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

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by Chaoseed - Jam Entry

Dollheart! incomplete.

I had big ideas, and I was able to put together a mini-visual novel engine in Javascript. There's an intro to what is planned to be a fascinating cyberpunk story of an abandoned "companion android", colloquially known as a "love doll". However, it's more of a proof of concept than anything else.

The artwork is random stuff from Open Game Art, most of it of wildly clashing styles.

But hey, you can check out the code. It's free!

Tested on Mozilla Firefox 37.0.1. Who knows what other browsers it works on.

EDIT April 28: NOTE that on the Dollheart page there is now a link to a "post-jam version"! That page has a list of updates. (The original game is still playable and hasn't changed. The only change is, in fact, the link to the post-jam page.)

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Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:36pm

neat I guess. I'd like to see what this would look like if it were a finished game

xgeovanni says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:29pm

Well I like how you can turn in to a bulldozer.

lody says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:08pm

turning into a bulldozer threw me off a little XD good job on this system - its really cool :) maybe it could support mouse controls also? or could preventDefault so arrows don't move the page? ~well! i liked it meow! :3

nassi says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:42pm

"Oh, is that you, Lexy? You look a bit different. Are you going after some particular client?

...Are people really into that?" who wouldn't love a bulldozer (I think that's a loader though :P)!

Took a peek at the source and you managed to separate the data and the engine quite nicely. Too bad you didn't get much done with the story. Still, an interesting tech demo.

philipp says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:10pm

It works on Chrome, too.

Too bad, that you couldn't expand on the idea, but it is a big idea after all :D Cool engine though.

rzfmzn says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:10pm

Stuck in bulldozer part, but I liked the way the story was heading. Simple and effective, keep it up :)

Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:19pm

Despite it is not finished, it was an interresting and inspiring experience ! thanks !

gnx says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:47pm

Engine seems to work alright :) Not really a lot to play in a sense of a game, but it looks nice and like you said it is a proof of concept.

el_kloklo says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 1:03pm

I would love to see more.

jordgubben says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:33pm

Nice to see more VN stuff on LD. To bad you did not have time to complete it.

mathmadlen says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 6:43pm

Would be cool to see where you'd take it... Very intriguing story!

and the bulldozer... .D

Jakob37 says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 7:26pm

Interesting game, I enjoy visual novels. Good luck with its future development :)

caryoscelus says ...
Apr 29, 2015 @ 8:40am

I'd recommend using proper engine if your goal is to make a VN, not to build engine. The story is really too short.

I think some long lines got a bit cut, btw.

Chaoseed says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 9:49pm

caryoscelus: There are several reasons I made my own engine. First, I don't have to worry about the rights to the engine I'm using or whether I need to buy a license. Second, I had total control over how it worked, and I know it inside and out. Third, it was good coding practice.

And yes, I did say that the game is incomplete!

As for the long lines, during the contest I didn't have time to look into measuring and wrapping text. But I've done it now; the text in the post-jam version works better.

nihilaleph says ...
May 1, 2015 @ 3:14am

Very interesting! Good work on your engine! I would like to see the finished game~

LandoSystems says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 2:07am

Very good artwork and a nice interactive storyline. Good work!

caryoscelus says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 11:34am

Chaoseed, i obviously didn't meant using any proprietary engines, i mostly referred

Your third point (well, and second) is still valid, though, which is why i written "if your goal is to make a VN".

May 6, 2015 @ 7:59am

Played through both the LD version and the Post version. (Rating is for the original LD version of course)

I really enjoyed this game, although there wasn't too much I would like to see where this project heading! Great work! Loved the fact you could just turn into a bulldozer XD

jakub.gemrot says ...
May 6, 2015 @ 7:59am

You're a quite good writer, the beginning of the story is pretty catchy. And turning into bulldozer :D ... has potential!

Norgg says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 3:17pm

Coolio. Played through the post-jam version and like the setting so far.

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