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

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Let Me Out

by Psyho - Compo Entry

[Important Stuff]

I highly recommend playing it on the full screen. Unfortunately I haven't figured out why web version sets wrong resolution when going full screen. Because of that, download is preferable.

If you're stuck, you can look at the walkthrough.

In the comments I also addressed the common critique to my game. So, if you didn't saw what the unconventional weapon was or you just want to write another comment about that stupid jumping level please read it before :) I'm writing this, because I'm fully aware of those issues (and fully agree with them), but at the same time, I'd love to get a feedback about different aspects of the game. And yes, transition effect between screens is awesome, I know! :) It's even more awesome in post-comp version.


[Controls]

Only keyboard is supported
WSAD/arrows: walking
space: jump
escape: suicide (you shouldn't ever need that)

[Game]

Creepy and minimalistic puzzle platformer.
Made with unity.
The game should take around 10-15 mins to finish.
It almost has a meaningful ending. I took a rather unconventional (and TBH cheap one too) approach to the theme. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to polish the ending, but I hope it's still clear.
Kind of finished and shouldn't contain any game-breaking bugs. At least, I'm able to finish it without any problems.
I haven't tested it on other machines, but it works on mine ;)
There's no way to mute that annoying ambient. It is annoying on purpose.
Placing of invisible walls is a little bit inconsistent. Sorry for that.

Oh, and Don't jump from the bridge!


[About Me]

I started my adventure with game development around 3 months ago (I'm working on my own project in a small team). This is my first LD and I thought I'll try to do something that I don't feel comfortable with. So instead of creating something fun & challenging game with innovative mechanics, I did something completely opposite.

Enjoy ;)


[Post-Compo Version]

I did the "post-compo" version, which adds XBOX gamepad support, fixes the physics (no more wall climbing, the movement is more responsive and it's easier to jump off the edges), fixes ending, improves level design in a few places (although only minor changes), adds proper intro and some other small changes/bugfixes. When using the gamepad, you can hit any of the "back" buttons to snap the movement to the closest "round" direction.

Links:
Unity (Web): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/81733842/PostCompo/BuildWeb.html
Win: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sbcf6tyy0xip9j3/LetMeOutWin.zip?dl=0
Mac (not tested): https://www.dropbox.com/s/3svul6mn4itkw8i/LetMeOutMac.zip?dl=0
Linux (not tested): https://www.dropbox.com/s/spzldfp2zxic39i/LetMeOutLinux.zip?dl=0

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness71%
#49Mood3.85
#128Audio3.56
#393Overall3.35
#464Graphics3.18
#592Innovation3.05
#664Fun2.93
#916Humor1.81
#1037Theme2.41

Comments

OccamsRazor says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:56am

I love the audio track in this, creepy and unsettling, and kind of trippy. It's a really good aesthetic all the way through.

Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:05am

Is there a challenge? Seems like a bit of a walking simulator.

Boodog says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:10am

Great music! I absolutely loved your graphics style, and how those blocks expand and go small! Great job!

Psyho says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:12am

@randomperson42:

Yes there is, although first 6-8 screens are pretty much just walking/jumping. Once the lights go out, pretty much there are no more "filler" screens.

But I agree that the beginning is too lengthy. Especially for LD.

Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:34am

Very cool game! I love the ascetics with the music!

I ended up not being able to make a jump at one point to continue or I missed something but reminded me a lot of Solstice for the old NES.

Great job!

micahcowan says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:37am

Love me an isomorphic game.

That room like two before the lights go out is insane, though. So hard to tell where things are in spatial relationship to one another.

Didn't get past the four guys waiting for you at the bottom of the stairs, couldn't find the way to proceed there.

Great game!

togie says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:25am

is anyone else etting a problem when trying to jump while holding down 2 other keys??? lol

kaype says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:27am

This feels like a video game version of the GameCube intro thing and menu... I guess it's just the music/blocky aesthetic.

Good game!

Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:23am

Neat perspective tricks. Maybe tweak the puzzle so that its possible without jumping? The puzzle loading effect is pretty cool.

