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

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Beast Of The Woods

by AgentParsec - Compo Entry

(PIXELATED BLOOD WARNING, if that matters)

You are a terrifying beast, stalking humans that venture into your woods. They have a flashlight and a gun, while all you have is your claws... but that's all you need. Sneak up on them and kill them before they can kill you.

Killing all 18 wins the game. How many can YOU get?

CONTROLS: WASD for movement, mouse to look, shift to run. That's it. Touching a human kills them.

TIPS: Running makes a lot of noise, but is good for closing the distance quickly when at close range. Standing still is completely quiet, even if the human is very close to you. The cover of the trees will be vital to your success, especially with harder enemies.

(SOUND PRODUCTION NOTES: I produced the footstep sounds by crinkling brown packing paper together with a plastic bag. The gunshot is a handclap, slightly modified. I made the monster sounds and the kill sound with my own voice, plus some modifications.)

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Teekeks says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:18am

Awesome, best part are the pixelated arms ^^

TimWright says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:18am

Very nice mood. The music and lighting are very scary. Good job

ENDESGA says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:33am

Love the mood here, nice and creepy :)

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:35am

Really quality stuff, fits the theme perfectly. At first I thought the Hunter was psychic, but running draws attention from a mile away.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:40am

Intense and scary. Good audio

Modoc73 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:48am

Wow! Nicely done. Really felt like I was the monster! And the hands :P Nice touch.
Felt like there could have been something else to do instead of just hunting. Sounds A+

dustinaux says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:20am

Really great! Fantastic audio and mood.

Flygamer101 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:21am

Nice game with great pixel art and lighting.

watupdb says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:36am

Wow, that actually played very nicely. Art style worked surprisingly well too. Seeing the flashlight in the distance was a super cool feeling.

conormn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:41am

Creepy stuff! Weird how being put in the role of the chaser still scares me.

lorcanwsmith says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:07am

Loved it! Very nice lighting and sounds!

ViliX64 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:23am

Very nice aesthethics and gameplay! :)

noom says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:34am

Wow, fantastic atmosphere, the audio really sold it. Loved it, great job!

GanonsSpirit says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:36am

Great atmosphere. Gets really tense when you're going in for the kill.

Ethan Allwood says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:05am

cant run it in chrome :(

AgentParsec says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:34am

@Ethan Allwood -- There are several other platforms to try it out. :)

cgmorton says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:44am

Hey, playing on Linux here, and the controls get stuck. I press W once and I'm walking forward indefinitely (S has no effect), same with A/D and Shift.

Really cool game wish I could play it the way it's meant to be played...

candlesan says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:11am

This was great - love the music, use of lighting, and the awareness of the victims. Great mood and polish on keeping mood!

AgentParsec says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:13am

@cgmorton -- Not sure why it's doing that. I don't actually have Linux to test it on; I just exported Unity to Linux, which has worked for me in the past. Don't know why it didn't work this time.

andyman404 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:45am

Wow! Excellent atmospherics/mood setting in the game! Well done! Playing this game definitely makes you feel like a monster.

jorgemoag says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:42am

hahah the mood is great. i want to kill more humans

Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:45am

The atmosphere of this game is just incredible!

peterthehe says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:15am

Very atmospheric. 5/5 on audio.

TwixtorTitan says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:16am

Arms reminded me of the gringe or however you spell the xmas bad guy.

ajopart says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:46pm

Superb ! Great game. I'm supposed to be the monster but I'm totally freaking out. Sound is amazing. TOP list !

q2k2k says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:35am

I like the concept of this game, stealth hunting. It's actually pretty difficult. The only issues I have with the game is sometimes the enemy just always knows where I am when I wasn't even that close. The art fits well with the theme and I like the darkness presented in this game. (Usually, scary games are bright enough that you can just see everything).

TheZiggy says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:29am

Amazing job! This was one of the better games i've seen. It was a little annoying with the human almost always following you no matter how sneaky you were, but it was very fun. Great Job!

vividhelix says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:54am

killed one...really nailed the mood with this one, well done!

RadioLemon says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:20am

Awesome atmosphere to this.

Karai17 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:11am

Top notch game! The audio really made the mood and made the game feel tense as you crept up on the human. Great job!

Leuthil says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:31pm

Now this is awesome.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:27pm

Nicely done! I love how as you approach the victim it gets more intense.

bogdanmaier49 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:33pm

Dem Mexicans shooting at me

hcosta says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:41pm

Really good game, congratulations.

JayProg says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:43am

Really like the audio. Has a great atmosphere. Very fun!

khahem says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:08am

Great atmosphere, I was quite stressed while playing.

