December 13th-16th 2013 :: Theme: You Only Get One

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Watch Out for Bears

by bakpakin - Jam Entry

Wow. I did it. I made my first Ludum dare game. WOOHOO!! I wanted to submit it for the compo, but reality had different ideas. I might have been able to submit it for the compo, but it wasn't really done and I wanted to sort of finish it. I made it using eclipse for programming (java), Pixelmator for art (a great photoshop clone for mac), and Bfxr for some simple sound effects.

Watch Out for Bears is a weird little game in which you hunt for berries while avoiding bears. It only loosely follows the theme of "you only get one", as you can only carry around one of three tools at any given time. I didn't really like the theme, but thats a poor excuse for not having goods ideas. The game came out pretty well, however, despite poor planning and time management.

Please play and critique; I'm new to this so any comments would greatly appreciated.

Run the downloaded jar from the same directory as the /res folder. I didn't properly manage the resources. To run, simply double click the jar file after unzipping the download. It should work on mac, windows and linux with the same file, but I haven't tested it on anything but a mac air. Windows users especially, please report obvious bugs, such as black screen, player not in window, etc.

-Requires a java runtime environment to run.

Downloads and Links




zconnelly13 says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:14am

Does not appear to be working on my mac OSX 10.8.5 : / saaaadface. I open it and it just opens to a back screen

bakpakin says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:07am

are you opening the file from the same directory as the res folder?

01rafael says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:38am

Do you have a web versoin?

Seigeengine says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 5:08am

A rather quirky and aesthetically pleasing game that's both simple and satisfying. I approve wholly.

Lyje says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:02am

Pretty good! Nice presentation, although some issues with the text at the upper left in-game (disappears behind some world elements). Fun idea, implemented well.

Norgg says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:13pm

Nice little game. Found it a bit frustrating that the berries were sometimes hidden under a tree.

HuvaaKoodia says ...
Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:13pm

It's not and untitled alpha. Points for that.

In fact It's a very well polished game, apart from the hud text glitch and the audio assets.

Gameplay wise I find the adherence to the jam theme to be a hindrance. Having only one tool at hand meant that I exclusively used the berry bucket and dodged the bears with superior agility (a bear would catch a man in RL no doubt).

Another annoyance is the classic "Only one collectible left. Have fun trying to find it!" problem.

In short the gameplay should be more interesting in some way.

I suggest adding light and dark mechanics. Raiding the berries at night with a flash light, which attracts bears if turned on, only having to collect as many berries as you want, for a score, in a bigger forest would solve aforementioned problems. Carrying multiple tools is something to consider as well.

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