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

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Swotch

by Ulydev - Jam Entry

Hello, everyone, my name's Ulysse Ramage. Creating games is my hobby, and as I'm 15, I hope to get better and better as I make them.

This is the first game I made during LD31. The second one is called " pOp ".

Swotch is a psychedelic arcade game about gravity switching. You control a block that needs to avoid the coming obstacles, using the arrow keys.

Left / Right or A / D : Move
Spacebar : Slow motion !

You can also use an Xbox 360 controller.

Collect the power ups (big squares) to fill your Slow-mo bar.

Gameplay video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bda2zNfefU

You will need Löve2D to play the Linux/Source version.
(The Linux/Source may be buggy, tell me if there are any problems)

Music by http://www.playonloop.com/

/! iOS and Android ports in progress !\

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#13Fun(Jam)4.12
#100Overall(Jam)3.80
#199Mood(Jam)3.50
#303Theme(Jam)3.76
#357Graphics(Jam)3.58
#432Innovation(Jam)3.14
#601Humor(Jam)2.39

Comments

ajopart says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:08pm

Simple and fun. A shame I can rate your audio ;-) psychedelic music indeed. The game crashs each time I loose btw. Good job

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

This game is fantastic. Crazy amounts of polish, simple but fun gameplay, great music. All around this is one of my favourite submissions yet. Well done! This could actually make a decent little mobile game if you wanted to pursue that.

Stfan says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:37pm

Nice game but kept crashing when I died (the error code was attempt to index global 'file' (a nil value))

Aomeas says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:44pm

Pretty neat, but not so original, I only see the Gravitron from VVVVVV :/
Nice audio, though.

mactinite says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:44pm

Really fun game! I was getting the same error as Stfan forcing me to close the window and rerun the .exe to play again.

frondeus says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:53pm

Cool! But this bug is frustrating. Could you fix it? It can be very good game.

cbear_wallis says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:00pm

This had a crazy terry cavanagh feel I almost thought he made it xD I love these kinds of twitch games ^_^ really good job :)

Andrea says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:02pm

Crazy good game! Everything seems to be perfectly polished, from the title screen to the actual game. Too bad there's that error message when you die though :(

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

Thank you guys for pointing the crash out ! I just fixed it, I hope it works well now ! I'm terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

I wish a good luck to everyone !

Vandash says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:26pm

Great gameplay feeling, my heart is beating faster now.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:39pm

What the hell did I just play? D:

That was fairly intense

I think I'll go have a lie down now.

runvs says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:09pm

Wow, this one is addictive! simple but impresive visuals, a great aggressive soundtrack and easy controls. I will play this surely again. Is there the possibility do create a android version? could be grear on mobile phones!

Ulydev says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:12pm

Sure ! I'll think about creating an iOS/Android version if the game is appreciated enough !

albertnez says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:03pm

Reminds me of super gravitron, but this is indeed insane, polished effect, with great music. Love it!

Gwilym says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:13am

This game is the very definition of polish. An inspiration to all :D

Lynx says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:16am

My new favorite game! I wish I could rate the music as well but definitely so much fun. The only, ONLY thing I would change would be maybe instructions on how to activate the slow-down.

I'm a big fan of twitch games and this style (hence my game) but yours is miles ahead of the rest! Well done!

Lynx says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:17am

Also, one more note, this is also a game I will be keeping on my computer after LD

PriorBlue says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:47am

Great work! Simple, but challenging gameplay and a cool interaction between graphic and sound.

charlesque says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:27am

Awesome game ! :)

Snuux says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:18pm

Cool second game too! You are monster, that you make too games...!

coded_ninja says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:29pm

Man this game is something hyper-good!!! All 5 stars! It's my favourite. If you make an Android version of this please send my a mail or something!

Ulydev says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:36pm

Thank you guys for the awesome comments :D ! That really makes me feel good about my work !

nov1kk says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:02pm

Wow! really nice game, its really fun, good music nice idea... your game is the best that i tested for now, good job man/woman :D!

hypnoticbytes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:49pm

Nice one. I love Terry's games and this one looks like Graviton but is even more amazing. Great job!

