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

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Time Spill

by Chronodrax - Compo Entry

You are the Wheel of Time.
People want to stop you.
Crush their hopes.


For this Ludum Dare, I've added an extra challenge to myself : create a game that would require only the mouse wheel to play, and it worked !
I hope you'll enjoy playing it ;)

Sadly there's only 1 level since I spent most of the time improving the Level Design and gameplay (physics behavior, feedback, etc).


Made with Unity 5;
Music made with Audiotool, sounds with bfxr.




edit : It seems that mac users have an issue with the mouse wheel. I don't own a mac though so it's hard to debug. If you are a Mac user, can you please tell me more about it ? Is it on the web player only or the downloadable/executable too ? On the latter, have you tried changing the controls ?

Other known bugs :
- Too many creatures spawn after 400 seconds
- For unknown reasons the wheel could get stuck between a ceiling and a creature without killing it, and make movements impossible.
I'll improve those in a post-compo version after the judging ends.

Downloads and Links




zanenga says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:29am

Lovely game! I just think that scrolling the wheel get's a little tiring from time to time (love the idea of using it though!).

Perhaps using both mouse buttons or the X of the mouse when clicking would be better?

Birke says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:36am

Very original input scheme! The art and music is also nice. Level was a bit hard to get around in.

Chrome version fails to launch with a javascript exception pop up

FerraWare says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:59am

Cool game!

-Cool just to spare time
-Really fun mechanic
-Never seen a mouse-wheel control :P

-The theme could've been displayed better
-Lack of objective

Flygamer101 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:59am

Really nice! Pretty cool "Handrawn" Simplistic Graphics.

Deity says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:05am

Interesting mechanic and it works surprisingly well. The physics also made this more fun.

I did get tired of spinning the wheel so much however and a backup control system with keyboard (left/right keys) would have been nice.

Nice work!

panda says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:05am

I'd be nice to include keyboard controls too... I don't have a mousewheel on my laptop!

TheZiggy says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:51am

The mouse wheel didn't work for me. I'm on a MacBook and have a wireless mouse.

imdigitaljim says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:53am

Very unique controlling system. I enjoyed it =)

Empyrealhell says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:54am

Felt like cheating since my mouse has an unlockable wheel, but it sure made it fun. It's definitely a great start to something, with enough content and polish I could see this becoming something akin to katamari.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:23am

This is a blast to play with a free spinning weighted mouse wheel. I think this is the first time I have seen this type of control. Really well executed. Top marks for innovation. The music is well done too. Super neato.

watupdb says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:29am

Took a while to get used the control scheme, but the idea is actually pretty damn cool. I think the physics worked really well for the controls as well.

iossif says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:16pm

"use mouse wheel" - *looks at laptop touchpad* *cries*

LittleThor says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:54pm

Very nice and unusual concept.
I really loved the way you linked sound and wheel speed.
Nice work!

HolyBlackCat says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:54pm

Nice idea! And I really liked the physics and 'main character'. :D

Multiplexor says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:05pm

I like a lot the controls! It's quite original! The game itself is nice,

Maybe a final objective other than gathering score would be nice, or maybe put some traps so you can die.

Really liked it :)

Laddo D says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:09pm

cool controls

Arskiainen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:10pm

The gameplay novelty blew me away. For a good couple minutes. Scrolling is hard work.

mantis says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:12pm

Really neat take on the theme!

Obvious_San says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:31pm

I don't see the theme, but great idea : ) Also really fun to play for a while!

snooze82 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:18pm

Love the idea - and I have a infite-scrolling-wheel \o/ Like the slow-down of the audio.

A_K_ says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:20pm

Game starts but I'm not running after. Web version on safari/mozilla

shimage says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:40pm

I really enjoyed. It was comfortable that a wheel moves along a line. I got 86pt in 354 time. Very fun!

Felipe Tasca says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:48am

This is I call innovation...

raducumiczzz says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:44pm

Art and music are cool. Love the idea behind the game. Congratulations

ireal says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:00am

Wow, I thought that was really clever, well done!

Nnnnneeeedddd says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:17pm

I really liked the idea of the scroll wheel. The game was altogether very fun to play. My only problem with it, was near the end, I had loads of little guys standing around, and it got really laggy.

CheesyRamen says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:56pm

Pretty interesting with your choice of input! I really enjoyed playing it using my mouse scroll!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:28pm

That's pretty innovated, I'm glad I have a scrollwheel. It's like some weird version of pinball, pretty addictive.

sorlok says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:57am

Fun and interesting! Decent mechanics; never seen a scroll wheel used for primary motion before!

daveh says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:00am

Really innovative control scheme. It worked wonderfully and has a zen-like quality to the gameplay. Good work!

Jishenaz says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 11:57pm

I enjoyed rolling around the platforms with only the mouse wheel! I also liked the sound effects.

However, if you play long enough, the people seem to multiply quickly and slows down the game a lot. But that only happens after playing the game for about 10 minutes.

I did like that the health was integrated into the player and the colors change among the people when they want to throw a bomb.

Nice work!

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