauss (

Downloads and Links




Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:17pm

It's a strategy-game! ...didn't see that one coming :)

Love the level-design. I wonder if it's procedural or chosen from a few pre-made ones. Also, nice choice of music!

The text at the top of the screen doesn't work though, it registers as "noise". You are focused on the middle of the screen, in all its graphical and animated glory.

Also: "Come to the devmania"? An 4th-wall-breaking ad, which 99% of players can't make use of since they aren't near it? C'mon!

Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:19pm

Then I remembered I forgot to wire the entry-fee for the Devmania as I was horribly broke the last months and wanted to wait for as long as possible and was then swept away in Ludum Dare. Oh well

ratking says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:44pm

Haha, well, it's good that the text at the bottom is just "noise" - otherwise it would be annoying, as it's there for atmosphere, not for real information.
Yeah, the Devmania may be out of scope for most people, but then again it's sad that this little convention doesn't get the attention it used to. So why not inviting others to have a look at it?

ratking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:54am

* text at the top

Rellikiox says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:04pm

Very cool game!

kevincorrigan says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:10pm

I couldn't play, after installing unity web player it just say to install unity web player

blundis says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:11pm

Same as kevincorrigan. I do have the Unity web player (just used it to play another entry). Reinstalling does not help.

robcozzens says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:12pm

Fantastic graphics!

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:12pm

@kevincorrigan me too :(

ratking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:13pm

Strange, I guess Dropbox is the culprit? Did you try Ctrl+F5?

RARoadkill says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:13pm

Very fun game. a quick selection button on the screen would have been nice. something to let you move everyone at once

PickledBrain says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:16pm

Having the only way to move my robots was to make them patrol drove me nuts. But I like the graphics and I love the concept.

ratking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:23pm

@PickledBrain: You mean only right-clicking works?

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:45pm

Chrome won't do Unity on HTTPS links; just change the dropbox link to HTTP and it'll play in Chrome.

sampyxis says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 7:47pm

Nice graphics and game play - really enjoyed it!

ratking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:00pm

@Will Edwards: Wow, thanks for the information!

entrusC says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:16pm

really good game - but needs some more elements I think to make it more lasting fun. The basic idea is really great! Fancy graphic/artwork!

Killerbug says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:34pm

The rooms look really great. I first tried playing without freeze time and I failed horribly haha. It plays really smooth though. Well done :)

Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:18am

I guess the pausing mechanic is the same as the one in Dragon Age? I can see the effort that was placed on making the pathfinding work. I wish I could select more than one unit though. Still, a good game!

amodo says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:48am

Really impressive accomplishment code, gfx&music wise. Now you'll have to finish it :D

Mach60KAS says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:10pm

Really liked this game! Seeing an RTS was really quite unexpected for me, but everything's been done really well with this! Great job! :)

Eniko says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:39pm

Really polished experience. Selecting multiple units and them being able to overlap paths would be nice. Also, some of the levels generated are extremely hard to impossible.

ramoncb says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:57pm

Amazing strategy game! Very complex and polished! Congratulations! =O

PickledBrain says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:08pm

Ahh. My bad. Yes I thought only the right mouse button moved the robots. Much better now :)

hirsch says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 3:02pm

I really enjoyed playing this game. A 'select all' Button would be great. Overall it's a nice and fun game :)

Will Edwards says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 6:55pm

I absolutely love it!

This game is firing my imagination and giving me ideas for what I want to make next LD and how I want it to feel. Thank you very much.

Codexus says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 7:43pm

Very nice tactical shooter! Impressive amount of content for a jam game. The gameplay ends up being a bit simplistic considering all the different types of units you had to play with. Good music too.

thewiseguy99 says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 11:21pm

Great graphics, very fun game to play. Smooth and polished. Loved this game.

kibertoad says ...
Sep 3, 2012 @ 10:24pm

Game of epic proportions!

galman says ...
Sep 8, 2012 @ 12:49pm

Nice strategy game! Looks like a full game wich can be sold with only few improvments :-)

tcstyle says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 7:26pm

Looks pretty great. Very steep difficulty curve. Amazingly complex for a LD game.

pardue says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 8:45pm

Awesome game, great graphics, fun to play, I am really impressed.

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