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

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by tayl1r - 48 Hour Compo Entry

My take on the Minimalism theme was to create a platformer consisting of a single screen. As you progress the environment shifts providing new obstacles. Tools of choice were: C#, XNA, Photoshop, sfxr and pxtone.

Requires NET and XNA. The latter's redistributable is in the zip as it's probably less common.

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Cybearg says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:01pm

Hm... It doesn't seem to work for me. I run the executable, but nothing seems to happen. Too bad--the screenshots look like the game has lots of visceral fun!

tayl1r says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:16pm

If it's not running you'll need the redistributables. Sorry about that.

tayl1r says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:25pm

Actually, I will put the XNA one in the zip as it's pretty uncommon.

TheColorMan says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:27pm

Very interesting! I love the fact that the levels shifts and the levels are interesting! good work

Baknik says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:36pm

It was interesting to be able to play different "levels" without having to load or go through a level selection screen. Particle effects were great. I just wish you could do more than jump.

tayl1r says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:55pm

Thanks for your comments!

Re: More to do.
I wanted to keep this as streamlined as possible. More player functionality, or at least a more interesting array of obstacles, would be definite goals if I was aiming for a more ambitious project!

qdowngames says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:01pm

What the! favorite game by far. Of all the platformers, this has the smoothest controls and coolest effects - nice work!

HeyZeus says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:12pm


Kashi says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:18pm

Very cool game idea! I enjoyed playing it a lot. The sound was annoyingly loud tho... :x

Jools64 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:22pm

This game is super cool!

The level transition animations are awesome, I'm really impressed you managed to put together so many in the time given.

I really like the graphics too, very minimalistic but also very stylish.

My only minor complaint is that it was a bit too easy to breeze through. Only one jump ever gave me any trouble.

Great game, nice work!

AnTiCamPr says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:22pm

Simply Amazing! (wish it had more levels though)

Ryusui says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:25pm

That was amazing. I only had two issues - one, the "long jump over the lava pit" sequences were a little on the unforgiving/trial-and-error-y side, and two, some background music would have been an awesome touch. Other than that? I loved how the map kept transforming every time I touched the flashing icon, complete with awesome particle effects. Heck, watching the whole screen disintegrate as I found my way out was a more satisfying ending than some full games I've played. XD

Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:26pm

Wow that was awesome, I loved it! Really satisfying victory screen. It was perfect how you kept it simple to fit the theme but you should expand on it more now. This would work great as a cell phone game.

Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:28pm

Yeah, I'm on a mac so I can't play this. I did see your gameplay video though, and it was beautiful!

I've seen the whole morphing room concept done before, but the explosions and particle effects really bring flair to the proposition.

saguaro says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:38pm

This is one of my favorites! So simple, so addictive, so minimalist. Lovely.

3.14 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:45pm

You totally nailed the effect of changing the level. The particle and sound fest is amazing. I loved the ending!

zkenshin says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:53am

Nicely done. :)

tayl1r says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:56am

Thanks again. Ambient music, 'live transforming' and some moving platforms for harder/interesting jumps are definitely features I wanted! I’ve never finished a LD before and wanted to keep it bite-size. :)

Webravenz says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:53pm

awesome transitions ! and great amounts of levels good job

Aron says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:56pm

Wow, even if it's not that hard or long it is a very polished and well thought through game. I really liked the idea of playing in one screen the whole time and changing the levels without leaving them.

Rex Peppers says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 3:25pm

Can't play windows games :-(

geepit says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 5:50pm

Awesome, cool idea and the transition as the levels shift to form the new ones looks really nice

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

enjoyed this, concise, succinct and fun. Nice length that left me wanting more (totally interested if you make more). good work, thanks.

QXD-me says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:16pm

That was good, I really liked how the levels readjusted themselves during gameplay. My criticisms would be that it took a little too long (in my opinion) to get to the challenging parts and also the audio was really grating by the end. Maybe you could randomise the pitch slightly to avoid this?

pereubu says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:01pm

waw, just ... damn addictive, great job, it's one of my favs :D

Felix20 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:13pm

That was pretty awesome, the effects were cool, and the "level" design was really good. Especially with the minimal amount of stuff. In fact this is one of the best entries I've played as far as the theme is concerned.
Also I like how at the end it just closes ;)

jwolf says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:31am

Wow, that was really neat. It's interesting how you've portrayed a progression of different levels just by rearranging things.

lekochen says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:04am


blackmagic says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 11:51am

Super entry !

bbrown2 says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:20pm

Cool beans. Most true to the minimalism theme of all the games I've played.

BNeutral says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 4:35am


Alphonsus says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 4:49pm

Very simple and enjoyable! Love the level transitions. :D

JigxorAndy says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 10:15am

A really awesome game with a very cool take on the theme and platforming. Nice ending too! Great work!

brxtr says ...
May 7, 2013 @ 11:26am

Fun, quick and flowing to play, with an interesting gimmick, though perhaps not used to its full potential, gameplay-wise.

Husky says ...
May 15, 2013 @ 1:11pm

Pretty cool!
I like the particle effect and your concept!
Great work! :p

Haette says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 12:16am

Please sir, may I have some more?

Orni says ...
May 23, 2013 @ 10:07pm

where's the source though ?

tayl1r says ...
May 25, 2013 @ 12:30am

It's in the same download in the src directory.

Jun 23, 2013 @ 4:00pm

I'm a Linux user and can't run the game. Even wine couldn't make it run. Please use some multiplatform tool next time! When you develop a windows-only software, you obligate your user to purchase the windows thing. And the money is not the problem, the goal is about freedom and break the chains of the microsoft slavery.

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