Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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The Lair of Maldar

by dalbinblue - Jam Entry

Edit 1: Fixed rendering in Windows 8; half the screen was cut off and made it unplayable.

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This is an incomplete entry (it's solvable, but no where near my usual level of quality). Unfortunately I was sick most of the weekend, so I only had a few hours to work on it so enemies weren't implemented.

Controls (Keyboard):
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Arrow Keys: Move around
Control: Jump
Alt: Shoot
Enter: Pause

Controls (Gamepad):
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Digital direction pad: Move around
A: Jump
X: Shoot
Pause: Pause

Notes:
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Made in XNA and .NET 4.0. To run, unzip and run the included executable. You will need XNA installed. There is a link above for the redistributable if you need it.



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As always, constructive criticism is welcomed, though I suspect much will be negative due to circumstances.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#2124Coolness10%

Comments

torcado194 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:52pm

wow this was really cool! i loved the art and the character. And also the transitions were smooth i really liked them for some reason. the controls are a bit weird, but thats fine. the core gameplay mechanic is pretty interesting, and very relatable to us coders ;). And the ending was pretty funny i like it haha. I feel like the game would've been really good if you hadnt have gotten sick! But nice entry regardless!

JoeDev_net says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:13pm

I really liked this entry. The animations of the character are really nice and the concept of the game is really good. I think the physics could use some work and jumping and moving didn't quite feel right, but overall it is a really nice job!

TBSHRichard says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 6:10pm

Theme:

(Positive) + Some guys came up with the same idea of having the code a part of the game in my game design class last year, but you've made it interactable and it works much better than what they created; plus you've done it in much less time as well!

Gameplay:

(Positive) + Keyboard controls are simple and easy to learn. Chose some odd key bindings that I don't see too often, but they ended up working out. I imagine it would be difficult for a left handed person possibly, but I don't know for sure.
(Negative) - It's not obvious right away that you have to shoot the right part of the code in order to change it. Having a keyboard in game that the player could interact with might make more sense.
(Negative) - The gameplay is a pretty standard platformer that uses backtracking. A little bit of additions to the code world might help break things up. For example, you could add a puzzle aspect by allowing the change of a few different variables, but allowing for only one to be change at the same time.

Graphics:

(Positive) + All the graphics are consistent with one another and fit nicely into the world.

Final Thoughts:

Very great game and I had a lot of fun playing; congratulations for your accomplishments even if you were not completely satisfied with your results!

jprogman says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 3:39am

Very smooth game play. It's a shame you couldn't complete it in full. Nice work anyhow!

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