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

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Animancer

by Nick Weihs - Compo Entry

Robots have taken over the world

Wield the power of the forest to take back control of the planet from the robot usurpers.

Summon snakes, birds squirrels and more!


I decided to forgo the frustration of dealing with my color blindness (moderate protanopia) and do this one in greyscale. I think it came out pretty good!

Source for the Unity port is here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/154796290/AnimancerUnitySrc.zip

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Ratings

#13Theme4.37
#43Mood3.90
#53Fun3.88
#55Overall3.93
#74Audio3.77
#128Graphics3.93
#248Innovation3.56
#327Humor3.16
#1952Coolness32%

Comments

Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:50am

Liked that you had the animals help with the fight back against the robots and that you had time to include a boss. Took me awhile to beat him but once I had, I liked the surprise ending.

UltraRat says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:22pm

I really want to know what sound does a summoned squirrel makes.

Liz England says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:38pm

Am I the savior of the animals or sending them to their deaths?!

The sound & music is top notch.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:52am

I summoned an eagle! <3

syncxzoz says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:58am

lol... i like this game!!!

the summoner.... who summon animation.. then the animation will kill any enemy... lol

the sound and that trick to summon bird are good!

lorenzo456 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:00am

This game is awesome, I really like it. The sounds were really good, I loved the boss animations, you've really but in some small details like when you die your health goes all the way down before restarting, stuff like that. I really liked it :), simple and fun game. Plus boss was challanging.

sararyCow says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:08am

Good art & music, I love the animal animations. And what an end! :O
I enjoyed the experience.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:28am

This may be my favorite LD game I have played yet! Summoning a horde of animals feels so amazing. Animations are solid, sprite work is spot on, movement feels perfect. Spot on game!

wg_phancock says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:14am

I really enjoyed the greyscale, and I think it actually probably came out better than it would have if you had done color. The silhouettes just really feel "right." Overall a very sold platformer with a good challenge.

The part with the two bomb throwing guys on the stairs was tricky. Gave me trouble, but I got past it!

Adreqi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:19am

Couldn't beat the boss *_* (well I suck at bosses anyway)
Great game though, I love sending animals to their death to kill robots :3
Liked both graphics and music, well it doesn't loop perfectly but it does the job.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:25am

Great game, very well made. I felt super powerful summoning hordes of forest creatures to my aid.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:38am

Great entry! I loved this. It was really satisfying to summon animals to attack. Loved the b&w style art. Music was great. And a terrific boss fight. Legitimately great entry.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:45am

re: source...took a quick peek. Didn't see any Unity stuff and a lot of XNA source?

PIXEL^3 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:29am

Nice solid game with some good potential here. The boss patterns were pretty good and the enemies were used in pretty smart ways. Could use a graphic overhaul and some more bosses, and whales.

Murchurl says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:20am

Really well presented game fore its simplicity! love the idea for the theme great job!

alpha_rat says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:24am

Great entry with a very original idea
I especially like the music

Nick Weihs says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:26pm

@GeorgeBroussard My process involves creating the game initially with an engine/tools set that I made based on XNA. I then import everything into Unity using a compatibility layer that I also made. I've linked the unity source in the description.

AtomicVikings says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:14pm

I had fun. I loved the way you taught the player, without actually telling the player what to do, but through gameplay.

PIXEL^3 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:46pm

Made a Twitch highlight of my playthrough. http://www.twitch.tv/alucardx60/c/6578467

asobi tech says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:38am

I really liked this, great art style and animation. Lovely variety of animals to attack with, all with different speeds and sizes. A little sad they all got slaughtered by the robots.
The castlevania/megaman knock back was a killer, but I liked that as it made me more cautious.
Great variety on the final boss attacks and lovely ending.
Music and sound was all very fitting.
Excellent work :D

decodersmith says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:01am

Great music and graphics! A very impressive entry. All of the animal animations are really smooth. Feels like a long lost Gameboy game.

vidarn says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 8:43pm

That was amazing!
A fun, fast paced and beautiful game.
I think the game length was perfect, it was engaging the whole way through and the final boss fight was epic!

Buzzwerd says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 6:42am

We really enjoyed playing this on our stream. Super cool concept and really fun to play! It seems like a lot of thought was put into the game design.

Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:35am

Very lovely audio work and you've done a good job with the look of it too, particularly with the animations. Felt well made altogether

robboberty says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:28pm

This is pretty fun. I think this could be a really awesome game if fleshed out after the Compo. I could see leveling and different animals to accomplish different tasks working out really good.

I made a video of my playthrough: http://youtu.be/xMZ2pqRubcc

May 1, 2015 @ 4:03pm

Pssst - you are featured in todays Ludum Dare to Believe! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmc4AHczjLo

Lukbebalduke says ...
May 1, 2015 @ 4:47pm

The animations are amazing!
Congrats =D

ChuiGum says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 4:33am

I LOVE the idea, really innovative. Perfect with the theme too, well done!

joe40001 says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 7:46am

Great, innovative well polished little game.

SteveSalmond says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 11:22am

That ending.. XD Really cool concept, and love the fact that you put in the boss battle at the end. Props!

Omiya Games says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 12:44am

I enjoy commanding the animal kingdom to destroy mean robots.

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