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

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The Rose Processor

by Simon - Compo Entry

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The Rose Processor
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In The Rose Processor you have to create a rose by converting white petals into red ones. The red ones can be manipulated by using the mouse wheel or the up and down arrows.
The white petals are moving toward you, hence the change of size.
If they overlap a red petal when they are at full size then the red petal disappear but if they overlap with nothing then they become red petals.
Every time you have more red petal than empty ones you gain a level and have the possibility to switch between the previous and the new one where the same rules apply (with the 1,2,3,4 top number keys).

It gets pretty hard as you gain levels and the idea is to try and reach the final form of the rose.

The game could use in-game instructions and better everything but this is as far as I could get :)
Hope you'll have a good time, I think this game can do that once you get the hang of it.

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CONTROLS
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Mouse wheel (or up and down arrows) to change the positions of the red triangles.
1, 2, 3 and 4 to change the series of triangles you wish to control.

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Story
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My friends and I actually used 3 more constraints in addition to the official theme. For the fun of it and because sometimes the LD themes are not enough :)

We chose a few we liked and categorized them (mechanic, control, display) and blindly picked one of each. The results were: leveling, indirect control and triangles only. Not the easiest ones but it was fun nonetheless.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#52Innovation4.10
#141Mood3.49
#146Overall3.68
#182Theme3.96
#186Graphics3.74
#299Audio3.13
#439Fun3.20

Comments

FerraWare says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:14am

Pretty cool concept! very difficult for me though :P

Pierrec says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:54am

Can't rate(because I didn't take part) but this is amazing. My favorite so far (Ok, I played like 10 games, but still!)

lansed says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:04am

Not bad. Very easy to play. Perhaps have the numbers 1 through 4 have the shapes change and have diferent shapes coming at you. Then you could market it as an autism app and make heaps ;)

Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:36pm

I really love the concept!! Found it quite difficult to play :D

c2v4 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:07pm

I don't believe in first screenshot :) It's too difficult to do that :) Very nice idea. Requires a lot of multitasking to play it. I think I am too underslept to play this game. Great idea

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

Great idea! Pretty hard though. Nice graphics and sound, it does not need more. Good work.

Marcellus says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:39pm

Very hard ! I wonder if you took that full rose screenshot without cheating

Simon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:25pm

Thanks a lot everyone.
You are right, the screenshot of the full rose was not taken during gameplay, it's misleading. BUT, it seems so obvious now, it should be possible to actually reach the final form. I don't know how I haven't thought of it earlier. I'm gonna make a post compo that will remember fully aligned and activated branches and make them stick.

rabbit says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:38pm

Cool concept, but at times I was very confused as to what was happening.

Sh1rogane says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:40pm

Fun game. Really hard. Is manageable until the third "row" starts coming then my brain just melts :P

okkolobr says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:41pm

Kind of hypnotic. Would be relaxing with other sounds !

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:42pm

I really love the concept!! Found it quite difficult in order to play. It's really original. Well done ++

GSG says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:42pm

Awesome concept! Really liked the idea and spent the best part of 30mins on it haha. One thing i wasn't too keen on was the audio, but other than that great job!

tudd says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:42pm

Aaaahhh I can't get past level 2!! Very hard. The white triangles were very blurry on my computer.

On my first try I tried matching the red triangle to the white ones, and that wasn't very interesting. Glad I read the directions :)

cxsquared says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:00pm

Really neat idea. The sound effects really added to the mood of the game. I really like it.

Simon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:01pm

@tudd I saw that too on a friend's computer I don't know why it's made with Unity and uses high res sprites it shouldn't be blurry.

@All I'll make a post compo very soon, you'll be able to actually finish the game and it should be simpler too.

Thanks again everyone.

ponk says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:06pm

Kind of hard but it's really nice !
Really hypnotizing

Fonserbc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:49am

Really hard as you start getting levels, but great concept!

Elendow says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:05am

Cool concept and very hard, I like it!

LittleThor says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:02am

Ok, I really really love your game... This is totally hypnotic and addictive. Great concept and I love this minimalist atmosphere.
Aweseome work!

charlesque says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:07am

Love the concept and the graphics.

dieblume86 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:32pm

Great game.

