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

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by Vacso - Jam Entry

The game is simple. Kill cats by colliding with them to earn two points. When you have twenty of these points the eye in the bottom right corner will become colored meaning you can become the monster by hitting the space bar. While you are a monster you have 2 minutes to kill everything to get as many points as possible. If the points you have gained as a monster exceed your previous high score then congratulations, you now have a new high score. When you are not a monster avoid the other people as touching them will hurt you. Plus they aren't nice. I like to think it's a bit overkill turning in to a monster as killing 10 cats is enough to be one anyway.
I can not validate or test OS/X compatibility because my Mac computer is unavailable. I am just assuming that it is fine because it is Java and previous experience indicates this. Please tell me if you have an issue of any kind or critic and if I can not fix the OS/X port then I will simply remove it.
Music sourced from Kevin MacLeod ( a list of the songs can be found in the help menu.
WASD move the player.
Spacebar will turn you in to a monster when you have enough points.
Shift will slow down your movement speed.
X will turn you back to a human when you are a monster.
Left and Right keys will navigate the help menu.

Downloads and Links




Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:09am

Crash scenario fixed, download now finished.

TheZiggy says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:37am

I was not able to get the game to run on Mac

Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:49am

Thanks for telling me, links been removed.

Flaid says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:58am

I'm not sure why I have to kill cats. YOU MONSTER!!

Overall, the game works and there is a clear scoring system. Becoming a monster for 120 seconds seemed like an incredibly long time considering that you simply annihilate everything you touch. I got the feeling that it was night time, but the entire thing just seemed too dark. I thought something was wrong with my monitor. It was worth messing around with, but 109MB worth of downloading seems like a lot!

Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:01am

No no no, you are the monster as per the theme ;) Yeh, my engine *cough* may be a bit bulky sorry. Wasn't sure about 120 seconds but I thought it was just long enough to get a decent score that is above 70 :/ thanks for playing!

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

Cool tile based game. The high score was sadly not working. Keep working on it. :-) Was fun to play it.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:14am

Windows 7, 64 bit, Java 1.7.0_40, running it puts up a "A Java Exception has occurred" window.

Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:20am

You need Java 1.8 (the latest) Stephen

Atomic do you mean you went to the menu and back in to a game after getting the score and it was no longer there because that is intentional so you can get the highest score per game.

Thanks for playing :)

Koba0100 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:29am

Interesting. The game feels overall balanced, but I agree that 120 seconds as the monster may be too much time. Overall, I thought it was pretty good.

Fanatrick says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:39am

I played it through, the powerup lasts for too long. The concept is alright but 100+ mb seems a bit much.

Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:42am

Ill condense it a little bit and post it as OS/X port. (The OS/X port will still not be working)

Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:41pm

Realized condensing is actually impossible here, my apologies.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:49pm

Nice music!

Gaspard_ says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:35pm

Tells me the jarfile is corrupted. Java 1.8 64bit on windows 7. I can run other java 8 files(including my entry :p) so the problem seems to be on your end...

Vacso says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:41am

I downloaded directly from Dropbox and it ran fine, did you try re-downloading and where did this happen? On start or mid-way?

camthestar says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 6:13am

Overall great game. The theme was perfect. The only thing I would have changed is to flip the monster sprite based on direction like the other entities do.

Vacso says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 4:16pm

Yeah, truth be told that was bad timing taking effect. With two hours I had to design and fill a menu, add cats, draw cats and draw the monster. I was going to draw the monster's left and right but I couldn't decide on the body type and stuff. Glad you liked it though ;)

Vacso says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:50pm

Just got a top score of 214 :) Don't expect anyone to care, I'm just happy about it.

antag99 says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 1:50pm

Nice game, but you might want to compress the audio files ;)

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