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

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Limberjacks

by sandbaydev - Jam Entry

Online multiplayer limberjack mayhem... pretty much everything done by me.

ASDW to move, SPACE to chop.

--- Made with: ---
* Using Photon PUN by Exit games.
* Unity 2D, no any assets from asset store (besides PUN)
* Pickle Editor for pixel art
* Sounds recorded using Samsung Galaxy S3 / app Smart Voice Recorder (44.1kHz)
* "Wind sound" was made by gently blowing above towards the screen (not to microphone)
* Audacity for cutting audio

--- Update ---
* Fixed a couple of experience killing bugs: certain feature was not synced properly to other clients. After death, the victory/loss screen made your character vanish suddenly.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness56%
#104Graphics(Jam)4.20
#184Mood(Jam)3.52
#206Humor(Jam)3.23
#324Theme(Jam)3.73
#347Overall(Jam)3.38
#363Fun(Jam)3.24
#419Audio(Jam)2.93
#611Innovation(Jam)2.87

Comments

BuzzJeux says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:50am

Very funny and also cool pixel art graphics well done !

Cheshyr says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:52am

that is awesome... why, tree, why?!?!

rnlf says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:05pm

The pixel art ist really good looking and these are probably the scariest snowmen I've ever seen. A health indicator would have been useful.

Rocketship says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:08pm

Oh man the multiplayer aspect is great. Gameplay itself isn't very complex but the art is great and the atmosphere is done well too.

pixelpig says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:09pm

I agree with @rnlf, a health indicator would be useful, but I enjoyed playing and the multiplayer aspect is awesome. Good job, although i found it difficult to land a hit as i appeared to have to be on exactly the same level as the snowman to kill him.

indie4fun says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:14pm

It is funny with more players indeed, but sometimes I am alone against the hordes of snowmen! I love the art style, that lumberjack is really funny. But I miss more enemies (maybe I haven't played enought time to see them?).
Damn trees!

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

Man, this is pretty sexy! Love the art a lot. x) Was playing with some stranger, I accidentally turn chat on, and couldn't turn it off. ._. What's the button that toggles it on or off? Can imagine the fun of playing in a lobby with like 8 or more players, it'd be really cool!

RyanNielson says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:15pm

Great little game, I love the art style and the multiplayer aspect. It'd be cool if players could work together to build defenses, but that's probably out of the scope of a gamejam game, especially one with online multiplayer.

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:27pm

This tree seriously wins the game. Awesome.

Night says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:29pm

Cool graphics and game play. I really appreciate that snowmen are melt by fire. It's a very cool detail. Multiplayer works nice. I think, that this game could be a little bit easier. Pixel art is very nice? me thanks to the artist.

madcapacity says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:39pm

The concept is neat - I like the multiplayer aspect, the game itself has some usability issues like the lack of a health bar. Nice pixel art.

Good work overall.

Krunoslav says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:53pm

Amazing pixel art! Congratulations.

Rycoon says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:04pm

+really amazing pixelart
+good Multiplayer aspect
+funny sounds
-no health bar
-no variety
Still is a pretty good game.

Mase says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:17pm

The treeman seems invincible... I hit that thing dozens of times and still it did not fall. Is there any way to win? Maybe it just requires a huge number of hits?
I then tried leading the tree over the fire but nothing happened...

The combat requires too much kiting. I wish the axe could hit multiple snowmen. At one point all of the snowmen in the stage had clumped up around the treeman to form a meatshield. Snowmeatshield.

Nice work on the multiplayer aspect though. The art is also cohesive.

DA_KID says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:38pm

8/8 would b8 (and kill #n0m4n)

lukepilgrim says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:51pm

the graphics are so beautiful - a bit more gameplay and I'd buy it!

Dokthar says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:09pm

Very nice Graphics ! :D

Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:57pm

Very good job Juuso liked how they melted when they got to the fire. So had a strategy to stand near it and just kill the snowmen that came from the top :)

Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:54pm

Great graphics! I like the in-game feeling.

Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:06pm

This game was great. Loved the art style and animations. good job!

mathmadlen says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:37am

This... will give me nightmares. I'll never trust a tree.
Or a snowman. And I might to have to buy myself an axe.
good job ,) Really liked the mood, art and the insanity.

cabezotta says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 4:54am

Great graphics! nicely done! :D

sandbaydev says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 8:35pm

Thanks everybody for playing & commenting.

@rnlf & others who want health indicator: whose health indicator you mean? snowmen? yours?

@pixelpig: yeh, the hit indicator is not good. It's not giving goodback about the distance/direction you must be at... and since the AI tries to align itself with same "y", it kind of makes things worse.

@indie4fun: thx for the comments! There are only two type of enemies. :)

@yongcamy: glad that you like it! I think chat should go on and off by pressing ENTER.

@mike :D

@Night: melting was just the kind of thing that helps build some strategy... even for such a simple game as it is now.

@Mase: yes, you can win :) Kiting... yes, that is very true :) Good ideas about multi-hit and clumbing. Snowmen ain't so smart.

@lukepilgrim: \o/

@belowzerogames: thanks Andy!

@mathmadlen: Thanks for such a vivid description of your experience & results of playing the game.

@cabezotta: thanks!

