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

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by jlnr - Jam Entry

I couldn't come up with a great idea for the theme, so I've decided to implement an old idea I have for a board game.

Four players have to put down as many pieces as possible, starting in their "home corner".
But you can only connect pieces DIAGONALLY. None of your pieces' sides must touch directly. I've tried to illustrate this in screenshot #2. Touching enemy pieces is fine.
(Sounds like the board game Blokus? It's similar, but this game has triangular tiles.)

I've written an HTML 5 version of the same game a couple years ago, is that cheating? I'm not really in this compo to win, but I'd love to hear feedback about the actual game mechanics! (I'm starting to think that the abovementioned game Blokus is a lot better balanced :/)

I've been meaning to put monster eyes on each piece, and then let each piece grow hands where you can connect other pieces (instead of blinking dots). That'd have made the rules so much clearer! ...And then I ran out of time :|

RubyMotion and the (my) Gosu game development library for Ruby (
TextMate 1.5.11 \m/
Affinity Designer (so much better than crashy Sketch 3.3.3 -_-)

I think I'm going to clean up and push the source to GitHub sometime this week. I'm *really* happy with the project structure.

Downloads and Links




iapc says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:34am

OS/X only, are you insane?

Llucile says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:44am

Can't run don't own a Mac

Damdoshi says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:33pm

There is an error in you windows link.

sausagroll says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:43pm

the windows link doesn't work

A_K_ says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:45pm

OS X forever! :)

jlnr says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:58pm

Sorry everything, the Windows ZIP had the wrong permissions, the download should work now.

jlnr says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:55pm


danidre14 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:19pm

Nice idea. Cool entry.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:24pm

Hard to tell where to place pieces sometimes (perhaps place a slight grid on the pieces themselves?) but pretty neat.

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:27pm

Ey, nice game to play with friends, with an online mode the idea would be awesome. I like board games a lot, good work ^^

Connors says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:39pm

Pretty cool, like the Blokus board game but with triangular divisions.

Gaga says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:49pm

Think this would be a lot more enjoyable with less piece variety and a smaller board.

shawn42 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:04am

I can definitely see playing this more. Now to find friends to play with...

Daukan says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:39am

I liked this game. It was a good brain teaser. Didn't quite fit the theme I think however :)

cbear_wallis says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:50pm

Iapc OS/X and Windows only?....are you insane. jk, I really like this game! it's like Go meets tangrams! fuckin rad as shit! I loved it ^_^ <3

NAL says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:38pm

Didn't fit the theme in the slightest, but this idea is excellent. I'd love to see it more polished digitally, and I'm not gonna lie, I'd probably buy a physical copy!

xvw says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 12:17pm

A very nice game!
I'm not sure this is the theme that has inspired you, haha... :D

philomory says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 9:06pm

Nice concept, Julian, and actually plays quite well (though it'd be nice if currently unplayable pieces were dimmed). Pity about missing the theme :-p

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