Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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by Dew - Compo Entry

I didn't thought I will be participating this time, but after viewing the theme I thought I could make the game I had in my mind for the past weeks.

The game is based on "Conway's Game of life" principles, cells die/survive/revive according to conditions, for the normal game of life the rules are:
-If a cell is alive and has 2 or 3 alive neighbors it stays alive
-If a cell is dead and has 3 alive neighbors it revives
-Otherwise the cell dies

In this game you set the rules! The game gives you an objective and you must complete it, adding and removing rules.

If you win the game gets harder, if you lose it gets easier.

Tested in: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. (Won't work in Internet Explorer)

-Variable difficulty
-TOP10 highscores
-Incomprehensible logic

I hope you enjoy it!

Downloads and Links




hazzahazzam says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 9:28am

Nice game! Being able to code a leaderboard in 48hrs is no easy task!

Insality says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 4:02pm

I dont understand the rules, but my random clicking get to me 64 points :D

Absor says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:33am

Incomprehensible logic indeed. :D

Jupitron says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:35am

I didnt understand but i won! Nice!

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:44pm

Hi there. Interesting game of game surface design... would be nice to be able to see the rule explanations mid-game.

raincole says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:02pm

It's very geeky! I just won and I didn't even know what I were doing!

pjimmy says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:06pm

interesting puzzle game, but took a while to understand

scriptorum says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:31pm

Very nice.

The rule "less than X" seems to be easily cheesed by picking the two highest tiles, and then repeatedly removing your lowest and picking the highest replacement. Often that's enough to make everything go dead 0. Similarly, for the "more than X" you can do the dead 0 cheese and then on the last round pick dead 0 as your tile.

Dew says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:46pm

Don't spoil the easy tactic, the game is easy until difficulty 90, after that it's a nightmare i made it that way so people can understand how the rules work but i guess it's still too hard to understand if you're not familiar with game of life. if u make 100-difficulty you get the chances to win.

peterthehe says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:13pm

Congrats on the leaderboard - IT ACTUALLY WORKS. Loved the game :)

Recon says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:16pm

Little bit too complicated but very good for the theme

Maurogik says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:09pm

Smart game ! The leaderboard is a nice touch, nicely done !

Timm638 says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:16pm

Instead of following the rules, you define the rules!

01rafael says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 5:53am

need to be familiar with math xD

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