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

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All That Glitters

by cgmorton - Compo Entry

They say that treasure awaits those adventurers brave or foolhardy enough to delve deep underground. But treasure isn't the only thing waiting in those caves. No, there's also fake treasure.

Enter the mimic.

For those who don't know, a mimic is a creature that imitates the appearance and contents of a treasure chest, and when an unwary adventurer tries to open it, he gets a face full o' teeth.

Now you can know that thrill.

All That Glitters puts you in the role of an action mimic. It plays as a sort of stealth game, a la Thief.

You live in a cave. Adventurers can be found throughout the caves, wandering aimlessly or otherwise. Your goal is to sneak up on them and eat them. Problem is, you're full of coins and pretty jangly - so you'll just have to let them come to you.

Arrow keys/ASDF - movement
Shift/Spacebar (hold) - imitate a treasure chest

- Keep your lid closed. The game will make it clear when you've caught a guy.
- Adventurers wear these helmets that really ruin their peripheral vision.
- If you hear someone shouting 'DIE' that means you should run away.
- There is no big reward at the end. Feel free to stop playing whenever. Unless you're a completionist, in which case you may be here a while.
- More detail on how to catch an adventurer: first, figure out their movement from a distance; second, place yourself in their path without them noticing; third, close your lid and wait for them to show up.

- The 1-6 keys will warp you to various checkpoints. But please note: this is CHEATING and will be a permanent black mark on your gaming soul. Unless you're a gaming satanist or something in which case go wild.

Change Log:
- Fixed a bug where mashing keys could walk you through walls
- Fixed a bug where players would be unable to move
- Fixed a bug where the player disappears ('respawn' bug)

Post-LD version changes:
- Smooth movement by holding directions
- New sound effect when adventurers lose sight of you

Downloads and Links




Aug 23, 2015 @ 8:10pm

I pressed enter to respawn but I got bugged when I tried to move, now I cant see my character at all(I cant move as well move).

cgmorton says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 8:16pm

What's your setup like? I've tested on most browsers and never gotten a result like that. Maybe it's a plugin interaction?

bwafflecone says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 8:48pm

Hilarious concept and the voice acting is funny too!

boardtobits says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 9:29pm

I'm having the same issue as Stephan, playing on Chrome, Windows 10. Love the idea and the stealth implementation though!

Gaius Baltar says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 9:35pm

Great game, In-game instructions would have been cool though.

Rongon says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 9:43pm

Looks really fun to play, cool music aswell.

myster0n says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 9:56pm

it's a little big buggy when you respawn. There's still a bit time though

mramaizng says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 10:05pm

The sounds cracked me up. It has been mentioned several times, but there is a bit of a respawn bug. In any case cool idea. Some sort of guidance is needed from the start. But I like it.

misterwalter says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 10:21pm

Voice acting was perfect.

I also got stuck on some things, I think that it's when I fatfinger two keys are once and go into a wall diagonally, I then get kicked out of it, but can't move. Really excellent entry though.

halemaster says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 10:56pm

I got the same bug as above on FF. I think its when you press shift right as you are being killed and then it acts like you are always in box mode for movement.

JamesTanm says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:02pm

I like the game, though it took me coming back to the page to figure out what I was actually supposed to be doing

psydack says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:05pm

I just don't understand for what use space. Every time I'm caught for these guys with helmet. Anyway, I like the fogs mechanics. Greats for a compo entry dude. +)

EstrelSteel says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:07pm

I like it a lot

chanko08 says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:20pm

Voices were awesome. I like the idea too, really clever.

Krillzz94 says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:35pm

Nise... :)
Lovely level design.

Solocov says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:36pm

Okay... I AM ANNOYED.. I only looked once if someone is coming, and bam someone saw me. So frustrated :P

Still a good game, even tough I am bad at it :(

Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:52pm

Maybe I'm bad at reading but I had to read the instructions five times before I figured out how to trap a duder. Maybe an interactive in game tutorial would make showing the mechanics easier? Pretty neat concept and fun once I got it.

cgmorton says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:09am

Hey guys, I'm not 100% sure I fixed the respawn problem but I've added some safeguards that will hopefully prevent it (also the mashing buttons issue). I think I'm still in time?

