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

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The Holly Matter

by azakhary - Jam Entry

The Holly Matter is a humorous reverse tower defense game where you command swarm of religious fanatics in order to convert a science citadel to your beloved religion!

Check out the video:

It was made by one software dev, one artwork guy and one music guy. We only managed to put together 6 levels. Passing each requires a good strategy to pass turrets just at the right time.

KNOWN BUG: If someone get stuck on the road (which happens once in 10 times or so) just turn it off and on again. And hate me for a second. But then when anger is gone, it should work fine!

Game is a JAR file meaning it will run on any OS, but it is assumed you have Java installed on your machine, which is usually the case. So it will run by simple double click.

If you do not have java, you can download latest JRE from oracle website. Just google for JRE download for your OS.

Made using libGDX, Overlap2D Editor, Ashley ECS

Downloads and Links




Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:55pm

Fun to watch, but not much in the way of tactics/gameplay. Nice gfx & sfx though

ajopart says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:02pm

Am I so bad at this game that I can not pass the second level. Don't see the tactics to use. But great sound and graphics. I like the humor too.

Romaing says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:20pm

I like the Music, did you guys actually did voices ?^^
A bug on level 2 prevents me to reach next level (a sister is stuck on the road).

azakhary says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:26pm

If someone is stuck on the road, just turn it off and on again, do all things the same, it rarely happens, ever 10 times or so :D sorry about that :D But yeah the voices are done by our awesome Sound/Music/Screaming guy

zepplondon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:27pm

Romaing: Thanks. Yeap, It's our voices. :)

undef says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:31pm

I played it three times, and every time a monk got stuck on the road. Fun idea though!

HolyBlackCat says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:31pm

Very nice execution and good graphics! But more compex gameplay would be nice. :D

By the way, in the comments to my game you've said that you had some strange bugs. Can you provide more information? When they happen? How?

azakhary says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:52pm

Hi HolyBlackCar, thanks for the feedback! Regarding the bugs, there was this window in a "tower-ish" like structure, I staied near the window, and just died there, then another time there.

HolyBlackCat says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:54pm

Ok, thanks! I fixed the camrera and collisions (I think). You can try again if you wish!

azakhary says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:56pm

Going to try again in half an hour, trying to fix my bug with freezing monks :D

Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:04pm

It was all about spamming the fanatics. However, nice entry, enjoyed it a lot :)

Zerkruemler says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:04pm

This is a really good idea: Reverse tower defense. At first it feels weird, but then it is fun to find our how to pass the levels. Unfortunately I didn't find any good tactics except clicking as fast as possible and trying to send all fanatics to the same spot.
Would be interesting to see if there are other tactics as well.

azakhary says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:09pm

I lacked on the level building side. Wasn't able to find a right balance between hard/easy and interesting. I guess needed more trap types, but there was not too much time. I guess it could be made into something cool, but requries more working on it :)

Spyboy says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:30pm

Hard to predict when the two groups will merge as one :p

azakhary says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:00pm

true that is...

felipeberquo says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:28am

Nice idea! It's hard to see this kind of game in jams like this
The graphics are great too! Congratulations!

glerikud says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:16am

Funny and good soundtrack, but could be more complex.

darklightteam says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:51am

Nice entry! However I'm also stuck on level 2. No matter how I spam the guys they never reach the city.

azakhary says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:51pm

Try to make so, that both branches connect in one simultaniously.

Shina69 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:06pm

Hallelujah, brothers and sisters! This game rocked! Couldn't stop it until i finished the last level. The characters, the voices, the deadly machines... everything on its proper place. The only negative point: there's not much strategy on it, people may think they need to spawn them in different locations but, on exception to one level, i managed to pass them all with a single concentrated crowd and having the luck to have a fairly amount of fat priests xD

azakhary says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Shina69! Thanks so much! we tried hard to make it fun, but yeah I know it lacks on strategy side, whatever I did I couldn't make the level act the way I wanted, it's was harder then it looks :)

QKnight says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:46pm

Fun game, well made. Would have liked a restart button since you can see pretty quickly when you are going to fail. But fun base concept, pretty hard too.

Headmade says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Ah it super cool to see you in Ludum Dare. I'm really looking forward to take a peek at your source code. I'm sure I can learn a few tricks from the maker of Overlap2d.

On my first try one of the fanatics got stuck in the middle of the path. There was nothing in the way or anything everyone else passed him, but this guy was just jittering to an fro. So I couldn't finish the level.
So I restarted the game and I played to level 3 where the same thing happened. I already reached the goal so the towers were no longer firing. So again I couldn't finish the level because one guy was stuck.

But still I liked the game. It is quite polished and the art style is very nice (I especially like the intro screen). The music is a bit annoying with the "gospel" but it fits the game well. As the others have noted more depth wouldn't have hurt.
Good job overall.

TomOlivier says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:55pm

Fun game! I tried to play the first level again, but i couldn't :-(

KayZ says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:31pm

Fun game. Succeeded in taking the citadel in the last level but one of my guys got stuck.. so I didn't really finish :(.

Found your game through your PostMortem on reddit. You should link to it here too, it's an interesting read. I've never heard of Overlap2D but it has some nice features.

guoboism says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 11:30pm

Nice game! With the graphics and sound, especially voicing, the game is really fun to play! But the only strategy to spawn all at once?

Drauthius says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:24pm

Hehe, interesting concept.

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