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

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Berry | The Last Straw

by yuigoto - Jam Entry

A really short and crappy game by Fabio Y. Goto. :3

Berry is a strawberry, the last one actually :P, in the middle of a zombie grape apocalypse. He knows he's goin' down, but not without a fight!

To fight the horde of zombie grapes his only weapons are his own seeds, but he has to spin really fast to throw'em on to cause enough damage. The downside of this is that he doesn't have control on the direction of his projectiles!

But there's more! The seeds are parts of his own body so, whenever he throws one he starts to lose juice!

Luckily, he can regrow the seeds he threw and recover his own health, BUT he can't do both at the same time! Berry can only recover his health with his pack full of seeds!

Run, shoot, wait, recover, shoot again, run even more then DIE! :3

Too bad for you, Berry...

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Controls:
- Click with Left Mouse Button and drag to move the character;
- Press and hold spacebar to shoot;

P.s.: I didn't put the controls before, so sorry for the lack of info. >_<...

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FIX (for the web version):
I know I'm late, I let real world stuff take most of the time I planned on improving or fixing this entry, but I did a small "fix" on the Web version of the game for spawn limit, mob attack power and bleeding.

This fix, though, might have increased the difficulty of the game, since health falls down pretty quickly now. Makes you manage your shots a bit more. :P

Thanks for everyone who played (or just visited this page)! :)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#231Humor(Jam)3.43
#252Audio(Jam)3.33
#272Theme(Jam)3.70
#373Graphics(Jam)3.57
#497Fun(Jam)3.09
#601Overall(Jam)3.11
#603Mood(Jam)2.94
#607Innovation(Jam)2.96

Comments

chaosed0 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:35am

Neat game, especially like the visuals and the music. The gameplay's a bit lacking though; it's not clear how to avoid losing health. It almost doesn't seem worth it to even try to dodge the berries.

strong99 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:55pm

Funny game!

Jagang says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:58pm

Really liked the concept of balancing health and enemies. Had some lagspikes after spawning a lot of enemies and then spawning a lot of bullets. The art was cute :)

blaster391 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:58pm

Visuals were cool, music was good, I liked the idea. It's just lacking substantial gameplay. Also it started to drop frames while I was attempting to work out the controls on my first try (this is using the webplayer)

th4t says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:03pm

Awesome little game :)
The visuals are very pleasing and Health-Regen depending on your ammo is a great idea. Simple mechanics but you still have too find the right balance between attack and dodge.
The Web-Version slows down on my machine when there are a lot of enemies, but it could just be me.
I think this is the most unconventional weapon I have seen so far ;)

mantis says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:59pm

I really like your game, very fun twist on a theme!

Elit3dGaming says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:35pm

Fun game love the idea and I enjoy killing all the berries with seeds/pips (whatever they are called) not sure if its just me but it gets a lil laggy when they spawn kind of. Still, good game

handkor says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:37pm

Great idea, the enemies could do more damage unless there was some oddity due to lag spikes. Shooting hurts you more from juice loss than just standing there with the whole swarm.

Sunsheen says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:37pm

Cute art style. The number of enemies gets out of control a bit too quickly, to the point it actually lagged me a little bit :P

adsilcott says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:49pm

I love the graphics and audio, made me laugh out loud! :)

sbarrio says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:58pm

Interesting idea over the proposed theme!

samreid says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:44am

Nice weapon, very unconventional. Good graphics and audio tie this one together. Would be nice to see more variety in the challenges too (obstacles, different enemy types, power ups, etc). Nice work!

yuigoto says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:22am

First of all, thanks to everyone who commented on my entry. Really, thank you!

I know the game has (lots of) flaws and I plan to improve'em soon, but here are some answers (I think):

About the lags, I know it has some lags and I plan to correct it as soon as I can. That's because I didn't plan the spawning methods so I used just some criteria based on time survived. Also, probably my bad use of OpenFl's TileSheet may have something with the performance. :P

About collisions, another thing I did want to implement, but rushed too much and couldn't. I do plan on improving upon this idea, either post-jam version or an improved version.

About shooting, mobs and health, I did plan on making enemies doing more damage and it was like that at first. I plan on balancing this also. :)

Will improve upon this idea to make it a full game, with more modes, maps, characters and stuff, already started plannin' it! I hope it'll be fun to play it. :)

And, again, Thank YOU! :)

esayitch says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:43am

Pretty neat game design,especially on how the weapon works and how berry regains seeds and health. Graphics were pretty cool as well, sound was okayish...

Things that need improvement: 1) Enemy spawning algorithm causes lag and is not very interesting. 2) Make the controls clear; when starting didn't know how to shoot and just ran around like an idiot. 3) Grapes are too fast!

