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

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Squirrel Eiserloh

by SquirrelEiserloh - Compo Entry

You are a jiangshi, a Chinese zombie-vampire whose only means of locomotion is... hopping.

Left-mouse-click to hop to any space above solid ground.

Stay on top of humans to suck their Qi (life energy), without which you will die.

Suck humans near to death to transform them into jiangshi as well.

Kill all humans, then be at peace.

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parDal says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:30pm

Interesting concept, and somewhat fun experience.

For starters, I really liked the intro, it really helped opening up the game, the sound effects were also great, you dubbed it really nicely (I'm deducing that this was your voice, really nice impressions you did there), also the slowing heartbeat to indicate your hunger was really neat. One strange thing I noticed is that sometimes the conversion sound plays two times in a row, I don't know if it supposed to be intentional, but sometimes happens, sometimes don't.

I really liked your idea of a energysucking zombie instead of a regular braineating one, the hopping mechanic also interestingly subverts the slow-walking stereotype, one mechanic that made a little confused at first was the conversion one, in my first playthrough I just killed all the humans and one time accidentally I converted one. On my second playthrough, after re-reading your description I realized all I needed to do was partially suck their qi, although, you explain how to do it here in the webpage, you forgot to do it in-game, the only instructions I receive when playing is "click to hop" and "kill them all", I know it's nitpicking, but the player is always dumb. (Also, I'm being kind of hypocritical, my game doesn't have any ingame instructions at all)

Also, when I die, I have to close and open the game again, one restart button would be really nice... And a pause button too, one time I died just because I went to the notepad write a part of this review.

Overall is an acceptable game, you are in the right path.

okmmjyygv says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:56pm

The graphics are actually good. And it has an interesting concept.
And i liked the jumping mechanics.

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