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

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(You are the) monster gaiden

by Christina Antoinette Neofotistou - Jam Entry

A weird idea I had for a monster raising sim in the style of Project J Wonder and Princess Maker, trying not to be kileld by the humans. It was completely thrown off track by my love for "Monster Loves You" that I recently played obsessively, and that's a good thing.

So I guess, if someone with funds and/or a clear idea of where to take this wants to give it a go, let me know.

As it is, it's just an engine. Again. I'm not sorry! I learnt a lot of things, and I tried for a soft and sensitive presentation <3

Cursor keys: move
[A]: jump and take context sensitive actions
[S]: roar
[ESC]: check your stats.


go play with your toys on the left of your cave, and then go scare some chickens, and talk to the townspeople. The end

Photoshop CS5, Construct 2 and Fruity Loops + Roland Hypersonic for the music and sfx

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OldPeculier says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:43am

Hard to beat the art. Gameplay... well it's a bit on the lean side. Delightful entry though.

JamesTanm says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:43am

Great engine!

TheZiggy says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:45am

It's a real shame it's unfinished. The art is amazing, and it seemed like it could have been a potential winner. Amazing job though! I love what you have :)

SecularBaron says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:45am

Awesome graphics and music!

Saphyre says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:45am

This does not really look like a monster :-)

madcapacity says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:45am

Fantastic graphics! The game has a lot of potential.

MarekkPie says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:45am

Absolutely gorgeous, but like you said so yourself, not much of a game.

LandoSystems says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:45am

I made it 60 days. And got a lot of intelligence.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:46am

Wow this game is beautiful! Looks like all you needed was some more time to add features.

Dodechotomy says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:47am

Fantastic setting that I wish there were a game in.

jofra says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:47am

Really cool game!! For a second I thought you could only sleep xD Love the graphics

Ixeno says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:48am

Loved the 4th wall breaking "joke" :P

Downtown says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:48am

Obviously not really a game yet as you mention, but it looks fantastic. Could no doubt turn this in to something.

graebor says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:48am

Adorable! Even though it's simple I enjoyed scaring chickens :)

nic says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:49am

Amazing art, I'd love to see this taken a step further!

LogGiant says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:52am

It's very cute. The gameplay walkthrough is very accurate!

Ellian says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:53pm

Oh goDAMN Christina I wanted to play this... Why is it unfinished ;A;
Awesome art and cool music <3 Wish there was more to it

JustinJ says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:59pm

Such a cute monster, loved his little snoozing animation. Would love to see a complete game like this.

local minimum says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:19pm

It looks like a fantastic place to start building a monster sim from! The selector hand was a bit hard to see in the left-most toy-area dialog. It also seemed like the dialog was below some other UI elements, which made it partly shadowed in one case. Other than that, very cute animations, a nice fitting tune and something that deserves further development! If nothing else, if you make it public, you could always use it as a starting point for the next ludum...

hrd_games says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:10pm

Really wanted more. Absolutely beautiful, but needed more "game". Please continue!

FiSilva says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:54pm

Awww too cute ^.^ I wish it was finished

commodoreKid says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:57pm

Nice art but there is nothing much to it, like my game.

mewnica says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:03pm

gorgeous game! really great start, can see the potential clearly :) love scaring the chickens, heheh

Jesse Freeman says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:18pm

I love the art style. I think you are onto something here if you keep adding more to the experience. Great foundation!

GFM says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:17am

This is so cute!! Graphics and animations are amazing!!
The song is really fitting to the game's atmosphere!

It's really a pity that you couldn't get the game itself developed further... =/

zatyka says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:55am

You have to love that adorable roar. Beautiful visuals as always. Not much to it, but I'm hoping the work will continue.

Bsevers18 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:06am

Fun derpy creation :D love the Roar button! send them chickens flying! Love the things you create!

paracatgames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:32am

This game is gorgeous! I loved "Monster Loves you!" as well, and I hope you finish this game at some point because it could really do well as a monster sim! My favorite part was scaring the chickens. :D

dydx says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:29am

The animations are sooo good. Would've loved to see more gameplay in there but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

LeafThief says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:05am

<3 <3 <3 that sleep animation <3

Rocketship says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:23pm

For a sort of a prototype, this shows a lot of potential. The graphics and animations make it look like a game already. Would just need to add some deeper mechanics into it and it'd be a pretty fine game.

careless says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:59pm

I know where you are coming from with writing an engine, I spent a few hours writing a level editor before deciding to just create lots of separate objects!