Hellequin says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 9:08pm

Awesome game! I love the graphics and the gameplay is so addictive! Well done! Keep working on it! ^^

Trite Games says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 9:27pm

Superb bg sounds ^^ The game is fun and has great visuals. Too bad I died right after a second player entered. Well done :)

Larzan says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:29pm

Unfortunately i was ALONE :( but i love the sounds and the gfx, well done :)

Code Medicine says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 8:59pm

This one is great! I didn't however see any other limberjacks, c'mon people! The artwork is beautiful, and I LOVED the hybrid snowmen/zombie, great idea. I didn't see any sort of scoring or progression, so there might be your first improvement. Multiplayer is SO impressive for a jam entry, great job. I think the audio was decent but could be much better with music or any sort of variation. Glad to see more than one enemy also. Humor is top notch, and despite how simple it is I played it over and over, its great fun.

Saf says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 6:08pm

Great Job! I thought the Fireside could be used to melt icemen, it would be a rewarding action :) Seeing it being penalised was kinda bummer, i suggest you think about it :)

hazryder says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 8:29pm

Atmospheric with neat graphics.

lemmily says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 9:16pm

lovely art and atmosphere! I found the movement a little bit sluggish and like others suggested already some form of indicator for your own health would be good and more directional (or obviously directional) attacks!

wilbefast says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 8:50am

Awesome graphics :) And wow, a multiplayer browser game? In a jam? Bravo!

Making all the sounds with your mouth is pretty hardcore, I really noticed though. It did sort of work against the creepy mood...

JavadocMD says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:53pm

Beautiful art, simple gameplay, nicely done! I am impressed by the multiplayer capability, even if I'm a bit late to see it in action.

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 3:04am

Cool game, played it with someone else but for some reason the victory/loss screen didn't trigger? Nice graphics.

Mach60KAS says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 1:52pm

Hi, quite a cool multiplayer game! No end screen triggered while I was playing - but apart from that I thought it was pretty good. Loved the art!

runvs says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 7:40pm

Very nice game. Zombie snowmen are especially awesome, as well as the audio. I like the game! :)

sputnik says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 1:27am

Cool pixel art!

sandbaydev says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 11:30am

@Code Medicine: It's interesting that you mention snowmen/zombies... since I really didn't think of them as zombies. But I guess they kind of are!

Thanks for all the ideas (scoring, progression, music variation): I totally agree on all of those.

@Saf: very good observation. It was my idea to make it so that you could chop of wood & make the fire bigger but that feature had to be cut off due time limits. I'll see if that will be in post-combo. It would add additional strategic element in the survival.

@lemmily: thanks for playing & good points. Yes, the direction of hits (and getting hit) should be more obvious. The player actually has just one hitpoint.

@wilbefast: I'm especially proud about that background wind... mobile phone and gently blowing towards the screen (not the mic) works nicely :D

@RHYnumebrs: loss/victory screen didn't trigger: that's a bug! I'll fix that for post-combo version. I think :)

Thanks for the playing & comments everybody.

KeeperofBee says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 11:55am

Awesome pixel art!

brainstorm says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 12:23pm

Innovation n/a: The game doesn't innovates at all.

Fun 5/5: Funny, and I haven't played the online mode... it could be awesome!!

Theme 4/5: Run on a single screen and a joke about it.

Graphics 5/5: Great pixel art!!!

Audio 5/5: It creates a great atmosphere!!

Humor 5/5: Hilarious theme pun.

Mood 5/5: Great atmosphere, man!!!

Overall 5/5: Great game, too difficult maybe.

Hendri says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 1:48pm

Awesome game, but it would be good if there was more levels or waves of snowmen.

Robber says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 7:25pm

those walking trees are the bomb

Divitos says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:00pm

Very well done!

Lythom says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 9:06pm

Nice entry, couldn't figure out how to get rid of large trees but the mood is good and the game fully playable.
Thanks for the game !

Dec 20, 2014 @ 11:18pm

Really enjoyed the graphics! I Included it in part 12 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :) http://youtu.be/Wy_mvMH2L7Q

Almax27 says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 8:33pm

Brilliant art style, and while a multiplayer game, was still fun to play alone. Nice work!

Teejay5 says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 11:01pm

haha sweet! It appears that you can keep attacking even after dying :O

apiotrw says ...
Dec 23, 2014 @ 12:36am

Great art

Dec 26, 2014 @ 2:24pm

Nice pixel art, fun game, and it's online multiplayer. Wow! :)

sandbaydev says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 7:22pm

@Teejay5: I was hoping nobody would notice!

@Jupiter_Hadley: Thanks. I noticed! You should try use fire to melt snowmen.

@Hendri: agreed.

@robber: yes.

@brainstorm: thanks for the detailed feedback. I had plans to make it easier (hit multiple snowmen, easier feedback on when hits land successfully, and so that you could also gather more firewood and so on... but I run out of time. Maybe post-compo version then ;))

Thanks everybody for playing & your feedback.

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 8:50pm

Really good game, great graphics and well built multiplayer. Having the fire as well as your weapon added a good amount of strategy towards the game. :)

el-pepi says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 8:52pm

Simple and fun. There isn't much to it, but it is fun in multiplayer.
There is a lot you can polish on this game.

Dec 28, 2014 @ 10:04pm

Props for adding multiplayer, unfortunately there didn't seem to be anyone else on when I tried it, but it seems like the game would be improved a lot by it. It's a bit bare-bones, but its a good start. Excellent pixel art, and I like the epic vocal sound effects.

AkirAssasin says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 12:42am

Do you use LAN to play multiplayer or what? Because I couldn't play multiplayer...

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