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

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Crab Boss

by unprompted - Compo Entry

Harry the crab-monster is preparing for a big celebration this evening when he is rudely interrupted by an adventurer. Are YOU the MONSTER that Harry needs to be ready on time for the party?

ASDW or Arrow Keys - Scuttle.
SPACE - Engage snippers.
Z - Crab stare.
X - Crab jump.

I had technical difficulties dealing with audio. You probably want to turn down your volume.

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fistmaker says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:28am

I love the way the Crab controls! Very fun!
Sounds were a little loud for my headphones, but that
was an easy fix! Fun game!

Suese says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:13am

Pretty cool. My ears died when I died. The Uke music was a little out of place, but soothing..

kalinova says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:39pm

Crab is nicely animated and cute and controls well. It got a little crowded and hectic towards the end but I was able to beat it without dying. Crab battle!

crazya02 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:45pm

I love the idea of a "reverse boss battle", but in practice it could use some work.. The combat mostly boils down to attacking with claws and using the jump when they get too close. The ukulele music was out-of-place and repetitive.

jodizzle says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:49pm

I really liked the atmosphere of this game. Everything about it -- the introduction, the animations of the crab, the (despite the technical difficulties) audio and the congratulations screen -- really makes for cute, little, lighthearted game experience. I felt like the game was a bit too easy, with some strategies (navigating to a corner and spamming spacebar, moving enemies into place with crab jump and firing crab stare, those types of things) being overpowered, but overall it was positive experience, and good for 48 hours. Congrats!

Goutye says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:19am

Happy to reach the end, I started to play the background music with the cutting sound and three crabs appeared to celebrate to enjoy the music more loudly than before. 8/8 would play with the clamps sound.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:38am

actually really fun. laser eye crab!

sepharoth213 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:43pm

This is my favorite LD33 entry so far. The music and the text blurbs about your abilities and the setting is all brilliant. It all meshes extremely well: the animations and the sound effects along with the little dance the crab does. Wonderful. As soon as I started snapping my claws along with the music I knew exactly what the game was going to be, and that all but excited me for what was to come.

Not only that, but the game's concept was extraordinarily well fitted to its medium: this shortform game with a quick pun and NO scoring is the perfect way to deliver this delightfully designed character. I can't praise this enough.

Congrats on this entry!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:07am

Great tutorial integration, fun gameplay. Best crab boss simulator of 2015.

block97 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:54am

Very fun game really enjoyed pinching all the enemies.

Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:57am

Neat little game - it felt like you were the boss from a classic zelda game or something!

Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:16am

Love that claw pinch sound. Fun.

radmars says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 5:00am

I loved moving the claws around as I attacked! I feel like some things could be sped up a bit, the jumping and the laser eyes especially.

Daisuke909 says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 12:14am

I love it. The controls were a tad awkward, but it was all worth it for just how wacky and hilarious it was.

Patomkin says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 2:37pm

Oh, that ballet-moving crab. Lovely :)

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