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The Follower

by Christina Antoinette Neofotistou - Jam Entry

Populous, Terraria, From Dust, Dungeon Keeper, Diggers 2: Extractors. If you know all these games, then you know what this is about.

The time is The Stone Age! You are a deity, with powers beyond comprehension, but these days people are sparse. You only get one Follower, Tanri.

You two need to work together to make it.
Controls: WASD keys and mouse

WHAT'S IN THE GAME ***********************

A full terraria-like engine to handle terrain.
A sandbox tutorial level.

Your follower can eat, dig, and pray to create mana. You can create earth to build stuff, by using up "Matter" or by using up "Mana". Matter is the earth you've already dug up. Mana comes from making Tanri pray at the altar. If you have no matter, mana will be used instead, but matter will always be used first.

When you're building, beware of earthquakes, single earth tiles come crashing down.

WHAT IS PLANNED ***********

- animation and eyecandy ( I restrained myself this time! )
- claim the wheat and the altar, so they can produce food and mana even when you're not there. When you *are* there of course, your production doubles.
- build new rooms
- give Tanri some more AI. Choosing what tiles to dig has already been more difficult than I anticipated, and it isn't working 100%. I'd like her to have some more agency, climb single steps on her own, and if she has no orders, try to go and feed herself, or pray.
- Battles with dinos, turn-based
- If your one follower dies, and you have the mana, you can reincarnate her, instead of losing all your stats.

27 Dec 2013: made a lava engine which can create ground tiles.


I never want to stop doing LDs!!!

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the says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 10:51am

Nice art. Refers to Populous game series.

Lacutis says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 1:48am

Nice game, the animation stopped sometimes on the follower but its a nice take on the theme.
Good job with the mechanics although the follower dies of hunger really easy.

scoopsy says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 1:50am

Neat! I found it a bit hard to play - the dialogs often seemed to disappear before I could read them and my follower died of hunger often. Love the style though, would love to see more of it!

Lyje says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 1:51am

Graphics are really nice, but didn't really get what to do beyond eating and praying.

LD_LAN_Party says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 1:53am

Its OK. Building games are not really my thing.

BrothersT says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:01am

nice graphics. made a very lovely cavelady out of about 1 1/2 pixels. Impressive :P

Switchbreak says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:02am

Nice art, though I couldn't figure out what to do after the tutorial so I built myself a little house around the food dispenser.

BrothersT says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:04am

Don't know why that sent.. anyway, lovely colours, I really do love all the graphics. I wonder if you'll flesh this out more, it's a fantastic start.

dremelofdeath says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:07am

I didn't really get what I was supposed to do... I found it too easy to get Tanri stuck in a lot of weird places, and my screen for some reason wouldn't stop shaking. (I could fix it by clicking Center Follower.) Tanri seemed like she got hungry WAY too fast. Really liked the audio and graphics, though. Looks like it has a ton of potential.

Alink says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 2:11am

Love the idea, but not enough gameplay right now. Just adding something to mine underground would be enough. That said, this genre is ambitious for a 48H game, but the current stuff is well done.

Little bug report: got a permanent earthquake because I did something with UI during one.

Venks says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 4:23am

This is absolutely amazing. As a die-hard Populous fan, I am always on the lookout for games with tribal and Shaman-istic themes. I gotta say there are heartbreakingly few, but playing this really filled me with hope. You haven't done much size-wise, but content-wise it's all there; the mana, the food, you being God and supporting your one faithful Shaman as she tries to start afresh.
I can't even begin to imagine how amazing this could be with a bigger team and more time; putting more focus in simulation+exploration+survival is a combo just too could to be true.
Damn, I don't even care about LudumDare anymore. I just want to see this game succeed and want you to know you have my full support.
The sprite-art is gorgeous, could use more depth/contrast with the colours.
The UI is wonderful, tutorial was super easy to understand. Seeing the bread and mana swirls pop up and float above the object you are "harvesting" is both pretty and emphasises the point.
Clicking and dragging works smoothly with the keyboard and mouse combo.
My main gripe is that the earthquake is glitchy as hell, but for the time you had I'm blown away.

As I was saying before, I would do anything to make this game become a fully-fleshed out reality that all us Populous and tribal fans so desperately need in this current generation.

insane66 says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 4:32am

Good start to what could be a massive game. Tough to keep hold of your follower when trying to move her around something you are building - she kept getting knocked out of my hand. Fun!

