April 26th-29th 2013 :: Theme: Minimalism

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by ZYXer - 48 Hour Compo Entry


"Help Milton find his way through the maze."

Each level has two phases:

The whole maze is lit, but you cannot move Milton. Use your mouse to place torches in strategic places, so that you can guide Milton through the maze once it's dark. You only have limited time to place the torches, but if you are finished early, click "Run" to go to the next phase. Remember, you only have 50 torches for the entire game.

The maze is dark now, only lit by the torches you placed in phase 1. Use your arrow keys to move Milton to the exit. But keep an eye on the time!

Play all 12 levels to complete the game.

This is my first Ludum Dare entry. I hope you have fun playing! :-D
- ZYXer

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sparkleswirl says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 5:17am

I really like this game. It's a nice mixture between memorization and resource management and the time limit really gives it a nice sense of urgency.

aneeslol says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:56am

Such an awesome take on the theme, I'd give it a 6 for that if I could!

kreddor says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:39pm

Really nice mechanic and very cute graphics. Needs to be a little harder I think since I beat all levels on the first try :)

MrHalfman says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:40pm

This game if one of my ld's favorite game :). Great concept, nice graphics and polished! Congrats!

Tipyx says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:43pm

Excellent !

infinitedog says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:43pm

Awesome graphics, really funny. Nice idea and level design to make it a nice game.
I miss a bit of music.

druckson says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:49pm

Awesome concept, really liked the visual style. It'd be cool to be able to go back and replay earlier levels to reduce your torch use.

Bernhard says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:52pm

Really nice idea fitting the theme oh so well!
Nice graphics with cool lightning effects. Too bad there's no sound.

At first I didn't realize that the torches need to hold for 12 levels, so I had to do the last two without any - But I saved Milton in the end! :-)

pragma says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:44pm

I really enjoyed this game!

Komradus says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 1:02am

Got upto level 11 before I ran out of torches, really fun and challenging, good work.

fueelin says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 1:03am

Really good game. I enjoyed it a lot and it fits the theme well!

spacechase0 says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 1:11am

Very fun. :) I managed to save 13 torches.

Xanjos says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 12:28am

Really excellent take on the theme and the two phase mechanics were well executed. Would obviously be much better if there was sound of course.

kyyninen says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 9:08am

Finished with 4 torches to spare! Liked that you have to "minimize" the potentially complicated route.

Ragzouken says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 9:21am

Cool idea. I keep losing to being over ambitious :p

Paul Sinnett says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:29pm

I love the game mechanic here.

Porpentine says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 8:06am

this is good because it lets you set your own challenge level instead of forcing you to conform to a single difficulty

May 4, 2013 @ 4:51pm

nice idea and a very pleasant game

amodo says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:53pm

Very well executed and a really nice idea! Good jerb!

EatenAlive3 says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:56pm

Lots of fun, great concept, and I like the pixel bevelling :P.

delfino says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 4:18pm

Fun, challenging, have to replay at least once. Looks great, well polished. Excellent job!

May 5, 2013 @ 4:21pm

This worked out quite well! I ended up only having a single torch for the final level, but lucked out somehow. Great idea. Perhaps with some extra polish and some sound, this could be expanded further.

May 5, 2013 @ 4:27pm

I do wish there weren't a time limit for placing the torches. That's my only point of criticism. The game is really neat otherwise. :)

messiano says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 4:49pm

Very original. At first I thought it was easy, but a few levels later I realized how corners can make things much harder :). Congratulations.

May 5, 2013 @ 8:43pm

Wow, such a neat idea! Loving the graphics too, what a cool entry!

manax says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 11:02pm

Nicely done. Good concept. Pretty good level design, and good variety.

Could be a little harder. I won with 23 or so torches left.

SmilingCat says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 3:42am

Great use of the theme! Unique concept, and the graphics were very well done.

Awesome job!

sP0CkEr2 says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 4:44am

this was cool game -- maybe the best so far -- wish i could figure out how to make those type of graphics for a game i am working on -- great effort. shame there is no audio!

lotusgame says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 6:56am

Very good concept ! Well polished, except there is no sound at all. Fun to play. Cool graphics. A very good entry :)

geckojsc says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 12:12pm

Awesome concept, great design and execution! Was quite easy until I got to the final level and realised I only had one torch left. xD

You could take this game in so many exciting directions. Random maze generation, traps and monsters, treasure, cool music. I would totally play a post-compo version. :)

gre says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 12:35pm

I like these 2-part kind of game :)
Interesting concept and good graphics :)
Would be great with some audio (zombie noise when moving in the dark? :D)

Merkoth says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 4:20pm

Very interesting, and looks very nice too. Great job!

May 6, 2013 @ 8:36pm

Nice game, cool idea, cute graphics! Needs sound, and could be a bit more difficult...:) Otherwise very good!

Uhfgood says ...
May 7, 2013 @ 12:14am

Great job!

May 7, 2013 @ 9:57am

Wow. Surprisingly great!

Jorjon says ...
May 7, 2013 @ 12:40pm

Nice graphics! I particularly liked the torch effect.
The mechanic was also good, but didn't find it too related to minimalism.

May 7, 2013 @ 7:04pm

Great graphics, interesting idea. Felt lack of some ambient music :)

zkenshin says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 12:51am

Neat game. Had only a few torches left at the end. :)

barkergames says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 2:12am

Love the level design!
Really neat concept, great job!

Sestren says ...
May 10, 2013 @ 12:39am

I really liked the concept behind this. I'd love to see the idea explored a bit more with the addition of hazards, monsters, or objects that need to be used. The core idea behind it is awesome, though! Great job!

Jeremias says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 10:20am

This game was really fun. Great graphics, smooth controls, funny concept. The following feedback contains just minor things: Add music and sound effects! Additional, you should add a "x levels left" text in the game. I know, you wrote the level count in the game description, but I read it over and without this information, the saving of torches gets strange. A possible solution would be to let the player unlock level by level (if he won the previous one) and let him play old levels again, so he can try to solve it with fewer torches and therefore get some back for later levels. This would make the torch saving still worth it, but let the player also decide how to use it and don't just save them for an unknown future.

Tifu says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 1:15pm

Awesome idea! I love the two-stage gameplay. I ended with 13 torches left cos I was conservative as I didn't notice there was only 12 levels, should probably include that info in-game, like "level X of Y".

lorancou says ...
May 14, 2013 @ 11:52am

Good game ! Really fun ... You should create more levels

Orni says ...
May 15, 2013 @ 6:23am

awesome idea and great learning curve.
the visuals were great as well! nicely done

loved it

Dotanukii says ...
May 15, 2013 @ 10:49pm

I didn't really like the time limit mainly because i wasn't aware of it, however i had a lot of fun and the strategy is nice. some music would be great!

Erunaamo says ...
May 19, 2013 @ 9:10pm

Neat idea, very polished presentation. I like the visual style. Gameplay is sort of easy, sort of hard...pretty cool game.

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