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

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The Hamster Effect

by stjahns - 48 Hour Compo Entry

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ShaunJS says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:10pm

I actually quite liked this but it took a bit of perseverence to get to what was cool about it. The fact that the early text auto progresses meant I ended up having to reload the game just to remember how building bridges worked before the end of the tutorial.

I like the mechanics and think it was a cool and interesting take on the theme! Has a very nice mood and atmosphere and I like how it feels living. The fact that the game is moving while you're in the tutorial and 'goes on with or without you' has a really nice feel to it. And I think the presentation is generally pretty good!

The UI handles a little sloppily, the controls are a little slippery and that can really let you down with a real time game. Sadly I only really got as far as trying the second objective before an enemy ship began to circle my systems blowing up all my trade ships and I couldn't work out what to do to combat this :(

As much as I like the idea of a rebel faction growing along side you I think this enemy threat is too present too early when a lot of intrinsic fun is being had just from moving resources around. I think the fertile worlds vs barren worlds, food management and the way civilians slowly die in transit is all very intuitive and cool though. I think these numbers might take a lot of tweaking to get right in terms of avoiding having the feel that once you have your settings of export and import set up you just have to 'wait' and hope your ships eventually meander in the right direction.

All in all, very cool! Quite a lot of potential and well presented but possibly let down a little by a lack of accessibility and sometimes awkward controls. Would love to follow how this develops if you keep working on it!

Great work!

Endurion says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 11:36am

Looks very good, and it's really ambitious.
It took me a while to figure out how to move the view (hover mouse at the screen borders)

Unfortunately on the second objective I connected an enemy network which then proceeded to shoot me into oblivion.

jukimv1986 says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:25pm

It would be great to have a description of the game to read about and how one is supposed to play it. Nice idea and good take on the theme, very good overall. Well done!

lotusgame says ...
Sep 7, 2014 @ 11:03pm

It seems to have a very good concept but i didn't really get it. Anyway, I like the mood and the game fits the theme !

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