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

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It's Only You

by Flaid - Compo Entry

Doesn't work on mobile devices without a keyboard (not touch enabled)

It DOES work in the embedded window, but it works better if you go the page itself since the game is set at 800x600 resolution.

You're the new kid at school. You don't have any friends. No one knows you.

How are you going to survive?

The gym coach picks you first to climb the rope. You know you're not very strong, and you know you're going to fall off.

You know you don't have a chance... Or do you?

You have self-doubt about your abilities (something reflected in the lyrics of the "Climb the Rope" song, which I realize most people probably aren't listening intently to (because you're playing the game)), but, in the end, you learn that you can do anything with the right attitude. There aren't any monsters in your way -- it's only you.

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tjp7154 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:38am

Dunno about monsters, but the music and humor were definitely there! Nice! Definitely had fun with the Stepmania-type play... As I write this, THEN I hear about "there's no monster; there's only you" ... too good...

Devon Ulrich says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:41am

This game is adorable! The story is pretty funny, the voices are well done, and the music is awesome. This is actually the first time I've heard voice acting and singing in a Ludum Dare entry. Great job for being unique and making a cool game!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:48am

The audio was very nice! However, it almost seemed like the rhythm game didn't differentiate between correctly timed keys and not.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:55pm

I don't think this relates to the theme... Also, the game mechanic seems to have nothing to do with the story, which seems to abruptly end. Nice music though.

liquidmedia says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:24am

it's ok for button smashing the placement seem off. and it's off theme.

Pusty says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:24am

This Music tho! :D
Audio: 5/5

UncleChris says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:24am

If the graphic for climbing up was more in tune to how well you were doing - it would be better.
Like the link to the theme in the credits - it isn't in the early part (Reminds me of Bambi meets Godzilla short in the 80's/90's) I think it was well done. Great job!

Realize2D says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:29am

Hilarious hahaha Great music and voice acting!

Vacso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:05am

Not sure about theme relation but I love the voices, I couldn't climb the rope though. There were like seven keys in a row to hit, apart from that I loved it.

scambier says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:41pm

5/5 for the audio

wicht says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:43pm

One that you???

colinn says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:11pm

Realllly funnny.

I found it more fun when I used the arrow keys and the page started to navigate up and down :)

Really enjoyed this. You must have had fun making this and that feeling made it more enjoyable for me.

BtheDestroyer says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:53pm

Don't think this really is the best concept for a game development competition. You may have done better in the Jam if you had someone working on art, someone else working on design, and someone else working on development while you focused on the music. It just seemed that your focus was more on getting good acapella music rather than making a good game.

RobotMeal says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:58pm

Good effort on the vocal audio recordings. Seems to be off-theme, but humor is a plus!

LeReveur says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:35am

I positively like this entry, simple gameplay, yet very good job ! And nice voice cover. :)

glerikud says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:11am

I loved the sounds and the music. It was an interesting game. I'd remove the theme options from the judging categories, because (just like the other commenters) I coudn't find out how this is about the current theme. Great work though. :)

Flaid says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:28pm

Hey everyone, thanks for the feedback! I had a lot of fun (especially making the music).

I just want to address the "doesn't fit the theme" comments - My intention was to make the monster be the inner demons of the kid. I wanted to do four levels, one for each year of high school (ran out of time). Each level would have the main character doubt that he could do the thing he was trying to do, but, in the end, realize that he in fact COULD do it all along!

The lyrics I wrote for the songs convey this, but it is hard to listen to the lyrics while playing a fast (173 BPM!) rhythm game. The ending song says it best: "There ain't any monster in your way... it's only you!"

I don't expect to receive high marks in the "theme" category because it is a little abstract and I feel like I didn't get a chance to add the content to back up my idea, but I definitely did have the theme at heart while making this :)

Lukbebalduke says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:45pm

MAN, YOU ARE THE REAL MVP! Best game I've played so far.

richardjs says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:09am

Good music. Right from the beginning, it set a tone and drew me into the game. I'm impressed you wrote and recorded all that while still programming a game.

