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

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Exploring Time

by Belvar - Compo Entry

Exploring time !
A game where you are an explorer looking for treasures, and you can bend time.

X rewinds the last enemies movements. Releasing X or waiting for the time bar to be empty makes the enemy to go "forward" and to redo the movements you just rewinded.
The mechanic can be used to pass through the enemies and go to the end of each level.

The levels loops so when you go back to the first level it means you "finished" the game.

The develoment was quite chaotic and I started to develop Saturday at 6pm (CEST) so it is very unpolished...

I hesitated before posting it... I feel like the concept could be interesting with a good level design, but I am not happy with the execution of it. The bad graphics, the bugs (collision and graphical bugs), and at the end, I don't feel like it is rellay fun to play.

Known bugs :
* broken z-index and hitboxes
* game over screen shaking when dying while rewinding

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Malsanity says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:36am

Dying while rewinding makes the text unreadable. Rewinding is not necessary unfortunately, can kite the enemies easily

fluidvolt says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:39am

I like (Almost) Tim Schafer's quote! Anyway, I think this is a solid shot. The main mechanic is cool and works pretty well. (I also liked the fact that if I died while bending time, the game over message shook -- It was like the game was screaming at me!)

Rialgar says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:05am

Remember LD29, when I promised ever commenter of my game a let's play? Well,... better late than never! Here is yours:

Nice and unconventional (heh!) idea, would have liked more kinds of obstacles, maybe enemies that can go only straight to the next wall or normaly unavoidable traps that need to recharge before they can retrigger

T8000 says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 2:45pm

Sweet idea Belvar, I found that you can exploit the time manipulation by going back in time in order to make the monsters stay still while you run past them. Simple "idling movement" in small area will easily make this less exploitable. Overall cool idea, I could see this taken further in a 2d game like this with different kinds of creatures and projectiles, well done.

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