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

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The (other) Thing

by anjack - Jam Entry

The (other) Thing!
a Game by Slush.Filter and Anjack

So we didn't finish in time, unfortunately.

Our idea was to make a game based on John Carpenter's "The Thing". The player would control an organism with the ability to take over human bodies. The gameplay would be driven by conversations with the inhabitants of an underground research facility. On each level, the player would need to find the person who knew the key code necessary to unlock the exit. Then they would "assimilate" that human in order to learn the key code.

The organism would take control of a "scientist" and steer the human around the facility, talking to other humans. In each conversation, the NPC would have a "suspicion" meter which would increase or decrease based on the player's behavior (dialog choices and actions outside of dialog). If the NPC's suspicion level was low enough, the organism would be able to get close enough to assimilate them.

Unfortunately we decided to use a framework with which we had very limited experience (Crafty.js). As a result, we spent a lot of time troubleshooting and trying to learn the framework. By the time we started to get into a good flow, we were out of time.

I think we'll be better prepared for the next Jam. :) In the mean time, please take a look at what we were actually able to complete!

Known bugs:

Stuff we would have added:

Tools used:

Downloads and Links




JustinJ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:42pm

Cute :) Obviously a bit unfinished, but I like the idea.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:58pm

Dialogue based infiltration is an interesting idea, its a shame you didn't focus solely on this concept and flesh it out more

fdslk says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:51pm

Great idea, I like that you sneak and stealth by using an NPC, but it felt a little short out

Bitterdeath says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:52pm

Great start for coding while learning a new framework.

cheapmecha says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:54pm

Nice game, I loved the "thing" sprite and animation. A bit unfinished but it's all good.

Nikteddy92 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:31am

Well thats a nice start! You have the skills, next time it will be better! That's how LD works! Good luck guys!

CodeNMore says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:31am

The idea seems cool, too bad it couldn't be finished more!

A_K_ says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Cute game. Feels unfinished a bit, but overall good for start!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:53pm

Nice concept, but indeed quite unfinished. Sometimes the texts would overlap. We used Crafty.js as well for many LD entries, it is nice but indeed it takes a while to get used to. :)

rotpar says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:35pm


Askbackwards says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:46pm

Awesome Idea, but needs some mechanical work!

justinooncx says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:36am

Interesting concept, if lacking in execution. Still, there's always post-jam, and the next Ludum Dare.

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:11pm

Great Theme and Innovation, would love to see the idea grow and to get it done without time pressure.

mantis says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:15pm

Good attempt! Wish you luck next time!

BlackQuiltro says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 9:17pm

Nice idea. Could have been great if you manage to finish it!

SoloDuoTeam says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 10:04pm

The concept is very interesting. I hope you have time to improve it a little before the end of the week.

Sep 9, 2015 @ 7:04pm

- interesting idea
- i like being able to talk to the scientists
- sometimes text overlapped and i couldn't read it
- congrats on experimenting with a new idea, i hope you continue working on it

anjack says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 7:06pm

Thank you everyone for the positive comments! We'll be better prepared for the next LD! :D

dollarone says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 7:25pm

Good controls, graphics and idea. Lots of potential here!

crucknuk says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 7:31pm

Too bad you had not the time for finishing it.
Playing the thing would have been a dream come true :) at least i did two level with it :P

Maybe you will continue to work on it, hopefully.

Sep 9, 2015 @ 7:33pm

Awesome what you could accomplish in such a short period of time. Well done!

HotBoxGames says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 11:17pm

Nice concept, text based sounds cool, could do with some work but you guys already know that. Good luck in future jams.

tayl1r says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 12:51pm

Shame you couldn't finish it. At least you have something playable. Good luck next time!

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