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

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Existential

by LukeZaz - Jam Entry

What you see on screen is what exists. Once it's no longer visible, it gets deleted.

Collect chests to upgrade your characters abilities, and defeat enemies (read: chunks of stone and dirt) to level up and gain health. Get all four artifact pieces from chests to win.

Controls and information also available in-game.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness71%
#528Humor(Jam)2.55
#554Audio(Jam)2.54
#730Fun(Jam)2.74
#745Mood(Jam)2.69
#834Innovation(Jam)2.46
#863Graphics(Jam)2.41
#908Overall(Jam)2.67
#980Theme(Jam)2.39

Comments

Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:12am

Pretty good! I especially liked the music and I think the concept of getting new skills and stuff from chests is cool.

cyrus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:50am

yes, smash those ... crates! :D nice procedurally generated platformer. pretty basic drawings...

goodbadokay says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:55am

Lol) The game feels very fun)
One of the boxes got on top of my head and killed me in a few seconds :D

bukt says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:59am

Fun, but not very original.

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:01am

This is a nice base for a modern roguelike type of game. I can see that the work on programming is heavier than the art. There's nothing wrong with that! I liked it!

oscarabraham says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:01am

It is a nice idea. The game is too easy. If enemies were stronger, or smarter, or faster, and if your health didn't fill up so fast, it would be more fun.

JNyknn says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:03am

Nice game.

ShadowStryker says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:29am

Your website or whatever website is hosting the file seems to be down.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:18am

Really like the procedural generation, but having issues with crate mechanics :)

JoshuaBurr says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:32am

The web version doesn't seem to load.

elvaq says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:20am

Has a nice feel but it's crazy ambitious for the jam and thus, not really very balanced or polished. Could be cool to keep working on!

Lynx says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:36am

Super creative game, I like the generous treasure chests. And those darn boxes kept ganging up man!

One suggestion, in art darker values of colors represent foreground while lighter represent distance and background (look at mountains in the distance, they get lighter the farther away they go)

Might want to apply this rule to your game because I kept think the dark blocks were ceilings and floors

pkenney says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:52am

Kinda cool, especially getting the upgrades. If the sword swing was just a bit more satisfying, and hitting the enemies had a crunch, it would add a lot to the experience. At first I wasn't sure when I was hitting them, but then I did notice you flash the enemy a bit.

One nice thing about the balance was that you had to be careful. You think you're in control, but as soon as you lose it things can fall apart fast because you get multi-hit to near death quickly in a bad position. Also there was a balance between careful play killing each guy, vs sprinting past them.

I tried to use the screen mechanic to kill guys by moving so they'd go off the screen and stop existing, but I didn't have a lot of luck with this. That was when I got surrounded and ran for my life.

LukeZaz says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:50am

ShadowStryker & JoshuaBurr, I've put a itch.io link as the main one - the old one has been moved to be a mirror. Hopefully now you'll be able to play.

Lynx, thanks for the tip on the art. I didn't realize this.

pkenney, thanks for the comment! When it comes to the screen mechanic, it's not entirely true. There's a small 'buffer' where tiles will stick around so that you don't see them getting destroyed, so the enemies might have hidden there.

Crefossus says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:50am

I love the random generation, although it could be more noticeable.

The biggest issue for me was the animation not matching the actual attack range. Some random powerups in the chests would go a long way. Items that change your strategy would be really neat.

hypnoticbytes says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:18pm

Pretty cool arcade game. A bit easy but good in overall.

Warboys says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 9:41am

Really like the idea of stuff going off the screen being destroyed, I just wish you had a level design that promoted backtracking or whatnot to make use of it more.

MrBadIvan says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 8:31pm

Nice idea, fun game=)

Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:32pm

"What you see on screen is what exists. Once it's no longer visible, it gets deleted." - sounds really good, I think you should've focused more on that and used it as a central game mechanic. This way it doesn't really matter all that much, and everything seems quite generic. Wouldn't even have noticed that feature if I hadn't read it beforehand.
Otherwise a pretty solid game, the chests were a nice touch. It just was a bit monotonous.. :)

rodobodolfo says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:44pm

Really liked it, I love the stats grinding, and the fighting, though quite weird, it feels satisfying. Good Job!

Xanjos says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 10:23pm

Pretty good concept and I like how the levels are procedurally generated although it's a bit annoying when an enemy box lands on top of you and you can't shake it off.

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 8:32pm

nice work

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