Harsay says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:49pm

Simple well polished concept = tons of fun.

headchant says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:53pm

Played this for 30 minutes at least! So good. Could be great on smartphones as well!

vrld says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:43pm

Wow, this is the best entry I have played so far. Simple and very addictive mechanic, very well presented. A+++ WILL play again. Now.

rainshapes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:15pm

Wow, this is fantastic! Great graphics, music, and challenging yet addictive gameplay! Reminds me a lot of super gravitron in VVVVVV.

jpmit says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:16pm

Good fun, nicely polished.

TheGreenTie says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:28pm

Windows link won't work :/

Newt_ says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:28pm

Wow, very nice. Easily one of the most fun entries I've played!

Hammers says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:31pm

Nice. This is my kind of game! Definitely getting a super gravitron vibe :P I really like the smooth intro and outro.

AinaSG says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:32pm

Nice and fun. Not very original (gravitron) buuuuut +1 for LÖVE 2D.

Keeping it to read the source latter and improve my LÖVE skills.

Thanks and keep working!

hbocao says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:35pm

Two great entries, man. Damn... very good job.
This one felt more polished. You really did great.

oh_andrej says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:36pm

Whoa, that was a trip. Very polished and addicting in its simplicity. I appreciate how the trippy visuals don't hinder gameplay as is sometimes the case with games going for that style.

guimonpa says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:39pm

This is tons of fun. Great visuals and the slowdown effect is awesome!

Also, how does one create two games in a single ludum dare? Nice job man.

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

Loved this! Well done! Simple and fun. Really tight controls and audio/visuals. Missed a screen explaining the controls, as I didn't understand that spacebar was slo-mo without reading it here:) The guy (rude as he's known) who started the Löve project is a good friend of mine, I'll make sure to show him this.

Ulydev says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:51pm

Thanks a lot for all the positive comments !

@flegmatical, I wanted to stay really minimalistic and didn't want to add any text excepted for the score/logo. Once you know left/right/spacebar, the controls are pretty intuitive though :)
The fact that you know rude is awesome ! That'd be awesome if you showed him !

ENDESGA says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:19pm

Awesome game :) love it!

TriSquare says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:02am

Great work! Simple, but challenging gameplay and a cool interaction between graphic and sound.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:30am

This is brilliantly simple. The music is awesome!

thopis says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:31am

Challenging and great color palette!+1Music

hitchh1k3r says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:25am

I liked the slowmo feature, I found super gravatron way too hard, but this is a game I can actually play. When it gets overwhelming you just slow it down. Good work on this game.

Tortoise says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:29am

Totally wasn't expecting the puzzle mechanic. I just wish there were more levels

(By the way, in the last level you can just walk through the door without getting the key)

LukeZaz says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:29am

Really, really fun game. Just wish I could use slow-motion a bit more, as it can get rather hard.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:36am

Fantastic game, great music, and very fun!

BtheDestroyer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:46am

Gotta say, simplistic is a good way to go

Kitch says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:06am

Dang, really like this one. Fast replay, screenshake, audio effects and color scheme just really worked... Great Job! Thanks.

jrap says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:25am

Gorgeous. I scored 3091. I especially love the way the interface flows in and out of gameplay and high score screen. Reccomendation: play in darkness on a giant screen. the colors illuminate the room and produce a zen-like state of engagement with the game.

hexagore says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:27am

The simplicity of this game's design means it feel excellently polished, and as it's an easier version of Super Graviton it's a lot of fun, too. Can't rate the audio but because it works so well with the art style it gives top marks for mood.

Murchurl says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:47am

Interesting game! i think this'll be great for mobile devices! nice job

Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:41am

Great game ! You got the most important tip for a small game success, screenShake !
Jokes aside, really nice polish on a simple but really functional idea. The work on the audio and transitions between menu and game is really awesome. Keep it up !

Damdoshi says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:40am

Straightforward, fast, accurate, merciless. It is a great arcade game.

- - - - -

Direct, rapide, précis, implacable. C'est un super jeu d'arcade. Félicitations.

rabbit says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:06pm

Dude holy shit.

I need this on my phone RIGHT NOW.

GreenyUk says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:25pm

Won't play for me (Windows 8).

