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

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Web Spinner

by APC - Compo Entry

In this game you play as a spider and you need to spin your web in such a way that it will catch enough flies so that you won't starve

I recorded a timelapse of the development of this game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdvwudHij68
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I'm aware this doesn't run on all machines. I'm on Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium and I tried putting all windows 7 version I could on the link. If you're having problems please let me know and I'll try to figure it out.

If you own Game Maker Studio, I would greatly appreciate it if you would download the source, create a executable and send me the file ( apc1993@gmail.com ) so I can post it here.

Current Versions:

Windows 7 Compressed Zip
Windows 7 Single Runtime Exe
Windwos 7 Installer

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Hotfix #1 8/28/2015
Fixed the 'Unable to find instance' and 'divide by zero' errors

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#89Innovation3.72
#367Fun3.16
#380Mood3.11
#461Graphics3.11
#572Overall3.00
#599Humor2.40
#763Theme2.83
#1897Coolness32%

Comments

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:00am

My 64-bit, windows 7 professional computer says that the game is "not a valid 32X file". All the best looking games are the ones that won't run D:

namrog84 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:28am

I'm using windows 10 x64 bit and it wouldn't run on my machine either. http://i.imgur.com/v5c2yOv.png

dkdwrek says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:31am

Another windows 7 professional 64-bit user that cannot play the game. I was paying attention to your updates and was looking forward to playing your game! Hope you can resolve the issue so we can better appreciate your efforts!

Gelatohead says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:33am

I couldn't run this game on my pc. I had windows 8.1 if that helps.

OccamsRazor says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:05am

I ran it just fine :)

Very cool idea, I thought it was really unique. It's a little hard to tell what will catch a fly and what wont, so I didn't do so well, but I thought it was very well implemented nonetheless.

NikinCZ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:28am

For those who can't run this: Download compressed zip! Single runtime and installer are 0 bytes files. Tested on Win8 64-bit. Author may want to fix this.

I liked the idea very much. You also got 5* in innovation from me. Couldn't get to the fly most of the times though. Graphics were adequate, but not much catchy either.

Graham Weldon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:50am

Wont run on 64bit machine

Chronodrax says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:17pm

The link is broken, but by typing http://www.arendpeter.com/Games/WebSpinner without the .exe part I found it.

The game is fun, original and challenging! The first time I did not reinforce some outer areas and ended up with a smaller web too fast.
Sometimes when there are too many paths the spider remains stuck, unable to choose any of the paths except going backwards.
On my last try I got a score of 287, then the game crashed ^^'
--->
FATAL ERROR in action number 1 of Step Event0 for object oSpider: DoDiv :: Divide by zero
at gml_Script_findProgressOnLine

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:39pm

I loved the game and it really fit the theme. However, I use game maker too and I know how annoying the errors are, I got one during mid game, ill paste it now :)

############################################################################################
FATAL ERROR in
action number 1
of Step Event0
for object oSpider:

Unable to find any instance for object index '100107' name '<undefined>'
at gml_Script_splitLineByPoint
############################################################################################
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
stack frame is
gml_Script_splitLineByPoint (line 0)
gml_Script_spiderConnectString
gml_Object_oSpider_Step_0

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:53pm

Got the following area when trying to plant a bit of web (or maybe it's cause I got a bit too hungry):


___________________________________________
############################################################################################
FATAL ERROR in
action number 1
of Step Event0
for object oSpider:

Unable to find any instance for object index '100186' name '<undefined>'
at gml_Script_splitLineByPoint
############################################################################################
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
stack frame is
gml_Script_splitLineByPoint (line 0)
gml_Script_spiderConnectString
gml_Object_oSpider_Step_0

Before then I didn't really know what I was doing. I placed several web strands but only caught one fly. Other flies went straight through. Not sure exactly what you do to catch them.

micdoodle8 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:07pm

Nice entry, though the controls are a bit funky... I'm having a hard time moving where I want to go.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:34am

I really liked this game :) have been a subscriber of yours on youtube for a long time now and was quite exited to see that you had also participated. I liked the mechanic however unfortunately I received this crash (the same crash as the person earlier):
___________________________________________
############################################################################################
FATAL ERROR in
action number 1
of Step Event0
for object oSpider:

Unable to find any instance for object index '100502' name '<undefined>'
at gml_Script_splitLineByPoint
############################################################################################
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
stack frame is
gml_Script_splitLineByPoint (line 0)
gml_Script_spiderConnectString
gml_Object_oSpider_Step_0

McFood says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:36am

I had a crash after a little while when trying to place a web, I might have clicked off the screen?

But before that, this was excellent! I've never seen a game like this before. Great idea! Very satisfying to play.

Great job!

Gil4 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:33am

Pretty innovative mechanics, like both the gameplay and graphics. Controls are fine with me, though first time I died while only getting used to the game's feel, I'd increase first session's time limit.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Gameplay is interesting but controls should be more worked.

StaNov says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 6:35pm

Loved it from your timelapse! So I tried it and it's super innovative! Just be a spider and hunt the flies :) Good job!

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