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

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Portal Patrol

by Dana Alcala - 48 Hour Compo Entry

I attempted a text adventure for my first Ludum Dare entry. I wrote it completely in C#. The game is technically unfinished, but it is playable to a point and ends in a "To Be Continued".

You are a member of the Inter-Dimensional Law Enforcement Agency. You will be chasing a criminal across dimensions through portals.

Current status of game: Final entry.

Downloads and Links




fcpfoof says ...
Aug 24, 2014 @ 10:06pm

The idea is brilliant, but when it came to the first choice, the game exited ;d.
Waiting for the finished version ^^

Aug 24, 2014 @ 11:49pm

fcpfoof - Thanks for the feedback! I like the idea also. I hope to move forward with it. I updated the links with my final entry. However, although I put as much work into it as I could, it's still very short and ends in a "to be continued" really before the action starts. Take a peek at my code to see all the different things it allows you to do! I tried to keep it very open-ended. It's just too bad I have to submit an unfinished product; but at least it shouldn't crash on you anymore.

CogentInvalid says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:17am

I couldn't keep track of all the colored portal stuff, so when I got to the first hallway I decided to turn right and quit. :P Just kidding. I actually fumbled around with my uniform for a while, not quite sure how to "put it on", or even what that phrase means, before stumbling into the portal and dying horribly. In any case, I like the sense of humor here, and hope you continue working on the game.

Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:22am

CogentInvalid - Thank you for your feedback! Haha yeah I tried to include as many phrases as possible to leave it open-ended. A few things I forgot to include are "change clothes", "change uniform" and probably many others. If you take a look at my code, you can see all the possibilities I included.

eatsleepindie says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:13am

This game brought me back to my early days of gaming. Great work on the story and tying in the theme.

DarkCart says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:32pm

I need .NET to make this work, and my computer told me to ask you for the correct version.

Empyrealhell says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 3:23am

"The programmer of this game didn't prepare anything for: yes"
Best response to "do you have any questions" I think I've ever seen.

It wasn't necessarily bad in any way, just very short. I was expecting something along the lines of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, but the game stopped before it even got to that point. It was a promising start, but there just isn't enough there.

Aug 31, 2014 @ 3:30am

DarkCart - Sorry about that! I just checked and it says Target Framework is .NET Framework 4 Client Profile.

Empyrealhell - Yes. You are 100% correct. It's funny because my overall plan was for a Carmen San Diego ish game. I think this is a matter of me being a novice programmer with little time. Quite honestly... I hate to say it but it's also a mirror of my dedication. I will get better!

Thank you both for playing my game (or at least attempting to).

Sep 14, 2014 @ 4:44pm

Great humour, loved it, a shame it was so short.

I did have a lot of fun reading through all of the potential phrases you allowed to perform actions, I'd love to play more!

Dana Alcala says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 4:11pm

Thank you everyone for trying out my game, and also for your responses!

Note: I changed my nickname to reflect my real name. Doing a little online-identity change to have a more professional profile.

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