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

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by alpha_rat - Jam Entry

Team : alpha_rat(development) + -DEX- (sounds and music)
Engine : Construct2 / HTML5
Graphics : Photoshop

GOAL : Infest the Queen Ant
CONTROLS : use arrow keys to move your host, press space to change your host when in range
WARNING : change your host often, as it won't survive your infestation for long! and beware of the ant guards

Notes :
- the behavior of the guards is still buggy

Thanks for playing

Downloads and Links




Backlund says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:27am

Not bad at all

kyyrma says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:31am

If you miss infecting an ant in the beginning (press space without an ant in vicinity) the delay until the game restarts is a tad too long. I made it to the queen, but for whatever reason I was no able to infect her. Cool take on the theme!

alpha_rat says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:46am

@kyyrma : It's true that at start when the parasite is dropped it should be possible to restart quickly without waiting. Thanks for reporting the problem with the queen as I didn't noticed anything similar so far, i'll try to fix it ;)

benbateman says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:51am

Nice idea and visuals. The cooldown felt a bit too fast, but maybe I just suck at games!

wg_phancock says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:51am

Seems to have a few bugs, and is kind of a little wonky. The concept is interesting, though.

BraindeadGeo says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:52am

Tricky to see what you're actually controlling at the start but when i got past that it was good, got into a nice rhythm of swapping ants! Green ones weren't much of a threat though.

Suvidriel says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:53am

Nice idea :D Really difficult though.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:58am

Fun game, good controls.

gene-z says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:52pm

Very nice game,,, congrats

pkenney says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:20pm

Cool idea and style. This was interesting to play around with.

One problem I had when playing is learning about how the meter works. I must move quickly. The effect on the ant that I control is visually subtle, so my eyes are busy constantly scanning, and because I move down they are looking on the bottom half of the screen. But the timer is a thin strip of pixels near the top of the screen. I really was unaware of the value of the timer while playing, and as a result it took me a while to learn that changing hosts only filled it a little. I originally assumed it was a host-death timer that fully reset each time I changed, and didn't know why I was dying.

A few ways to fix that would be moving the meter down, making it bigger, or even better having an effect on my character itself instead of a meter. There could also be a warning as I approach death such as a sound or visual effect. Also making the one ant I control more visually distinct from the rest would help me.

Overall this was fun, you have an interesting system to explore and the challenge level is right. Nice work!

alpha_rat says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:26pm

@pkenny : thank you for the feedback! I perfectly see your point, and your critic is very useful :) I'll correct this in the post-LD version of the game.

-DEX- says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:13pm

Thanks for all the feedbacks , i'm glad our game is worth time :)

Yazara says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:24pm

The concept is really clever, the gameplay has a great flow and is really addicting. The music and art fit the theme very well :)
I would make the radius in which you can infest other ants more clear though, the light emission gives a wrong feeling of that radius.

mikomic says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:32pm

always cool, love your games (ici une amie de l'ombre ;-) )

MaesK says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:41am

Nice game, but a little too hard at the start. Maybe some previous levels to learn might help people to get the controls and mechanics. Fun game, good work.

Clavus says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:14am

Pretty hectic gameplay but interesting concept. Nice art!

mantis says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:17am

REALLY cool idea. loved it. Would love to see this expanded into a full game.

Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:12pm

I like the balance of the difficulty in that game.
I couldn't keep track on the health and the game at the same time, so maybe the meter/health/whatever should be displayed over the infected ant?

retrophantom says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:38pm

very interesting idea, i went all the way down but didn't find an entrance to the queen

alpha_rat says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:55pm

@retrophantom : If you go all the way down and see the queen room, then you have to take the passage on the right, then bottom again, and you're there ;)

ker0chan says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 11:05am

Great idea :) Good job on finishing a jam project !

Apr 27, 2015 @ 2:15pm

This was quite addictive. I think I died about 30 times before I finally got to the queen but I just couldn't stop playing until I completed it. The quick restarts really helped pull the player in for just one more game. Nice job.

PaperBlurt says ...
May 6, 2015 @ 9:26am

A nice game, but a bit hard to undertand what I should do, sounds and music added a lot to the game.

ohsqueezy says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 6:02am

skull burrower

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