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

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Tales of the Memory Dragon

by raducumiczzz - Compo Entry

This, my friends, is the story of the Memory Dragon. This old legend started in a distant part of the world, in a age where only powerful beasts ruled the world. Of those monsters one was remarked, the Memory Dragon. The only beast in this far kingdom, with 5 heads and such powers making him able to destroy the world itself. The people unleashed upon this beast a curse, thus being able to devour only 1 kind of element at a time. So, my friends will you be able to help the memory monster in his endless road to unlimited power?

Remember, you can only eat the same colour bird with the same coloured head of the dragon!

Instructions
Q - Upper-most head
W - Upper Head
E - Middle Head
R - Lower Head
T - Lower-most Head

P.S this is my first Ludum Dare and it was very fun. I will share some key fun memories along the way:
Took me 10 hours to draw the graphics,
Took me another 10 hours to solve the matching colour - colour system,
Took me 4-5 hours to make the music and sounds ( i will have the audios projects available for some funny recored dragon/squash sounds)

Tools i used: Stencyl / LMMS Audacity / Adobe Illustrator.

All together , it was great fun to test my limits. See you next time.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#119Graphics3.94
#208Audio3.28
#324Innovation3.23
#440Mood3.03
#472Overall3.12
#615Fun2.80
#705Humor2.14
#732Theme2.93

Comments

dingotime says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:35am

Very nice graphics. I like to turn my keyboard sideways while playing.

Suese says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:48am

It's ridiculously difficult. Maybe having just 3 heads to start with would be easier. Also the lack of visual feedback makes it difficult to understand the rules.

Great graphics.

terop says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:58am

looks nice.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:03pm

Really nice game. Only difficult to play with one hand. Maybe you should place the last dragon on a thumb-friendlier key. ;)

TLansdale says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:35pm

Lovely graphics and music!

raducumiczzz says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:29pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. I took the gameplay with my way of playing it and I'm used to 1 hand coordination due to 7 years of piano.

I play the game in the 2 ways:
1 Hand: Q W E R T , since i played piano or the other way
2 Hands: Q W E on the left hand , R T on the right hand.

ToloaGames says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:43pm

This one is pretty solid. The graphics look beautiful. The gameplay is simple, yet engaging.

nonetheless says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:43pm

Nice and polished game, although randomising dragons is a bit too much for me :)

celisoft says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:46pm

Beautiful game but I have an azerty keyboard so it's complicated...
Well done for the music and art!!

Afenda says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:50pm

Nice Graphics and Nice Music. But for AZERTY keyboard it is too complicated. And for your first entry is awesome ! Good Job

Markus Brand says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:53pm

Great graphics, very intuitive and fun to play. Fitting Audio and mood.

The only things that bothered me a bit are the dragons switching position so slowly and the fact that the bird further to the right is killed before the one further to the left if they have the same color.

Highscore: 43 after 5 minutes of playing - is that good?
Overall a very nice entry.

peterthehe says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:58pm

The art style is really cool. You could incorporate control configuration, allowing players to pick keys which feel right for them.

raducumiczzz says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:06pm

Thanks for the comments once more. Didn't think of the azerty keyboard. My initial thought was to use 1 2 3 4 5. But then i changed to Q W E R T.

I will change some stuff. I always thought of the further bird as a penalty for not killing the first. But that makes the game even more difficult.

Anyways after playing my own game, my eye-hand coordination improved:))

ezombort says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:36pm

I like the idea and the controls. Then animation when changing the dragon colors could be slightly faster I think. Well done!

MrDave says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:41pm

Ooo I like this. One minor gripe though is when there is more than one bird of the same colour on the screen it often kills off the back bird first, but this is a minor thing on such a good game.

I like the look and style of the game, it’s the kind of thing I could see me playing on my phone.

Kaev says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:53pm

Awesome graphics and very fitting music.
A bit weird to get the controls into my end, but after some time i got it. Really nice entry!

Vaida says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:59pm

Graphics are amazing, I particularly like the background! The music is fitting too. The gameplay idea is unique, but I think it's a bit hard to get into with 5 dragons getting randomised right from the start. Overall, very nice! :)

dusho says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:14pm

very very nice art
fun game.. sucks all your attention

Sunflower says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:42pm

The yay:
- graphics + audio = mood
- interesting mechanics; randomized heads make for a good layer of challenge
- includes penalty for needlessly poking dragon head (quite often I've seen games where button mashing was the way to go; thankfully, it's not one of these)

The nay:
- heads eat the furthermost matching birds first, which makes it easier for others to slip by
- no clear feedback when you poke the wrong head
- could use some keyboard configuration, maybe...?

Pretty solid entry overall!

