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

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Moss

by uvwar - Compo Entry

W,A,S,D or Arrow keys for Control
Spacebar to jump. If you feel like you're getting stuck holding spacebar should get you out of most situations.

There's no 'end-state' or way to exit so you'll have to alt+tab and kill the program etc.

If it's running slow for you, go ahead and try turning down the graphics and resolution a lot; doesn't seem to make the game look all that different and you'll get higher frames per second!

Moss is a game where you play as Moss! Grow over rocks! I was sort of tangentially related to the theme, but I couldn't get some of the animations to work, so now its just a more relaxing moss game that has nothing to do with weapons!

Special Thanks to: Will Blanton, Andrew Bowers, and Momin Khan

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Ratings

Coolness77%
#21Mood4.12
#56Graphics4.19
#257Innovation3.55
#308Audio3.16
#526Overall3.20
#982Fun2.40

Comments

stevenlr says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:00pm

Really really nice mood! The graphics are gorgeous and the atmosphere is captivating. It's definitely not a conventional game but a fun game to toy with. The physics is a bit glitchy and I have not figured out how to change the direction I'm looking to, if there is any way to do so. I would love to see this extended into a game when spreading this moss becomes a mechanic!

Ilseroth says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:44pm

As soon as I boot it up I get hit with a massive development window. The game looks great but and the mood is solid, though my laptop is getting a rubbish framerate on it.

uvwar says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:34pm

yeah I dont know what the dev window showing up is about either. Happens to me every time in Web mode, but not for other people. You can try downloading the .exe .apps and crank the graphics really low for a better framerate(and no dev console)

pLaw says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:40pm

Nice graphics and mood. It has a calming effect on me.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:53am

Very cool idea, but the depth blur and unmovable camera made me feel a little sick.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:06am

Very pretty, love the mood of it in general and the way that it's presented. It kind of feels like you're underwater?

fleegle2000 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:19am

Nice relaxing break from all the action games! It's a nice moody title, great to play on a rainy day, which in my case it is. Maybe I just didn't play around with it long enough, but it would be cool if there were more little secrets and interesting structures to, er, moss up. The depth blur was nice. I agree with @stevenlr that being able to change camera direction would be nice.

Great work!

qapn says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:47am

As others have said, it's very peaceful and the perfect sort of "game" for a rainy day (it's pissing down here in Sydney). Gameplay wise there's not much going on, and the controls feel cumbersome, but it's really good looking. Your choice of post-processing effects etc are on point.

jackyjjc says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:24pm

It is a fun concept, nice to see an original entry, good work!

Ptolo says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:23pm

Very relaxing game, the graphics and particle effects were very impressive. I came to the end of the map after a while and the moss got wedged between some rocks and stopped moving :P

Great innovative concept!

richiebranson says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:30am

love the visual effects applied to the camera. very interesting Could definitely see this being expanded into something cool!

Tortoise says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:30am

Reaaaaaaly pretty. I would have like to look around more, but unfortunately the camera was very restricted.

I like the idea of moss slowly painting every surface. Moss is love, Moss is life.

speakupgames says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:31am

Me while playing this game:
oh whats over there that looks neaHOLY CRAPE IM FLYING NOW OKAY.
Loved it.

GAFBlizzard says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 5:03am

Nice atmosphere. It seems to be a sort of FPS, so it's a little odd that there is no way to steer or look in a different direction. The gentle thunder was nice.

tikilittle says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 3:26am

Loved the atmosphere, graphics, and audio. I was not sure what my aim was, so just explored the environment a bit.

OnlySlightly says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 3:44am

Beautiful game, I loved how dreamy it was being so ethereal and having this impact on the environment around you. Great game!

01010111 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 11:36pm

Super good mood, very relaxing thunderstorms. The moss shader stuff was balling out of control.

This would have been way way better with a working camera, and would have been over the top good with another mechanic or two - it wouldn't have to be combat or something else gamey, but something more to do would really incentivize more game play.

Awesome work!

Apr 25, 2015 @ 12:52am

Really cool looking game. Could be turned into something pretty cool, like Flower. Definitely relaxed me

ZQMony says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 12:56am

Very cool and good mood.

lucentbeam says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 5:18am

The restrained color palette is quite lovely, and the moss animations are well done. I'm curious what that original idea you had was, but it's certainly a pleasant visual experiment as it is!

dyfer says ...
Apr 29, 2015 @ 7:55am

Ok that's extremely nice. Thing is, even with the lowest quality settings I had a very slow experience on my mac an feel frustrated. Still Excellent work.

Crowbeak says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 5:04am

I felt more like mold than moss, especially since nothing grew on the trees. :/

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