Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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A troll's life

by Paul Sinnett - Compo Entry

In this game you get to experience the life (probably very short life) of a woodland troll collecting mushrooms.

I wanted to explore the idea that "monster" is a label we tend to apply to things we don't understand and therefore hate and fear. I wanted the player to experience going about their daily life in such an environment.

There is only movement. You cannot attack in this game. Use the WASD keys to move the troll to the bottom of the screen.

Avoid the lumberjacks throwing rocks. Each new screen grants you a mushroom, but each successive screen will contain more lumberjacks. Collect as many mushrooms as you can.

Written in Scratch.
The source code is accessible from the Scratch web site. (Click see inside.)
All sprites were created in Gimp.
Sound effects were created in BFXR.
Music was created in Otomata and edited in Audacity.

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AgentParsec says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:20am

Aw, why do all the Al Borland clones hate trolls so much?

Paul Sinnett says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:58am

People fear the unusual I guess.

rotpar says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:11am

Interesting idea and nice game! I love it that you made it in scratch.

Paul Sinnett says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:28pm

Thanks. I like using Scratch for these kinds of things as it's easy to do, the source is open and accessible, and it's easy to embed the result into a web page.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:12pm

I really like the AI on the lumber jacks - the the rock trajectory wasn't too predictable. Though I wanted the player movement to be a little faster, it felt very much like a large lumbering woodland troll, and added to the difficulty. Great job. I like the way the lumber jacks collect around the fallen troll in the end.

ldds says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:56pm

Aww I love this, but I wonder if you'll keep working on it. a monster that cannot attack is a neat concept

Paul Sinnett says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:12pm

I did think of maybe expanding the collection mechanic. Initially I was going to have a dance button but I ran out of time for animations.

tiff says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:30pm

Hey Paul!

Fun little game! You've done a great job with the balance on this, it's just perfectly tuned. I really like the cute style of the lumberjacks and the troll too.

Paul Sinnett says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:14am

Thanks. I got very lucky that the pacing worked out. The A.I. is aim at the troll and then +/- 30 degrees at random. Initially this is easy to avoid, but gets much harder as the number of lumberjacks increase.

Dianouille says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:34am

Nice little game :) Love the fact that we can't attack, well linked with the theme. I only have one subjective opinion : this green back does not honor your other graphics :/

OadT says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:58pm

I like the story idea. Moving feels a bit slow, but I think the mechanic works best this way.
Nice entry :)

Nikteddy92 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:01pm

Nice Idea. We usually see a troll as a scary angry mob, but now he only wants mushrooms... So many angry at nothing lumberjacks :C
Btw nice graphic, smooth gameplay that gets really challenging after a while and great concept.
Well done!

Biruts says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 12:58am

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

Sep 3, 2015 @ 1:35am

I love your take on the theme. I felt very sad knowing the fate of the poor troll...

Paul Sinnett says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 10:42pm

I wrote up some more on the idea here:

Nurbs says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:00pm

Brawny man throws manhole covers at shrek's mom until she falls over, and then they beat her with sticks

Potato & Taco says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 1:46am

I really liked it!

Rialgar says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 8:06pm

these humans are very strong, throwing rocks all over the screen ;D

Sep 12, 2015 @ 9:37pm

Managed to get six mushrooms then got ganged up on by lumberjacks! I had no chance :D

Lovely little game, poor troll :(

Catmoo says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 4:41pm

Really enjoyed playing you game, I felt so bad for the Troll! I got to 6 mushrooms before the mean lumberjacks took out all my lives in that one level. Nice little entry and it's nice to see that people are using Scratch!

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