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

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Childhood Monsters

by camthestar - Jam Entry

Remember those childhood nightmares of being chased by monsters. Now you can be the monster and experience the monster's POV!

Controls:
WASD - move
ESCAPE - return to main menu


Coded in Java without external libraries, all graphics done in paint.net

This game should work on Windows, Max OSX, and Linux as long as you have Java installed, although I have only tested it with Windows.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness55%
#145Theme(Jam)3.96
#345Audio(Jam)3.22
#464Fun(Jam)3.14
#532Mood(Jam)3.12
#870Overall(Jam)2.81
#872Graphics(Jam)2.59
#978Innovation(Jam)2.30

Comments

RadioLemon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:19am

I like the monster, and it is cool how you did the code from actual scratch.

Pusty says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:12am

yeah looks cool! :D

Jelinib says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:31am

The evil laugh was great, even though I can't rate yours for the audio.

One can only wonder where all those children go after I touch them... My belly? The waking world? The deepest, darkest pits of Mexico? A white van? Some mysteries might never be solved.

TheRuseman says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:37am

Hitbox was very small, kind of difficult to get used to. I liked how the enemy AI would run away from you. My final score was 1250.

Ybalrid says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:48am

I really like the monster. the hitboxes are a bit small so it's hard to catch the childerns

fatSquirrel says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:48am

Reminds me of Zombies Ate My Neighbors. I liked the speed of the monsters, would be cool if he had an attack to slow down and stop the kids.

PokeyOne says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:50am

cool game

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:54am

5 on the theme :)
Java devs will actuall see the amount of efford put into the code. Nice work keep it up!

DarkStar says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:55am

the laugh is awesome! but it crashes after about 100sec for me

ViliX64 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:55am

Unfortunately it doesn't work on Ubuntu Linux 64bit Openjdk 1.8.0 :(

Reisen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:04pm

Monster vs children hitbox is a bit too small.

bradur says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:40pm

Awesome soundtrack & evil laugh sound :D.
The monster is terrifying! Love it!

FloatingGhost says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:00am

Had to go install Java 8

Massive errors log
http://pastebin.com/m4nGKiMS

Daisuke909 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:48am

Not a lot to say about this one. I found the monster sprite quite charming.

djfariel says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:35am

1st Thought:
Perfect use of theme!

Pros:
#datmusicthough
If the art were done in a darker style, this game would legit creep me out haha.
Controls felt good, monster speed vs children speed was perfect.

Cons:
The plain blue background. It kind of took away from the game I felt.

Overall:
Nice simple game. Good job

KR-Eddie says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:02pm

The sprites were nice, even if the animation lacked a little bit. The background tiles were well done but even so the background seemed a little dull. Transition tiles between terrain types make a huge improvement in disguising the "grid".

A word of advice from a fellow Java developer: Making everything from scratch is a good learning experience, and using external libraries may be bothersome. But for making games, especially when time constrained, it can be extremely useful to use a framework or an engine.
Take a look at LibGDX, it helped me a whole lot!

Gaspard_ says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 12:43pm

Score 1150.
Indeed small hitbox, but that makes for those situations where you run around a kid to grab him!
Pretty fun.

Biruts says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 4:57pm

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.

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