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

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by Dianouille - Jam Entry

CYCLE is a game where you play as a garden gnome who controls the four elements. Your goal is to build your own garden by placing different elements on your canvas and finding the different combinations in order to create many more elements ! Beware of your old selves, because each time you restart, your old timelines repeat their own path ! And they may destroy what you created...Be strategic ;)

Instructions :

You have to keep pressing the arrows OR the mouse to release the elements smoothly. And then you choose the direction you want to go.
Notes : Restart button doesn't restart the game, but add a new time line. So when you finish your first time line, try it !

If you can, try the PC version, the sound is awesome, but the web version doesn't honor it.

This game was developed by the Garden gnomes (because gardening isn't our only skill) !
Nicolas Schoner & Vincent Adam coded like beasts, Gabriel Dalmasso did an awesome sound design, and Marie-Astrid Molina & Amélie Perret (Dianouille) created super cute designs !

Downloads and Links




Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:04pm

Finally a game with innovative game concept! Plus wonderful graphics and gameplay! Good job!

TiByte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:07pm

This is beautiful. And there's a game behind it.
Does it have anything to do with the Theme?

Kaltic says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:07pm

Very interesting. Love the idea and graphics though it took a little bit to understand exactly what I was doing.

razavidn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:12pm

Holy cow. This is gorgeous, this is innovative, this is really something else. TREMENDOUS kudos to you.

increpare says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:09pm

didn't load for me in safari on osx

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transaction (fileloader.js, line 197)
cacheRemotePackage (fileloader.js, line 197)
(anonymous function) (fileloader.js, line 256)
onload (fileloader.js, line 68)

snooze82 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Really beautiful :)

Andrew Adams says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Love the graphics, fun concept and execution.

TheZoq2 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:15pm

That was really cool, even though all the instructions are in french, the concept was easy to grasp and fun to play. Really good job

whalebot says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:22pm

The game is beautiful and very interesting. Unfortunately, I see almost no tie-in with the theme :( Regardless, good work with this!

Reallysketchy says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:24pm

Really cool and innovative and I loved the graphics! I just wish it had more to do with the theme...

Dianouille says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:02pm

By achieving our game, we realized that we were getting off topic. Our game has a certain duality in terms of monsters. We can be both a designer or a destructor (a monster), depending on how we play. Furthermore, the timelines can come to destroy what we have created earlier. We are responsible for the annihilation of our own world. And so, we are the monster, the ennemy of our own creation. We add some duality of what is really the monster in the game.

Yakka says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:37pm

Very smart game! Not even close to the theme, but, who cares :D

sydream says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:36am

Nice title. There are some philosophical thoughts' processes needed to tie it with the theme. Would have been nice if it was in English though. Quite hard to understand how it works, it needs time and some care

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

Sweet graphics I really enjoy the style~
Also the concept is well done and quite complete good job :p

gdquest says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:31pm

The concept is definitely fresh! Now as it doesn't really respect the theme, it's hard to judge the game relative to the event itself. I'd say it's quite relaxing and experimental. Good job!

azokal says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:31pm

Very nice game, beautiful. But where is the link with the subject ?

Obvious_San says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:30pm

Great concept! I love the idea. Graphics are beautiful. <3

Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:58pm

whoa, i never see world generator like this.
Nice game!
Unfortunately i can't feel anything match with theme(i see it's out from opt too).
And please make language in english.

boardtobits says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:39pm

Beautifully designed. More of an activity than a game, per se. But still, very engaging, which I suppose is more important.

DaleP says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:31am

I get the same error as increpare using safari on OS X, but it works fine in firefox. Very interesting and beautiful sandbox game.

Druid says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:49pm

Pretty cool entry! I maybe don't see theme in this one, but still pretty solid entry!

dunin says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:05pm

Drôle de concept mais intéressant, ça m'a rappelé le "jeu de la vie"...

Ptolo says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:11pm

Very nice concept of letting elements interact, tiles seemed to change at random sometimes. The web version lags quite a bit when zoomed out at the end. Still the idea of having the same canvas each iteration is super cool :)

Zampi says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:14pm

Cool concept and very well implementation. Game looks so polished and ready.

But there is theme here?

GoudaGames says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:16pm

Looks great, and really calming to play and observe.

ponk says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:04pm

It's really great ! Mechanic is cool, fairies are nice :)

Xanjos says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:34pm

This was absolutely fun to play. I loved experimenting with different element combinations in order to get create something new.

stevenlr says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Interesting game, and very pretty! I don't really see the link with the theme though, but it's a jam entry so it's not too important. It would have been interesting to have a list of the elements we have discovered as we discover theme.

Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:06pm

- doesn't seem related to the theme
- graphics look good and i like the concept
- i have no clue what I'm doing or what the goal is
- i don't know why fire is necessary to make a garden
- would be more interesting if the garden just grew and evolved while I was playing instead of showing that part at the end where everything is growing.

Goutye says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:08pm

Interesting. Play twice and generate some beautiful island!

Lady Beardo says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:23am

Fascinating! How I like my garden: half fire, half glacier, with a little bit of water and flowers in between.

broknecho says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:26am

Really nice game! Well done. Great, mood look and feel. Neat use of the replay concept.

Biruts says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 2:38pm

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

crucknuk says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 1:32pm

Visuellement, le jeu est joli (même si ça manque peut être un peu d'optimisation sur la gestion du damier, ça rame à mort sur mon pc qui est correct). Mise à part le fait qu'on peut bruler le terrain construit lors d'une précédente itération, je ne vois pas trop le lien avec le thème. L'ajout d'un mode multi où un joueur doit construire et l'autre détruire pourrait être sympa. Quoi qu'il en soit, bon boulot! ;)

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