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Virus LD48

by EmberKirk - 48 Hour Compo Entry

"You're the hottest new virus on the street, aren't you?"

This is an experimental toy about displacement and going beneath the surface cell. The main objective is to clear the board of all Blue and Green Cells without falling out of the organism.

(NOTE: The first few seconds may have a high framerate, this is due to physics attempting to stabilize itself.)

LMB / RMB : Shove / Grab things around you. Doing this may attract the attention of White Cells.
Shift : Expand Size
R : Reset

-Try using a combination of shift and click to move through the environment.
-Red Cells: Idle cells that can be pushed and moved around. They become more difficult to move as you progress down. These become more rigid as you go down further.

-Some cells can be broken from their root by pushing them with enough strength.

-Blue Cells: Increase your strength by 20% when grabbed, allowing you to push Red Cells further.

-Fat Cells: Static Cells that cannot be moved.

-Green Cells: Increase your movement speed by 20%

-White Cells: will be attracted to you if you attempt to grab things around you. If you are touched by a White Cell you will be returned to your spawn location.

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Ditto says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:26pm

An interesting concept, very challenging, but I like the strange way of moving and interacting with the other balls. Very cool!

thephantom says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:46pm

it took me a while to understand the game mechanics , but i didn't understand the game goal yet

EmberKirk says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:45pm

There isn't a finite win state at the moment besides clearing the board of the blue strength cells and the green dexterity cells. That inherently will allow you to fully control the board and will allow you to eventually break cells out of their bindings.

Empyrealhell says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:29am

This is relaxing to play around with. I actually really enjoyed the fact that it had no defined goal.

Cambrian_Man says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:31am

I know it's supposed to be a virus, but I visualized it as rolling around in stacks of Vienna sausages. Definitely feels like a toy that could be made into a game and I feel like it could be pretty fun if it was.

eerongal says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:35am

Interesting game. Wasn't sure what was going on for a bit, took me a while to realize there wasn't really a goal.

Snicklodocus says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:42am

Playing around with the mechanics is fun. I could see this expanded!

yo_milo says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:14am

Interesting, odd game. I really enjoyed it. There is nothing more satisfying than expanding, pushing everything away, shrinking, and slingshotting into the air.

Sadly, I ran out of space to play, luckily, there is a Reset button.

Great game.

EmberKirk says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 5:42am


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