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

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by Makio - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This Game is my entrie for this LudumDare30. It was really hot as I was going to Rock en Seine (3 days rock festival) but I'm very happy as I managed to finish it this sunday with approximatively 14hours of work !

I thought this game as a free exploration in abstract art. It illustrate the life with 19canvas and how much we change during our life as well as the worlds, our relationship and basiquely everything.

The simple control : Move with arrows and follow your instinct.. :)

I used pixi.js as render engine and my own web template :

Thanks by advance for your feedbacks & Have fun my friends !

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PiratePants says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 1:47am

very nice love the art style

burgerdare says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 2:56am

I like this alot. It feels very reminiscent of the early stages of spore done in a very minimalistic style.

Robinerd says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 3:25am

Really nice feeling about this, got me hooked for the whole one. Simple enough to get immediately stuck, art style to keep you calm, almost meditative, and still requires some brain to follow the variations. Only minus is that the theme connection feels kinda weak, and there is no sound. A very meditative relaxing soundtrack, like humming waves, could make it even better. It reminds me a bit of Flow.

rasmusrn says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:08am

I like how you don't actually explain anything... and it still works intuitively (at least for me). Very smooth graphics.

mrexcessive says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:19am

Amazing toy you've made! In 14 hours, fantastic. I played for about 5 mins, but have bookmarked for later, visited about 20 er 'nodes' ?

Ossi says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:25am

Beautiful art style. I love the subtle hints of direction and the creature moved very fluidly. This games really needs some music!

nonetheless says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:26am

Dude, it's great, nice art style but some sounds would make it really awesome. Great job!

mutuware says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 10:11am

Nicely strange.

Makio says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 11:43am

Thanks for your feedback guys ! Happy you understand it & like it :) . I will add a separate version with music, i really didnt get time this weekend to work on this part and as you say it will add to the mood ;)

43iscoding says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:03pm

Suddenly, very dynamic for an exploration game. Loved it :)

JosephLittle says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:04pm

Really nice and stylish. The ONLY thing it was missing was some nice audio

jsspiegel says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:06pm

Really like the art style, visual effects, and transitions when you "evolve". As another commenter mentioned, the first thing that it reminded me of is the first level of Spore :)

CryoGenesis says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:14pm

reminds me of spore cell stage. Great art style, kept playing just to see what the character would look like.

Flyinpig5 says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:17pm

This game is beautiful! Not much skill involved, though. Is there more than one node at a time? I visited all the ones the arrows pointed too and got back to the title screen.

Techblogogy says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:18pm

Quite minimalistic, but it's a really good game.

Makio says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:21pm

@CryoGenesis I never played spore but now i'm so curious, i will check videos of it, thanks for the reference :D
@Flyinpig5, yes only one node at the time and after you are angel you back to the title, "story of life" ;)

Larzan says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:35pm

Wow, beatiful, you should enter it in the jam and add some nice spherical music to it. Love it!

martindilling says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 1:36pm

Love it :P

Hyoga-3D says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 2:15pm

Really nice colors, this game reminded me of the first level of Spore.

malf says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 2:36pm

Curious game , loved the art but I think it lacks a sense of "direction" (no pun intended). I didnt'knew what i was doing or what for...well maybe it was intended!

Good work , all in all I liked it :D

Makio says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 2:59pm

@malf yeah I was feeling same but at the end it give a challenge to the player. I can help with a perlin noise to give a sense of direction more strong but my girlfriend witch is not gamer at all finish it after few minuts so I think it's ok haha

fallingBear says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:01pm

It is really simple, but it has a great atmospehere. The fullscreen experience adds a lot. Shame there is no audio.

Cosmologicon says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:09pm

Some kind of challenge or skill progression would have gone a long way to making this game feel complete. But the artwork was so imaginative that I kept playing through to the end, just to see what was next. Cool!

graebor says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:10pm

Cool, short but sweet experience. With some audio this would be really neat!

dhargan says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:13pm

very artsy, so relaxing. I wish there was a peaceful music in the background. good job mate!

Maxom says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:11pm

Wow, that was surprisingly beautiful. I really like the fact, that this is so fun to play, even if the gameplay aspect is so little. Really liked the whole concept and the art, obiously, too!

hypp says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 5:37pm

Great work! I like this alot, the simplicity, the mood. Would have been nice with a little audio.

Tanner says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 6:47pm

Man, this graphics are awesome!

Lokiman says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:37pm

I really had fun playing this abstract game! Add ambient music and subtle sounds and it will be perfect :D

psychomonster says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:37pm

Very cool evelution game... like the art and style... is running very good at my old computer... you maybe should put some challenging content into it... like competitors or something like that... I Like it... played it trough!

