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

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Knock 'Em Trees

by purplelilgirl - Jam Entry

You play as a snowball, trying to Knock 'Em down some Trees. And you get bigger as you knock down more trees, allowing you to knock down some even bigger trees.

Controls:

WASD to Move



It's admittedly a way too simple game. It's my first attempt at Ludum Dare. I tried to do everything by myself to qualify for the compo, but got too distracted during the weekend to finish on time, so it's a Jam entry.

I attempted to use Blender to create some low poly trees, snowball and terrain. Recorded some pretty annoying Christmas song (no lyrics, because it's lyrics is copyrighted, but not the tune) and edited it in Audacity. And once again, Unity (just Basic) as my game engine.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#233Audio(Jam)3.36
#319Humor(Jam)2.95
#632Graphics(Jam)3.00
#674Mood(Jam)2.81
#719Overall(Jam)2.96
#754Fun(Jam)2.71
#781Innovation(Jam)2.58
#1008Theme(Jam)2.04
#2075Coolness26%

Comments

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:39pm

It is indeed a simple game, but what you managed to make is pretty nice! I really like the low poly style, and the hummed music :)

But when the snowball gets too big you can't see where you're going, so it would've be nice if the camera moved away from the snowball.

Mossy Frog says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:51pm

I'm tripping snowballs. Crazy music :P Are you actually allowed to do that since all content has to be original and that is a real song your singing? A fairly good entry.

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:45pm

@Drtizzle, I noticed that ball being too big, and made a quick fix :)
Thanks for the comment :)

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:51pm

@Mossy Frog, it is a real song, the tune is Public Domain (but I think I was out of tune? so does that count as derivative?) thanks for the comment :)

duon44 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:07pm

nice sounds! I get that you were trying to stick to the theme but it's kind of hard to see what you're doing sadly

wdebowicz says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:12pm

What a sweet audio :-) Nice idea, you can improve it, by making snowball rolling down the hill, feeling of speed, and getting larger after taking more snow, that would be funny!

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

A simple game but it works well, the music and sound effets are nice.

I think the tree could look better with even less polys, they look less flat than then rest of the world.

Eponesh says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:28pm

Great soundtrack! Nice game:)

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:29pm

@duon44 I thought about adding an HUD map (but that would be more than 1 screen >.<)
@wdebowicz that's a great idea! :)
@khahem I see your point about the polys
thanks for the comments and liking the audio :)

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:30pm

@Eponesh thanks for the comment :)

ben_pxlplz says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:49pm

I love the music! Simple game, but pretty polished. The trees that are too big don't appear to be any larger. And the camera makes it a little difficult to play. You might consider more 'pinball bumper' action on the trees to make it a little more chaotic and hard to avoid obstacles. Overall, I like it.

Crushenator says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:27pm

I like it. You tried for the compo I know that feel.

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:40pm

@Crushenator attempting the compo is my downfall... :))

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:41pm

@ben_pxlplz I was halfway done with planting trees before i realized that I should just aim for the snowball to keep moving forward, it would be simpler for the camera that way too.

Alex Rose says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:05am

:( I got 36.

Really nice first entry, I really like the low poly style of it. Funny that you chose to sing Carol of the Bells. You can always search for royalty free music if you're entering the jam :P .

Good that you got the collisions to still be functional while changing the transform.localScale too.

Nice work! Welcome to the Ludum Dare community!

LukeZaz says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:22am

It was fun, though I wish you could turn the camera.

LTyrosine says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:42am

Annoying music. Totally annoying music. The game would be 3 to 4 times better without it.

Simple gameplay but it does the job as you start to have fun in these cold mountains after a while. Loved trees design.

I'm felling bad to ask but what is the theme connection here?

Robber says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:53am

nice first attempt! i actually liked what you did with the music here, home grown made me feel like a happy snowball knocking at some trees..

Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:05am

I really like the title of the game. The music is really cheery and its fun to do as the title suggests. I was able to knock 36 trees. That is my personal best. I think I can do better but it it gets really tricky to spot knock-able trees after while. But thats my only complaint really :)

Linear says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:32pm

Hey, heard you had trouble making trees, so I made you a little tutorial:

http://i.imgur.com/kS3tU1s.jpg

Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:51pm

I like the graphics! I Included it in part 5 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :) http://youtu.be/-qEX6yeW8uQ

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:45pm

@Linear omg, thanks :)

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:48pm

@Alex the song's lyrics are the only ones copyrighted :) the tune is public domain :)

purplelilgirl says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:50pm

@Jupiter thanks for the video :)

Slothmachine says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 3:54pm

Reminds me a bit about Katamari. I would have liked to roll more. Maybe in bigger area. Wonderful soundtrack :D

Omiya Games says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 4:30am

That was adorable. Even though the song was really annoying. I kind of wanted camera controls to figure out which tree was green, and which wasn't.

Dec 21, 2014 @ 2:25pm

The sound is sooooo annoying ! you did welll on this ! ><

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