December 14th-17th 2012 :: Theme: You are the Villain

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Crowd Control

by Merigrim - 48 Hour Compo Entry

I managed to finish, though the game is a bit lacking... I now officially hate my alarm clock.


You are Cthulhu. Some pesky humans have decided to wake you up from a nice nap and the only fitting punishment is death and madness.

By being in close proximity to you, humans will go mad. When humans reach a certain level of insanity, they will start attacking each other, and the most insane of them all will join a cult worshipping you.

Your goal is to drive everyone insane in the shortest time possible.

I had planned to include two skills which would vary the gameplay a bit, but a bug that refused to go away when I had 20 minutes left stopped me from doing so, unfortunately. You can see what I had planned in the Instructions menu.

Also, I didn't have time to animate the sprites. Just pretend that Cthulhu is taking large, earth-shattering steps . ;)

(Use the arrow keys to navigate the menu.)

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Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:31am

This game is very simple, but very satisfying! Seeing the number climb as my minions spread out was extremely gratifying. And even though the sprites weren't animated, I thought they looked very nice.

ZwodahS says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:46am

I thought the map is kind of big =)

loren says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:12am


Xheis says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:12am

Awesome game. Couldn't agree more with Somfunambulist, watching the numbers rise is very satisfying. I did however come across a bug where the sound and music stopped, and the timer stopped. After a period of time, the sound and timer game back but not the music.

Jezzamon says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:14am

This game is too long, IMO. Should be either shorter (i.e. less people), or more interesting. People need to move onto other games. XD

The graphics were quite average... I think you should aim for a theme, like a restricted palette, or pixel graphics in the future.

The sounds were quite average too. I'm not a big fan of that music generator... it's a bit over used. I don't know if it would be better than nothing though.

And yeah the map is way too large.

Still, good job!

lucars83 says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:22am

I would drive someone insane go to a different part of the map, come back and they would still be killing people. Satisfying.

Casino Jack says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:40pm

I took some satisfaction in seeing the people go crazy and kill eachother...Is that weird?

CireNeikual says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:48pm

Nice idea, but it needs a threat of some sort.

leafo says ...
Jan 7, 2013 @ 6:20am

Nice concept. Some way to move faster or charge would be great.

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