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Bowerbird Quest

by mcapraro - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is Bowerbird Quest! You are a lowly bowerbird and you need to find a mate. She will tell you what you need to decorate your love nest, go and find the items (in the right order) and return to the nest to see of you have won her heart.

Edit: thanks for all the comments/feedback! The idea was based on "you get only on... true love" and then i thought about the bowerbirds and then this game emerged ;) I had originally had it where if you fail on a level you have to start over (so you get only one chance as well) but it seemed too hard, but now i'm thinking of changing it back...

There aren't any sounds. i had planned for some but ran out of time. hopefully i can add some later and release this somewhere :)

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mcapraro says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 1:35am

This was my first Ludum Dare and it was super fun and exciting. My son (9yo) also participated and built his own game (in Scratch).

To build this i used:

Art: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash

Code: FDT, Adobe AIR, Flash, CitrusEngine

Sound: Adobe Audition

ian_snyder says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:25am

Nice entry! I really love the art style :)

DaanVanYperen says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:33am

It might be because it's almost 6am, but I can stare at that hopping all day. Teehee! *hophophop* and back *hophophop*

apwolf says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:54am

Very nice game! Try and make it a one-button game, I bet you can.

SilentBunny says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:56am

pretty birdie. heads up that you need to collect things in the particular order, stung me my first playthrough.

Danman9914 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:58am

The art is simple yet very visually pleasing. I don't see how the theme applies here but the game mechanic is successfully executed.

ParaPup says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:00am

This was great it was flawless and was simple.

madjackmcmad says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:00am

Awesome work! Found myself laughing at the ladybird when she couldn't deal with an extra stick, come on lady look at the nest, you know we're gonna need it anyway.

Bloated Hippo says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:00am

This is gorgeous.

ENDESGA says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:14am

Art is very pretty :) Niiice!

Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:37am

Loved the art style. Really fantastic.

funselektor says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:57am

Reminds me of paper art, way to go with the graphics!

OnlySlightly says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:26am

Beautiful aesthetic!

Piat says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:08am

Great style, interesting take on a memory puzzle game. I didn't read the right order bit too haha. Would really come alive with some SFX.

ashen says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:52am

A fun memory based game. Really liked the art style. The blinking bird is a great touch. Well done!

Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:07am

This is really nice. And as Piat said: Just a couple of sound effects could have improved it quite a bit.

xk says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:14am

I relly liked the game! Aesthetics are great and mechanics is simple but entertaining. Some sound effects would add up so much to the atmosphere though. Great job!

Raphy says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:04pm

Hey, I'm not too fund of memory games but I like the mix with the platformer !
I also like the look and athmosphere. Oh and one little thing, I found that the camera is kindda too "centered", it happened to me several times to bump into an item cause I didn't have time to react. (but maybe it's because i'm dumb :D )

Gravedrinker says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:30pm

Really cool game and a nice twist on the memory concept.

mcapraro says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:36pm

thanks so much for all the feedback everyone! yes, sound would have been awesome! i totally wanted to add sound but suddenly looked up to see time running out :) i will definitely be finishing this off so keep the comments coming!

jerombd says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:36pm

Pretty graphics! Too bad there are no sounds^^

Kep says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:48am

Very innovative. I just wish I could drop stuff.

zzzev says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:37am

Fantastic art. It's a little too easy to pick up things by accident, but I suppose that's part of the challenge. The general mood is great, adding some calm music + little sfx would really take it to the next level. Love the background effect too. (Also your kid's off to a great early start)

@TeddyNashor says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:54am

Idk mcapraro, I think your son has you beat ;). Nothing cooler then a dad and his son making a game together. Glad you guys are joining the LD community. Thanks for the games :D!

mcapraro says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:43am

thanks for the comments and the warm welcome to the community, my son and i cant wait for the next LD!

ryann says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 7:14am

It's kind of annoying how you can't drop things but I guess I should be more careful with my jumping. The artwork is incredible.

michail says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:31pm

Nice artwork. You wrote something about sounds in this game, but I don't hear any - is it correct?

mcapraro says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:47pm

correct, i ran out of time for adding sound :(

chiguireitor says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:01pm

The art style seems great. Could do with a little better controls, but feels nice

Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:07pm

Pretty nice. The graphical style was great. Gameplay wise it was alright, but there needs to be a way to quickly restart the round or drop items, the controls are clunky and it's easy to accidentally pick up incorrect items.