Hints have also been updated to give better instructions.

Thanks for playing my game!

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:11am

I'll admit I didn't read instructions so at first I was very confused. But it's a cute game :)

weazen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:17am

Good idea. Fits the theme very well. Some parts were harder to figure out than the others, but overall I enjoyed it.

Also, the slurp noise when you eat an adventurer is amazing.

andyman404 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:17am

Funny and interesting concept. The chest's eyes makes me laugh. I tried a bunch of times, but still could not sneak up on that adventurer. Not sure why, but I could not hear any sound from the game (I hear sounds from other games though.) I'll check back again later.

FerraWare says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:07am

Cool game!

-Really fun concept
-Fun sounds

-Hard to understand at first
-Very difficult

BortStudios says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:18am

I could see this potentially becoming a full blown game. I love the idea of tricking people into thinking you're something else as your attack, I'm not sure I've ever seen that done in a game

inurashii says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:24am

This is my favorite compo game so far! :D It's a wonderfully creative interpretation of the theme, with extremely clever mechanics and fantastic sound (and voice). The graphics are the right kind of cartoony for the feel. You should be proud of this.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:28am

Great sound, great concept, lots of fun!

Would be interested to see a non-grid-based version!

filiph says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:48am

That voice acting makes it!

ZzCalvinzZ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:23pm

pretty buggy, controls aren't very enjoyable...I thought it was really funny and the idea was great, just needs some polishing and it would be excellent!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:25pm

The controls are a little bit wonky, once taking a full second to register that I closed, and I couldn't really get past the first screen because of that.

ezombort says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:04pm

Got stuck and dissapeared a couple of time. Funny sounds :) Cool game.

dusho says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:08pm

brilliant idea :)
and loved the sounds

peterkirk says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:20pm

The liked the field of view mechanic and the voice acting was funny. The movement could be a bit faster.
I thought it was weird that the player was shown in a side-ish view but the enemies were fully top down.

NineBears says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:24pm

I absolutely love this game. Fantastic job of turning a mimic into a stealth game. I especially liked the limiting view that pretending being a chest gives you

Realize2D says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:07am

I really liked the voice acting, and the game overall is funny.

Daisuke909 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:13am

I found it very satisfying the first time I ate somebody, but later it glitched out and I couldn't move, unfortunately.

Shina69 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:35am

Really funny sound effects and quality mechanics. As i didn't read the instructions at first, it seemed harder than it really is, althogh it surely takes time to dominate and it really interested me.

liquidmedia says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:37am

GG easy to play and interesting maze game.

2011petia says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:40am

Nice game,so much funny hahahaha

Downtown says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:17am

Great game, took me a little while to figure out what to do, but the gameplay was enjoyable. the reduced vision when in chest form made it really tense. I wonder if the soldiers should have a little peripheral vision if you were to develop it further. Great Voice acting and music, and I like that you had variations for the sounds

BoskoSokolov says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:38am

the controls are a bit clunky

jofra says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:43am

Nice gamming concept. It's a shame you cant keep input pressed. :)

Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:05am

Love it! Great concept and bugfree (when I played it).

wavegunner232 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:27am

this game is pretty good. it does not innovate much but it allot of fun to play and has great graphics aesthetic and theme, audio and humor is all pretty good solid 4/5 stars

Fanatrick says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:33am

Very funny and enjoyable, even thought it's a bit simple on the gameplay.

psychonull says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:47am

Cool game! The AI of the enemy is perfect. I think I would it to be a little bit easier, but maybe it's just a personal preference. Good job!

rotpar says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:47am

Your game is really good but really hard! I had fun trying to avoid the adventurers.

Boxer911 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:50am

cool game

AlariSilver says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:04am

Good job! :D I loved the voice acting. That must have been fun to do :P

ekajjake says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:44am

This game is wonderful, I love the exploration aspect.

hdong says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:49am

The voices were great :)
Great gameplay concepts, very unique

Caspila says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:17am

Took me almost 5 minutes to understand how to play the game, and once i did, it was actually neat. needs in-game instructions, it's really to hard to get it.

rednowall says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:26am

nice music and cool game!

