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

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Atoms - Literally beneath the surface

by Anny - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is my first Ludum Dare Compo! I took the theme literally and made a videogame about chemistry (because beneath every single surface there is nothing more than molecules and atoms). It is intended to have a sense of progression like mario or candy crush but I didn't have time to implement that, so instead you have the levels one after another.

To play just click the valences and make oxides!

PD: There are 3 levels, it "ends" on the calcium one.

If you don't mind answering in the comments:
-Did yoy feel you learned something with this game?
Thank you!

Made by @Annyv2



Music made with Bosca Ceoil.

Sound effects made using sfxr.


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tiffi says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:02am

I love the idea and enjoyed the game, but had to turn of the music ;)

MattV says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:04am

it was really hard to get the claws to actually connect

SFBTom says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:05am

Great concept! The music overlapping wasn't good, but didn't stop me playing!

dalbinblue says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:09am

I got to the third level, but couldn't figure out what to do next. The only thing I found I could make are Na2O and CaO but the game did not like that. Also, had a problem with the audio where each level would play a new song, but didn't stop the song from the previous level so you would here several songs playing at once.

Afrosatan says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:09am

I got through a couple stages but then had a stage with 1 calcium, 2 oxygens, and 2 sodiums, but whenever i connected them in any fashion it just reset...
I didn't really understand what I was trying to do, but it was definitely outside the box.

porousnapkin says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:18am

Neat concept. Seems like the music might be bugged. It sounded like multiple versions of it were playing simultaneously. I got stuck on the third level. I tried multiple different combos but none seemed to work. I'm not sure why I can't combine some elements other than, well, you know, science. Would be cool if the combinable chemicals were different colors (like Oxygen being red) to make it more obvious what moves are available.

Anny says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:24am

The music is awful I know, it's the first "track" i've ever made and did it literally half an hour before end time. Interesting the overlapping comment, I didn't test it, thank you for letting me know.

It just has 3 levels, I missed that on the explanation, so it "ends" on the calcium one for now.

Boodog says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:50am

Cool game! The music overlapped and kind of hurt my ears, but this game is still really cool! Too bad I suck at science :)

Gins says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:59am

This has potential. Could become a smart phone hit it you polish it up :D

PapyGaragos says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:28pm

Hey! congrats on your first LD

foolmoron says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:33pm

Cool idea for visualizing ionic bonds, but the music overlaps itself and becomes terrible

Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:56pm

Nice idea, I wish I did pay more attention to chemistry in school though xD. You will get the most points for innovation!

Move127 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Could definitely use more levels, but it is an interesting idea.

pancakecity says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:18pm

Ahh, I wish there was more! This was a fun learning game.

MrShortee says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:24pm

Nice concept. A bit more explanation and this could be really good. (I got lost an Level 3 -.-)

Anny says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:54pm

No, you didn't haha there are just 3 levels, I definitely should have added an extra screen to let people know. Thank you so much for your comments!

If you could please answer this: Do you think you learned something?

sharpcoder says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:51am

This is a really clever usage of the theme and I absolutely love how you've represented valances. I took a (single) chemistry class in college, so I didn't necessarily /learn/ anything new. However, this game has a lot of potential on a conceptual level. Nice job!

caranha says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:35am

I couldn't get it to run on firefox or Chromium :-( I just get a black screen. What are you using to make this?

Anny says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:48pm

It takes a little while to load. I used phaser to make it

Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:07pm

Hey! No me salio nada de música :(
Me gusta el concepto, felicidades con la buena recepción que has tenido :)

P.D.: Tus gráficas no son tan feitas

Xeke_Death says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:02am

I won..! Interesting idea, not bad for 48 hours...

end3r says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 2:25pm

Ineresting idea for the game and quite nice to play.

ActionRemix says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 6:15am

I did the last level like five times wondering what I was doing wrong, haha.

Jeff0029 says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 2:11am

I tried on Chrome and Firefox but no audio on two different device for me.

The concept was good but had greater potential. Like for example implementing energy required to create certain compounds. Thumbs up for a good attempt at a mixing of learning and fun :)

Watch more here on how to make the two fuse together and other great deal of wonderful knowledge on games :)

May 13, 2014 @ 2:58am

Neat game, I always like seeing educational games show up during Ludum Dare. I liked the way this one explained what the connections meant. I wish their had been more.

Moosefly says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 11:49am

Didn't get any audio either. Not too engaging at the moment either, because the gameplay is so simple. Sadly, I did not feel like I learned anything. Should've gone even more beneath the surface and used elementary particles ;).

Good job finishing something for your first Compo!


Anny says ...
May 14, 2014 @ 1:08am

Thank you so much for your replies! :D They have been really really helpful.

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