JaJ says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:19pm

The jumping was a bit unpredictable. I loved the artstyle especially,very charming!

raarlac says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 3:25pm

The idea was well implemented and the graphics were amazing, but i didn't like the theme usage

Ras Lyon says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 3:55pm

Ha! I love the idea! Really great color and design.

Dec 18, 2013 @ 9:11pm

nice art

local minimum says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:16pm

Superb graphics, and great walk-jumping of the bird. (Of course an extra star for it being bowerbird-themed). The obvious things to add would be some music, a different sprite for flight, and maybe the bird should just jump around in place when the user is not doing anything (because that jumping was so good).

anapff says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 2:02am

This is adorable! Love the art!

hadesfury says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 10:03pm

Art is great ... game is really hard !

Harsay says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 11:40pm

I love these graphics.

marccspro says ...
Dec 21, 2013 @ 1:50pm

Very nice game with nice graphics !

grozamorei says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 9:06am

liked it. high rates just because woman behavior is illustrated 100% accurately. this other bird is a bitch.

Jerre says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 3:38pm

Nice art, the female bird is a bit demanding ;). Also when you picked an incorrect item it is not nice that you first have to walk back. Overall a fun game!

Dec 23, 2013 @ 12:29am

I love the graphics of this game.

van noctar says ...
Dec 23, 2013 @ 1:20pm

Parallax is very fun! THe gameplay is good! And this is a good serious game for memory! :D

Crabman says ...
Dec 23, 2013 @ 9:01pm

Nice! That controls pretty well, and I like how the bird's heart is broken if you mess up. :D Idealized you a bit there, huh? ;)

Dec 24, 2013 @ 3:25pm

Nice graphics :) The idea is original, funny ! The control are a little hard, so it add to the challenge. Great work!!

multikorv says ...
Dec 28, 2013 @ 6:11pm

Really nice idea! Like it, nice and moody. The work seems solid, good work!

Snuti says ...
Dec 29, 2013 @ 6:55pm

Beautiful game and brilliant concept. It would have been nice with some music but overall, really fun game to play :)

patrickgh3 says ...
Jan 3, 2014 @ 3:48am

Love the art and the setting.

Diptoman says ...
Jan 3, 2014 @ 11:48am

Wow, the origami style graphics were awesome. Had fun playing this. The only downside was that the camera didn't show too much in the direction you were moving, so came down to either be slow and careful or inevitably pick up wrong stuff. But I liked this game pretty much.

Techblogogy says ...
Jan 4, 2014 @ 6:36pm

This is just a fantastic game. Love it! Definitely one of my favorites.

Jan 4, 2014 @ 8:24pm

Fun game, great graphics, well done! I included it in my Ludum Dare 28 compilation video series, if you'd like to take a look :)

mcapraro says ...
Jan 5, 2014 @ 4:28am

haha, thanks Jupiter for giving it a go! thanks everyone for your great feedback!

Jod says ...
Jan 5, 2014 @ 8:56am

I really enjoyed this one, super cute!

Jan 5, 2014 @ 11:43am

Nice game and graphics. Has issues though. That you can't drop along with not always being able to see makes for weird combo... You often loose for reasons unrelated to you -_- You just did not see...
Also it would have benefited greatly from some ambient forest background sounds.

Still nice graphics and idea :)

mortus says ...
Jan 5, 2014 @ 12:11pm

Cool mood and cute graphics! Given more time it could become a great atmospheric find-and-bring kind of game (if you add flying of course).

nyrrrr says ...
Jan 5, 2014 @ 1:35pm

I like it. The graphics style is cool :)
Unfortunately you didn't add sound to it

rezoner says ...
Jan 6, 2014 @ 10:06am

Oh, that's a touching story :) Pretty artstyle

zeal says ...
Jan 6, 2014 @ 10:07pm

Nice memory game concept. A very well made entry overall.

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