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

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The curse of the Pharaoh

by Peni6 - Jam Entry

A classic Ludum Dare case of needing "Just a few more hours!"

Play as a loveable bandit exploring the cursed tomb of the Pharoah!

Left mouse click: Shoot
Right Mouse click: Use whip
WASD: Move about

Theme: Connected worlds between you and everyone else who plays this game. The Ghost guides that show you the path are actually recordings from other players who have played the game. Also spooky ghosts & mummies & the afterlife and whatnot. But we think the A-Synchronous element is quite cool.

Art: Made using Gimp by Olly Smith
Code: Made using framework, & written in javascript by Ollie Armstrong
Music: Made by Brian Parker, who's a lovely chap.

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prophile says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:44am

The music just stops after a while. I'm glad there are lots of checkpoints because this game is incredibly difficult.

Interesting idea with the ghosts!

Peni6 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:03am

Hi Prophile,

Our music guy actually made three songs, as well as a couple of riffs, but we ran out of time to implement them all.

Tanner says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:05am

It's sad that you are using such an abusive words in the menu. Otherwise nice art and music. Nice game!

Peni6 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:54pm

Unfortunately that was a placeholder that I completely forgot to remove, I'll change it and upload a new build in a minute though!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:29pm

I got to the end--I think. I like your art and the general idea of exploring a tomb with the souls of other adventurers visiting from their afterlife, having died there, is pretty neat. Good music, too, from what I heard of it. Also, there's an awful lot of good level design for a Ludum Dare game! Thanks for the checkpoints and the fun!

The main thing I'd change is very slightly modifying the timing/programming on the platform drops, because I'd often brush my head against one and then have it drop, making the second-to-last puzzle impossible to complete (that's where I spent the most time by far, and felt like I was fighting the game, not struggling with it), or similar areas. I also got confused in the difference between checkpoint-torches and regular-torches... might be helpful to distinguish them visually.

Thank you for the game!

DaanVanYperen says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:52pm

-so loud @_@-

Peni6 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:20pm

Thanks for the great feedback, Victory Garden!

There were issues with the platforms dissolving too quickly and when hit from beneath instead of just from above, we just ran out of time to fix everything! The checkpoints weren't actually done by the torches, I guess it was just coincidence on some of them though. It's a pretty neat idea though and we didn't think of that, I'd love to change it such that the checkpoints could be distinguished by larger or different torches.

Sorry about the volume, DaanVanYperen. My PC volume was really low when I calibrated it so I whacked it up to 11 within the game! I might put a little warning above so you can turn your volume down in advance.

BadgerPriest says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:15pm

Hmm, I think it's being buggy for me? I can't go through it up to the boulder and then the boulder will stop rolling after it passes the second hole, sometimes after the first. I also haven't seen any recordings of other people's ghosts. Otherwise enjoyable and I really like the art style.

yodamaster says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:43pm

Why make the controls so complicated? Especially if you use a trackpad, there's no right-button.

zatyka says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 1:36am

I ran into a number of bugs:

- Using the whip would sometimes throw me much farther than intended
- The whip didn't disappear after I had let go of the right mouse button, but I was able to get out of that one.
- Music stopped all together
- If I jumped, and my head hit under a platform, I didn't fall back down.
- When hitting a platform hovering right above spikes, the game would sometimes register it as a death.

That last one actually stopped me from playing because I tried about 5 times, and every time I landed on one specific platform, I died. Fortunately, I'm guessing it was pretty far into the level.

Aside from the bugs, the controls felt a bit clunky, and the game could use some overall polish. I did find it entertaining though. The music was a bit loud, but I thought it set the mood well. It's a shame the music didn't repeat. My favorite part was when the rock came rolling after me, it gave me a real sense of urgency and adventure.

klianc09 says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 8:45pm

RIP headphone users.

The main menu made me laugh. You know, punctuation saves lives.

As zatyka already said, I encountered many bugs that were annoying and decreased the fun of the game.
But thank you for so many checkpoints, I really needed them.

psychonull says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 7:16pm

Made it to the last chamber. Good job despite of running out of time, I guess that happens to most of us.

slumber says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 11:01pm

Good platform game! The sound is intense, but it works for the game. It crashed a few times, and fell through the level a bunch, but it was a lot of fun.

Seriously, the sound is awesome. It is hard to pull of a game of that magnitude in such short a time.

Keep it up!

Larzan says ...
Sep 8, 2014 @ 7:18pm

Nice idea with the 'ghosts', thumbs up. The music was a bit anoying after a while, but the gameplay was captivating, well done :)

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