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

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Teenage Monster

by dpisarcik - Jam Entry

Teenage Monster

You are in highschool and nobody seems to like you. You decide to clean up your act by smelling better, looking better, and getting a little bit reckless. You soon find the other kids will start to like you-- but at what cost?

Will you become another kind of neurotic highschool monster?

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Gameplay:

- Raise your attributes by collecting items around the school. Hold the up key and press spacebar to open doors and lockers. What could be inside?
- Try to make friends and raise your coolness by pressing spacebar. If you are not up to their standards (you monster), they will tell you why!

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How it was made:

Originally intended for the compo, but early bugs kept me from hitting the deadline. Aside from delivering the game in 72 hours, all other compo rules were followed.

- Engine: Unity
- Animated Sprites: piskel
- Tile Maps: GIMP
- Music: Fruity Loops
- Sound Effects: bfxr

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KNOWN ISSUES**
- Occasionally, NPC names are not displayed correctly in the dialog box. After a while, the same name might continue appearing over and over, even though your character is talking to different NPCs.
- Graphics are not pixel-perfect.
- UI not optimized for playable aspect ratio. Will need to adjust window size until all UI elements display as expected.

This is my first ever Unity game and it worked great on my home PC. Once I transferred it to other machines, its proven to be very buggy. I may provide more bugfixes in the coming days, but will NOT change gameplay or assets in anyway.

Enjoy!

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness71%
#380Humor(Jam)3.05
#562Audio(Jam)2.64
#614Innovation(Jam)2.89
#829Mood(Jam)2.70
#920Fun(Jam)2.50
#942Overall(Jam)2.71
#975Graphics(Jam)2.19
#1033Theme(Jam)2.41

Comments

JakeL168 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:03am

Controls feel a bit cranky. Reminds me of my high school life.

adsilcott says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:21pm

Art style was cool.

Razoric says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:23pm

Great idea, fun game!

Big Cow says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:22pm

I really liked this game! It had a great mood, with the aesthetics and audio tying in nicely. I loved the little stick figures running around and the cool writing. Gameplay was quite fun but it was a little difficult to get certain stats up. Good job!

Jelinib says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:38am

I had the hardest time keeping my hair under control. After some point, I was able to talk to "Luna" anywhere. Luna would respond even when I was trying to talk to someone else. I suspect something got stuck but I'm not sure how.

Dialog was pretty funny before that happened, and music is pretty catchy. Nice job!

KhaoTom says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:46am

I opened a stall in the bathroom and a girl popped out like a cat being let out of it's carrier. I lol'd. Then I saw some kids moonwalking around at a frantic pace, good fun!

valid4life says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:22pm

I was unable to run the windows game. Couldnt locate the folder

dpisarcik says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 9:31pm

Thanks for the note, valid4life. The Windows game has now been fixed.

hdong says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:45am

I really enjoyed this game. Concept was great. Overall an amazing game

radmars says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:25am

Creative take on the theme, and funny! Hair gel seemed to be the rarest item yet the fastest-depleting stat! It was really difficult to get that stat higher than 15% or so.

dpisarcik says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:35am

Thanks, I ran out of time to tune the gameplay =(. Definitely need more hair gel!

McFood says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:46am

Captured the mood pretty well, the sound and graphics and gameplay all feel right together.

It was pretty fun, although I struggled to find enough hair gel, which doesn't seem like a realistic problem in highschool.

The humor was great, "This makes your hair do what other people want it to do", which also made your interpretation of the theme a little deeper I think.

Great job!

NuDawg says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:57am

Took me a while to figure out what I was doing, but eventually I got it. Fun game.

block97 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:15am

Fun game, hair point seemed to drain really quick and the coolness bar was very slow to progress.

Supernaught says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 3:09am

Nice little game with funny dialogue and catchy music! My only issue is the controls could use a bit of tweaking so that it's not too draggy/slippery – especially because there's a lot of walking and picking up stuff in the game.

Other than that the game is really fun. Keep it up!

cyrixd says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 8:31am

Nice take on the theme! I wish I could've seen the ending, but after playing for a while my cool level had barely risen, I could never find enough hair gel, and then I wasn't able to open any more lockers. Controls were a bit tough to use, but I really liked the concept. Cool game!

ALobker says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 9:05am

For me it turned into a 'pick up everything'-game.

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