Vinyl Pixels says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:33pm

Great game! I could see this on touchscreen devices where you rotate the four rings with your fingers :) Has a kind of more relaxing and less hectic (although definatelly not easier) Super-Hexagon vibe.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:14pm

I enjoyed it. The graphics are smooth, the sound is nicely integrated, and it presents a fun challenge, if a bit too chalengeing maybe.

wilbefast says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:19pm

Your extra constraints are and interesting addition, and they're well-used. I couldn't manage to get my head around the game though, my foundations keep falling apart as quickly as I can build them :S

Lynx says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:15am

Not much to say other than calming, and well made and as a graphic designer, I enjoy the art style a lot.

Simon says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:24am

Thank you everyone for playing. It gives me games to play too :)
@willbefast with a bit of dedication it's possible to actually be good at it. But I admit it's too hard. Sorry about that :)

Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:15pm

Very cool game! Maybe slow the level completed but DON'T freeze them, the flower being whimsical is great.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:15pm

Extremely stylish game, really too fast for me, but I appreciate the overall polish. Also I like the constraints you added !

Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:20pm

Nice game, pretty creative. Gets pretty darn hard for me but I enjoyed it.

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

Excellent concept and game, even if it becomes quite hellish in the end! I gave up before getting my rose sadly :( but I'll try again later

JFern says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:37pm

Cool concept and really fun game! Took me a second to understand the controls and it got really hard but it's great!

Threstle says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 9:38am

Very cool! I really like the minimalistic graphics. It's quite challenging!

jpmit says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:09am

Really interesting idea. Too difficult for me, but I suspect that is deliberate.

metalchouchen says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:52pm

Cool concept :)and nice art! Good job!

maxyan says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:51am

Nice concept, good job.

camlang says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:12pm

Cool concept. Really hard to do rose like on the first screenshot.

Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:42pm

Different and cool idea. Very challanging! Not always easy to know which part you were controlling.

SoulGame says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 3:23pm

I like the idea. Hard to achieve. In fact i think you can't beat the game because petals appear constantly at same rate so it seems to be too hard to complete all ranges.
Neat and simple graphics let a well sophisticated feeling.

Simon says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 4:35pm

Thank you for playing and for your comments!

I'm glad you can appreciate the game despite its difficulty :)

SK16 Games says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 5:18pm

Wow, very creative idea, love the way the audio is a part of the game as well. A bit hard though...

RyanNielson says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 3:52pm

Fantastic game, great concept that starts out super easy and gets pretty tough at a nice rate. The art is simple, but fits the aesthetic perfectly. The only suggestion I'd have is to make it so that it's more apparently a white triangle is coming up under a red one.

Well done!

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 4:26pm

Wow, this is awesome! My head kinda hurts after playing it, but still!

Dec 15, 2014 @ 5:37pm

Very interesting mechanic, pretty hard though! I wonder if once a circle is complete there should be a way to lock it in, at least temporarily? Nice graphical presentation and sound design. Very impressive.

Dec 16, 2014 @ 10:35am

This is good idea itself to create something beautiful like flower. Not another shooting, killing, destroying..

Florent says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:21pm

It could be useful to paste the description also on the itch.io page, but nice concept and look !

LeReveur says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 9:46pm

Nice concept, but really hard game. It would be better if the whole rose was turning, than only one level, or that a completed level gives bonus, like stopping white triangles on this level for a while.
But I guess the hard is part of the game. ;)

Ithildin says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 10:38pm

Brilliant idea. The game gets a bit challenging after a while as you change between levels while trying not to lose any red triangles, but that's part of the charm. Congrats!

Aglavra says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 12:02am

I got it after a while.. partially. The controls are too indirect, so it is difficult to find out what key has what function exactly. Will try to finish it later, though. I liked the style of the game.

Aglavra says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 12:04am

Mistakenly commented instead of another entry, sorry. (Comment was addressed to game Siddhachakra). Your looks very impressive too.

Xanjos says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 2:03am

Surprisingly very hard but I like the concept a lot and it definitely has that just one more try feel to it.

Omiya Games says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 4:16am

Too difficult, can't multi-task well. Can't maintain more than 2 levels.

NicePenguins says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 7:03pm

Great multi-tasking game. It's a little bit too messy for me, but with more practice (and a controller) i think it can be are really fun game !

pht59x says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 8:09pm

Very original idea. Good sound effects. The only problem I found was that the game made the mouse cursor disappear.

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