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

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Wordskill

by Madball - Compo Entry

"Wordskill" can be "Word skill" or "Words kill".
Did your forget your most conventional weapon? Use words to praise and insult other people! Combine them into sentences, and sentences into various forms: plain text, political speech, poem...

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Please tell if you had difficulties understanding the game.



Here is some more help about the gameplay in case the in-game tutorial isn't enough:

*The sentence consists of a beginning: "You are" or "Your something is", a middle part "adjective", "adjective and adjective" or "as adjective as noun" and an exclamation point.

*"Total insult" at the bottom means that you get points for insulting and lose them for praising, "Total praise" means the opposite.

*If you use both praising and insulting in one sentence, you lose 2 points, but your total score gets increased, not depending on whether you need to insult or praise.

*If you use a noun, you get an extra point by default. If it's fitting, you get one more point.

*If you use two similar adjectives in a sentence, it counts as a tautology and you lose 2 points.



(Source via right-click)

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Ratings

Coolness71%
#51Innovation4.03
#68Humor3.86
#266Theme3.70
#281Overall3.47
#314Mood3.22
#425Fun3.19
#713Graphics2.79

Comments

morgondag says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:51am

Wonderful concept and use off words!

strega says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:57am

Interesting grammar game. I was able to get a silver metal praising my friend. I like the different scenarios. and animations.

j_peeba says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:01am

Neat! A very creative puzzle game and fun too. I think a system like this would be very suitable as a mechanic for an adventure game or similar.

freaknarf says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:35am

Nice that was fun :) Sometimes some quotes that seems like insult (to me) are unrecognized :/ (ex "You are small and stupid" ==> what ?) that's fun :)

Cherno says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:49pm

This... this is great.

PaperBlurt says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:52pm

Oh crap this was fresh.
And the theme was well implemented.

Catman says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:14pm

Cool idea and cool implementation, I liked the scoring method very much!! :D

SiENcE says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:16pm

Very original idea!

My wish for post-compo is a two player game :).

mortus says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:38am

Cool idea and quite a lot of nice possible phrases! Word-based games usually lack diversity but you've nailed it!

Conk says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:14am

Very nice puzzley game, got some pretty funny sentences together, good job! :D

Hammers says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:39pm

Lovely stuff. I was worried it would just be randomly stringing words together, but it actually had a bit more depth to it than I thought.

Horsed says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 9:52am

I think I get the game but it's just not appealing to me. I don't see a challenging mechanic. The graphics are sweet though.

Apr 23, 2015 @ 8:23pm

This game was a lot of fun for me... I'm definitely gonna tell my friends about this ;)

yuigoto says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:05am

The mechanics are quite interesting! The sentence builder, scoring (sarcasm! /o/) and the sentences itself are really fun!

If this game had audio, I'd be rolling even more on the ground! XD Great idea!

Blobo says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:16am

Great game! my insults were stupid, yet hilarious. i love the bachgrounds too.

Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:35pm

Haha ! That's fun and hilarious :D Loved your interpretation of the theme and its execution. Nice job !

steboots says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 8:43pm

All right, just threw out some burns, nice

thaaks says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 4:35pm

Great idea to harm or praise people using words in a game! Good reflection of real life!

SimianLogic says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 7:15pm

Structurally it's pretty interesting but it needs a LOT more grammar units to make it feel less repetitive.

You should make the speech balloon a selectable text field so people can copy their insults and paste them down here as comments!

iceburg7 says ...
May 1, 2015 @ 7:18pm

This was great! The engine is smart enough that combining words is a lot of fun!

eddynardo says ...
May 4, 2015 @ 7:39pm

Very nice job with the phrace mechanics!I really liked how the game didnt let you chose whatever word you want.Really innovative idea.

May 5, 2015 @ 6:09pm

I'm LMFAO! Excellent job, loved it, 5 stars! The options available to the player and the feedback to his/her actions is perfect, there's nothing to add. I'm curious about the score engine, which data structure did you use to represent the connections between different words/sentences? I'm specially curious about the sarcasm mechanic! :)

crazya02 says ...
May 6, 2015 @ 1:13pm

Fun concept! I'd love to see a competitive mode in a post-compo version.

01101101 says ...
May 6, 2015 @ 3:50pm

Cool concept, reminded me of the Monkey Island insults battles ^^ It was not easy though, but it's all right.

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