Hyde Wyvern says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 4:53am

It was really nice! I'll be looking forward to the full version I love this kind of games!

ehtd says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 5:25am

Nice art. I would like to move the follower instead of dragging.

Dec 18, 2013 @ 5:53am

The art here is F*ing amazing. Making a building game in 48 hours is real hard. There are so many diverse mechanics you have to make. You got real far in the allotted time. I really like dragging the follower around. Games with followers and minions are great. I think the tutorial could use some work. It disappeared before i had a chance to read most of it. Like some other people mentioned I think you need a few more building or follower mechanics before it starts to feel solid. Nice Start. If I could I would rate the art more than 5. Its pretty awesome.

Enneract says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:22am

Really nice art. It would be cool to see this developer further, things like random generated worlds and minerals that you can mine would be really cool.

deathray says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:52am

I love this concept, I just wish there were more to the game. Your art style is truly amazing, and your list of inspirational games is great. I hope you keep making game and do a kickstarter eventually

feiss says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 8:00am

Gorgeous art, quite ambitious gameplay, some bugs, and great concept (stone age, you only have one follower! brilliant XD )

Ithildin says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:23am

Love the art and music. They're fantastic!
Gameplay has a lot of potential, and the references you mention are already tempting for me, so keep at it!. As for things to improve, I had some issues with the camera, and after unlocking the "Create" tool I wasn't too sure of what to do next, so I just sent my follower to dig around.

Amazing job, keep at it! The planned features sound great :)

TheWhiteLlama says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 1:00pm

Wow! Such a nice game in the short time! Makes fun! I think we both had some problems of the collision modell in our games :D sometimes the character is getting stuck in the tunnels. But all in all, very very good!

Dec 18, 2013 @ 6:04pm

Really cool little game engine you have here, great potential!

Carduus says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:10pm

Hell Yeah great potential ! It seems you are more comfortable with construct!
Nice job Graphist-dev buddy :)

Ludipe says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:25pm

It's looks very promising, there's not much to do right now but it'd be great as a full game, every Populous fan is gonna love this.

Nelien says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:19am

I would love to play a longer, more feature full version of this game! Please do keep developing it! Populous used to be one of my favourite games and I'm a strong follower of Molyneux sill today. Excellent entry! If only it was a bit longer...

KunoNoOni says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:33am

Even though there isn't much gameplay I was entranced with what was there. So much so that I died of hunger! LOL :) Please flesh this out more, you've got an awesome game here. Loved the music and your art is top notch!

kewry says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:34am

Nice game! love the artwork style and music is neat! Would love to see more of this in the future!

javifugitivo says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:21am

Woooah! Nice art! Is very cute! Awsome.. The giant magic bone.. everithing! Nice concept! Really! Five stars for graphics! Thats beatiful.

AtomicVikings says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:36am

The Graphics are awesome! The game was also fun, but mooving throw the map was realy hard for me!

Diptoman says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 5:23pm

Sooo, eat pray love? :D Nice! Has potential, keep working on it!

JohnnySix says ...
Dec 21, 2013 @ 2:24pm

Don't know how you did all this in three days, but epic work, really love the fact you managed to integrate so much and in such a polished way, bitwise tilemaps, gorgeous pixel art and music. Look forward to seeing more!

Dec 22, 2013 @ 5:14am

nice game :) .. took me awhile to get going tho.. i loved the music :)

Kyatric says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 2:30pm

Great job, as you can see in the comments, there is a difference between players who had played god games before and those who didn't ^^

For the first ones, all the mechanics are there and easy to comprehend, for the others, there is a little bit of time/confusion as to "what do I do ?".

But as most of the comments, I concur that the art/audio/mood is really nice, I commend you on the technical realisation during the jam's period and support you in continuing your effort on the making of that game.
It fits nicely the theme as well, one follower, good idea, good start.

