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

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by VanMerwan - 48 Hour Compo Entry

About something beautiful from Mother Nature.
Switch between the Fungus and the Beetle.
Feed the babies!


You can not see the level and change the direction at the same time.
Switch between them by pressing SPACE, then wait 3 seconds.
The fungus controls the direction and the speed of the beetle.
The beetle is hypersensitive, so don't put the orange cursor too far from the center.
Make the beetle roll over all the nests to infest them.
The key skill in this game is anticipation.

Controls : SPACE to validate, switch
Fungus mode (brain) : UP, RIGHT, DOWN, LEFT

For Windows, you need the XNA Redistributable (see download links) but you should already have it if you are a real gamer.
For Mac OS/X, you need the Mono Runtime (see download links).

Made by me and my body with CraftStudio.
CraftStudio is a multiplayer game for making games :

Thank you if you read this and if you want/played my game.
Consider commenting below, I will be grateful. :)

Downloads and Links




Skywilly says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:13pm

Great idea, really smart & a original gameplay. Congrats !

DanDias says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:37am

This is an awesome, unique idea! Having to control one aspect (movement or sight) or another makes for some really interesting decisions. I enjoyed it a lot!

I did have an issue where it would crash sometimes. Seemed to be when it played a dying sound. But since I was dying anyway... :)

SuperIzzo says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:47am

Very cool and funny concept, definitely worth exploring further.

There is a tiny problem with design as it currently is though. At the moment slow and stead wins the race, the slower you move the less significant the delay between switching modes is and as there is no pressure on players the obvious winning strategy is to take your time (which however isn't very fun). Adding a time limit or something dynamic to the scene (like moving predictors, competitors or moving platforms) should should take care of that.

VanMerwan says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:00pm

Bugfix: No more crashes. :)

Neonlare says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:08pm

Very fascinating concept as a game, pretty damn enjoyable! Really. really clever and damn innovative, cheers for this!

Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:08pm

The graphical style is awesome! Great job.

Moosefly says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:28pm

Game with a cordyceps theme? Count me in!

Interesting control-scheme, although it did favor going slow and steady like SuperIzzo already mentioned.

Liked the graphics, the ambient background sound and also the sound effects too, good job!

Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:32pm

I'm too inpatient for this kind of game I guess... But I finished the game and had some fun, actually wanted more...
Awesome idea that is nicely done! =)
Bonus for theme, more innovative than a fishing/mining game with a biological infestation thingy, things happening between the surface. =D

I would appreciate some kind of indication on the "transition"-screen that indicated what mode I changed to/from, as it was possible to regret the transition and get back... But maybe it's just me that is tired and confused?

Cirrial says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 2:48pm

A really creative idea and interesting interpretation of the theme! Switching could have been a little quicker, I feel, given there's no real pressure based around switching.

td1801 says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 3:04pm

I can't play it... :/ When I press space for the second time, the screen become black ..

Jed T. says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 8:02am

I love the unique and original gameplay!

Udell Games says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 9:53pm

This is really cool, I love how unique it is!

Ragzouken says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 7:43pm

Really interesting game! The gameplay is really original and works surprisingly well

TheColorMan says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 11:26pm

The long transition between fungus and beetle make it super intense

May 5, 2014 @ 11:19pm

Kind of a weird game, hard to play for me. I included it in part 12 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series!

Blanky says ...
May 7, 2014 @ 9:22am

For me this is an quite an original concept, I love that. Great work man.

strong99 says ...
May 7, 2014 @ 12:25pm

It took me a read through the comments to understand the "transition" screen. Otherwise lovely.

goerp says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 7:17pm

Most original concept I've played this Ludum Dare so far! Also the most original gameplay.
It took me a while to figure out, because I didn't know what the 'switch screen' was.
As a game it needs a bit of work because with patience you can't go wrong so the biggest enemy is impatience. I think that's not the best gaming concept.

romandtom says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 3:38am

Unique gameplay, so unique that it took me 5 minutse to realise how it works.
They are not hungry anymore.

ChuiGum says ...
May 14, 2014 @ 1:20am

Very very VERY Original! Love the graphics, and innovation!

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