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

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Kraken Babies

by johnhattan - Jam Entry

This is a cute little puzzle game. You play as a Kraken.

The boy Kraken is Maurice The Kraken, and he moves like a queen in chess.

The girl Kraken is Denise The Kraken, and she moves like a king in chess. To make up for the smaller movement, she can take two moves at a time.

To start a game, choose the Kraken you want to play as. You must move around the level destroying boats and avoiding being tagged. Once your opponent tags you, then you are 'it' and you must now play as your sibling.

This was done in Haxe and OpenFL, The Krakens were hand-drawn (except for the hats) and animated with Spine. TexturePacker was used for the spritesheets. I have a pretty extensive library of game utility classes, but I wanted to do this as more of a "ground up" project, so I only used two of them. One is some code to load Sparrow spritesheets, and the other is a little library that makes the OpenFL listeners a little more coherent for a C-addled brain like mine. Check out the source if you want to see it.

I also have HTML5, Windows, Mac, and Linux exports. Unfortunately, I use a lot of bitmap filters for the text and shadows, and OpenFL doesn't yet support those filters on all platforms, so I'm just releasing the Flash version right now. It doesn't run on everything, but it looks the best :)

Thanks to my G+ peeps for the encouragement, and thanks to Joseph Burchett for the "DENISE THE KRAKEN" sound effects. Listen to his radio-friendly voice on the Game Developers Radio weekly podcast.

EDIT: Added a Windows version. It's still the Flash version wrapped in Adobe AIR (for now). And don't worry about having to install AIR, as the runtime is all bundled in.

EDIT 2: Added the Mac version.

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kakarotsan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:47am

This was very enjoyable! I like the evil "Mary Had a Little Lamb" intro.

Monkokio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:06am

This is a really interesting idea. A chess-inspired game where you an objective to complete while avoiding combat.
but unfortunately it didn't end up being too fun.
It just devolves into alternating between running away and eating ships.
Overall package is very solid and complete. Really happy to see people trying to original ideas. Congrats on finishing a game!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:11pm

Highly polished. Enjoyed exploring the degrees of freedom in the game rules, but soon worked out the hook to winning constantly. Very nice.

Tuism says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:02pm

It's interesting, works as a boardgame, but ultimately the ruleset seems too easy to handle - the queen seems to always have an advantage. Hmmmm, a really well polished game otherwise!

joh says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:18pm

Pretty cool, was it normal there was no music? it had some at first then stopper.
Otherwise clever mechanic and quite fun. not sure if fair though.

ZzCalvinzZ says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:08pm

pretty fun game

WubAlliance says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:12pm

Fun game, like the style choice. The music and graphics really helped the humor. Not sure if this was an accident or on purpose, but the voice always sounds like "release the kraken" :P (maurice and denice both fit). Could use a bit of rebalancing and more explanation, but very well done overall!

johnhattan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:34pm

Yes, "Denise The Kraken" and "Maurice The Kraken" were intended to sound like "Release The Kraken". That's why I got a real live semi-professional voice actor to do them :)

tweedle says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:59am

i tweeted my score, need to add that in our next jam, nice work! -t

Shaw says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:41am

I love this game. It's original, it's cute and it's tons of fun to play. Excellent job.

ChrisFagan says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:06pm

Very cute art!

axoona says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:23pm

it's quite entertaining, an interesting idea and nicely executed as well!

nassi says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:24pm

Would've loved to play this against a friend. The AI (especially for Maurice) just didn't think far enough in advance to make it challenging. Looks good and plays pretty smoothly although it was somewhat annoying that mouse dragging stopped if your cursor left the window.

Solid entry, but the gameplay got a bit boring as is.

Justo Delgado says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:07am

Nice idea, the game was fun and the graphics were cute :D

psychonull says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:12pm

Good job. The rules are simple yet resulting in a satisfying experience. I would love an option to play against a friend!

Ithildin says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 10:49pm

Very nice puzzle game, I really liked the different movement pattern for each sibling. It would be cool to see it further developed as a full fledge game.

Good work!

Sep 1, 2015 @ 9:58pm

This is actually a pretty fun game; very strategic - excellent work!

Vereos says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 12:57pm

I found it a bit easy, but it's a really nice game :)

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 8:45pm

Haha, cute!

team_ftlol says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 9:53pm

Nice work! The graphics look great, the game feels complete. The "one-move queen" versus "two-move king" movement feels pretty balanced; Maurice has a bit of an advantage, I think. Showing each character's available movement on mousedown was a really helpful feature. I liked the combined scoring for the player taking a turn as each of the krakens, too.


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