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

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Zanlings Match - Connected Worlds

by Franklins Ghost - 48 Hour Compo Entry

You are on a Universal Dating Show called "Zanlings Match" trying to find a Connection with another being in this crazy World.

You just need to click through the screens and select the Questions you want to ask and then which Answer you like the most out of the three. At the end one of the Contestants is chosen as your connection.

Second Ludum Dare attempt and this time I really struggled coming up with an idea. Wasted the first day just brainstorming. Wish I'd come up with the idea earlier so I could have added alot more depth and variety and made it a bit clearer what was needed. More alternate endings would have been fun and I wish I had actually had time to write more in depth dialogue and sounds.

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Have decided I'll be expanding upon this game and doing an extended, polished version. Just started a twitter account I'll be updating with progress as I go.

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jas7229 says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:11am

Though I wasn't a huge fan of the audio/sound, it seems like a neat little quiz game. Cute take on "connection" (:

mrexcessive says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:22am

Hi. I like your art style and the humour is also great. Good to see a novel approach.

Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:38am

Thanks jas7229 & mrexcessive.

Definitely find audio my weakness and wish I'd had time to do voiceovers for the characters and a proper theme.

Tanner says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:44am

Great audio, it makes very mystery mood.

INC$D021 says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:46am

Love the humor :)

cmayhem says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:22am

Very cool graphics and great humor.

Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:31am

Glad you liked the audio Tanner and thanks INC$D021 & cmayhem, tried to make it humorous so nice to know I got that across.

DustyStylus says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 11:25am

Fantastic humour, went back to check all the responses. :) I actually really liked the audio! Thought it fit very well.

Zoomyzoom says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 11:26am

Wow man, I hope I was supposed to find this really creepy XD I is however really well made :D

Hypnohustla says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:15pm

Such a weird game! The audio added a really creepy mood to it. I also liked your color choices! :)

LaFleur says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:31pm

Great art style! Fun little game!

Aug 25, 2014 @ 1:23pm

Cheers everyone, glad some people are liking the audio and that some of the humour and creepy weirdness is getting across.

panurge says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 2:02pm

The audio is so at odds with the dating show vibe that it gives the whole thing a weird otherworldly feel which is really nice. Quirky, funny and nicely stylised, I checked all three endings and would love to see this expanded.

GAFBlizzard says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:21am

Great drawings! The background sounds were scary. ;_;

I also ended up marrying a giant blob monster and I'm not sure how to feel about this.

Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:36am

Thanks panurge the more time that passes since I completed it and the more I'm liking the idea. Have been thinking of expanding it later on. Want to add more characters, dialogue and voiceovers.

GAFBlizzard if only you knew what he was actually saying you might be more worried :)

Snoother says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:18pm

I'm loving the style and use of theme! As another guy said, the ethereal audio set against the dating show mechanic produces something really unique. The graphics and colour scheme are fabulous too. I'm stumped trying to think of criticisms -- well, besides the obvious desire for the game to be expanded. I think these kind of peculiar, creative games are the reason LD is so much fun.

Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:55pm

Thanks Snoother and definitely agree with you about LD helping with these types of games. Can't actually imagine having come up with this game and making it if it wasn't for LD.

Fumiko says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:34pm

Sweet game. And the most creative and fitting idea for the theme. i like it pretty much. The soundeffects in the beginning were disturbing and weird gave of the vibe of a saladfingers episode. Actually sounds and music for the mainpart of the game would have come a long way to making it more enjoyable. I didnt quite got to the characters though - guess that's why i ended up with froopal. But hey - good food is always nice. :)
Oh yeah and nice art also.

Lissar says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:51am

First dating game I've been creeped out by!

jomomomo says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 2:59am

Dude that's hilarious...

Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:30am

Really happy people are enjoying it and been great to get such positive feedback. Definitely makes me want to expand on the idea and already have lots of ideas I wanted to include and improve.

ponk says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:19pm

Superb graphics and animations
Funny game !

BinaryPie says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 7:04pm

Cool interpretation of 'connected'.

Josh H says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 7:19pm

Haha, I enjoyed this. The audio got to be a little much, but other than that, well done. Very interesting take on the theme.

Aaants says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 7:36pm

Freaky... in a good way :)

tbamberg says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:02pm

Hilarious, great to look at, and fun to play. I had to get all the endings!

Miziziziz says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 11:02pm

Hahaha! I loved this!
The dialogue was so good; top notch humor here.
I want to see more!

KigurumiDevs says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 11:29pm

lol, awesome, funny idea. i like the style and the music. i am just missing a little bit more gameplay.

Mase says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 11:34pm

The setting is appealing but needs more detail.

zillix says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 3:44am

so weird. that's a fantastic. I love to see wacky ideas in LD!

Oxeren says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:57am

Nice atmosphere.

jukimv1986 says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:32pm

Great take on the theme, though I could only make a connection with the human girl hahaha

saguaro says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 2:58am

I like the way you think.

Rage Paint says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 5:32am

Liked the artwork and your take on the theme. Good humor

Aug 29, 2014 @ 5:30pm

Nice idea, like the way you approch the theme :) Like the strange sounds at start

Artamus says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 6:42pm

Nice and funny game, congrats!

Jod says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 6:53pm

That made me laugh quite a bit! Loved Tranzion so much!

AlexDJones says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 11:49pm

One of my fav games of LD so far - Unfortunately though the audio didnt seem to work for me. Still, great work!

CatOnMars says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:39am

This is so funny lol
Well done!

Pierrec says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 2:12pm

I think it's an AWESOME idea, but I really really regret we actually knew who was answering (even if the colors weren't here, it would have been easy to know who had answered what) isn't the goal of these dating game to NOT know who answered?

I really would like to play the exact same games with more bachelors and without guessing their answers.

Graphics and Sounds are great

GrooveMan says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 9:18pm

Dating shoes are already kinda creepy, so having ethereal music laid on top was wonderfully appropriate. In a way, it'd be good if you didn't know which response belonged to whom until the ending; but considering the, um, disparate speech styles, there's not much can be done about that.

Went with Tranzton, tho. Fuck yeah Tranzton.

Sep 1, 2014 @ 2:07pm

Thanks everyone, nice to see more people are playing.

And thanks Pierrec and GrooveMan for pointing out that maybe you shouldn't know who's answering. Been coming up with some possibilities for this feature today and have also started to plan some other contests. I want the expanded version to have about 100 characters and each to feel unique with their own style. Got some new ones I'm happy with and can't wait to start filling in their personalities.

Found this article which mentioned Zanlings Match so that was a nice surprise.

kaa says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 7:07pm

In my opinion, this is a good example of art in game design. Impressive sound!

Lokarunith says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 3:17pm

Great Humour, really fun concept and all the characters are well modeled. My favourit is the giant xD
Great entry, i really liked it a lot!

Sep 12, 2014 @ 9:14pm

Really funny, cool game! I included it in part 23 of my Ludum Dare 30 compilation video series, if you’d like to take a look :)

sephyka says ...
Sep 14, 2014 @ 7:20am

Interesting and crazy entry. I love the strange mood, the efficient graphics and the absurd world you've created.

commodoreKid says ...
Sep 14, 2014 @ 2:27pm

As you wrote above, there is not much content right now but the idea is really good :) I wished to have more control. Good luck if you want to develop it further.

davisan says ...
Sep 14, 2014 @ 11:01pm

Funny and crazy. xD
Very nice art style!

psychonull says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 12:20am

I would definitely marry Froopal. I'm amazed by the aesthetics and how the sounds fit perfectly. Loved this entry.

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