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

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Talking Heads

by ponk - Compo Entry

Talking Heads is a game about information circulation.

Drag and drop heads to build a circuit that translates letters.

Here is a gif of the mechanic : http://i.imgur.com/QYH9Zs5.gif

If all the heads are connected with the last ear, you start a new level.

The compo version have only one level.

In the post compo version the levels are procedural and infinite

The game currently lack of level design elements to make a challenge progression.
Need to find out a simple idea and may be create some hand made levels.
For now there is only one drawing reward when you go the next level, but i will try to provide more content not too late.

Coded in HTML5 with Pixi.js

By Leon

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Ratings

Coolness92%
#39Humor3.79
#69Graphics4.05
#88Innovation3.96
#305Overall3.45
#322Mood3.21
#482Theme3.65
#559Fun3.08

Comments

HotBoxGames says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 7:41pm

Amusing and entertaining, also confusing.
Cool entry!

Broivula says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 9:11pm

Damn, that's some fine art! Cool little puzzle game. All of it looked so smooth! Well done!

fleegle2000 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:33am

Weird and wonderful. I love it.

Andynonomous says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:58am

Very unique, I liked this one!

sharpcoder says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:56am

Very awesome game! It's unclear to me whether or not there is a level beyond the intro text - but regardless of that, it was still a lot of fun :) very unique and theme-relevant! Nice job.

mactinite says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:09am

Really cool, great art and smooth animations.

nicotuason says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:23am

We need more games like this. It's rare to see weird done well.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:40pm

Love how weird this one is with such nice use of the theme. Did find it quite addictive and wasn't able to stop until I'd solved it. Would work well on mobile and would be nice to see levels.

Simon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:31pm

It's beautiful, and it got me thinking about various people that could transmit altered information and so on. Very cool. Too bad there's only one level :)

gre says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:16pm

weird. very cool art.

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:08pm

Hi there. Well that is a seriously weird game. Very Python/Terry Gilliam. Shame no sound to accompany the visuals.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:37pm

Love the art. I'd like there to be more levels (maybe there is and I just can't get to them?) where you played around a bit more with what they said. This IS a game jam though, so I think you've done a great job for 48 hours!

ponk says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:24pm

Thank for the kind words :) !
Going to make a level generator when I got time.

But for now I'm going to play and rate some games !

crazyrems says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:41pm

Nice entry, beautiful drawings, and a small minimalist micro-challenging puzzle.
Well done.

tudd says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:44pm

Very funny graphics and concept. Everything seems super playful and bouncy <3. The reward was great too ! I agree, it really could use levels. Some conversation audio would be really nice too.

thristhart says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:51pm

Weird, interesting and a beautiful art style. Well done!

chaosed0 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:53pm

Strange and weird. But in a good way.

Sheepolution says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:56pm

I feel like there is a missed opportunity here where you get a different set of heads per level.

Still fun and weird though.

InToGames says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:57pm

Funny & original -- would love to see this taken further (not sure how you'd grow the puzzle element without having some heads missing an ear -- maybe have some with really BIG lugs or something!)

Managed to get the reward with one head out of the circuit (there's something I never thought I'd be writing!) -- dunno if that's supposed to be possible? Great stuff though :D

SneManden says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:14pm

Wow, I *really* love those awesome talking heads! Cute and wonderful. Really great execution.

Erkberg says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:51am

Nice puzzly game mechanic. I really like the art, it's quite different from what you usually get to see and the fact that almost everything is in some way animated makes the screen look very dynamic. I could easily see this become a nice puzzle game with more levels AND you could tell a narrative in an innovative way with this mechanic.

Bygmalion says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:35pm

I really like your drawings, the thumb up dude looks like a Crumb drawing. Cool stuff brah!

psychonull says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:25pm

I felt in love with this game. Simple yet powerful message and mechanics. The drawings make it perfect. Good job!

thatwhichis says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:55pm

PLEASANT- i am successful :-D

Trite Games says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:14pm

Very short but a nice graphic style and unique gameplay mechanic :)

Goutye says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:07pm

Nice idea! I like the way you draw! I took some times before understanding the fact I can speak to an ear not perpendicularly x)

Toki Anholmes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:18pm

This is nearly perfect !

flegmatical says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:49pm

This was super-weird, it took me a little while to understand that the game was actually running, and not a preloader or something like that :D Liked the handdrawn style and the puzzle. Simple and fun, while still being clever!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:48pm

This was super entertaining. Good job!