Really fun idea which is well executed, as always the art is cute, colourful and awesome.

Sometimes jams are just about experimenting and not making a game as such.

Great effort, has lots of potential if you decide to work on it more.

pirate_shell says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:29pm

The graphics and music were extremely charming. So was the game as a whole. The gameplay was pretty much non-existant but it is the most well made fluffy monster sim with pointless stats out there so 10/10.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:29pm

This is adorable, and the graphics are fantastic! The animation might be my favorite part of this. What a nice visual style. Love the interaction. And the humor was great (especially that last option with the jam reference!).

sararyCow says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:34pm

Cute graphics! A bit empty of gameplay but I see this wasn't your point for this entry. Overall this could be interesting if is extended to an actual game.

Datamosh says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:45pm

I really want more of this. Cuteness overload.

backlashblues says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:59pm

Love the color palette and the art style. Animations are great. 48 hours is always too short... I would continue playing if there was more to do, hope you keep at it.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:10pm

One of the most beautiful game of the Jam I think. The music is cool, and the art are so cute ^^

Otrora Games says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:11pm

The art belongs to another level. But you already know that. Great idea and will love to see it finished

Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:18pm

Finally a game where you can just growl at things!

plusultra says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:21pm

Really nice art!

KunoNoOni says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:07pm

You really need to make this a full game. No, really you do. This game is awesome, just like all your entries are. So stop ready this comment and get back to making this a full game! <3

Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:48pm

Most adorable game I've played this LD! Art and animations were great. All you'd need to expand on this is a few more activities and some incentive/reward tied to the stats. Looks far more polished than your average LD game.

01010111 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:32am

I'm sad there wasn't more, but I hope what you made makes your next game a lot easier to build! Amazing art as usual, it's almost weird seeing your art at such a high resolution :)

andreiichim says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:33am

Cutest monster I've seen so far in LD33 :)
You should make a game with this.

Solifuge says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:34am

In response to those villagers complaining about your game: There's a lot of ways people have fun. You don't need crunchy gameplay or long-running content to bring players some joy. I always appreciate the aesthetics behind your games, and the music, colors, and character design were delightful.

I don't know how attached you are to solo entries, but if you wanted to do more than you had time for, you could trawl for some like-minded folks to collab with. Many hands make light work, and it might help you more-fully realize your inspiration. If you prefer to keep flying solo, you could try to structure your time or pare things down, or even build a flexible generic framework or code-base for the games you like to make ahead of time (it's in the Jam rules), with the knowledge that you're going to want to put energy into making things all stylish and charming during the competition.

Most of all, I hope you had fun making this. It certainly made me smile! Thank you for putting this together, and for sharing it.

Patacorow says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:15am

+100 intelligent
-1 kindness

Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:00am

Nice art but the game managed to feel empty. It needs a goal. Kill people or make friend or something.

Mase says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:55pm

The graphics are very charming.
You've done the hard engine-building part... it just needs like 4 encounters or so and a couple endings based on the monster's stats. And maybe some legs on the jumping sprite. So close. Alas.

Ithildin says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:07pm

As a proof of concept it certainly looks promising. Gameplay-wise...not so much, as you said yourself.

Still, you've done an awesome job. Good luck with it! :D

colludium says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 12:56pm

Beautiful artwork - awesome. You could make this into something big!

ehtd says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 5:52pm

Very high quality, but no gameplay. Looking forward for something more complex using your engine.

OnionBlaze says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 7:41am

So pretty! I love the art of this so much. I wanted to take care of him more ;0;

HThomson says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 12:32pm

Graphics are adorably cute. As you mentioned the game play is rather lacking but I reckon with a couple of tweaks you could turn it into a decent monster role-playing experience.

bombjack says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:08pm

I loved the graphics.

Dianouille says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 2:15pm

Really nice game ! Love the idea and the graphics are so cute <3 I'd love to see the finished version :D

arzi says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 8:12am

Great art but not much to do in the game...

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