The main gameplay section got pretty difficult at times, but it wasn't punishing and didn't prevent you from moving on, so I was fine with it.

I was ready for a larger story, and was surprised when it ended so soon.

I really like this use of the theme. Not only is it an interesting twist on the theme phrase, but it attempts to speak to the player on a level most games don't attempt. I only wish it was more fleshed out, or wasn't hidden in a song. I missed the lyrics of most of the songs on my first playthrough, and replayed to it hear what was being said. On the other hand, maybe you liked the more subtle placement of the message.

Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:48pm

HA!!! Giving this a five just for the music.

You should post the songs from this on a Soundcloud or something. They're really good, and if you intended for FOUR LEVELS you probably have unreleased stuff lying around that the world is dying to hear.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 9:22pm

Hilarious! I liked your little project which seems to me really interesting for a first attempt. Well done. Five for the music ++

mzmiric5 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:40pm

I guess I can see what you were going for in terms of the theme, but I don't think it translated well into the game. I did love the music though, and the game was as fun as those music timing game are. There seems to be some issues with the timings on the arrows, but I don't think it's a big deal since the game lets you progress anyways. I think it would be cool if you continued work on it, to include the whole story you mentioned, and hopefully more of that awesome music :)

puppetmaster says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:58pm

Your game is also very cool and it feels very handmade! Great entry!! Thanks for your comment.

Aug 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Great effort on the art. The Audio is fantastic! We're both sharing the same concept of rhythm key-type of game. Not sure how this matches the theme but good job, nevertheless. Since we have the same key-layout I can see how people are finding it hard to find the rhythm while playing. The key should have been a-s-d-f. We're definitely redesigning our project before sending it off to our website.

Biruts says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:14am

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

Zerkruemler says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 4:39pm

Nice idea and implementation. I don't see the direct relation to the theme, but it is fun anyway.
Altogether it is a little slow. I would like get also more feedback if I pressed the keys correctly. The difficulty level seems to be too hard for me.
Best thing is the music. This is really very well done!

anjack says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 4:42pm

Loved the hand-drawn graphics and a capella audio!

Dejvo says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 6:42pm

you've got some real musical talent. the game itself is really hard and unfair but the other stuff was really good. nice job. and thanks for your comment on my game. good job :)

ziege says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 5:51pm

This is great. The audio is 5/5. The game should make it more clear if you hit the key correctly or not though.

Cosmic5 says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 10:44pm

music is great. Nice take on the theme.

Apostrophe says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 12:16am

I did not understand how this fit the theme until I read the comments. I first played the game without audio (like I do with most games) but after reading the comments, I had to turn on the audio and give it another shot. I liked the DDR style gameplay and the music certainly did lend a lot to the game.

Cosmic5 says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 2:44am

Also, Just wanted to say that I downloaded the music out of your source :3

OnlySlightly says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 3:39am

This made me sooo happy! I loved everything about the audio (obviously) And I loved the subject matter you chose. This was so cute and loved the songs you came up with. This seriously put a smile on my face, and made my day a little better. and for that, I thank you :)

Sep 10, 2015 @ 6:41pm

Nice use of humour and tying in the setting for the tutorial. I've ... I've got to climb the rope.

sorlok says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 3:38am

Fun moody game! Enjoyed the focus on setting the mood. The rhythm game was extremely tough, though, and the key presses were a bit off from the boxes. Good job overall though. Very original!

Sep 12, 2015 @ 3:03pm

Pretty Funny!

SoloDuoTeam says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 4:43pm

This is indeed a pretty fun game! Not sure about the theme though...

reiknight says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 1:01pm

Nice audio :P

Tanton-H2X says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 3:33pm

Cool Mode! long time no see rhythm key-type !
a little bit hard ~~but all are good
experience is unique!
so original and talent!

Xanjos says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 4:10pm

Not sure how it relates to the theme but it's a very charming entry nonetheless. I like the acappella intro and voice acting though.

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