Lynx says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:18am

Ha I see what you did there!

wilbefast says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:10am

Hehehe :)

I love the way the game introduces itself in the words that the people are saying.
Seemed to be pretty straightforward to begin with, but really made me think to find a solution :) Very stylish (yay, tweens) AND fun to play. Great job!

mathias234 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:30pm

Nice game

Gins says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:08pm

Haha that was funny and a bit of a head scratcher :)

SIMON_SIMON says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:25pm

Challenging and pretty, yet too short !

Rulrite says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:25pm

A wonderful entry! I'm pretty sure I saw a screenshot of this before the deadline passed, and I'm so glad I finally got to play it.

I wish the game was longer, but that's really just me being greedy - it's such a novel and wonderfully executed idea. The graphical style is very pleasing and works perfectly with such an abstract concept (I love the reward at the end).

I hope you'll pursue this further; I'd love to see where it goes!

ponk says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:58pm

Thank yoooOOOoouu...!! :) .. !
Each of your comments are real motivation boosters to finish the game.. !
Will post soon !

TheCams says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 7:54am

A simple idea well executed, original art, nice job.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:17pm

cool, very bizarre game, well done

Valandre says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:55pm

Love the art! appart! simple gameplay very fun!

Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:45pm

Cool idea. There could have perhaps been levels you would have to complete with set amount of heads.

drnick says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:03pm

The mechanic is very unoriginal, the game is quite short and there is not much challenge. However, the graphics and their style are very good.

Taldius says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:48am

Nice graphics, but the game lacks some feedbacks.
Good job captain.

Mase says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:53am

The drawings are very funny. I enjoyed this.
It's not quite as luscious looking as your previous entry... maybe if the heads had bodies or something to form a background it would look more complete.
It might also be better if the text had more of a purpose.

Kuupu says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:38am

nice game,

it would be cool if some heads change the way the message is presented, so you would need to delivery the right message by turning the message to it's normal state

something like that

Gwilym says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:15am

Really nice puzzle :). The graphics all work very well with each other.

nassi says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 4:27pm

Ha, nice implementation of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_whispers. An enjoyable experience, but also a lot of room for further expansion!

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:03pm

This has a unique art style, and the puzzle is deceptively harder than it seems at first. Nice work!

voxel says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:05pm

Short and sweet, beautiful and a little clever. Sounds like the ideal life partner. Do you also do 48 hour human-making jams?

ponk says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 5:35am

Thank you again for all the <3

Your suggestions really help me to decide what should I do next with that game. (If I have time to work on it)

@voxel : Is "human-making" is what I think ? :)

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 2:24am

Nice graphics, good solid game.

dunin says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 8:45pm

simple puzzle game, but good graphics and mood.
Need some other levels...

alyphen says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 4:30pm

An interesting entry - there wasn't really much content but what was there was pretty interesting. The art style was neat, but it was sorely lacking in sounds of any sort. Circuit building is pretty fun for a while and quite intellectually stimulating.

Dec 20, 2014 @ 9:36pm

Very innovative game I love it ! Very interesting way to use text !

metalchouchen says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 2:08am

Great art as usual ! Would be awesome if heads really talk when a word, go out from their mouths :) Congrats!

FrozenCow says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 12:53pm

Very cool concept. It took me a while to figure to use all heads in the circuit, but it was fun to figure out. Nice reward too :D

barryrowe says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 3:00am

I love the way this looks, and the use of the theme. I feel like I cheated to get a complete circuit, but that's ok. Great job on the visuals, and concept.

pjchardt says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 3:44am

Interesting :) Very novel concept. Love the art. Would be interesting to see more puzzle elements added, or investigate more into the idea of information circulation. For example, what if different heads modified information in different ways?

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