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:39am

Love the concept and I think it was pretty well executed. I didn't run into any bugs myself. The limited vision with the lid closed was really suspenseful. Om nom nom.

Leopoldine says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:09am

Your game is interesting, great work.
But, like others, a little bug on respawn

mitkus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:14am

Nice! Really enjoyed this one. Could use some difficulty balancing, but challenge is enjoyable.

Eingya says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:46am

Theming feels a bit off, as the game wouldn't change much by switching monsters and heroes.

Game's quite fun though, fast paced stealth is a type of gameplay that can be quite fun, and there are not enough games about it in the world.

dhargan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:05am

very innovative. i bet you got your influence from dark souls :D very good sound and grafics also. I really liked this entry. keep up the good work!

mboaj says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:22am

Cool little game :)

Louspirit says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:55am

Good voices and mist system.

Sylverstone14 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:09pm

Really enjoyed the gameplay, plus the voices really spooked me a bit. Good job!

Saphyre says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:17pm

Very nice ! It made me think of Legend of Grimrock ^_^ Simple but efficient :-) Well done !

ultraviper says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:24pm

I like the idea of just hiding and waiting as a trap, very interesting!

Music is way too quiet in comparison with the sound effects. I didn't even know the game had music until I read a comment about it.

Very easy to get stuck and unable to move by pressing a direction you aren't supposed to be able to move toward. I managed to do it all 3 times I tried to play.

bumbu says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:44pm

Very nice. Simple but challenging

Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:33pm

Personal monster choice.

Pickens Inc. says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:37pm

Really cool, innovative concept, with useful and humorous sound.

FireTwin says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:24pm

Really great game idea, well done! I love stealth games and this is definitely a funny original stealth game mechanic. The graphics and the voice work a very funny too so I think this game could quite easily be a little masterpiece with the right polish. Hope you carry it on.

Wumbo says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Really cool game, but I think there is a bug with respawing once you get to a certain checkpoint. The only think I would say is that it is REALLY hard to figure out the box rooms (leading indivuals out didn't work)

Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:23pm

nice game, i ran into the problem where i lured 2 guys at the same time, which basically killed me because i got spotted, it runs fine, an i liked the voice overs

corupta says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:35pm

Uh huh here's a chest *dies*
Although some bug happened when I died like 50 times, I loved the idea and the music. good job :)

RobotMeal says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:48pm

Slurp! Neat little stealth mechanic. Respawn was stable for me. Good entry.

cgmorton says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:07am

Hey all.

I'm still not entirely sure what's causing the movement bug, but I've added an integrity check every second or so that should unstick you when you get stuck. Hopefully :D

nicotuason says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:09am

Pretty fun to play! I love it when they yell "MONSTER!" haha. I just wish there was more stuff to discover as you explore.

guoboism says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:26am

This game is really fun, especially when you hear the joy sound of victims! It also has stealth elements. The game has potentials! Picked by GB!

Mase says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:40pm

Amazing chest ahead.
The sound effects are very amusing.
There are too many adventurers... maybe more like 20 would be best, with a steeper difficulty curve. I enjoyed working out different strategies for the crowded rooms.

EwChap says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:04am

Loved it. Very cool concept. Really enjoyed the SFX. Coming around some corners right into an enemy was a bit of a bummer but overall great job.

recursor says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 11:47am

Great idea having the player be a mimic. It's very simple, yet engaging which is perfect for a Ludum Dare. This is a great idea for a full-fledged game. As I was playing I couldn't help but think about all the cool stuff you could add to it. Nice job.

wooltech says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 1:38am

Fun central mechanic, and I like the apperance of the mimic. The line of sight and fog work really well too.

Aug 29, 2015 @ 1:24pm

Nice concept!

Karai17 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 5:38am

Great game! Improving the controls a little could do wonders, though. :)

cgmorton says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:51am

Thanks for your comments everyone!

I've put up a post-ld version with smoother controls and some more voices. I think it's an improvement.

Also I may have finally fixed that respawn bug XD

Grahhhhh says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:51am

This was a REALLY neat idea! There was a lot of "typical" entries for this theme, but I think this take on it really stands out!

Oct 18, 2015 @ 4:30pm

Really neat game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

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