It's more a proof of concept than an actual game at the moment but good job anyway Christina, congratulations ;)

Dec 22, 2013 @ 3:19pm

@scoopsy: thank you, I'm fixing the dialogs as we speak
@Lyje : you're right, I ran out of time
@BrothersT : haha thank you! Yes I'm remaking the engine as we speak, and then I'll start adding to it
@Dremelofdeath : you're quite right. Will work on those!
@Venks : Aww thank you so much! I'm doing it at the moment. What would you like to see more of? Exploration (digging), survival? What aspects of Populous2 and From Dust would you like to see?
insane66 : Thank you! Yeah she does that, it's because I wasn't smart enough and let her have collisions enabled while dragging. I found a fix for that.
McDonaldsWizard : Thank you so much, and you're absolutely right about the tutorial
Enneract: Got it! Thank you!
Carduus: thank you!
Ludipe : thank you, let's hope so
Nelien : Aww thank you, I will do my best!
KunoNoOni: such a nice comment! I will work on it!
kewry: will do!
Javifugitivo: thank you!
AtomicVikings: I get it, you're right.
Diptoman: right on! Thank you!
JohnnySix: thank you! I'll do my best, promise
howieV: thanks so much!
Kyatric: thank you!! I didn't know you did LDs! I'll go check your stuff right now! Agreed, this is a proof of concept, I hope to make it something more soon

AMSmirnov says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 7:57pm

Nice game. I think you need more tutorial in the beginning. Without it, difficult to understand what you must do.

lotusgame says ...
Dec 23, 2013 @ 9:34am

Very cute sandbox game :) Too bad i felt alone after a while. With the goal of helping a tribe, it could be excellent because it's very moody. Great job :) Oh i forget to mention that music is perfect. Did you make it ?

Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:00am

@AMSmirnov understood!

@lotusgame : Yes I did. Thank you!

gre says ...
Dec 24, 2013 @ 12:26pm

Interesting concept, nice graphics, would deserve a bit more gameplay.

local minimum says ...
Dec 26, 2013 @ 3:15pm

I much appreciated how different this game was to most I've rated so far. I also never got to play Populous as a kid because it wouldn't start on our PC way back when. A technical comment, sometimes when the mighty hand is grabbing the follower and the screen starts scrolling the hand sprite and follower sprite gets separated.

postmodestie says ...
Dec 27, 2013 @ 1:56pm

Rated pretty high, but mostly because it looks so cute and i like the genre in principle.

Dec 30, 2013 @ 6:27pm

Great work ! Really good job with such little time. The idea is very interesting, a god game from a 2d perspective. I hope you will continue to develop it ! I also saw your lava engine, the way the lava move and turn into stone, great job !

taocayo says ...
Dec 31, 2013 @ 4:44am

Whoa, the pixel art on this one made me check your other submissions. It's really good!. I'm not sure if the earthquakes work as a gameplay mechanic. Reminds me of when Endermen where first introduced in Minecraft and started destroying everything making everyone upset.

The environment dangers (like dinos or lava) sound fun and have a lot of potential to differentiate the game from other sandboxes.

Your lava engine looks really cool! did you write it from scratch? I would love to read more on how it works.

Dec 31, 2013 @ 12:27pm

Thanks people! <3

@taocayo: Thanks for the kind words. The earthquake was just an incentive for having a well-built home that won't be destroyed, but I didn't have time to fix it.

Yes I wrote my lava engine from scratch in Scirra Construct 2 . You can check out the source here:

It's basically made with metaballs

ratboy2713 says ...
Jan 1, 2014 @ 10:16pm

The animation on the follower stuck after I picked her up, and sometimes she wouldn't move. Also, the tutorial items would flash too quickly (perhaps they thought I clicked on them when I was trying to move my follower)

Jan 2, 2014 @ 12:02am

@ratboy2713 thank you for the bug report, will see how I can fix those

Sebastian says ...
Jan 3, 2014 @ 9:43am

Gameplay is a bit limited, but the concept is really cool. I had some issues with my camera at times, but no big deal. Graphics are pretty well done.

Jan 3, 2014 @ 12:39pm

Amazing graphics and very nice music! Please finish this to a complete game!

rincewind_cz says ...
Jan 3, 2014 @ 11:22pm

Really liked the audio and graphics.. This style of gameplay isn't my cup of tea though.. but overall it's nice :)

lowcade says ...
Jan 4, 2014 @ 1:05am

Great concept and art. I want to see this game more polished in the future =)

Jan 7, 2014 @ 1:02am

Thank you very much for your comment, it's really appreciated ! I am developing a new version with a better collision handling system ;)

Jan 7, 2014 @ 1:17am

archeometrician: It is needed! It's going to make this so much cooler <3

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