Figglewatts says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:56am

I really like this. Especially the transition effect between levels, how did you do that?

Psyho says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:05pm

@Figglewatts:
The transition effect is actually pretty simple. I use wrapper methods for creating all of the level elements, instead of instantiating them directly. Those wrapper methods automatically disable physics & scripts while the effect is lasting. The animation itself is done with the help of Unity's coroutines.

I actually wrote the whole system for such animations and my goal was to use a random effect every time you change the screens. If you want to check the code, see the GameLoop class for the wrapper methods and ObjectEffects class for the effects itself.

esayitch says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:42pm

Pretty cool, stylish game, but I didn't understand what the unconventional weapon was. The first three levels are all walking and you can't fall, and then you have a level with multiple jumps that is not very clear where they are... so the two things I have to point out are: 1) Usage of theme, 2) Difficulty curve.

Aside from that, I really loved the graphics and the sound. The game is very atmospheric and creepy. Good job on that!

Good luck!

43iscoding says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:47am

This is the most moody game I've seen so far at LD32. A very solid entry for the first time. Everything is simple and in it's own place. Good job!

nonetheless says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:33pm

pretty neat game :)

TeamCalcium says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:17pm

The animation at the end and at the beginning of a level are beautiful.

kabutakogames says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:20pm

I like the style and the way the levels load in, but I find the controls a little tough to figure out where my character is going to go

Anshul Goyal says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:06am

Good game. I really like the level transitions!

Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:55am

very cool! the gameplay was a little tedious but the mood was amazing. i love the level transition effect. the orthographic view made some of the jumps really hard.

Pinktreeleaf says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:46am

I had to stop myself from playing. that's a good thing. I like this a lot.

alex31016 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 4:47pm

I do not understand the game and neither the unconventional weapon. Anyway is good average for a 2 day prototype and I really like the animation of cubes at the beginning of each level. Sometimes is really hard to visualize the depth and height of the platforms.

Psyho says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:16pm

Just a few words from my side referring to the common comments:

- The game is very minimalistic on purpose. The goal of the game is to get out. The ending is using a conventional weapon in a very unconventional way.
- Yes, the usage of the theme is very cheap pseudo-artistic one. I had to scrap 60-70% of the level design ideas (due to approaching deadline) and change the ending. The original idea had the unconventional weapon acquired at place where the ending happens. I guess someone can figure out what it was doing considering one unused door throughout whole game.
- Messing up with spatial recognition was done on purpose. All of the platforms start on the same level and you can use personal light to guide you. While I think it's a nice idea and the levels using those were quite decent, I absolutely failed at proper tempo of increasing the difficulty of the game. Such thing would probably be fine after 30 minutes or so of playing when the player is accustomed to the mechanics. So definitely this doesn't fit here under any circumstances.
- I don't really understand what's wrong with the controls, although I tried to improve them in my post-compo version, there are no bigger changes to them.
- If you're reading this and you're leaving comment. Please tell me, how far did you got. I'm guessing that a lot of people gave up either on jumping level or at "dead end".

Aaranos says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:30pm

Found I couldn't trust my eyes for a few of the jumps, but I like how it eases you into the new stuff instead of just tossing you into a room with 50 things. Audio adds to the atmosphere.

mockthebear says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 7:42pm

wow!

jplur says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 8:46pm

loved the transition effects on the tiles, great audio too!

F. Wiktora says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:53pm

Creepy. The simple design makes it even creepier. Good idea, but where is the unconventional weapon?

Anyway, the game feels catchy in a good way. Great game!

richiebranson says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 10:00pm

The audio does an awesome job of setting the mood here. The isometric view point definitely adds to the challenge as the rooms progress. Well done!

SledKnight says ...
May 12, 2015 @ 12:09am

Whew!!! I made it to the blue balls without the walkthrough. Albeit with a lot of cursing and yelling, mainly at the guy following my light... lol

Difficulty ramp is too steep, and it has some spots that make you think "where do I go from here", but all-in-all, I loved it!

Great use of level spawn-in with enlarging blocks. I can't wait to review the code. Well done! (although, I don't know what the weapon was...)

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