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

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I Dream of Cthulhu

by Wontonz - Compo Entry

The stars are aligning and dead Cthulhu rises. Or at least that's what he's trying to do. As the Eye of Cthulhu, you take control of his avatar in the dreamscape he so desperately wants to escape. To do so he much increase the madness of the world's population, find forbidden knowledge, convert cultists and sacrifice them for the cause of your awakening. But watch out, navigating the dreamverse becomes a lot more difficult as the madness of the world's population increases! Make sure you've got a sufficiently mad world and have sacrificed all the cultists you need and have all the knowledge necessary for your cult leader to read the Necronomicon and fulfill your destiny before time runs out!

WASD: Movement
ESC: Exit

How to Play
Run the Eye of Cthulhu into the Words of Power to influence the world and your cultists while avoiding the hampering effects of the dreamsicles

Win Condition:
Awakening Progress at 100%
World Madness over 90%
Forbidden Knowledge over 90%

Time(5 minutes) runs out and the stars are no longer in alignment

World Madness: This is how much your influence has spread on the world. Increasing the amount of dreamsicles that spawn, some random abilities and a chance to periodically gain a new cultist.
Cultists: Can't have a cult without cultists. These guys are needed as sacrificial lambs for your eventual awakening
Forbidden Knowledge: Obscure and Arcane information. You need Knowledge for wanderlust and to awaken.
Awakening: This is the progress you have from sacrificing cultists to bring you to your full awakening.

Words of Power
Madness: Madness will increase the madness of the world. It also has a chance to convert a cultist and at higher levels will also provide progress to awakening and knowledge
Wanderlust: Will increase your cultists by a larger amount but uses a bit of knowledge and madness as it is transferred to other cults
Curiosity: Gain Knowledge and the eccentric cook who found it into your cult.
Sacrifice: Sacrifice 5 Cultists to increase the madness of the world and bring you closer to awakening.

Plays best with in 1920x1080. Not Tested in Mac or Linux so let me know if you have issues.
Built in 48 hours from scratch using

TODO Wishes:
Add more depth to the cult system
Anchor UI to the correct location so minimap and Stats show up for lower resolutions
Animate the Eye
Remove the borders for a more open experience
Tweak the dreamsicle numbers and behavior

Downloads and Links




APC says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:40pm

Cool Idea. I thought it was pretty hard though. I made it to 24% and it started to get difficult to move around.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:42pm

Gets a little boring. After a couple of minutes all I was doing was using the minimap to find each "sacrifice" to increase the awakening.

Mister_Melon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:54pm

I found this great overall, the style of gameplay was very unique and I found that furthered the quality of the game greatly, I found it fun overall but found it quite difficult and never managed to reach the victory conditions, the art style was great and I loved the dream space fog effect, I liked the audio and found that it furthered the mood and lastly the mood was excellent(the art style and graphics contributed greatly to it), great game well done!

Komradus says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:01pm

Pretty trippy experience. The challenge scaled well, but I got way too hyped for the ending. Good fun though.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:19pm

Psychedelic! I'm a bit dizzy now... but the concept of Madness is very well represented :) Thanks for adding the minimap, it is invaluable. I would have liked to see some more visual representation of the different "resources", e.g. a progress bar of how far you have to charge them to awaken.

Hork says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:31am

Definitely surreal enough to be a dream. Great concept. A fun gaming experience!

HACKhalo2 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:09am

this was hard, yo. and really trippy. I really couldn't look at it for long periods of times with the spinning and such, but interesting take

Flygamer101 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:24pm

Kinda fun, was a cool little game. I was so woozy after it xD

Team Luminous says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:14am

The Cthulu has awoken! Interesting game mechanics and trippy experience. My only complaints are that the ticking sound was a bit too obnoxious and some of the text didn't fit on the screen.

Ramiel says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:29pm

Nice little game. I liked the artstyle and gameplay. However it seems to me that the main view is pretty much useless. Steering via the minimap works perfectly so I just used that one. Maybe more dangerous enemies not shown on the minimap might create the need to use the main view.
And one more thing. The cultist view at the bottom was pretty awseome ;)

Aglavra says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 7:30pm

It was a bit difficult, but I finished it. From some point, the cult starts to grow on its own, so you can concentrate on finding "sacrifice" words, and in this case you will do it in time. It would be nice to have some way to win additional time, though.

mubox says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:53pm

Like your minemap. :]

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