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

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Loveless : a multiplayer story

by Mark Venturelli - Jam Entry

*ENDING NOW AVAILABLE!*

*Get the OST here: http://danoliveira.bandcamp.com/releases *

*GAME DOESN'T LOAD?* Unity's WebGL is a bit sketchy. Try pressing F5 to try again and avoid switching tabs while the game is loading. It will work eventually!

*WARNING: This is not a game, don't expect gameplay*

Loveless is a multiplayer non-linear story inspired by the poem "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg.

Discover the stories of 3 very distinct characters, then choose to take the role of one of them to make a life-or-death choice.

All players' choices will be recorded online, and will ultimately decide the outcome of the story.

We will reveal this custom ending one day before Ludum Dare voting ends.

Then we will see what kind of monster you all are.

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Created by

Abraão Santana - multiplayer code / WebGL handyman
Betu Souza - character art
Dan Oliveira - music and sound effects
Hugo Vaz - environment art
Ingrid Skare - story
Mark Venturelli - design/code/story


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Or Rogue Snail on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RogueSnail

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This game was made at Indie House Brasília! Check out other games made there this weekend:

The Fifth Apartment - http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-33/?action=preview&uid=57722
Child's Play - http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-33/?action=preview&uid=19018
I'm A Monster (Rawr!) - http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-33/?action=preview&uid=55768


Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness82%
#46Mood(Jam)4.10
#77Audio(Jam)3.84
#109Innovation(Jam)3.69
#122Graphics(Jam)4.26
#191Overall(Jam)3.65
#747Theme(Jam)3.14

Comments

Quetzakol says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:52am

I didn't understand... There is nothing to do at the moment ?

Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:54am

I was uploading the game... it should be up now =)

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:05pm

Oops I uploaded the wrong build :o

Sleep deprivation taking its toll

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:12pm

An interesting thing. All the placeholder text (I assume it was placeholder text) gave it all a kind of strange poetry vibe that felt appropriate.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:31pm

No man, you played the old build! Hahaha

The correct build is up now

acsantana says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:24am

I came here for some SOCIAL EXPERIMENT!!
Social freaking experiment!?!?!? WHAAAAT?

gty says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:23pm

<3

zenmumbler says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:40pm

So, it's the prisoner's dilemma with LD people. Interestingly, the stories of the characters themselves don't really play a role in the ending beyond me choosing someone to decide for.

Nice art style and story setup.

brantkings says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:09pm

THIS IS TOO EXCELENT! SENSATIONAL!

RiaDelva says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:58pm

This is so cool! I love the idea and the graphics. The story is interesting too. I can't wait to see how everyone decides at the end :D

DrZanuff says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:30pm

I am eager to see the results. I hope Leon survives! You guys are a legend here in Brasilia! Hope you continue the good job you have been doing!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:33pm

Thanks DrZanuff <3

amdowell says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:00pm

Very excellent work, I'm actually curious about the fate of the characters.

Lou Byrd says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:05pm

Interesting concept.. this psichological approach.
Regarding the game, I just got wandering if being presented with a single option once or twice was the result of this interconnected logic or a design choice. Appealing graphics.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:45pm

HOE
LEE
SHEET.

I would comment how great the game is in every aspect but i'm TOO CURIOUS TO KNOW THE ENDING.

conormn says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:03pm

Very cool idea. Loved the art, well done :)

Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:41pm

http://ludumdare.com/compo/2015/08/25/my-favorites-5/

:)

Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:26am

Wow thanks :D

jphelps says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:26am

kinda weird. the intro took forever

glimaleite says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:29am

Loved the art style. I wish I could see the results when I ended, even if they were partial only. Still, very innovative and intriguing idea! Parabéns para a galera da Indie House BSB!

Grahhhhh says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:41am

I assume I'm only halfway done with the game, but I had to start my comment now, I'm in true suspense, the purpose of a game is immersion and I'm completely captivated...

Noooo... I have to wait??? Great game, spectacular work.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:45am

The wait will be worth it! Not even WE know what's going to happen, and we'll create a whole new scene to tell the story that we all will decide together!

Mikhail says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:03am

Interesting game

disperse says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:05am

So it will be decided by popular vote? So that 51% choosing the selfish action for Leon will create a personal shield for him?

