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

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Plankton

by alpha_rat - Compo Entry

second participation to the ld

Goal : make your planktons breed and evolve and keep them well fed.

CONTROLS :
- click to give some food
- you can get some information by hovering upon the "?" sign on the top-left corner of the screen

WARNING : the game presents a few bugs
You can reload the game with spacebar at any moment

Tools used :
- Construct2 for development
- Audacity, Bosca Ceoil and Bfxr for sounds
- Graphics have been created from scratch in photoshop

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness79%
#143Graphics3.85
#468Innovation3.24
#472Mood3.00
#687Humor2.32
#690Theme3.50
#838Overall2.92
#1071Fun2.38

Comments

Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:26am

How exactly does this game work? I don't understand what exactly I'm supposed to do...

alpha_rat says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:45am

you can click throw some food for the organisms, it is pretty basic and maybe too simplistic
you can get some information by hovering your mouse on the "?" sign on the topèleft corner of the screen

Thanks for your feedback, I'll try to make it clearer

Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:05am

I meant on the "evolving and breeding" part, am I supposed to have them grow? Or do I just keep splitting them?

alpha_rat says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:08pm

Once they reach a determined food intake, they evolve by themselves

jsmtux says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:55pm

Really addictive simple game with great graphics. Could have more mechanics though.

rabbeni says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:05pm

there was really good mood in this :)
Good job

Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:59am

Strange game :) I didn't understand what to do but it was nice clicking everywhere to feed and evolve

nicotuason says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:14am

lol, my plankton turned into frogs. Cool game!

LittleThor says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:24am

A nice-looking game with an interesting concept! Put more food to challenge the player on his speed and stress management. Nice work!

Kerdelos says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:40pm

There is not much of a goal which is sad because the game is gorgeous and all the evolutions are really good looking. It's nice to see the cells evolve in something more complicated.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:57am

Lovely aesthetics. Fun to watch them evolve

zulubo says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:15am

Pretty fun! I really liked the graphics. There wasn't much interesting gameplay though...

Jyrkface says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:33am

Not sure I understood what was going on, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching it :)

Hellequin says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:26pm

Awesome art style ! Great game! I like it ^^

Rocketship says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:28pm

It reminds me of a simple tamagotchi, kind of. It looks and sounds nice but the gameplay is really barebones. I would've liked maybe different foods to grow them in a different way or something. Still I always have a soft spot in my heart for games like this :)

egos says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:35pm

i like it is it possible to see the source code ?
The link isnt the capx file ?

RyanNielson says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:36pm

Nice little game, looks good and sounds pretty good. I wish there was more to do, but it was interesting watching the little dudes change even though I'm not exactly sure what/why I was doing it.

JoshuaBurr says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:37pm

I love the look of the game. I couldn't get the plankton to evolve past the first stage though (where it grows a tentacle thing). I only realised there were more stages after seeing your post.

alpha_rat says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:42pm

@egos : I just added the .capx file in the entry! ;)

Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:58pm

Cool idea and very nice art!

jonah1nine says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:03pm

Nice feel to the game. I like the details you put in - particles and stuff. Mechanics can be improved though.

Well done!

uvwar says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:04pm

I love pretty much anything thats simulated life, so you get points for that alone! Plus the awesome colors and cool movements of the creatures, of course. I couldn't get my thing to turn into a frog though, not sure if it was bugged or what but I fed it a ton and it never got beyond the fat blob that swims erratically.

Manou says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:54pm

Life simulator mate, 4* !
Maybe we can do something with both our projects? :D

alvarop says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:50am

Really interesting concept and well executed. With some more feedback to the player, this could be a great one. This is the type of game that needs a lot of content to really create a sense of wonder and discovery for the player. Obviously, in 48h that's not a possibility, but what about... post-compo? :)

As a sidenote, I'm always very happy to see a fellow C2 user. Hello c2 brother!

Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:08am

Really liked the graphics, thought your colour choices worked really well and liked seeing the evolution occur. Got upto 27080 points and then my guy seemed to stop moving, think I overfed him. Nice entry and would be nice to see it expanded upon with more content.

Trite Games says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 4:00pm

Ok so I fed a lot to grow a lot...but where does it go and where does it stop? You should only have limited food and make it more obvious where you have to put the food...But I somehow still enjoyed the feeding and growing. Just needs more work :)

Carduus says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 11:51am

Nice idea!

Zi says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 8:17am

Cool game! Nice graphics and sound. Quite fun and addictive, even if the goal isn't clear. I wish the planktons would be more active in getting the food so they don't starve to death. In any case, good job!

Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:12pm

Interesting idea, and I really liked the colours you used, they created a nice atmosphere

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