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

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Robots vs Stuff

by Martins - Compo Entry

Connect the colors - click and drag between same colored squares to select them. No diagonals.
Each color is a component to be put on a robot (see left column for 3 robots you are currently making)
The more squares you connect in making a robot part - the more powerful robot will be created.
If no robot needs part you are currently making - it will be discarded (ie not put on robot)

Point of the game is to create enough robots so they can take on the Boss. (Better parts make for stronger robots, but a lot of cheap ones can overwhelm him too, so cheap and lone robots are doomed)

Be careful with board reshuffling - it will heal the boss (unless board is beyond hope - you will be notified, when free reshuffling is offered) so you need to take extra care in and not make the board look like a chess board with no no neighboring colors to connect.

Protip: Click and hold on colored square, look at the left columns and see what kind of robot part are you making, quality level of it and whether it will be put on a robot or end in trash (upper leftmost icon)

ProProTip: Legs determine speed; Body: attack distance, damage and health; Head: damage, health; Core: damage; Armor: health



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Made using:
- Unity
- monodevelop
- Paint.net

With help from:
http://www.1001freefonts.com/ (Font)
http://www.leshylabs.com/apps/sfMaker/ (Sounds)
http://www.superflashbros.net/as3sfxr/ (Sounds)
http://tones.wolfram.com/ (Music)
http://www.noisetexturegenerator.com/ (Noise image)

Mac users, please use standalone.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness83%
#248Graphics3.60
#263Innovation3.56
#331Overall3.42
#355Fun3.31
#371Audio3.00
#444Theme3.68
#472Mood3.00
#514Humor2.54

Comments

DrHahn says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:50am

I'm going to be totally honest, I hadn't realized I had one and was playing for quite a while after. I wasn't bored, just lost any indication. Add that and this could be a really cool mobile game. Nice work.

kalugny says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:55pm

This really has potential - keep working on it. I'd like to see more variation in what you can do with the robots (defensive robots vs. aggresive robots, depending on the enemy).
This could be a really good mobile game.

c2v4 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:57pm

Great game! Lacks of instructions thou :)

pixzleone says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:01pm

Very cool! Cool graphics, nice sound and good use of the theme.
Add a you win screen or something maybe.

RyanNielson says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:02pm

This really has great potential as a neat mobile game I think. It's simple, but an interesting twist on the match genre. The aesthetics are pretty great, and I like the sound effects. I would love to see this developed a bit further. Some clearer instructions would help make this easier to understand though.

mauris says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:03pm

Enjoyed playing. If you add more animations and FX to robots taking down boss it would be an amazing game:)

brainstorm says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:09pm

Innovation 4/5: I really liked this mix between match and tower defense!!!

Fun 4/5: It's fun, but after playing a while it's a bit repetitive.

Theme 3/5: It simply is runned in one screen but it doesn' have any reference.

Graphics 4/5: Simple and well done.

Audio 3/5: Great music but annoying sfx.

Humor 2/5: I can't really rate that category, I couldn't find nothing of humour. Anyway, robots are a bit funny.

Mood 3/5: I don't know what exactly that category means.

Overall 4/5: Great game!!! It needs a help menu.

xerohuang says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:14pm

good concept but hard to win.

Simon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:15pm

Really cool game. It's amusing how we kinda forget about the robots sometimes and just play to match colors I had to actually tell myself to look for the right colors :) Good job!

daviosmash says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:20pm

Really liked it! I had a fun time playing it, and I would play it more. Good job.

reheated says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:48pm

Fun! Clever idea.

hexagore says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:15pm

Could only get the colour matching bit to work for me, but I rather enjoyed just that. Gorgeous palette btw.

feizenbara says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:35pm

Excellent idea, you should release a polished version on mobiles.
I suggest you use a smaller grid with less colors (like 3 or maybe 4) but force a 3-block combo to make it harder. And more things should happen on robot part of the screen so the player has to make smart choices of components at the right time.

Only drawback besides balance is that the theme is only considered as a limitation, not an inspiration.

Anyway, really nice, release it fast on mobile before I get tempted to make my own variation :p

GAFBlizzard says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:06pm

The sound effects were really ear-piercing but thankfully you included a button to toggle them off.

Overall I think this is a great game idea! You should continue it and try making a full game. As someone else mentioned there should really be a win notice though. I was confused why the timer wasn't increasing and had apparently been playing, with a crowd of robots attacking, some time after actually winning.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:39pm

Interesting idea, I like the presentation. Took me a while to figure out how to play, but once I got the hang of it I liked it. Puzzle fighter has a similar hook, but I think this feels more deliberate when you play it. Good work!

thiaguera says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:43pm

Very interesting. I missed some more feedbacks. Good job!

Crosstales says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Nice game idea and realization.

Very well done!

dieblume86 says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:48pm

Nice game, i like the idea.

Krunoslav says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:49pm

Innotive game! Great music. I liked to watch the soldiers walking and fighting!
Maybe you could take more advantage of that :)

ruerob says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:57pm

Nice little game. Was fun to play and to try to get the best robot. Very good work. Thank you for this game.

anissen says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Great idea! Connecting the colors is addictive and the sounds add a nice indication of the amount of colors connected. I found it hard to use any tactics and simply connected as many chains of colors as possible - it seemed to work :)
Good job!

pkenney says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 7:42pm

Interesting idea, and great aesthetics. The color palette looks really nice and the sounds/music were good, too.

There was a bit of learning curve while I figured out what wasted parts meant and how making robots was good not bad, and that the boss was to be attacked and not defended, etc.

But after a game spent learning, I restarted and it got pretty interesting!

Nice work.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 7:18am

Interesting match3, but the theme isn't really clear. Neat ++

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