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

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With Kindness

by cdgugler - Compo Entry

- A lonely astronaut must make new friends by hugging them.

Just barely made it with a mostly playable game. Thought I could get more done, but oh well! Missing audio and explosions. Could always use more explosions.

WASD or Arrow keys to move around, F key to initiate hug, continue pressing F to hug even harder!

The game was built with:
Phaser.js - Phaser is an awesome HTML5 game framework.
Gimp & Inkscape for graphics
Didn't have time for audio.

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FerraWare says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:42am

Yay! 24 new friends! Cool game, but why do the aliens fall down when I hug them so much? :(

PaperBlurt says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:34am

This is my kind of design.
So easy to understand and fun to play.

Noxfadh says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:27pm

Really nice idea :D

Garris says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:28pm

This game was quite silly, and that was a good thing. Hugging was a very unconventional way to fight, but I liked it. Very nice.

cgmorton says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:46pm

This would be the second game I've seen where hugging is the weapon, except that in your case it's not so much 'hug' as 'crush to death with bare hands'. I like it.

sugarbyte says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:14am

Made me laugh and laugh, great job!

gene-z says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:32am

Good Work,, love this game

shimage says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:41am

Very funny! Animation is cute. Did I make friends really??

Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:13am

Theme matched, fun to play!

Caio Varalta says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:59am

Fun game, mate!

gruhn says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:37pm

A good and funny concept, which was well implemented.

As a suggestion, the attacks of the enemies might have a way to defend ...

DaveCarlile says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:33pm

Love this. Simple and fun and humorous.

sorlok says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:13pm

Really funny take on the theme! I think you should be able to block their bullets while hugging, but either way, cool game!

Jakob37 says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:08pm

Fun and lighthearted in a sinister way. I really liked it :) I like sorloks idea to be able to block the bullets using your newly found friends!

cdgugler says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 3:58am

Thanks for the feedback everyone! @sorlok, that's a great idea, I'll have to add that in post-compo.

GAFBlizzard says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:58am

Being able to hold down F instead of buttom mash would make my hands thank you. :P Funny idea though. It looked like the astronaut was dancing while killing the aliens.

Also I didn't hear audio -- if you didn't finish it, did you mean to submit without audio as a rating category?

suppi says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 11:37am

This is a really cute idea! love it! too bad you didn't have the time to add audio :)

syawqy says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:51pm

why do they shoot me? I just want to hug them

elpaulo says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:33pm

Is this hug or strangulation ? :-)
Good job making a game with Phaser, mine was made it with too.

lvoursl says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:53pm

simple, but beatiful idea and gameplay:)

Shimone says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:57pm

Thank you! I have never got so many friends in such a short time!

lucidsheep says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 3:11am

Cute! Great application of theme.

Jezzamon says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 3:45am

Not bad. The enemies appeared faster than I could kill them, so I could see that I wasn't going to survive for long.

I would've liked it if they absorbed the bullets depending on which way you were facing.

The game mechanic did feel a little uninteresting, because if you just think about the mechanics without any of the graphics or the game's context then really it's just the enemies are attacking you with range attacks and you have a close-ranged attack that you have to press the button a lot to use. Perhaps that would've been remedied by the music, sound effects and visual effects (e.g. explosions). OR maybe it would be cool if instead of dying the enemies actually became your friend and fought off the bad guys?

tikilittle says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 5:19am

I liked hugging them aliens. I expected that my alien buddy was a bullet sponge, but I still took damage. That ability would allow the player to play with another mechanic. Try to think of other mechanics you could add on. Another thing is that you could build in an indicator to keep pressing F (like a QTE).

Larry says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 3:45pm

My highest score is 11 friends. I do like the graphics and animation. Audio of the alien struggling would enhance the experience.

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