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

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First, You Take A Potato

by KevinZuhn - Jam Entry

First, You Take A Potato is about a robot named POT4 whose sole function is to take and then put down potatoes. It is a simple life, but is it a good one?

I made this together with Chris Stallman. We used GameMaker, sfxr, musagi, and Photoshop!

There is a way to win this game. Think minimally.


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Kinzata says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:19pm

HAHAHAHA! I love the humor here :) Great short little story :D

FloatingGhost says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:22pm

Wat. Did I just win by doing nothing?

Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:23pm

It's a very well made game, good job.

Gama11 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:24pm

Haha, this is awesome. Love the humour, the graphics, the atmosphere and the music. Can't really say it doesn't fit the theme, either.

The ending / what happened when I stopped playing to write this comment really surprised me. Really like the message there. Awesome! :D

Gameplay-wise, I think it'd been more entertaining / kept me playing for longer if the messages you get as a "reward" weren't randomized (of course that'd have to be done once you run out of messages). That way, it'd feel like there's actually some sort of progression.

HeyChinaski says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:08pm

I had to read the comments to realise that there was an alternative to taking a potato. Very clever and suitably minimal. Gorgeous graphics too.

Devon says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:25pm

Great animation and story. [SPOILERS] I love these post-simon-says games. Is there a genre-name for them I'm missing? Mondo Medicals, Simony, Pop, etc. are all great critiques of simon says.

Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:31am

XD That is all 5/5

Ryusui says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:33pm

That was brilliant. I loved the way the voice on the radio got more upset each time you stopped work.

onzephyr says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:21am

great idea and story. Well done

lathomas64 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:23am

NO YOU take a potato! haha ^_^

TheBenjaneer says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:24am

This game has some serious charm. I love the take on minimalism both with the design and the win-game-scenario.
Fantastic story.

kibertoad says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:25am

Excellent art and great mood, thumbs up!

CNIAngel says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:40am

Fun game. I love how you win in this. Graphics are beautiful and the humor was great.

May 1, 2013 @ 12:16pm

This was really well done, okay it's short and there isn't much to do, but it was hilarious!

May 2, 2013 @ 2:53pm

Gorgeous. Sometimes the biggest changes come from refusing to participate any longer. Thank you!

Tyro says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:58pm

Never before has taking potatoes been so wonderfully pixeled.

mortl8324 says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:09pm

VERY funny game. Loved it.

May 2, 2013 @ 3:09pm

Yaaayy graphics :DD
Also.. YOU take a potato!

TheCze says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:33pm

Great game one of the best I've seen so far.

kddekadenz says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:47pm

The screen after the loading bar stays white when running on Linux using Wine. That always happens for me trying games made with Gamemaker - is yours made with it?

KevinZuhn says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 4:18pm

To kddekadenz, yes we used Gamemaker, and I'm very sorry that it isn't working for you.
To everybody, thank you for the comments and feedback! We're glad you liked it, short as it is.

kannas says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:27pm

TAKE. A. POTATO. This game was ....well....not exactly a game... but it was one of the best i played so far on the Ludum Dare! (wat?) It was a very smart use of the theme and the non-theme. Also, i easily fall in love with peoples that do amazing pixel art. So you just earned a new fan ;D

kyyninen says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:52pm

I'd make a comment about beautiful animation but first I have to take this potato.

Boiúna says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 12:08am

WOW! What a message, uh? The game surprised me a bit. Good job.

axcho says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 7:07am

Very nice. I should mention that for a long time I saw the text as coming from the other robot in the middle of the screen. But it didn't really detract from the experience.

Were you intentionally going for a "notgame" approach? :)

Idovoodoo says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 8:09am

Hahaha, this is awesome. Jubilation XD well done!!

Dir3kt says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 8:10am

Deep gameplay with so many choices. This is awesome :)

Orni says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 2:27pm

I love it - one of my favourites this LD !

very well done guys :D

DaanVanYperen says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 7:19pm

Nice gritty atmosphere. Kinda wish to know what happens if I reach 1000. @_@ TAKE POTATO. TAKE POTATO. TAKE POTATO.

SonnyBone says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 8:24pm

Perfect use of the theme. The only game so far where doing absolutely nothing gets you the victory. ULTIMATE MINIMALISM!

zkenshin says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 10:34pm

Really nice job. :)

Armix says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 10:55pm

The humor is this game is astoundingly brilliant. I love how people such as yourself still seriously considered the theme "Potato" when developing for "Minimalism". Awesome stuff; would be cool if you added some audio though, and perhaps made a Mac port, because I played through an emulator (I let nothing stop me from playing this game!)

sudorossy says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 9:03pm

Good game. Simple and fun. It took me 8 potatoes before I realised.

FunByJohn says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 3:46pm

Graphics and music were both awesome, and really fitting!

Jeremias says ...
May 7, 2013 @ 7:39pm

Oh yeah, that was awesome! The atmosphere, the use of both themes, the visuals and music. Just great. Sadly that you can't track how many potatoes every player took... that would be an interesting statistic.

Benjamin says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 3:39pm

Hey super nice design and story. I just regret the lack of interractivity even if It was the core idea I guess. Maybe a small escape sequence from the factory would have been enough.

MinionStudios says ...
May 13, 2013 @ 3:30am


VDZ says ...
May 19, 2013 @ 5:33pm

Short, simple and impactful. Great graphics and audio, too.

KevinZuhn says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 3:53am

Thank you everybody for playing and voting! We're happy that you liked our potato-taking adventure, and Chris and I hope to bring you more great games in the future!

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