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

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Going Downtown

by justinooncx - Jam Entry

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NOTE: This game should be able to be played on mobile devices as well as PC. Really, anything with a mouse/touchscreen and a web browser. Give it a shot, and tell me if it works!

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What do you do when you're being chased by an angry, sentient slime monster? If 'RUN AWAY' was your answer, you'd only be half correct!

It's a game of survival, and you have to do whatever it takes to stay alive a little longer. Even if it costs a life of another...

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HOW TO PLAY:

1. Click on the button with the red man to start playing.
2. Click on the appropriate button when an NPC comes within range.
3. Upon a successful hit, your cooldown will be refreshed almost instantly to allow you to attack again.
4. If your attack hits nothing, or hits the wrong person, the cooldown will be 2 seconds long.
5. Survive as long as possible!

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This game jam did NOT start well. I meant to enter the compo, but the theme didn't sit right with me. The game that I made at the start was far too ambitious and complex, and the whole thing fell apart. I left the compo slightly disheartened, but I swore on my pride to at least submit something.

And now, in about 12 hours (less, because of work), I have managed to scrounge up something I'm actually rather pleased with. Not the best game, but it fit the personal criteria I set for myself in this game jam: arcade-ish gameplay and compatible with both phones and PCs. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would, and perhaps I might come back to polish it.

All in all, another wonderful experience in a game jam. Thank you for playing my game, if you have!

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Programs used:
Engine: GDevelop
Art: GraphicsGale, Paint
Sound: bfxr
Music: BeepBox

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Post Jam Updates:

Patch 1:
- Fixed background speed not corresponding with NPC speeds. When framerate dropped, so did the background speed

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Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness66%
#244Humor(Jam)3.36
#267Innovation(Jam)3.35
#444Theme(Jam)3.56
#452Audio(Jam)2.97
#456Fun(Jam)3.15
#481Overall(Jam)3.26
#634Mood(Jam)2.97
#671Graphics(Jam)3.06

Comments

Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:08pm

haha! You are the monster in how you run away from the monster. Love the idea. The "controls" weren't clear to me at first. I only figured them out by accident.

spatanz says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:38am

Nice idea, this is the human behave when run away from the monster...haha

eric777 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:42am

Took me a few tries to understand how to play. I like this game a lot, well done. I played with a mouse - I can see this game is probably a lot more fluid with a touch device. I kept overshooting the button I wanted when making quick choices! I really like how this fits with the theme.

Audio felt a little repetitive after I'd learned to survive for a while.

wg_phancock says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:47am

Definitely better played with touch than a mouse, since it's faster to touch the right thing, at least for me. The controls were not obvious at first, but I did figure them out through trial and error. A little tutorial -- "touch X now!" sort of thing -- would help a lot.

Pretty fun, though, once I got in the groove!

orukinawa says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:12am

Backwards slide policemen ftw

theshadowteam says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:59am

I think the sound is cute, but the instruction is a bit ambigious

Silverfyre says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:27pm

I like the concept of this game where you need to figure out which one of them would reach u first and react to it properly. Great work!

baldman says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:10pm

Pretty cool game and art, I understood the mechanics in a few seconds and it could become a really addicting game with some power ups. It's really only missing some sense of progression...

mklee says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:43am

Fun game! It took a while to get the idea that you're the guy running away and the goal is to knock others into the monster, but once you got it it's like a strange rhythm game of sorts. Good job!

tweedle says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:12am

Funny! This was rather enjoyable for a project as small as this.
The music does get a bit old after awhile, but I feel like the music fits with the art really well.

martymon says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:50am

Nice game! It took me a while to work out what was going on. Good effort.

Grhyll says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:22am

Fun game!
A bit hard with mouse, as you said it may be better with tactile hardware!
It's pretty, the music is neat (but a bit repetitiv), I liked it overall :)
And nice interpretation of the theme!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:30pm

Simple but well made, cool graphics! Challenging game. I included it in part 6 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :) https://youtu.be/keaznjOtLXA

rudra says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:52pm

Pretty fun and neatly done. Would love to see future versions on the game!

Kassimkot says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:29am

kinda interesting. though there's another giant monster behind us so im not so sure who;s the monster here. nice that you've come up with this in the last 12 hours though

adsilcott says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:05pm

It is a funny concept trying to kill people to run away from the monster. I had fun. Good job.

SKT says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:22pm

Great interpretation of the theme ! fun to play, a little hard with a mouse but that's challenging. Nice job !

zatyka says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:59pm

Pretty fun. I enjoyed the simple visuals. Touch controls felt good. I ultimately lost due to a big break in NCPs.

killersnoofie says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 6:36am

Very neat idea

dollarone says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 9:04pm

Cool game. IT was quite challenging due to the various movement of the different types of people - cool. Win by sacrificing others...brutal :D

UekiShurei says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 3:07pm

Great twist on the theme! Desperate people do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means becoming a monster. The only issue I have is the difficulty in playing this on PC due to the distance of the buttons, so I'd need a few precious seconds to move my mouse to the right button.

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