Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend — Theme: Beneath the Surface

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by frankd0331 - Jam Entry

Move: WASD, Arrows, or ZQSD (I think)
Interact: Space

By: Frank Dudek

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Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:27am

Pretty fun, reminds me of Verge by Kpulv. The health mechanic seems a little punishing especially considering you can't tell ahead of time where you need to go by looking into the underground world. Often you'll need to speculatively waste a health to look, then restart once you know which way to go.

cr2crstudios says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:30am

Awesome concept, well implemented! Like it a lot!

Armanky says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:42am

I thought this was going to be a basic platformer, but the swapping mechanic came out of nowhere and really surprised me. There are some really cool ideas with the color-swapping going on here.

Seems like an odd choice making down the jump button for orange, and your acceleration seems to be backwards once you're upside down. Otherwise, fun idea, nice game.

TheDreik says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:01am

Good idea with changing color by lose overall health. Beat this game, but somehow I won without defeating boss.

Ludonaut says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:53pm

Cool concept. Reminds me of ibb and obb. Good work. :)

Afal says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:55pm

I like the upside down platform world mechanic, but like others have said, the health is very punishing :(

frankd0331 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:25pm

Wow, thanks for the comments everyone. Sorry about the health system, I should've put more thought into it and focused its purpose more (among other things).

Lucio says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:06pm

well done, sir!

Recon says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:13pm


stvr says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:24pm

Really innovative, and there's a nice "show not tell" aspect in the second level. A nice gradual addition of elements keeps things fresh, but it is a bit buggy (I beat the last level several times without doing anything).

01010111 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:55pm

I really like the way this plays, the momentum felt really great!

Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:24pm

Really fun. Love the art. The player looks so cool. I love how you can go underground are stand upside-down, its cool. Good job!

csanyk says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 1:48am

I like the mirror-ed worlds concept, but not taking damage just for switching from one to the other. It's a bit glitchy. I got stuck in walls a few times, and had a hard time figuring out where I was appearing on the other side sometimes.

Cash says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:24pm

It's a good game but that jump sound effect destroyed my ears

TheGreenTie says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:29pm

Pretty fun, reminds me of one of my games.
I really don't get why I would receive damage for changing surfaces or why I can't jump with the same button on both surfaces. But overall it's pretty nice!

kill0u says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 5:35pm

Great concept, but controls are.. hmm.. weird =/

Xaychru04 says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 4:00pm

Clever concept, I didn't like the graphism, but the level design was great and it was fun to play. :)

M4rw4 says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:53am

nice idea and simple, i like the idea of using the gravity, good work :)

Rad Star says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 1:44pm

Nice concept !

magicspark says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 2:22pm

Good game overall, original inversion mechanism! I think the health punishing is good, but you should add a key for restarting the level. I got stuck in the level where you have to shoot red balls into blue walls, since when I was too close to the blue wall, the red ball went through and I had no way to restart the level or to die.

May 8, 2014 @ 7:13am

This is a brilliant concept! Nice work getting the "flinging" feel nice :D

joe40001 says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 7:49pm

I liked it, but I think the boss is glitched, you don't seem to have to hurt him to leave the last level and win.

May 14, 2014 @ 5:34am

Very cool idea. It's crazy how hard it is once you go upside down.

ChuiGum says ...
May 14, 2014 @ 5:47am

Very innovative! I love the idea! Very fun puzzles too, this is one of the few games I played for a really long time. Great job!

KeyMaster says ...
May 15, 2014 @ 9:30pm

The swapping mechanic really pleasently surprised me! If you will develop this further I would take out the health mechanic (at least for the swapping) and make the enemies less difficult (I could only get through the first two levels with enenmies)
Overall really great concept and well executed. There's potential here :)

Managore says ...
May 17, 2014 @ 1:11am

Falling down into the other world for the first time was a very pleasant surprise! Unlike a lot of other people I think the health loss is a good way to add a layer of complexity to the game, and even if I didn't know what was on the other side the level layout was often enough for me guess where I would have to jump down.

How you played with color was interesting as well. Having a sort of matter/anti-matter system where opposite colors cause damage felt more intuitive than I would have guessed. One thing that bothered me was that when I held a ball and turned around the character would move slightly and this often caused me to fall off ledges. Other than that, great game!

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