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

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Birthday Monster

by justthestudio - Jam Entry

Everybody knows that kids love birthday parties, monsters and their fathers. In our game you have all of it.
Play as a father trying to entertain children in a bunch of minigames.

We couldn't finish on time everything we planned (like sound, polish and balance) but if you enjoy the effect of our efforts, follow us on twitter (@justthestudio), because we're going to deliver post-jam, well-polished version.

Use mouse for every action. Goal of each minigame is shown in top-left corner during few first seconds.

Thanks for very positive feedback! We started making post-jam version. We will focus on your suggestions - polishing both mechanics and difficulty of minigames, speeding everything up in Wario-Ware feel and most important - adding sound effects. We also have few minigames which didn't make it to the entry. Finally, I added WebGL build to the compo page.

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ronsap123 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:21pm

Awesome game! Enjoyed it a lot!

orange08 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:48pm

I downloaded the windows version and it gives an error whenever I try to run the executable. Something about the data folder needing to be next to the .exe... and it is, but it still gives the error.

Razoric says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:54pm

Wow I like the narrative spin you put on this. For a post-jam version you should speed it up a bit (WarioWare style) and polish the mini-games. Really great idea.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:55pm

I like the visuals and the concept a lot.

Tselmek says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:57pm

Sweet game, would work really well on mobile. It's got a bit of Dumb ways to die feels to it but it definitely needs some sounds.

Leuthil says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:59pm

Nice game. Very wario ware-ish. Visually everything looks super nice and I love how you used the concept of birthday wishes as lives.

superfluous says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:01pm

I like so much about this. The visuals are cute, I love the take on the theme, I love the "haha, that's what I was actually doing" moments, and I loved the kid's reaction poses. Nice job. One of my favorites so far.

mantis says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:21pm

VERY nice graphics. Couldn't get pass the tree section even though. Maybe I should jump to the other side faster?

justthestudio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:22pm

@orange08 I tried to reproduce this error, but me and my friend just downloaded zip file, extracted launched and everything worked. BUT when I tried to launch a game without extracting zip file I got an error you are writing about. Are you sure you extracted everything? We will still investigate a problem.

collaboration says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:36pm

Wery funny game with amazing graphics!

Riftpoint says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:23pm

Very cool art style!

voidstar33 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:00pm

Very nice idea. Like the narration of a monster through kids perspective. Very cool.

randyyaj says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:57pm

Haha. I like the art alot. Gameplay is solid. This resembles the art I'm into. I'm curious to know what program you used to achieve this.

boardtobits says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:31pm

Very cute twist on the theme. A couple of the timing things were pretty particular (leaning back and lighting the buildings on fire) but I loved the quick game, Wario-Ware feel. Nice work!

MagentaGames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:10pm


Polith Games says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:14pm

Awesome game! Like "expectation vs reality". hahaha
Really enjoyed! :)

wooltech says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:26am

Great looking game. I learnt I am terrible at granting wishes, but it was still fun!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:39pm

Reminds me a lot of dumb ways to die, and the graphics were very faithful to that kind or art style. The lack of audio wasn't very appealing but the game itself made up for that, well done!

DragonGino says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:45pm

it is a really funny game

Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:21pm

I have no idea how to do the tree minigame and the tank one seems to be way too difficult to time, but other than that the game has some really cute graphics and the other minigames are pretty cool. It would be amazing with some more polishing and some sounds.

ilikescifi says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:22pm

Oh yes. Thats good :=)

Rothens says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:34pm

I really loved this one. :) Cute graphics, nice plotting, it is awesome.

Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:13pm

Really liked the style and graphics. Interesting take on the theme.

Aug 28, 2015 @ 11:12pm

Poor monster guy! hahahah
Cool graphics, nice concept
Although, some times gets really impossible!

Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:59pm

Love that style! Congrats!

JayProg says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 7:41pm

This is a really polished, well-made game! I really liked the visuals and how you went back and forth between the imaginary and then you get the reality of what the monster is doing after you mess up. Pretty funny! Great job!

disperse says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:16am

Super cute, the graphics were great. My best score was 9.

zatyka says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 2:31am

Lots of polish. Cute visuals and very fun. Great entry.

dickpoelen says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 2:06pm

Like you said, there's some things that are missing, but you have the start of a fun game. Really like that when you fail you see the dad at the party instead of the monster version.

handkor says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 7:48pm

I love the break from imagination. Ouch thumb-tack.

OmarShehata says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 9:06am

It's definitely a fun little game. Adding more mini-games would definitely be great! I think the only thing that bothered me is not knowing when the game would start. If there was a countdown (or a click to play) that would make a big difference.

MaesK says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 7:18pm

Funny game! Nice work, reminds me of Wario Ware minigames.

6DownStudios says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 4:45am

Very funny take on the theme! The art style is unique, and really fits the fanciful, kid's-story mood. The monster-to-dad/fantasy-to-reality parallels are especially creative! Glad to hear a post-jam's in the works, I love imaginative entries like this one!

DrZanuff says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 11:45pm

I just loved the art and gameplay. Keep it up

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