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

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The Swarm is All

by Jyrkface - Jam Entry

The Swarm is All - lead your insects to the victory!

Assemble an army by gathering food and defeating other bugs, try to survive as the levels become deadlier and your foes become fiercer.

CONTROLS

Hold Left Click to charge your assault, aim and release!

While click is held your swarm will increase its ranging area and gravitate toward the mouse.

WARNING
The Flash port was made mostly for people who couldn't play the PC version. It is missing some graphical touches, and includes a copious amount of platform-exclusive glitches :P

CREDITS
A game by @Jyrkface, @MarcoSpiess, @somepx, @djwildebeest.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness61%
#140Innovation(Jam)3.69
#155Audio(Jam)3.54
#289Overall(Jam)3.46
#303Mood(Jam)3.32
#348Humor(Jam)2.89
#391Graphics(Jam)3.50
#397Fun(Jam)3.19
#442Theme(Jam)3.61

Comments

Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:39am

I like the gameplay, it just took me a little while to get the hang of things. It's also a little annoying to have to pick every piece of bug that's left on the screen. The graphics were simple, but I feel like they fit the mood of the game. Overall, pretty solid game.

Fonserbc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:04pm

43 MB!

But worth the wait, amazing graphics!

local minimum says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:17pm

Fantastic graphics and sounds. The controls took me a while to figure out, especially since the controls settings in game seems not have related to how I was to control the game. So I think that could ave been clearer when the game started. Like the little bug saying "click on me" or something.

The swarming was really neat too, unfortunately the game crashed after a while without much information about what was wrong. Just the standard Windows thing about it having stopped working.

The gameplay is really interesting though, but I think picking up all bug pieces should be optional and that after killing the last bug it should just give 2-3 seconds until level stops.

igoramendola says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:17pm

Pretty good entry and very well made. The concept is great. The graphics are simple but transmits very well the essence of the concept. Also, the music/sounds fits well with the game. Perhaps, there could be a message about controls at the beginning, but it's ok. Really nice work :)) My best is 13551, so far.

inkeystring says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:33pm

addictive..like the vibe and all

Hob623 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:37pm

Lovely looking swarm, nice mechanic even if a little repetitive. Audio was good as well. Overall could have used a bit more variation, but everything felt very nice and it was a neat idea. Good work!

billrizer says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:38pm

Nice mood and great innovative gameplay

Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:23am

Greqt great gameplay, graphism are simples but effective.
I'll keep it in mind for play more later ;)

Tortoise says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:05am

Something really satisfying about devouring all the enemies on the screen and growing your mass of insects. Great work!! Played the flash version, don't know if this was an issue for anyone else, but the score numbers were hard to read/too small. Thanks!!!

Crosstales says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:07am

Nice and innovative gameplay - it is very addictive.

Sadly, I couldn't finish the second level in the "Flash"-version... A single yellow piece was left, so I run out of time. But you mentioned some gliches in this version, so I assume it would work in the windows build. ;-)

Good job!

slarrimer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:13am

The gameplay's not my cup of tea, but I really like the visual style you've got going on. Very nice detailed sprites.

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:56am

I loved the graphics, very nice. Very original, simple but very fun!

srakowski says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:56am

Wow this game is strangely addicting. I love the sound of the swarm just taking out the mobs. Great job!

elvaq says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:00am

Really beautiful audio-visual presentation. Had a lot of problems with controls (on the flash version) but I liked what I saw

MrShoestore says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:02am

I LOVE the music for this one

JFern says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:19am

The sound and music were awesome in this coupled with the sweet graphics! Fun game and interesting mechanics!

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:32am

The control scheme is really interesting. When combined with the swarm's motion, it's quite unique. The music and visuals work nicely together to form a sense of creepiness.

I found the flashing circle with the swarm in front of it to be a bit much for my eyes, and I'm not usually affected by blinking lights in games.

Ludipe says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:48am

Great art and sound. The main mechanic is easy-to-learn and fun. This game would work pretty good on mobile devices.

I'd make it a bit more fast-paced and harder.

G_O_R_D says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:07pm

I didn't quite get the aim and release part but after a few tries it was really cool!

XenosNS says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:34pm

Very nice!

markusfisch says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:28am

Clean, funny graphics and very good music and sound effects! Could be a little harder for my taste but I think the idea has potential. Really well done!

hitchh1k3r says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:08pm

I liked the graphical style of this. The gameplay was unique, and was never sure the best way to proceed. I think this was a well rounded game, however it wasn't my personal favorite type of game... but that's just my preference. Good work on this.

6DownStudios says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:07am

Very cool mechanics, and the I really dig the art! Great goin guys!

uberscientist says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 12:44am

Awesome, one of my favorites I've rated so far. I love swarms :)

grimnuke says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 8:15pm

aesthetics are very nice, it's a really cool concept too

rmc says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Fantastic Idea and Graphics! I got some problems with the controls sometimes it seemed stuck, but very good game, nontheless

Dec 22, 2014 @ 7:54pm

Love the graphics! I Included it in part 16 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :) http://youtu.be/3EfYtGD2H88

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