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

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by Ferret - Compo Entry

Host is a turn based virus spreading game. Instructions in game. Left click controls everything. Esc to exit.

The goal of Host is, as a virus, to infect everyone in a stage. Each time someone new is infected, the previous host is killed and that new host is controlled by you. Clear the room to complete the level. If you cause suspicion to anyone else in the room they will shoot your host body in defense, killing the virus.

Sorry about the lack of sound, like I'm sure was true for most people, I wasn't able to dedicate this whole weekend.

There is definitely a lot more I wanted to do with this, besides aesthetic things like giving different levels distinct themes. I'm really sad I didn't get the execute the puzzle element as well as I wanted to. There were a few other features to gameplay I wanted to add or tweek, but for what I have I think it's alright.

Thank you.

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Mantlair says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:47am

Very solid puzzle idea. Last level took sime time for me. I really loved the mechanic! At irst i thought locking rooms are kinda OP. But at late levels i saw that was needed. Anyways keep up good work!

Mantlair says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:49am

Also thanks for good tutorial it even took some time to understand with it B).

fraanns says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:26am

it is pretty hard, but also a lot of fun. Good game mechanics!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:20am

Really neat idea! There are things in this game that added to the overall mood, such as naming each individual character. However, I couldn't figure out how to move the character when another one entered as the move button wouldn't work.

Ferret says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:27am

Thank you for the kind words!

@Anaglyph, that is odd, the only time you shouldn't be able to move is if the room is locked or the player hasn't started yet or is dead. Are there steps that can recreate this?

EmanP says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:45am

A very unique puzzle game, and a cool title screen to boot!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:32pm

One day I learn to play this. One day I understand the game mechanics. One day...

Anyway, a good game with an interesting (and pretty original) concept.

David Yates says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:08pm

This is clever. A simple system with simple rules, and very tricky to figure out, but also very fair, so you don't get too frustrated.

An easier level or two just to start the player off and ease into the mechanics would be a good addition post compo. Right now it kinda feels like you're thrown right into the deep end, and it took me quite a few goes to figure everything out, even with the instructions.

The random names are a nice touch. I got Kevin Bacon one time. :)

Ferret says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:49pm

Sorry about the challenge, a majority of the mechanics changed in the last hour of the competition, but I should have been better about keeping the new player's perspective in mind.

Thank you for trying out my game :)

Reyn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:43pm

I like the idea. Even though I understood the rules I kept making mistakes. Level 2 was easier than level 1. Thanks.

frokes says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:55pm

Really cool puzzle game! Has a certain difficulty and you really have to think about your next move. Also dead on the theme!

Deadpan-Gamez says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:29pm

Awesome game, great work! took a while to start winning :)

mincrmatt12 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:30pm

Good idea, I liked it, but completely failed at it :(.

Anyways, great idea, good execution (Amazing job with the one .exe)

Korso says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:02am

Love this game! Good mechanics and good implementation! I only have first level slightly easier, to get the mechanics correctly -or a tutorial-

defacid says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:31am

This is an essentially perfect example of hitting the mark on all points. I would have liked to have seen a little more visual flair/polish, but as for the core mechanics and overall design, you killed it, man.

As Yatedog said, you hit an excellent medium between difficult and fair. The only knock against the game in it's current state that I think would be valid is the fact that it was REALLY fun trying to figure out the first two levels but there wasn't enough variety in gameplay to hold me after that.


Conk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:23pm

Literally no idea what I was doing wrong, sometimes I'd move room but nope, someone shot me. Do people remember? Can I not go back to rooms I vomited in? Everyone looks the same though? What's going on?! It's good, but very confusing :P

Fanatrick says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:45am

Very cool idea, I wanted to make something similar but opted for something different in the end.

zenmumbler says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:35pm

Nice puzzle mechanic, sometimes difficult to figure out what I did wrong. I guess people moved into a room I was doing something in? I think if the hosts' movements between rooms would be animated or if they look different somehow it would make a lot of unclear situations a lot clearer.

But, nicely done.

Insality says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 5:21pm

looks simple, but the really.. :)
Nice puzzle game! Good job

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