OnlySlightly says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:05am

Beautiful game! I was very impressed by all the subtle aesthetic details you chose to give it a unique look. Really innovative idea, and it made me care much more about my decisions knowing it would have an effect on others. The audio of the white noise and wind blowing and such helped get me into the world. All around great game!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:05am

Yes, disperse.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:06am

Very well done, I'm excited to see what happens next!

Moist says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:09am

The writing is great and the mood is absolutely phenomenal. I liked it a lot.

corupta says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:14am

Made my choice in the end. Waiting for the results. Interesting story. Interesting idea to make a multiplater virtual novel. I'm not sure how this fits the theme tho. There wasn't any music/sound right?

bowlercaptain says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:19am

Grand. Production values out of this world by Jam standards. Did feel a little cooped up in the one background for all of the middle-period dialogue, but definitely felt involved.

I was sorely grieving the lack of a "pay attention to the damn engineer like someone who isn't a total idiot" option anywhere besides perhaps the end, but I have that gripe with many a tragic tale. I'm excited to hear how it turns out.

benmcnelly says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:22am

Nice work. And yeah, I made the right choice.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:22am

corupta, music and sound play a HUGE role in the game. Maybe it was your browser?

the31 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:23am

Wow, cool art, music, and story. I felt like the game wasn't very responsive to my clicks sometimes, but maybe that's just Unity. I also don't quite understand how the ending works... why is it that one person saving themselves kills the others? And who would want to do that? The characters have their differences, but it doesn't seem to me like they would kill each other. I really liked the story, it just felt like the ending didn't quite fit.

TaleEngineer says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:40am

A very interesting idea, although I don't see how this has anything to do with the theme.

I have to admit, though, I am very interesting to see where this story is going and NEED to know how it ends.

(Surely everyone voted to trust each other, right? Right?)

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:41am

Congratulations! Excellent visual and mood. <3
Very nice. =D

vividhelix says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:45am

Ok, great idea but not a great move to keep us hanging. Still, very interesting.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:48am

Wow, this game is so polished. Nice one!

I am not sure about the ending, but my decisions unnecessarily make me feel like a monster since my intention is to get everyone to survive. It would be more interesting if my decision is to choose one of the two to save (grey choices). Right now, it is a choice of saving myself or risk for the whole team (obvious good vs bad). Or am I missing something?

Nonetheless, a very well done game! Good job!

glerikud says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:49am

Very interesting idea placing the final choice in the hands of the LD community. Can't wait to see what comes out of it. (Go Harriet, the rebel who will chose to save everyone, because her concience gets the better of her... I hope)

In any case, nice story, good characters and writing. I would have liked to see some more backgrounds maybe, but the ones that were there were nice.

Chris M says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:20pm

Fantastic idea, and a testament to your abilities to get all this together over such a short period of time.

My decision is in and I await the results!

danoliveira says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:30pm

I'm so happy with all these comments!
And yes, guys, the game does follow the theme... It's just subtle ;)

Dan Oliveira says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:34pm

^ this is me.

Shackhal says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:17am

Superb adventure game. Short, but with a depth story. The graphics are great, different from the other games. The music is awesome and helps to make the mood heavy and glommy. And the multiplayer feature keep the mystery until the end.

I can't wait for the answer of the others xD

Overall, it's a very good game. Well done.

felipeberquo says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:13pm

These graphics... :9~~~

Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:13am

I like this a lot. Simple but engaging story. Enough for me to care about at least one character. The ending being "secret" until the end of the jam is also neat. Well done.

guoboism says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 8:25am

Great concept! I choose the guy and trust others...
I like the idea of interactive story, the way audience and developer interacts...
Overall 5/5!

lukepilgrim says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:11pm

great idea, nice art style. there could be a few more animations/sounds to make it a bit more interesting

Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:02pm

I really like the idea behind the final choice of this game, and I appreciate that it was very carefully explained before asking me to confirm my decision.
Overall, an excellent game. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results.

Inateno says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:10pm

Can't wait !

Larzan says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:49pm

Beautiful style, nice take on the adventure mechanic.
Nice music too btw :)

axoona says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:50pm

excellent game, this is a really captivating story, very innovative concept and I'm really looking forward to finding out what we all chose! keep it up!

Sep 12, 2015 @ 3:53pm

Neat graphics, cool story. I included it in part 27 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :) https://youtu.be/hHQb1uxX9tA

Sep 15, 2015 @ 4:06am

The ending is available! :D

Please avoid spoilers in the comment sections, ok? :)

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