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

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Ember

by geckojsc - Compo Entry

Ember is a game about a girl on a floating island in space, using her computer to identify objects and artifacts.

Controls:

ARROW KEYS - movement
TAB - switch to the next item in your inventory
SPACE - use the current item

If you're struggling to use items, here are some good places to start:
- the garden to the left
- the empty table
- the fireplace

There are 9 items in total, they might not be easy to find. If you wait a while the computer might give you some hints. Otherwise, just sit and enjoy the ambience. :)


bugfixes:
2014/12/08 - fixed a bug with rainclouds not being correctly removed from the physics engine

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#58Audio3.79
#86Mood3.65
#182Graphics3.75
#421Innovation3.30
#436Overall3.30
#482Theme3.65
#505Fun3.13
#1818Coolness36%

Comments

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

That last item is hard to find :P.

indie4fun says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:50pm

I really love the graphics, the planet is very cute!
But I find hard to understand the mechanics.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:54pm

Enjoyed the mood, but didn't get what you were supposed to do.

duon44 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:56pm

It's quite a nice experience but I didn't really know what to do

feizenbara says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:57pm

Couldn't find last items, but it's looking nice and it can be fun.

OneMuppet says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:05pm

Very nice game, like the graphics like the sound, like the idea! :) I stuck around for a long time trying to find the last item, and to be honest I don't know how I found it, it just popped up "100%... you found the cryst... if you listen closely..." I'm still curious as to HOW I found it! :)

geckojsc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:13pm

Haha yes I was expecting this. I'd wanted to have lots of items and interactions so that people wouldn't get stuck, and everybody could discover different things and have their own experience. I spent too long on the engine and atmosphere, so I ran out of time to add all those things. So for now the game is more of a guessing game where you try to figure out how I intended each item to be used.

There's even some secret music in the game! It's sad to think that not many people will find it, but I guess that's the beauty in secrets :)

geckojsc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:16pm

OneMuppet: you put the thing on the thing and then combined it with the other thing? ;)

Thanks for playing though guys! I'm glad I succeeded with the sounds and graphics at least.

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:27pm

So cool, I think I found all the secrets! One question though - what is supposed to happen when you break the Illuminati triangle? The log says "AIRHORN.WAV", but I think it's the name of the secret song from the other item... Hmm.

Miziziziz says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:42pm

is there anywhere I could download the music from this? I don't have Love.
oh yeah, I found the illuminati music as well :p

geckojsc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:43pm

It's just a reference to Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne and Gun Godz. I would have included an actual airhorn, but that would be breaking the rules since I didn't make the sound myself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASViACjq8a8

geckojsc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:45pm

Miziziziz: Sure!
Song 1 - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11403463/LD31/assets/ld31a.ogg
Song 2 - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11403463/LD31/assets/ld31b.ogg

The .love is actually a renamed zip file, so you can extract the contents if you want :)

5k0d says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:50pm

Had a nice feeling playing your game! Keep it up ;-)

whilefun says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:57am

The first music phase was really great. Got stuck and restarted. Got 80% complete, but then just rain clouds came for a long time. I don't know how to proceed. Neat entry overall.

Anshul Goyal says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:39pm

kinda hard to understand where to use what item and if you can use them more than once. They stay in your inventory but dont seem to do anything after you have already used them.

Good work overall!!

StMatn says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:25am

Nice game!

The graphics look awesome and the soundeffects are quite fitting. The music is great and sets the mood really well.

At the beginning I didn't really get what to do, but after getting warm with the game it was really enjoyable.
If the crystal... is the last item, I didn't find the second last item...

Nevertheless, awesome work!

Backterria says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:40am

Super idea , super audio!

GarethIW says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 12:21pm

nice graphics and audio, it's a nice sense of achievement when you find something new.

01rafael says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 4:34am

Love engine games are so lovely! xD

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