Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Philosophers Battle

by BubuIIC - Jam Entry

This is an epic battle of the minds!
Take the role as one of the most famous philosophers of history and convince your opponents of your worldview.

The game features 9 different philosophers, each with 3 general and 3 personal attacks based on their respective philosophy.
Attacks can deal damage to the conviction of the opponent if they are convincing; or they reduce his sanity if they are confusing.

Sanity is used as a defense and a mean to deal damage, so try to keep sane!

Esc for menu.

As we realized to late, Hobbes is a bit too mighty, so if you want an easy time chose him in the beginning.

The game is playable, but lacks some animation. Also some attacks should still get special effects other than damage and healing. More philosophers are planned, so don't complain, if your favourite philosopher is not in the crowd.

The downloadable version runs in Java, so to play it you need to have the Java virtual machine installed.
Under Windows just double-click the .jar file.
Under Linux run `java -jar philosophers_battle.jar` in a terminal.

Made by Stephan Wäldchen & Marcus Hoffmann
The game is programmed using the libGDX framework ( and uses some things from their default UI skin.
Graphics made in Gimp.

Edit1: Fixed a few typos and missing line breaks.
Edit2: Web Version now available!
Edit3: Added a post-compo version. A few balancing changes, a few bugs fixed and added character win and lose quotes.

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chanko08 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:04am

Very amusing use of the theme.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:57pm

My pc is detecting malware on your site/site you're hosting with.

TeamCalcium says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:58pm

Interesting concept.
Perhaps more quotations would be a good idea.
... And a loosing-sequence.

Cheshyr says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:05pm

Amusing game, although rather difficult. The dialogues were fun and clever. nice work!

Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:05pm

As a philosophy graduate, I really enjoyed this game! I think that it would certainly benefit from some sounds, but having said that what you've got here is great! :D

Jungle says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:17pm

I have master degree in history of science and I really loved your idea. I was able to defeat all philosophers! The pixelart of them is very good, I loved too. Needs sound/music, one background image (in pixelart) for each one of philosophers should be great! Keep the project on!!!! Congrats!

OneTrueAaron says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:26pm

Someone is clearly a fan of Hobbes. Great game! An extremely clever use of the theme.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:05pm

love your approach to the theme man

Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:24pm

Just to add: as a friend of mine pointed out, it would be nice to see some female philosophers featured. ;)

el_kloklo says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:41pm

You stink! Go get an haircut you hippy!

jesterswilde says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:26pm

Good take on the theme, needed a little more direction on what my moves could do. Hobbes destroyed by Ubermensch.

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:48am

@JoshyOshKenoshi: Definitely. We were just using the philosphers we were most familiar with. We plan to add more in a newer version.

@Jungle: Coll, thansk very much!

@Chesyr: Start with Kant or Hobbes if it is to difficult. We are still working on the balancing.

kipelovets says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:41am

Very clever theme implementation, I think I learned some new things about famous philosophers

reiknight says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:56pm

Nice concept and a very interesting way to use the theme.

jojocanard says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 11:23am

Funny idea and great sprites. ++for playing Schopenhauer even if I would have chosen different quotes ;)
I can't believe Nietzsche has as much sanity as me. This is not what I read about him ! He was the toughest but I defeated them all !

Kardamom says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:51am

I like the concept, but for me it was very hard to understand what my attacks/abilites could/will do to the opponent. Also the fact that philosophers reuse each other's utterances breaks the fun a little. Nevertheless this is definitely an unconventional weapon!

Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:03am

Very funny. Nice interpretation of the theme. Good to see another LibGDX entry.

reheated says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:11am

Quite amusing gameplay, and educational too, sorta!

safran says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:37am

Very interesting concept of using philosophy as a weapon.

Somnium says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 6:40am

Very original use of the theme, and a very entertaining and interesting concept! :-) Some of the philosophers need a bit of balancing.

Mase says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 8:25pm

Very amusing scenario.
I wish the minor arguments were more appropriate; it's a little bit immersion-breaking to see Kierkegaard saying "That's what she said!"

May 7, 2015 @ 8:33pm

Good use of the theme.

FrederickK says ...
May 8, 2015 @ 12:44am

At first I thought that I would really have to select the best answers, but then i realized it is final fantasy-like epic battle game!
The characters could have logs describing them, their strengths, weaknesses and attacks, but it is also fun to discover them on your own.
I found very funny in a battle that ended in a tie! Haha!
Good job! :)

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