Tigro says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:15pm

Lovably minimalistic :) Lacks some ambient sound effects to finish off the great atmosphere but we all know how hard it is to polish something during the 48h timeframe. Great work anyway :)

MrTedders says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:23pm

Really well done for 14 hours of work!

ittlebit says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:47pm

Feel pretty good. It's always interesting to see what the next level is like. Kinda relaxing too. Good Work!

juakob says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:26am

Wow nice game! I really enjoy the "journey" =) Congratulations

Makio64 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:06am

Thanks guys ! Happy you like this monster and the art unniverse :) !
@psychomonsters I'm not sure adding challenge / competition will be great as the challenge is to get what follow to evolve and the the reward the evolution himself, like this everyone can play & enjoy, no die, no loose, no score was an important game design point for me

Lvyn says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:05am

Nice game man !

Simon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:35am

It's absolutely beautiful, and it's an interesting take on the theme. I just wish I had more things to do so I could play and explore a little bit longer.

FeYbraNt says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 2:35pm

I don't find the relation with the theme but it's a beautiful and minimalistic art.

dunin says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:58pm

I like graphics specially the background with noise...
good mood.

BadgerPriest says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:07pm

Really interesting artistic idea. The gameplay is a little bland but it gets just different enough to keep the player engaged.

I'm not sure how well it fits the theme, though.

Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:46am

Very relaxing.

puppetmaster says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:57pm


Aug 27, 2014 @ 5:38pm

Very addictive game, the mechanic is probably one of the most intuitive and intelligent i've seen in this ludum. Minimalist art fits so well and its really pleasant and relaxing. Very nice job !

PaperBlurt says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:14am

The graphics are amazing.
So minimal and nice.

Very good game!

Z.B.G.E. says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:18pm

Rock en Seine ? Je suppose que je peux commenter en français du coup :)

Joli petit jeu, et bien fignolé, surtout vu le peu de temps que tu as eu à y mettre. J'ai bien accroché au style graphique et à la métaphore de la vie qui va avec.

Il manque juste une bande-son pour étoffer l'ambiance, sinon ce serait vraiment une perle.

fil00dl says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:31pm

really cool feel and great performance for the short time

jukimv1986 says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:42pm

A little chaotic but a great play, specially considering how little time you had to create it. It would be good to see how you could merge other ideas into it and also some moody audio would be a great addition.

zatyka says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:05am

That was surprisingly interesting considering how simple it was. Very nice use of colors. There wasn't a whole lot to the game, but what was there was potent and enjoyable.

dickpoelen says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:28pm

Nice and calming. To bad there wasn't some relaxed music to go with it

Lokarunith says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:23pm

Really well done, I like a lot this kind of game. The only flaw was already mentioned many times, so, congrats :)

Makio64 says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 10:21am

Thanks for all your comments and feedback, very appreciate ! :)
For my next ludum, I will definitively not drop the sound design & use the full 36h, promise !
Also I'm really happy this kind of game find a public here, I was not sure.
Thanks everybody !

Dohan says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 4:00pm

During a brief moment in the life of the creature, it seems very lovecraftian.

Pavel says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 6:00pm

Interesting idea.

OFF says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 6:41pm

Pretty simple, but clear one target, one purpose, and it works as simple as a game, as nice as a shape.

I really like it, because you could passed more time on it, it would became worse, it's simple.

Maybe a little bit too easy, with more challenges, and one or two dangereous creature, it could became a wonderful simple game.

SteveSalmond says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 10:42am

Awesome! With a bit of ambient music and a sprinkling of audio effects it would have felt complete and polished. Amazing for just 14hrs - very well done.

GFM says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 2:23am

I really liked this game. :)

jukimv1986 says ...
Sep 5, 2014 @ 3:39am

I played it with love, very short nice game! Reminded me of Spore and Sparkle 2 Evo :)

vividhelix says ...
Sep 7, 2014 @ 5:03am

Very immersive, I felt conditioned like Pavlov's dog to see what was next :)

Meganopteryx says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 9:21pm

Beautiful game, just gotta keep moving. Very interesting phases and levels but not very challenging.

brookman says ...
Sep 12, 2014 @ 4:05pm

I like the mood. Very relaxing. :)

sephyka says ...
Sep 12, 2014 @ 4:29pm

Very innovating game. Great mood. Great playability. Great graphics. Great experience. It would be perfect with sounds and music.

Sep 13, 2014 @ 10:33pm

Some ambiance or other music would have made this complete. Atm it feels a bit lacking.

egor-idiot says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 12:31pm

Oooh VERY interesting game!
Pure art!

Yword says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 1:34pm

Very unique and interesting! And the control and transition are very smooth too! Well done!

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