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

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by Daiwen - Compo Entry

As she was waking up, Adjoua could not help but remember what had happened in
the last few days. The day before yesterday was when she had been asked to
chose which weapon she would specify in. After having spent most of her life
training in the different traditional forms of combat,she didn't feel any of
them suited her style.

The Ceremony of Choice is rite of passage in the clan, it start a sunrise and
end and sunset. During the morning, the teenager must show their mastery of
the different forms by standing their ground against their instructor in front
of the rest of the clan. The witness can interrupt the fight if they feel
satisfied by the adolescent display. The whole clan then share a meal together,
the teenager will then be left alone to meditate on the weapon they will
choose. Finally, they will present themselves with the chosen weapon to the
council of elders, where a master will be chosen to help with their
specialization in using this weapon.

When Adjoua confronted the elders with a flute and an enchanted arrow, they took it as an insult. She has been roaming ever since enjoying her new found freedom at the peril of her life. How long will she last?

XBox controller:
2 joysticks

(z,w) (a,q) s d -> Adjoua
up down left right -> enchanted arrow

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Lord_Vinzz says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:01am

i don't know why but i have only 5 fps.
Maybe my computer is old.

My configuration of my computer :
Processor intel i 5 4200 - 4CPUs
Graphic Card : GTX 760M 2G
RAM : 16G

Catwheel says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:15am

It worked fine on my Computer.
The story in your description was great, and I really liked the idea behind the gameplay, that being said, I think your execution was off. Running from zombies is only interesting for so long, also the screen is very small so it is difficult when zombies pop in from off screen from not very far away and you have to react. but it seems like you have the core of a really cool game,

Daiwen says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:30am

Thanks for your comments! I really don't know what I can do about perfs... :-( I agree with what you said Catwheel, I realised than running away from zombies wasn't gonna be fun for long, a bit late. Next time I will try to set up my gameplay to be able to tell a short story, which would probably make the experience more satisfying.

Jerre says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:29pm

On mac I get this error:

java -jar desktop-1.0.jar
Controllers: added manager for application, 1 managers active
Exception in thread "LWJGL Application" java.lang.IllegalStateException: Array is empty.
at com.badlogic.gdx.utils.Array.first(
at com.badlogic.gdx.Game.setScreen(
at com.badlogic.gdx.backends.lwjgl.LwjglApplication.mainLoop(
at com.badlogic.gdx.backends.lwjgl.LwjglApplication$

Daiwen says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:23pm

Jerre if you downloaded the game something like 5 hours before you commented. The new version should fix that.

remiv says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:19am

It was fun. Work with no problem under Linux.

grillaface says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:24pm

Controls are very tough!

Phil Strahl says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:36pm

At first the input concept was unusual, but once I realized that it was like the guided tear in Binding of Isaac I got the hang of it. Nothing too innovative but implementation worked and the framerate was steady.

Personally, I found the sound to be a little annoying (looping zombie-groan) and I would have enjoyed to play a little longer than just dying with the first hit, though.

Also the rather close camera made every round more frenetic than tactical. Sadly, the gameplay didn't introduce any new elements such as obstacles, upgrades, or different enemy types (e.g. slower but tougher zombies, shooting foes, etc.)

ss64games says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:58pm

Hmmmm interesting switch up of twin-stick play. I think the zombies could have ramped up in numbers more gradually, it becomes overwhelming very quickly. Could be cool as a local multi game in which one player controls the character and the other the arrow.

rjhelms says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:58pm

Cool control scheme. Took a while to get the hang of, but it's neat.

I agree with Phil that the sound got a bit annoying - maybe have a few different groans, and have them play less frequently?

rburema says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:24pm

- interesting concept, fits nicely with the theme (inspired by GotG?)
- the zombie 'grahrrr' sound effect can be quite annoying
- the background-story in the description is nice, but where do the zombies fit in?

panurge says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:25pm

A really neat mechanic - reminded me of the thingies that what's-his-name had in Guardians of the Galaxy (if you've seen the film, you'll know what I mean!). With a little polish, I think it would work really well as a combat mechanic in a full game.

The presentation was understandably rough around the edges but I do hope you'll keep working on this. The gameplay has real promise.

Daiwen says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Thanks. As for GotG, indeed, I absolutely loved that seen :-) Reading the comment I realised that my game would have gain a lot values if I had tried to tell the sotry through the gameplay rather than making it a scoring game. I will try to make something with that in mind.

KaiseanGames says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:04pm

Is it meant to be played by two players or is it just too hard? :) I found the game interesting, but I last only for some 10 seconds.

Daiwen says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 9:11am

I am sorry the difficulty is not properly handled, I would greatly advise to test the game with an XBox controller, since this is the way it was intended to be played. Yeah 10 seconds is about right my high score my have been around the 30, but there is very much a random factor in the way zombies spawns.

RoryD says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 4:16pm

Wow, tough game! I survived 21.934 seconds and killed 52 zombies. The weapon looked like that needle weapon from Guardians of the Galaxy. It was tough due to the spawning of the zombies and the move speed. I think it might have been a bit more fun if the enemies ramped up a little more slowly. I basically just focused on keeping my character out of danger and swirled around the weapon in hope of killing zombies. I played with a controller since playing with the keyboard didn't feel right.

Tatsu Studio says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 4:18pm

Oh i liked, its fun . ^^

maunovaha says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:34pm

Fun little jam game :) controls could need more work. but anyway! good job :)

f7f5 says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 5:40pm

This is tough, at least when played with keyboard controls! I lasted for 13 seconds or so in my best attempt. I liked the sound effects, though.

Apr 24, 2015 @ 4:57pm

Nice concept! Need more refinament on gameplay and leveldesign, but the game have potential to be more. Congratulations for the entry ^^

Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:12pm

Not sure if it was just my PC, but the game closed on death, which, if you're trying to use the keyboard or xbox controller for your input, is painstaking to replay with.

Daiwen says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:23am

@monkeedude1212 This shouldn't happen. I agree that this is annoying and to be fair you need to press enter to restart which is probably a pain when you use a controller. Try launching the game from within the folder. The game may not crash on death but because it can't find the resource needed when a zombie is killed.

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