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

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by hoqjed - Jam Entry

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Hint: the game isn't infinite, there's an ending when you grow large enough!

Created by:
Farhan Qureshi -
Dylan Gallardo -

Made with Unity. OS/X and Linux versions untested.
Audio from (will add credits list soon)

Background Info
We were struggling to come up with something that conceptually pleased both of us for quite a while. Eventually we started to settle on different variations of this final micro-organism idea, but it wasn't until about 40 hours in until we completely fleshed it all out. After we had our plan we worked very intensely for the rest of the time and we just barely squeezed everything in by the deadline (somehow). It was a rough process but we're both extremely proud of how far it came along in such little amount of time.

Downloads and Links




madcapacity says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:06am

A great creepy ambiance, it felt kind of like a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Bravo!

tehPHEN says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:31am

Holy crap! That ending track errire as hell! Nice job! The art is out of this world

AntonyBaasan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:40am

Awesome art.

vividhelix says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:43am

sweet, the mood is amazing. reminds me of spore and osmos mechanically. ending is pretty sweet and tense too! well done!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:24am

Nice and creepy. Cool stuff.

broknecho says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:46am

Art and sound create a really unique experience. Neat concept. Executed well!

Tango172 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:16am

Great idea - graphics are amazing, all executed well.

Shaw says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:18am

Wonderfully eerie atmosphere and superb graphics. Excellent job.

lucentbeam says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:12pm

Really cool art and ambient sounds/music! I wish the "battles" went faster, and perhaps as a function of the difference between your and their nuclei.

Komradus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:23pm

Love the mood and the graphics, it's a really pretty game. Though it's hard to understand my objective.

pereubu says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:16pm

Awesome work on the art, and great concept :D !

Tuism says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:49pm

Looks and sounds great. But doesn't feel particularly interesting because it seems pretty inevitable that you'll eat everything with or without too much thinking.

Did you know there's already a game called Interloper? It featured in the previous IGF awards.

If the ending was just the title... Yeah there's really not much to do/not do.

It's really gorgeous :)

hoqjed says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:53pm

@Tuism yeah I actually found out sometime after publishing that there was already a game called Interloper, I was surprised I hadn't heard of it.

I agree that the game ends up being pretty straightforward and doesn't put up much of a challenge. Farhan, our programmer did an awesome job though considering how late we came up with the mechanics for the gameplay. He probably only had 30 something hours (including sleep) to implement pretty much the whole thing. So while it's not the most dynamic thing ever, we're still really proud of the work that went into it.

- Dylan

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:21am

Man, this is beautiful and really well thought out. A brilliant short-form gaming experience.

FistBumpGames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:29am

Very much like Nice visuals and quite fun.

conormn says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:18pm

Absolutely gorgeous! Loved the gameplay and late title screen, very good call :)

Techblogogy says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:20pm

Beautiful, but very short. Art is great and music is quite moody. Great job guys!

TLansdale says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:37pm

Good idea, and good execution too. Felt like you could win "by chance" quite easily by simply being in the right place at the right time, but it was a cool vibe, watching other cells fight and stealing from them :) Happened to me too, so I guess what goes around comes around!

MinionStudios says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:01pm

Very cool look and sounds! Would have liked there to be more to, maybe some stages of progression?

plusultra says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:35pm

Fantastic art.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:54pm

It looks like your dropbox account is not working right now. :s

Ptolo says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:55pm

This looks really intriguing but none of the links are working for me :/ (dropbox returns error 500)

OxyOxspring says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:02pm

The artwork in this game is absolutely phenomenal! You've captured a fantastic eerie atmosphere here! Love it!

HThomson says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:15pm

The art was really pretty and the background audio set the mood very well. The gameplay was fun but a little easy.

Btw this game struck me as being a more graphically advanced, if you haven't played it you should check it out it's pretty fun.

Great entry though, I enjoyed it :)

AdayMC says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:17pm

I liked it, nice full experience game. I lost at beggining but then I became the full bacteria monster.

Nice work!

Big Cow says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:33pm

Reminiscent of Osmos which for me is a good thing! The border graphics are brilliant make you feel like you are inside someones body plus the music is like a heart beat. Nice atmosphere. When I became the leader and the title appeared I thought ahh thats the intro! Would love to see more.

sararyCow says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:15pm

Beautiful and intriguing game. Gameplay is simple and a lot of mechanics can be developed around it. As someone already said looks like the intro of a bigger game. May be a little of challenge could have be added ("bad" micro-organisms?).

Anyway, great entry.

sararyCow says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:24pm

Oh, btw, first I tried to download the desktop version for OS/X but it doesn't work once uncompressed, so I played the web version.

Ptolo says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:11pm

Links to the game works and its very impressive :D
You nailed the art aesthetic of microscopic organisms and I felt the sound design and visual effects were very suitable. There is something ominous in a single cell growing larger and larger by engulfing smaller ones, nice ending too.
I had some ideas to do a game set in microscopic world before the Ludum Dare but did something more standard. You managed to produce the kind of thing I'd have liked to do myself :)

CtrlAltTea says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:10am

Stunning game! While it's on a slow side, I really enjoyed it - it's absolutely beautiful.

Aug 30, 2015 @ 6:11pm

Great art. Seems like we had kinda similar ideas.

Sep 8, 2015 @ 7:16pm

Neat game, love the graphics! I included it in part 21 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

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