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

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Mantis breaks the Rules

by Gaspard_ - Compo Entry

Well, here's the game.

Arrow Keys to move, just listen to the messages to know more( i.e. don't mash space to fast!)

I hope it's fun and silly enough.
I personally don't think that the "violence here is strong"
but if it's inappropriate for kids tell me please!

Made in Java from scratch.

Music Track:

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wandersenus says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:21am

what a good game!!!

Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:49pm

haha.. good job man.. i liked the particle effects.. i couldn't get past the mantis tho ;p

Gaspard_ says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:02pm

@hobieV if you don't beat the mantis, you have not seen the REAL game.
Hint: time your dashes, you can use them in mid air.
Dash just after you got hit!(So that you don't suffer the knockback...)

PnDAA says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:10pm

I really don't understand what to do (and i wait the message at the begining) so i didn't rate it. Good audio !

talecrafter says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:21pm

I am not sure, what this is, but I enjoyed it. Thank you.

PnDAA says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:19pm

Ok, i get it. Hard time to understand what to do at the begining. And WTFFFFFFFF happens omg. I got the icecream don't know if it's the end x).

Gaspard_ says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:23pm

@PhDAA The ice-cream is nearly the end!(Kinda is IMHO)
The screen still has to be shattered once again to get the end message, which basically tells you to quit.
You haven't missed anything :).

harley77 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:13pm

Wasn't sure what to expect with a 120MB download. Good action, and the progressiveness was a nice addition. Good job!

SneManden says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:21pm


Haha, I am not sure what I just played there! A very, ehh, psychedelic experience for sure. Actually managed to win the game? (I got that icecream). Despite that it was quite hard. Really liked the mantis-eating-you-amimation ;)

Kitch says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:59pm

I got icecream and eaten by a mantis. Would play again.
(liked the piano jam in the background... got pretty heavy when the mantis came in :) )

Gaspard_ says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:03am

@kilch Thanks for the compliment, I recorded that!

Ryan Kline says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:41am

I was quite a fan of the background, as well as the piano serenade. The bouncy little green thing was also really fun to kick around and had interesting interactions with the character, but I never really could figure out what it was that I was playing. Again. Thumbs up for the piano.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:17pm

I don't know what this was, but it was cool! Quite a neat effect when the screen suddenly fell apart. And is it true that there is no actual lose state? I didn't do very well but didn't seem like I could die. Which is nice! :D

Rene Damm says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:04pm

A psychedelic experience with bouncy physics :) Got eaten by the Mantis twice. Fun graphics and gameplay. Combat felt a little too bouncy and imprecise, though :)

Divitos says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:03am

This is, um, interesting.
I love abstract games like this,

Jim Haslett says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:47pm

I couldn't make it past the mantis. I didn't really understand what was going on, especially at the beginning.

Hellequin says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:10pm

Good job! Nice concept and great game overall!

GrabenGroup says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:32pm

kick the frog to accomplish your mission!
would play again!

ZNCatlaw says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:07am

Woooooow this was way cooler than I initially thought. I couldn't figure out how to start the game for a while. For those of you who, like me, were lost at the beginning: kick the frog (green thing) into the snowman.

I didn't beat the Mantis, but oh man was the death scene cool! Thanks for this strange surreal game!

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:21am

wat the actual fuck

Acuity says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:46am

I can't tell if I won or lost. Music was pretty nice!

madmaw says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:01pm

If only the scoring went higher than 5

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:50am

Thanks for your feedback! I've patched my game with a hotfix for the issue you experienced on the second stage by adding a switch on the right side so you can no longer get into an unwinnable state for that area.

Gaspard_ says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 4:32pm

I'm the author, so as to confuse no-one,the comment above has nothing to do with this game.

01rafael says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 7:09pm

Nice graphics!

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