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

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Nocturnal Garden

by Hail_Pizza - Compo Entry

Nocturnal Garden is a game about maintaining a garden in the darkness. You must protect your plants, otherwise they will be stolen. Once a plant is fully grown, you can consume it to increase the light radius. The aim of the game is to increase your light radius so that nothing can steal your plants.


Arrow keys to move

X to interact

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Raxsus says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:25pm

Pretty good, but there were a few holes in the design. None of my plants ever got stolen, the things that would steal them only ever came from the bottom of the screen, and part of the end game text message was off the screen. It would also be nice if the seeds were a different color. Still, nice game.

MiniBobbo says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 4:22am

I was a little confused at first how I was supposed to plant new plants. A quick in-game explanation would have been nice. I eventually just gave up on the torches because they stayed lit for so short a time.

I loved the main character! And the mood was great.

Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:15pm

Good simple controls, and pretty easy to pick up and go with.

Wasn't sure what I was supposed to be doing at first. I understood planting plants but it didn't seem obvious what collecting them did. Perhaps a different sound effect to suggest I was doing something other than the generic "interact". It wasn't until the light grew much bigger from the player that I went "Oh now I get it."

Good music, colour palette, theme, all worked well together.

Dec 13, 2014 @ 4:43am

An interesting game! I had a really hard time picking it up at first, particularly because I didn't know what the seed bin in the middle was--I thought the plants would just grow, haha. The game got a lot easier after I figured that one out! I really liked the "dull" graphical palette, though, which created a certain mood. It was really that--the dark mood you created--that kept me playing all the way to the end. Thank you for the game!

pjimmy says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:53pm

love the mood, very spooky, well done

Harley77 says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 3:12am

Graphics and movement are excellent.

drkrunk says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 12:58am

Very nice mood. The music was didn't have much to it but still created a nice atmosphere. Great job on you compo entry!

mathmadlen says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 3:12am

Interesting idea, loved the mood - the music and the art were appropriately uneasy. The light-radius mechanic was a cool concept. Great job!

lycrashampoo says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 9:33am

Neat concept! In practice, the plants took a really long time to grow, and I got bored waiting for them. Also, the controls felt kind of floaty, as though I were driving a racecar instead of a person. Cute art though!

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