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

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Monster Sad!

by NineBears - Jam Entry

Arrow keys to move and destroy

Goal: Kill the human King, without dying or becoming too depressed

Yellow bar indicates your happiness, if this reaches zero it's game over
Red bar indicates health, if this reaches zero it's game over

Use the bed in your cave to recover lost health, beware though as your cave doubles the rate at which you lose happiness

Buildings/Statues are worth the most happiness, and there is no maximum happiness so collect a bunch and then head back to your cave to heal.

This is my Ludum Dare Jam entry for Ludum Dare 33. It was my first Ludum Dare but I think the game turned out well. You take the role of a poor troll who is feeling rather depressed. His cave just isn't bringing the smile to his face that it used to. And to add insult to injury those pesky humans from the nearby village keep yelling at him and sending adventurers to kill him. This all proves too much for troll one day when he decides that the only thing left to do is the thing he loves most, destruction and killing. Destroying things seems to be the only thing that can bring a smile back to this old troll's face. Rampage and pillage until you feel like your life has meaning again! And take that shiny crown off that awful human king's head.

Known Bugs:
1. Villagers and knights sometimes gain the ability to phase through walls! Amazing isn't it!
2. Destruction from previous playthroughs stays which could be construed as a feature (Continuity!) but is more of a hassle as it makes subsequent playthroughs more difficult. Just refresh the page/ restart the app to get a fresh map.

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MaesK says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:08pm

Nice game! Destruction from previous games is not a bug, but a feature, it gives the world continuity, as you say. It's more difficult, but player learns fast too, and people respawn so... :D

Long live the king... *nom* *nom*

Vaida says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:11pm

First time playing a pico-8 game, and I'm impressed! The sound effects and graphics are very cute. The game is simplistic but is still fun to play. There is a "end goal" for those who really need it, but it's a bit too easy to get to. Otherwise, great job! :)

liquidmedia says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:21pm

Nice, small 2d game, runs fast but changing screens its hard to know what is right next to you.

JustinJ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:23pm

Really fun :D cool twist on resource management. I think it would have been a bit more interesting with a happiness cap and a longer castle, so I'd have to budget the destroyable stuff cleverly to make it through. Really cool idea though, and it's super fun as it is.

I'd love to see you take it further.

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

That was pretty good, graphics were decent and the text was fun to read. A bit too easy to make the monster happy while a bit hard to keep him alive from the knights.

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

Really nice idea :D

Lonely Vertex says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:32pm

Nice game. One villager ran away from me out of the map so I could'n eat him :)

Azlen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:55pm

Neat! I died on my happy rampage because I forgot to go back to heal.

Time to try again.

mrcdk says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:54am

I destroyed stuff 10/10
Nice and fun game!

nicksantan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:51am

Very nice look and feel! I loved the exploration aspect while it lasted!

piopio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:50pm

First I was a bit confused, but once I discovered how to proceed it was fun to see how the villagers flee and explode. Knights are hard.

peterkirk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:14pm

I was fun watching the villagers run away from me as I destroyed their stuff. Also I really like the sounds and music in this.

brombatti says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:30am

A little difficult at first, but very nice and fun little game. Loved the audio and graphics and the retro mood.

collaboration says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:15am

Wow, that's really cool, didn't expected to see game like from ZX era, it's really awesome! 5/5 for me.

Nikteddy92 says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:54am

Hey great entry!
I like the graphic, so old, minimal and retro!
The gameplay and the core idea are nice!
Well done!

Dianouille says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:01pm

I didn't pass through the knights, they are too strong x). Still, it was fun and well done :)

jhrrsn says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:16pm

A really interesting idea - managing your raging happiness alongside your health! Adds a nice risk/reward aspect to your typical 'raging ogre' simulator.

Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:28pm

I have always wanted to be a troll and destroy everything.

mubox says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 9:11pm

Nice. Was that human from the "northeast" running to the hills? (:

Romaing says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:35pm

Nice little game, the audio and graphics are minimal, but it does the job!
I enjoyed it!

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