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

Ludum Dare 26 — April 26-29th, 2013
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by oldtopman - 48 Hour Compo Entry

*steps onto stage*
*takes Gamey award from Mike Kasprak*
*applause dies down*
I'd like to thank the Ludum Dare admin team for running such an excellent competition!
I'd also like to thank Twitch for streaming my development, all the people who wrote the tools I used.
Definite thanks to
Humorous thanks to Lenovo, who made an excellent laptop - despite constant threats of overheating.
Most of all, I'd like to thank all of my adoring fans - "The Ascii Guy" loves you!
*blows kiss*

This was a long and hard LD, a bit longer for me than most. At the end of the day, I came out on top of an ascii masterpiece with cinematics that propelled me to such a magnificent position. There were compromises, of course. I would have liked to implement a time limit during the actual gameplay, along with faster and faster requirements, but those weren't in the cards for me.

See you next LD!
*hoists Gamey award in the air*
*thunderous applause*
*steps off of stage*

The game is navigated with the ESDF and space keys, to make it a little easier for my players with foreign layouts.

Don't forget to buy my game here - support indie devs like me!

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Yorwba says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:28pm

The Windows version is broken for me, ntvdm complains about illegal instruction. Also, the .zip is only 1 KiB so probably part of the file is missing.

oldtopman says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:17pm

@Yorwba Not sure what happened there, but the zip was definitely corrupted. Windows build is back up and running. Thanks!

Folis says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:41pm

Console manipulation at it's finest! It was rather short, but I enjoyed what's there!

PsenFilip says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:24pm

Pretty good take on ASCII art. Definitely an all-around minimalistic approach on there.
Short and intriguing.

plash says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:46pm

GET UP! Nice take on minimalism, that's for sure.

BenW says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:23am

I'm digging the ascii art although I'm not sure what's happening at the beginning. It looks like the guy is waking up on top of some robot legs. Nice job making a game with the console.

jayemjee says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:00am

That was... interesting? Very innovative, but I had no idea what was supposed to be happening at any point. I'm not even sure if I saw it all or if I did something wrong.

robcozzens says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 4:41am

Love the ASCII art... not sure I was playing it correctly though.
After awhile it said something like "thanks for playing" and I couldn't continue.

fr_automatik says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 7:16pm

For some reason, I didn't got the menu, and was thrown directly into the game.
Bah, it's a nice game, and thank you for the ESDF layout.

Norgg says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:04pm


Alexander says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 4:02am

This is very cool, so interpretive

Uhfgood says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:07am

Interesting concept although I didn't know what to do half the time. Just started hitting space and before I knew it you were thanking me for playing!

nintendoeats says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 12:12am

I appreciated the aesthetic intellectually, but in practice I found that interpreting what I was looking at took conscious effort. Obviously the gameplay and story are so underdeveloped that I can't comment on those.

I think its really a matter of finding things that are easy to draw in ascii and sticking to them. That will be easier on you AND the player's eyes.

If This were expanded toa full game, it would so be much easier on the eys in full-screen. I know that's alot of work, but...it really would.

Very cool idea, and clearly a good start. Full marks for theme and innovation.

stqn says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 12:43am

I really don't get what the game is. Move to the X and press space? It apparently crashed in an infinite loop at the end (neither ESC nor CTRL-C did work.) The control scheme was confusing, better use the arrow keys for compatibility.

SuperDisk says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 6:05pm

No idea what was going on. What was the actual game? What is life?

Really though, I couldn't figure out how to play the level with the spheres and the X's, so I randomly mashed keys until the cursor was on the right one.

Also: Is this actually a console? If so, nice work!

cardboard says ...
May 19, 2013 @ 5:20am

Interesting! I'm not sure I understood what was going on, but it was interesting nonetheless. Your ASCII art is good and the gameplay was interesting, although lacking. I always look forward to seeing your entries.

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