I get 'attempt to index a nil value'

Traceback
main.lua:360 in fucntion 'update'
[C]: in function 'xpcall'

Ulydev says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:13pm

OMG, shame on me ! Thanks for pointing this out ! I just fixed it. :)

Trite Games says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:48pm

Yeah slow motion effect! Nice approach on the theme and cool mechanics :) More big squares for more slowmo would be better I feel, just because it's sooo cool ;)

realbogart says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:18pm

Cool! Reminded me of super hexagon with the graphics and instant death. I liked it

Rupert says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:18pm

Great game, the music is nice and the gameplay is addicting. You could probably sell this as an mobile app :)

Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:27pm

Game is simple, fun and addictive. Highlighting collision on death would be neat. Anyway, good job!

spitfire87 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:41pm

Remind me a lot of Terry cavanagh's games. Despite being simple, it is very polished and it feels quite intense. 5/5 mood.

thiaguera says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:11am

WOW! Best game I've played so far. Very intense. The graphics are just the way they should be. The music is perfect.

madcapacity says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:53am

Great great submission! Was a lot of fun to play this!

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:04am

Great innovation! Very original! Could definitely see this as a cool mobile game! Simple but cool graphics. I like how everything is always shaking, it makes it even more intense. And the music is just great. (You should let people rate Audio!)

Ulydev says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:14am

Thank you for your feedback, guys ! Unfortunately, I can't let people rate Audio because I just haven't made it.

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:41am

This is lots of fun. Fantastic presentation all around, and a really addicting mechanic. I could see this finding great success on mobile -- tilt controls and tap to slow down maybe?

tcarter says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 7:12am

This game makes me want to rage against the machine, man.

Zimennik says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 7:58am

Idea from VVVVVV. But nice music.

kebabskal says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:38am

Love the aesthetics. The music made me want to play longer. I would have liked the game to be just a little bit easier. Part of it is that the gravity switching seems a little bit erratic. Sometimes the box go outside the screen before switching sometimes it feels like it switches as soon as one edge touch the edge of the screen. The slowmo feature didn't help me at all. Went away too quickly and I didn't have focus enough to engage it in time.

Small tweaks and you have a winner :D

Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:40pm

hectic game. swotch is simple addictive and fun, but eye hurting after awhile ahaha. i was playing it at night with my lights turned off and i thought i was gonna give me seizure, but i kept playing because it was so fun ahaha great entry!, i'd like to see more content added to this game!

the-arrival says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:05pm

it reminds me of super hexagon. Great addicting game.

nuno says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:12pm

Dude why did you opt out of Audio? Its great!! Greetings from another Löver :D

Arkrothe says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:59pm

Quite like super gravitron, but your presentation and controls are way better!

metalchouchen says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:37pm

I really like the game loop. Between the title, the game, and the game over. Nice art for this type of game also. Good job!

vidarn says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:40pm

This is a really great submission! I thought it was great fun. I really like these types of games that are quick to restart and unforgiving. It really feels like challenge.

I really like the style, music and graphics fit very well together with the gameplay. Also like all the extra effects to add to shakiness. I thought about extra gameplay mechanics, such as power ups or extra lives but then decided that adding such features would not make it as elegant which your game very much is. Everything looks very crisp!

Very fun game! This is one I will keep on my computer.

// Written by Peter (ludumdare.com/compo/author/Macint/)
// Vidar's teammate in this Jam.

Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:21pm

Very interesting

ynots says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 9:22am

great game ...lol

Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:18pm

Simplistic and well executed game, impressive that you had time to make 2 good games!

indie4fun says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 1:27pm

Fun and simple. Nice graphic style, perfect for this kind of game. A shame we can't rate the music, I think is great!

Grindstorm says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 4:53pm

Simple, fun, also the mood itself gave the humor :) wished you added sound to it, but it was a fun game.

Dec 13, 2014 @ 6:56pm

This game is... bizarrely similar to our entry! Not surprising seeing a lot of gravitron influence in this theme.

Very nice work on the presentation! Really dug the colors/sounds/etc.

klianc09 says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:00pm

It's a lot of fun playing this. Just perfectly intense. Wish the slow-mo held longer, as it is now, it didn't help me much.

My best was 4200 something.

Dec 14, 2014 @ 1:04am

great work! Very reminiscent of Super Gravitron, but with a slightly trippier vibe.
I also like the inclusion of power-ups, although I felt it was a bit un-intuitive to represent them as just a larger version of your primary obstacle.

