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

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Patient Zero

by Friday - Jam Entry

The military is on high alert, and the citizens are terrified - the city has been infiltrated by a mysterious virus. What they don't know is that patient zero is... YOU!

You first control only one infected and your goal is to spread it to everyone else. Nobody knows that you're infected - that is, until they see you infect someone else. You can assume control of anyone that is infected and once you have infected a number of people you can activate "Frenzy mode", so that all the infected are induced in a blood thirsty rage. These mechanics make for some tactical stealth gameplay, especially while trying to infect the heavily armed military bases, where civilians will be shot on sight regardless of whether they're infected or not.

The screen might be black for a few seconds upon starting the game. It didn't crash, it's completely normal :)

By Fredrik Hernqvist, Alvin Combrink, and Thedor Stenhamer

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Robinerd says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:32pm

It was nice until the screaming sound started. And I seemed to just die a lot. Not sure about how the mechanic of swapping should be used properly. Though, I really liked the art style of the buildings, especially with the red/orange directional light. Good work on that!

LeekAnarchism says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:04pm

The game was really fun to play!
I also found the screaming sound really annoying, though -- toning that down would make it a lot more enjoyable.
I also found it a bit too hard, but victory doesn't feel out of reach, which is good -- I'm going to keep trying!
I love the moodiness (ambient music, burning barrels, rain)

Friday says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:23pm

Yeah, we totally agree about the sound - we changed it to a new version, where the screams are significantly toned down.
A suggestion, try lureing the military out of their bases, then taking stealthily control of them to gain access :)

t4u says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:36pm

Amazing. It's really easy to be put off by this game as it's really easy to die at the begining but once you get hold of it it's wow. You just need to understnad tha you infect unarmed first and then go frenzy.

Graphic is good. You don't expect miracles from 72 hours game. But the graphic is good enough for player to feel mood of the game. Rain and fire shining from barrels all that adds up to the mood. My only complain is that police should be significantly different from civilians.

Gameplay. If you want to play sneaky you play using arrows. If you want to Zerg rush them you use Frenzy. Frenzy generally works but sometimes tends to set infected in line making them easy target for police(all dead in one round). What I'm missing is counter of infected on top of the screen. I'm missing as well a command all infecte go to me as well of switching to next infected (not one nearest to me). Being sneaky gives you some fun but seeing a horde rushing on police outpust gives you a big adrenaline rush!

Music. Atmospheric. SFX of shoots really works on em as well.

Theme. When I tihnk you are the monste rI'm thinking more like a singular entetity than a horde but still who cares since this game is fun.


lkpridgeon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:58pm

Good game. Nice visual style and audio. It took me a few minutes to realise the correct way to do things. I am not too sure about the theme however found it enjoyable.

xWarZonex says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:09pm

This is awesome! The graphics are beautiful and the gameplay is really fun! The peoples yelling and screaming as annoying, but bedside's that, I can't complain. This is probably the most solid entry I've played so far.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:20pm

I failed to kill all the peoples :(

Deadpan-Gamez says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:22pm

Absolutely loved this game, great idea, awesome music and just all round fun! thanks and great job.

AndreSilvs says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:25pm

I think this is one of those games you have to lose a couple times before getting the hang of it. Infecting a soldier first worked well.
The graphics are nice and contribute greatly to the mood, with the rain, dark layout. The controls are easy to understand. Frenzy mode is nice when there are few people left (or no soldiers).

bouletmarc says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:37am

Nice game, its hard, we die often, scream sound are sometime used when it should not (like whe he die)

echokain says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:55pm

Really liked the whole atmosphere of the game and theme. The top down view with the rain is a really nice touch. Pretty hard though!

brombatti says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:17am

Nice mood and fun to play. It's kinda hard at first but then i got the hang of it and doomed mankind!

Grhyll says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 1:09pm

Very, very nice game! I loved playing it, had a great time ^^
As other have said, the "switch" mechanic could be improved (I wanted to prepare a huge trap with all my infected around the little crowd in the center, but it was rather hard to select the infected I wanted to place them correctly), and of course the AI side could too, but I still found this pretty brilliant :)

Nomys_Tempar says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 4:06pm

Really cool game, congrats !

Sep 3, 2015 @ 7:19am

Really great submission. Was lots of fun to infect everyone :) ... and I really digged the artstyle! Really well done!

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