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

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Gumdrop Monster

by eric777 - Jam Entry

"I'm just a fuzzy monster that likes gumdrops as much as the next monster. But why are all these girls chasing me? Yuck! It's not like I'm cute or anything. Far from it! I'm a ferocious beastie! I should probably leave before one of those icky girls catches me.... but first, one more gumdrop. Just one more, then I'll go."


This was our first Jam! Two of us did the compo individually last time. This time, it was a whole-family jam. What a blast. I feel very proud of what we put together.

Runs on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10. It's a single exe file that runs in-place with no dependencies. There is no extracting or installing to do. Sorry, no Linux.... maybe next Ludum Dare....

Supports Xbox controller or keyboard

Tools:
Visual Studio 2015 Community
3D Studio Max 2013
Paint .NET
Flash CS3
FL Studio
Sound Forge
NotePad as level editor (i.e. 'H' = ladder, '.' = gumdrop)
EngineBlack

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness57%
#171Theme(Jam)3.91
#227Humor(Jam)3.40
#251Fun(Jam)3.45
#290Mood(Jam)3.43
#302Audio(Jam)3.29
#400Overall(Jam)3.36
#401Graphics(Jam)3.64
#576Innovation(Jam)2.94

Comments

tweedle says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:36am

Love your interpretation of the theme! 5 out of 5 on the cuteness meter. The roar is a cool mechanic. The use of 3D models in a 2D environment works well here.

Manou says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:24am

+ weird but unique graphics, gameplay, level design, they kiss you, mood,
- maybe sound

BOBANY says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:25am

Of all the entries I've played, certainly the most mechanically solid

hcosta says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:18pm

This is one of the best games I've played in this jam, good balance in all aspects.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:53pm

Nice way to lose.
I like the character and the graphics.

An other Lvl layout on 2 Wave would be nice.

velvelajade says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:59am

The only issue I had was that I couldnt' figure out how to get the game to close. ESC didn't work and you insisted on full screen, which I normally hate. But, I loved the game otherwise.

eric777 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:25am

Velvelajade: We did not include a quit button, sorry about that.

The game however does respond to the standard Alt-Enter key for toggling between full-screen and windowed, and it also responds to the standard Alt-F4 key for quitting an application. I do wish we'd added a "quit" from the title screen, and also from a Pause Menu.

Thanks very much for your feedback!

Rulrite says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:11am

You guys did a really good job with this! The art and the music are both very solid, and the sound effects were great (though I did feel bad for making people cry)! The physics are spot on, too; the monster was very easy to control.

Sunflower says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:21am

Made it to wave 2, couldn't get further. ^^"

The yay:
- general mood
- cutesy overload
- good and varied animation

The nay:
- second level has same layout as the first one
- background and elements graphics kinda contrasted with each other
- the girls are so pale that I initially mistook eyeballs for shut eyelids ^^"

Pretty solid overall.

Linus123xbb says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:19pm

Very cute game, I loved the graphics and the controls were very nice. Were the girls asleep? I couldn't quite tell but overall very good 3D models :)

bentglasstube says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:04am

Very enjoyable gameplay, and the monster motion was very fluid. Loved the "cute" graphics and especially the game over. Music was great and bonus points because I owned a teddy bear when I was young that had a music box that played the same song.

Super Hamster says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:26am

Fun game. Like a mix of pacman and some platformer. I wish the game was more challenging though. I had a relatively easy time just scaring them if there was even an issue but most of the time I was super far away from the "enemies". However, overall good game!

derr says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:13pm

Very fun and cute game! The controls feel really nice.

Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:31am

This is adorable with about a thousand on the cuteness meter, to be totally honest. Great work.

OnlySlightly says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:39am

LOVED IT! It was super adorable, loved how highly saturated the colors were. Loved all the models and how fuzzy the monster was. I almost cried out in glee when I found out that you get kissed when you get trapped by one of the humans. Great arcade feel. This game made me soooo happy! Thank you so much for making this game!

Karai17 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:21am

Not bad! A little disappointing that each wave was the same, but otherwise it was fun. :)

Wefiends says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 7:18am

Really cool to hear you made this with your whole family. Not only that but it's a pretty cool game! It's also really adorable! Great job to everyone in the family :D

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