6DownStudios says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 3:52am

Woof. Nice. Very Bit Trip. :) Maybe a mode that's a tad less seizure-inducing? Naw, just kiddin', I dig it. :D

Omiya Games says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 5:08am

Absolutely addicting. Best game I've played so far. You may want to increase the difficulty sooner, but I otherwise felt it was well balanced. Awesome job.

Reminds me a lot of Super Hexagon, too.

peterthehe says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 12:54pm

Intense. Great Work

farwyler says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 10:34pm

Fantastic!

Ludipe says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 11:32pm

Simple but really fun, this game needs highscores or a "share button" to compete with your friends. Good job!

GFM says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 1:24am

Couldn't get the gamepad to work. 'y' moved left and 'd-pad up' activated bullet time... but that was it...

That aside, this game looks awesome. It super simple, but you made it feel so polished and fun.

Lynx says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:40am

Honestly still my favorite game this LD! I happily downloaded and kept Swotch on my laptop and played against a buddy of mine Sat afternoon trying out-do each other's scores

Slothmachine says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 9:47am

Yes! Simple, beautiful and fun! Well polished and I love what you did with music! Awesome!

Ulydev says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 3:46pm

Thank you guys for your comments ! You're awesome ! :D

Dec 15, 2014 @ 5:15pm

Awesome. Perfect mobile style game imo. Great soundtrack and vfx. Exciting and fun game. Think the large power ups should be different. Perhaps green, vs red for smaller boxes (danger?). Great game. Very well done.

Insality says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:06pm

ooh, it was perfect. I looove music games and fantastic minimalisti graphics here :D

asobitech says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 9:18am

Excellent work dude.

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

Obviously it's just Gravitron with another feature bolted on but your execution is really great. Nice visuals and well-suited music. Will be very curious to see what you make in the future!

puppetmaster says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 11:13pm

Very powerful game! :-) I love simple ui design!

Fantastic!

Dec 17, 2014 @ 6:19am

Simple, addictive game. The best.

XTremEive says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 7:34pm

Pretty dope, that's all I can say. It's about the trip and intensity. Liked it, keep it up!

fierysquirrel says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 5:16am

Nice music and graphics, inspiration: Super Hexagon? haha very nice!

Riocide says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 12:33pm

10/10 well done!

apiotrw says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 12:52pm

Really well made, minimalistic game

m_math says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 5:14pm

Ulydev, i love your game. you did a great job.well play

Simon says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 8:55pm

This is very well done. It's fun to play and very unique!

FistBumpGames says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 11:24am

Really cool game! like the music, the art, the feeling! a highscore system would have made this game even better!

broknecho says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 3:42pm

Excellent! Great job. super fun entry.

Dietrich Epp says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 9:54pm

Fun! I just wish the difficulty ramped up a little more slowly.

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 11:09pm

Really good game! Has a similar vibe to Super Hexagon, hope the ports do well (and if you can release it to Windows Phone, please do so I can play it on the go!)

Only gripe is the big blocks, I didn't know you could collide into them like the others. Maybe you could invert its colour to show that it's different so it can tell the player something significant about it.

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 5:04am

Pretty neat, but it almost seems like you just substituted shaking and graphics effects instead of making it have any substantive gameplay.

The sounds were pretty cool, though.

alyphen says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 12:53pm

Simple and addictive. I think this would do well as a mobile game with tilt support.
The music fitted great, and the graphics were simple but again, fit well.
Ideas for expansion:
Perhaps add different modes/difficulties that could keep a player hooked for longer. After a couple of minutes I'd already experienced everything the game had.

gameattack says ...
Dec 21, 2014 @ 3:27pm

Great Game! If you add some others songs and few other other obstacles. I ll buy your game on iOS!

Dec 21, 2014 @ 7:19pm

AWESOME !!! this is the kind of that i love !
Simple and fun

Dec 21, 2014 @ 7:36pm

Wow. Simple, fun and addictive like Maverick Bird. Just awesome.

efux says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 4:09pm

Nice entry. It is quite addicing. Keep up your work, this is impressive with only 15 years. =D

Dec 27, 2014 @ 10:39am

Really great game especially for something done in 48 hours. I love graphics astethics, but music is nice too (it adds a lot of energy to the game). For me it would be a great game even if done by someone twice of your age so keep up a good work :)

kardamom says ...
Jan 16, 2015 @ 7:51am

Love it! The audio works just great with the gameplay. Wish I could handle audio the same way.

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