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Surface Dwellers and Pit People

by Joseph Miller - 48 Hour Compo Entry

The pink surface dwellers always walk right, and prefer to exit the screen above the surface. The green pit people always walk left and prefer to exit the screen below the surface. You gain points for manipulating the platforms so that the people exit on their preferred level.

Left/right - Select platform
Up/down - Move selected platform up or down.

The game ends when there are 30 people on the screen. The quicker you help them leave the screen, the longer you can play. See how high of a score you can get!

I got 960 on my last playthrough, it took about 5 minutes.

Made in about 5 or 6 hours with Stencyl. I had a busy weekend :)

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Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:45am

Interesting idea.

moonmagic says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:51am

This is cute! I wish it wasn't so easy to score points; after I raised the center bars to make a mountain, I just had to sit back and wait for the people to spawn and I didn't really have to raise or lower the side bars very often.

nesis says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:18am

A nice idea, the gameplay gets pretty frantic (and fun!) once the little guys start piling up onto each other and you need to start thinking of how to juggle them across platforms. Good effort for the time you had available to put into it.

DrPrettyPatty says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:59am

Awesome! The gameplay is really unique, it's a great game to zone out to.

Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:34pm

Simple but interesting mechanic, could see it working well on a mobile.

MikeyPB says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:39pm

Neat idea! I found balancing and juggling the guys quite fun, where they had battles fighting each other which I was forced to try to resolve! Pretty innovative mechanic :)

microapple says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:46pm

Interesting game mechanic. Like others have said, this would probably be cool to play on mobile.

sam101 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:53pm

Simple concept, but well executed !

DesignerNap says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:21pm

had fun with this. Nice execution. good work.

ccglp says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:56pm

Game mechanic is very original, and the difficult have good design, good work!

ThingoStudios says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:40pm

I found it really fun to try to get the pink people to fall beneath the blocks and crush them. But actually playing the game as it was meant to be played was kind of frustrating. You probably could have made it more clear what you were supposed to be doing in-game, though. Color the arrows green and pink, respectively! Make the screen rumble when the screen is almost filled! As of right now it's really bland. But the core gameplay is simple and (hypothetically at least) fun!

Joseph Miller says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 2:04am

@ThingoStudio: If you found a way to enjoy it other than how I intended, I count that as an extra win :)

Good suggestions about goals and gamestate feedback, I think devs (including myself) tend to assume that the goals/game state are obvious since we designed it, but more feedback is always good.

pvwradtke says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 12:27am

That was fun, loved the mechanics. Seemed obvious at first, but had a hidden depth that I didn't anticipated. Also, being able to make character walk over other was a nice touch. Congratulations.

M4rw4 says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 12:33am

Very nice idea and graphics

poxpoxpox says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 8:18am

Fun! Nice idea.

mrexcessive says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:35pm

Hi. Interesting idea. Shame no sound. Negative points can accumulate surprisingly quickly !

Rick Hoppmann says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 7:55pm

I think the core game mechanic would work better if you could drag the blogs with your mouse. It would feel more intuitive, direct and allow more fast paced gameplay.
It also would be interesting to have a NPC changing directions of NPC he meets on the way. And some visible effect when a creature leaves at the wrong level (explosions! :D).

All in all a great idea, which needs some more variety and an other control scheme.

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