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

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Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum by Justin Stahlman

by stahlmanDesign - Compo Entry

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman -- only this time you get revenge. You are the giant.


Try to squash Jack and his clones before they steal your treasure. They are fast and sneaky. You die if you fall off the beanstalks they plant.

I am submitting this at 8:24 p.m., might update to make sure something didn't break during upload, but will not change source code after 9 p.m. I will try to minify to make more efficient, but the github source is not minified.

I updated my repository during the competition, so it is possible to revert back and see the evolution from right after we discovered the theme.

Uses the ImpactJS game engine


@puzzud - Cool that you noticed the similarity, but the game does not use the Below the Root graphics, just the same 8x8 tile sizes, and Commodore 64 limited colour palette. Both characters, the house and all the treasures are completely original. Read about and see the evolution of the graphics on my blog:

Or download the source from github and see how it evolved every few hours. I went out of my way to follow the rules.

On the other hand, read about the work I have done on Below The Root, and the game I have made using the BTR sprite sheet, with the blessing of the original artist:

Downloads and Links




ehtd says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:37am

Interesting game, I was not expecting that

sythe2o0 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:00am

I wish the beanstalks were around longer! I feel like I can't climb up them in time. Otherwise pretty cool!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:53am

I find that after a few moments of playing, all the characters disappear and I'm left with only the background. Tried a couple times and keep getting the same result.
In what little time I spent with the game, I noticed that the giant feels a bit slippery to control. Normally that kind of friction/physics would work well for a platformer character, but I would expect a giant to be a little more ... lumbering. He should stop and start very definitively.

ferdbold says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:57am

The controls are kind of a dealbreaker, sadly. There are way to slippery for me to enjoy myself. Maybe turn on some more decay?

Also, I had the same issue that NickMakesGames pointed out, makes the game hard to play

BortStudios says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:41am

I liked climbing the beanstalks

9.ar7k says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:42am

it just wasn't that fun to actually play :\ if the physics and mechanics were better it could be a pretty fun game.

kcaze says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:46am

The graphics aren't bad, but it's not very fun. There's not really enough feedback on whether I'm doing the right thing or not, or what the objective of the game even is.

Halleflux says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:55am

The beanstalks are very hard to climb.
Overall feels a bit clunky.
And yet I still love smashing Jack.
Well done! =)

GAFBlizzard says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:21am

I had the same bug as NickMakesGames, most of the graphics disappear on FireFox shortly after playing. Skipping rating because of this.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:01pm

DEVELOPER COMMENT : I confirmed the bug in Firefox. I think it has to do with drawing pixels to canvas that are not integers. I don't know if fixing it invalidates the submission. Will work on a fix anyway and see about posting it. Tempting to fix other bugs though and don't know if that fits the spirit of the competition

Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:30pm

DEVELOPER COMMENT : OK, I can do bug fixes. The rules page says this: Certain Bug Fixes are allowed. You can’t add new features, but if something broke or didn’t work correctly as you were finishing up, you can fix this after the deadline. You are asked to highlight the changes you make in your submission (a short change log). You probably wont get a 2nd chance with some players, but at least it wont be a problem for future players.

uvwar says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:48pm

Not entirely sure whats happening (I think you mentioned the bug, I am in Firefox), but I keep instantly dying or the screen goes into some weird blurry mode, can't play beyond a few seconds. I really like the Atari/NES look though!

Saf says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:25pm

The art style is quite unique. The quick tree climbing mechanic is also fairly fresh. Gameplay needs more polish. I liked the game.

tompudding says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:11pm

I like the premise, but as others have said it's a bit clunky and I'm way too slow climbing the beanstalk. Good overall though!

Wakefield says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:55am

Pretty hard but fun. Weird graphics but a good tribute to that kind of oldies! The climb speed is pretty slow, maybe need to be faster?

Great game and good to see games made with impact! Cheers!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:23am

DEVELOPER COMMENT: a few of bug fixes within the rules of the contest: now works in Firefox; fixed a case where a life would not be subtracted if you fell and got hurt; fixed a typo in the instructions (missing new line \n); climbing speed fixed; extended clouds to avoid bug where jack(s) would get stuck atop the beanstalk and not be able to go left or right, and could be easily killed

Shaw says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:32am

I love the concept and the graphics. Excellent work.

30dogs says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:26pm

Really hard but fun. Awesome concept, and I liked the graphics. Those Jacks are tough to stomp, and my damn golden goose waltzed into one of the house all by itself, haha. Nice job.

CheesyRamen says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:47am

Neat take on Jack & the Beanstalk! =)

Andrew Deem says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:17pm

Fun little game. I did have one of the jacks get stuck on a beanstalk and he wouldn't move. Still, enjoyed myself.

Thijs Tak says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 11:39am

Very nice idea. It was fun trying to cruch Jack, but the bean stalks where a bit hard to climb.

Wekid says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:32pm

Fun game, damn those Jacks.

Aug 31, 2015 @ 11:05pm

DEVELOPER COMMENT: I fixed a few more of the bugs mentioned above, like jacks getting stuck and can't move see git repo for all details

Daukan says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 8:16am

Pretty fun game.

Brightstar says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 11:29pm

I like this. Good arcade fun. Like the graphics. A little more sound would be a good improvement.

puzzud says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 8:54am

No mention that the graphics for this game were ripped from Below the Root?

Sep 8, 2015 @ 9:37pm

DEVELOPER COMMENT: @puzzud - graphics are original. See game description

Blobo says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 9:33pm

Nice entry, the ai is so taunting. you leave to look for them for five seconds and you're screwed

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