Good entry,, good luck!

Catman says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:53am

Cute game and nice concept, I would have liked a bit more 'collision feeling', like being pushed around instead of run over! Good job!

thejash says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:05am

It's pretty cute :) Game had extremely poor performance on my laptop after I played for a little while, making it even more challenging ;) Loved the theme though! Also liked the music a lot

lochmann-apps says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:37am

Its a short game but I like you're implemention of the weapon. Saw the first mockup of the strawberry and the final version is really lovely! If the enemies would run a little bit slower or spawn less at the same time, you would have more time to play! Nice game.

randoman says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:58pm

I played the web version and had no idea how to shoot :(
A small text in the game indicating the controls would be nice. I really like the graphics and your approach to the theme was great!

lody says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 11:39am

aww poor berry! >3< great art style! i love it :) coudln't tell if i was slowing down or lagging XDD

Raiyumi says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 3:45am

Not bad. The game has quite a bit of lag and the hp/ammo could be balanced. Anyways, I like the cute graphics and audio. :)

sanojian says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 1:38pm

Funny and original game. Nicely drawn and pleasant music. Would be even better with some powerups that did absurd things.

Apr 29, 2015 @ 12:31pm

One of my favourite graphics so far. Not polished but so much style. The designs and colours used work so well and that title screen and death screen are so cute. Loved the design of this one just hoping you are able to expand a bit more on the gameplay aspect to compliment the awesome graphics and nice music.

jprogman says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 5:00am

Only issue is since so many blueberries are spawning in large numbers it made the game lag big time. Not a heck of a lot to do in this game, but it was fun none of the less. Good artwork and music.

ermrk says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 10:59pm

Good game, nice graphic and music. I would like just one thing, bigger arena or fewer enemies.

May 5, 2015 @ 3:49pm

Really cool art and a good fun game! Nice and challenging too :)

FrederickK says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 3:42am

One thing that I got very concern, there isn't a limit of how much berries are spawned? If not, I strongly suggest you to limit, fixes can be done after the jam time. I'm suggesting because after a time it started to slow down and I had to close the game because I thought that my browser would crash, which is a very serious issue.
When I first played, I didn't know which command is used to attack and my character stayed very healthy even if many berries around him. o0
Other than these two things, very cute game! :3

yuigoto says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 8:22am

Once again, thanks to everybody who played it! I know it has lots of flaws (framerate, collisions and other stuff), thanks to everyone who pointed its flaws and told what they liked, or not, about the game. It's my first entry and I'm happy you played it! :)

I'm sorry I couldn't code a post-jam version or fix it until now (unfortunately I had a lot of work these last days and didn't have proper time :/ ), I did a small fix for spawn limit, mob attacks and bleeding for the web version (that might have increased difficulty and play time a tiny bit >_<), since it was the most unstable. :3

I plan to keep working on this idea, together with another game I'm currently making. I hope I can use all the tips and things I've learnt on this jam to make it into a nice and fun game for everyone. :)

Thanks for all the comments, thanks for those who didn't comment, thanks for those who just visited this page and thanks LD! :)

ruerob says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 3:20pm

Ha ha! What a nice little game!!! My Wife, my doughter and me love your graphics!!! When I've played your game there came a loud "CUUUTEEEE" from behind! Very well done! Great first LD game!

After I've made a little tactic it becomes quiet easy, but was fun! I just ran clockwise at the border of the playground and the grapes gather together in the middle and when my health was at 200 I activated the seeds and head to the middle of the bunch of grapes! When all were finished I continued my border run!

Thank you for your game! It's great!

squirrelbot says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 5:42pm

The health regeneration mechanic is interesting. The art style worked well for this game.

Embalaje says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 7:45am

Really funny game! Great mood, (but poor Berry :( ) good graphs and music. Cool to fight until the end. yeah!
Very good job!

Jungle says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 3:40pm

Spetacular entry! I laughed too loud here in the office and my boss called my attention for playing games at worktime. :( By the way, 5/5. Congrats!!

Aqui na minha cidade o morango é 4 caixas por 10 dilmas... uHAEuhAEHU

May 11, 2015 @ 11:54pm

Very nice game, although didnt know what to do when the game started (had to look back to this page for controls.) However, I have a lot of fun playing this. Great work!!

MegaBrutal says ...
May 12, 2015 @ 12:08am

Hehe, reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake. :D

It took a lot of time 'til I figured I can shoot with SPACE, because I looked at the webpage for info, and it is not stated there. Then I read the instructions here and found the wisdom.

After all, I gave 5 in all category, because I honestly think it deserves it.

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