Seems like it's not so easy to be a monster, everybody's life is hard ^^

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:49pm

Great game! Truly felt like the beast here, great atmosphere!

uheartbeast says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:52pm

This is a compo entry! Simply perfect! I could see this one winning.

superfreak says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Amazing fun to play around with the AI and experiment with how to actually be the monster - loved it :D

Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:04am

Very atmospheric! I did get a little bored because I was wondering around for a long time without finding anyone. Audio is very effective.

Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:29pm

By far the best compo entry I've played from any LD. It's like reverse slender man. It felt great sneaking up to murder humans. The AI felt super realistic - and the strategy was immediately apparent. Your ability to build tension is quite remarkable.

SaintHeiser says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:58am

Very mood and athmospheric game! I'm really fell that i'm a monster! But game has lack of gameplay... I mean it gets boring after few times of run.

Denis347 says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Perfect mood and audio!

Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:37am

Good mood, lots of interesting little details (like the shadows on the trees) and an interesting mechanic. A tiny bit claustrophobic/nauseating for me, but that can't be helped with first person titles.

OnlySlightly says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:42am

Loved how well you setup the horror movie mood. I really did feel like the monster in a monster movie. It was delightfully creepy and I couldn't help but be uncomfortable with the amount of glee I got out of it. The aesthetics, sounds, and lighting were all amazing and contributed to spooky horror vibe. Awesome job!

A_Cat5 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:29pm

This game is awesome its like your the monster but your still getting scared:D

SpringCabal says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:32pm

I absolutely loved the mood. Controls weren't working well (they'd get stuck after pressing them, so I couldn't strafe), and I didn't get far, but I still enjoyed it.
The only thing lacking was a pounce :)

Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:19am

Even though I'm playing the monster, the audio and mood makes the experience very scary! Great job on the mood.

Wefiends says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:08am

Lovely game. I like to think i'm Kermit the frog going around murdering these poor campers. Wasn't very good at the game, but that didn't keep me from completely enjoying it.

Insality says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:29pm

Ohhh, the very scary game at start!
Perfect lighting balance and the MOOD! The sounds make it really incredible!
Great job. Got scared then i have shooted ;))

Is it ok, that i breathing like a monster? Game is mind control me, awesome ;)

Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:04pm

PSSST - You are featured in today's Ludum Dare to Believe!

Drauthius says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 8:03pm

Cool game. Very good atmosphere and fits the theme very well.

zatyka says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 1:36am

Probably the best use of the theme I've seen. Top marks in Theme and Mood!

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 3:04am

Fantastic polish to the game. Did a great jobs focusing on the stealth experience. That said, I'm not a fan of being forced to restart from the very beginning. It's easy to get lost and not find any humans. It's also very hard to sneak behind trees, so a mechanism to tilt the camera so that you can see what's behind would have helped. Perhaps easing the difficulty on the third level might improve the experience. Overall, excellent job! Awesome use of audio, too!

arzi says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 8:16am

Nails the mood! But it's a bit too dark, I had to close the curtains to be able to play.

bombjack says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 10:30am

The gameplay could be improoved if there were some hint of the position of the humans. The ambiance and the sound are amazing.

Selzier says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 8:37pm

This game is a blast, very well done! Make sure to download for desktop so much better in fullscreen :D

crucknuk says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 8:12pm

really good mood :)
really well done!
i almost got myself scare just by plaing it, i thought as the monster i wouldn't be scare but maybe they feel the same as I do! :D so much mistakes in all those games! Monsters were just misunderstood :P
well done!

jcourt says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 8:21pm

I like how the pixilated arms rise up when you get close to a human.

RoundFork says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 9:17pm

THis is an overall pretty fun game! I really like the billboard 2D sprites, we went for the same look with ours! Great job!

Wertle says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 10:38pm

This was an amazing job for the scope that you did it in, you put a lot of effort into all the places that mattered most. I loooooved the little monster hands creeping onto screen to indicate range, and what you did with the music for the same. It was an elegant way of both creating mood but also giving the player important gameplay information at the same time. My only note would be that the effect when you successfully kill someone is a little unclear, and when it happened the first time I thought I had been killed. I think the fullscreen red flash makes me think "I have been injured" because it's as though something has happened to my own vision. The fact that the human whips around to see you at the last minute is really cool but also adds to this confusion (did they shoot me?). Perhaps a scream or finding another bit of feedback and saving the fullscreen red when YOU are shot. Not sure what that could be. That was really the only confusing point. Wonderful job with the mood and all the foley!

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 12:35am

Nice! Only suggestion I'd have is to allow for restarting on the same level as opposed to forcing the player to repeat all of the previous ones again.

Oct 20, 2015 @ 12:30pm

Challenging, fun game. I included it in my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

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