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

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Suburban Garden

by Ian MacLarty - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A little adventure game about the flora and fauna in my garden.

- Use the arrow keys to move, F for fullscreen, ESC to quit.
- You can play as 4 different life forms (not just a bee!)
- The lizard can't turn in-place (by design). You have to turn while running.

Source is included in the "data" folder of the Windows and Linux downloads.

Thanks for playing!

Downloads and Links




wolfmother says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:45am

I have no idea whether donationware hosting is considered acceptable for this contest?

The idea of using real-world photographs in this context is cool, very unique. Makes for a big game file though.
Not much in the way of gameplay though, and I think you'll struggle to get interest from game players/developers with a topic like that.
You did create that bee sprite during the 48 hours, right?
Nice that you used sound, but a single continuous buzzing sound adds little and gets annoying fast.

Techblogogy says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:47pm

What the hell was that?!

Njord says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:52pm

As much as I like the idea of using real world photos to build the universe of your game, I don't see how it really relates to the Connecting Worlds theme. I flew around until I found the Lizard, but then I was not able to move up & down anymore with him, so I had to stop there, I'm guessing it's a bug.

hate-marina says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:54pm

Lol how can I play as an ant? :D

hungyg says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:56pm

Thanks for giving me a tour of your garden! ^_^

Druid says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:59pm

This... Is... probably most impresive game here! I really like that abstract art and sound!

mess110 says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 1:14pm

nice gfx :D

the sound goes really good with everything

Aug 25, 2014 @ 1:51pm

I got bored after 5 minutes of flying around. Like the other people have said, it's a really cool idea to use connecting photographs as the backdrop, but in the time I played I reached literally no gameplay.

Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:24pm

to wolfmother: solicits donations automatically unless you switch a setting in your game's edit page.

idovingx says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 10:51pm

Really cool and I loved the art style.

Ian MacLarty says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:30am

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I've added some play tips to the game's description and turned of donations on the page.

ponk says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:05pm

Liked the transitions and the last life-form was really cool.
Nicely nice !

Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:58am

Amazing game with a beautiful concept. Imaginative use of the theme.

4xisblack says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:13am

Cute! I the lo-fi style of putting iconic on top of photographs; it plays well with the sound effects to produce a unique gameworld. I also think the circle of life metaphor is pretty clever and ties in well with the theme :D

Zerkruemler says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:12pm

Very nice. I loved to explore your garden and change my form. Good idea and well implemented. Also cool and fitting sounds. I don't really see the theme in this game.

Aug 30, 2014 @ 6:19am

Original concept :) The bee is a little slow for a bee ;) controlling the lizard is fun

Tosic says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 10:02am

That was freaking scary and disgusting, but I like the graphics and how it shows the cycle of life.
BTW: if your garden is really like this, I will stay away from your house! ;)

arhpositive says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 7:43pm

Raised two plants just to check if the second one is going to give different colors to flowers.. Nope. :) Nice entry.

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