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

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Mystic Stickup

by BeardoGames - Jam Entry

It's a splendid night for a walk! But wouldn't you know it? A ruffian! He has assaulted you in the alleyway you walked down and is demanding all your money!

What is a stylish hypnotist like you to do, but break out your mystic amulet and put your years of training to use!

Use the two keys shown at the top of the screen to swing your mystic amulet of hypnotism back and forth. The better you swing it, the more he'll fall under your spell.

But watch out! ***Hypnotism is hard, so the keys you'll need to use will keep changing.***

Do your best or it's lights out for you and goodbye to your money!

A few notes from the programmer (me):

***NOTE: if you're playing the Mac version, DO NOT click the fullscreen button. It breaks the layout of the game. I've looked into how to prevent it from happening but there doesn't seem to be a clear solution.***

I've posted versions for Mac, Win, and Linux, but I only have access to a Mac so I couldn't test the other two. They _should_ be fine, but you never know. Also, I've disabled the resolutions chooser, but last LD I seem to remember some folks saw it anyway despite our best efforts. Things may not look right unless you select 550 x 800 as the resolution.

Some play pointers: The speed at which the keys change gets faster over time. Good typists may do better at the game. Do not attempt in real life.

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Lady Beardo says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:59pm

This came out so good!

BeardoGames says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:14pm

Thanks! It was a lot of fun to make!

wg_phancock says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:21am

This gets hard really quickly, but maybe I'm just a poor typist lol

Art style is cool as always.

LordKawaii says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:13am

SO HARD, but I love it.

monika says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:32am

Love it so much. Gorgeous as always.

Tip for people who can't see the keys in the web browser: Try zooming out. I think it has to do with Windows scaling - on my high-res monitor, I have Windows scaling set at 150%, and had to zoom the site to 67% to compensate.

dlowe says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:40am

Thanks for the game!

SadSmile says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:59pm

great game, just not my type of game

Apr 22, 2015 @ 1:39am

Wonderful art. Look into the eye!

Jellyhard says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:33pm

Neat idea.
Couldn't beat it though, it gets impossible for me later on.

Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:33pm

I tried this hypnotic technique after playing this game as I was mugged by a biker in an alley outside a dive bar. I was assaulted with a knife, severely wounded, and left for dead with my wallet and hypnosis pendulum stolen.

Would recommend.

camlang says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:48pm

Nice rendering of the theme!

ianburnette says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:17am

Haha, very clever. Makes me wish my

igoramendola says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 8:21am

haha cool! it's a very creative use of the theme.
I've finished more than 5 times trying to find different ends (I found 2 - kawaii and chicken). The game is simple but can be played many times, still keeping fun.
The graphics are well made and the music gives a good atmosphere. Nice work :D

nonetheless says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 6:53pm

This unexpected keys changing is so annoying :) but I can't stop trying ;)

nonetheless says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 7:25pm

thank you for your comment :)

PushmePullyu says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:49am

Very well done! I wish the key change happened at an easier point during the swing though.

dyfer says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 11:58am

Good idea but too hard for me ^^

Geckoo1337 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:27pm

Very hilarious. This concept is really simple, but good enough. I like the aesthetic and sounds. It's a good entry. Thank you ++

rogueNoodle says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:15pm

Awesome use of theme. I now believe hypnotism is valid form of self defense. Found three endings - are there more?

Xanjos says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 1:14am

The controls do take some getting used to (especially the sudden key changes) but once you get to used it, everything becomes very easy. Anyway, it's a brilliant take on the theme and I love how there are different possible outcomes after the thug becomes hypnotised.

jk5000 says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 5:27pm

A simple and fun idea. A little monotonous, but it's okay.

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