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

The mechanic is really confusing to me, but I think I was beginning to understand what I was doing. Nice graphics!

tMalicet says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:05pm

Really hard at the beginning! And the keys choice can be improved.
Good looking anyway.

OccamsRazor says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:46pm

Loved the art style on this one, I think its the best I've seen so far. Nice and simple gameplay, but can definitely be tricky. I enjoyed it a lot though, I feel like it's one that I might come back and play at some point.

bwafflecone says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:46pm

Very nice graphics! Definitely a challenge, tempted to just turn my keyboard :P

sergicollado says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:49pm

Nice graphics, simple. Music fit perfectly.

Halleflux says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:52pm

Difficult, and a bit buggy. I would recommend that only the closest bird gets eaten. Also, I would recommend that the heads only swap positions when there are no birds, and the birds come faster. Think of it a bit like a bird-eating guitar hero.
I also noticed that some birds weren't on screen when they got eaten, which was confusing. (e.g. I try to eat the red bird right next to me, and some other bird gets eaten.)
Those are just a few ideas that I had, I don't know if they would help or not, but there you go.
Overall, fun to play, great graphics, and very peaceful. Well done!
Oh, and welcome to Ludum Dare! Always great to see a fresh face around! =)

Gil4 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:52am

Fun gameplay concept, nice graphics and audio, solid game.
Oh, and one thing - when there're two birds of the same color on the screen, I think the first one to get obliterated should be the one closer to the dragon heads (or both at the same time, though that'd make it easier), but not the farther one.

DeusOpus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:31am

Spectacular. Absolutely amazing atmosphere and fluid animation.

Empyrealhell says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:02am

Really good graphics, and while the gameplay was a bit simple, it's a great entry for your first time.

zillix says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:08am

great aesthetic and music! the gameplay is pretty unique, well done!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:56am

Very nice graphics and musics - A bit weird to get the controls into my end. thank you for this entry ++

Namide says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:30am

Nice graphics and music :-)

los.pixelados says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:53am

Yup, the art is indeed impressive :)
And the gameplay is smooth.
For a simple game, that's a good job.

Cheers,
Morco (Los Pixelados team)

collaboration says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:58am

Awesome graphics and music, but this QWERT stuff was kinda difficult for me though. Anyway - it catches attention,and that's cool!

McFood says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:31pm

Looks beautiful, and the music was very relaxing.
I personally would have preferred, faster enemies, with less dragons, but I guess that's because I'm not coordinated enough.

It was also odd how the further bird dies and not the nearer. To the player, it can feel like the controls are less responsive, since we haven't seen the other bird yet =)

The best I got was 42, lots of fun!

ruerob says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:59pm

Nice graphics! Some more animations would be great, like fireballs hitting the birds and a faster switch of the dragons would be nice to. Really relaxing atmosphere with a nice gameplay. Thank you for your entry!

Cory Martin says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:16pm

It's an interesting idea, but it's incredibly difficult to memorize which colors correspond with which keys, at least for me.

fafastudio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:32pm

The graphics was quite nice, and after some sessions understanding the rules, i did some 40 score ! :D
Is it good ? xD

DragonGino says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:28pm

first thing first I love dragons(duh). second it is a fun game to play. it is hard in the beginning but if you know your way with the controls QWERT without the Y then you can get a good highscore. also i would suggest that you port this game to the moblie.

BoskoSokolov says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:58pm

nice grphics and audio good game :D

Unept says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:11pm

I love the art and really like the 5-key gameplay. Very different. I would definitely look into showing more what happens when the key is pressed, like maybe a fireball of the matching color shoots the bird or something. Well done.

ceosol says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:37pm

I got to 37 and it became unresponsive. The green dragon was in the middle and E was not killing the green birds. Maybe has a soft reset whenever the dragons switch in case of this bug.

I really love how mellow the game is. I would really like to see this on mobile where you tap the dragons instead of QWERT. I think it would do very well. Hit me up on the forums if you would like to work on a mobile version together.

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:21pm

Yay! I liked this game! At first I didn't understand how it works but its a good gameplay! Nice music and graphics, well done!

KunoNoOni says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:29pm

Totally dig the Asian theme for the game. Graphics are fantastic and the gameplay is simple.

Ulydev says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:45pm

Great entry with interesting mechanics. Nice job !

tweedle says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:04am

Graphics were killer! Wish the dragons came out to eat the birds, music was fitting also, great job for your first dare!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:59am

Interesting idea, sort of like a completely randomized Guitar Hero. It's pretty fun, but a little too challenging for the beginning player. I would suggest either starting with fewer heads or not switching them out as often towards the beginning. The graphics are great. 4/5

Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:12am

Very nice game there raducumiczzz. It was a little difficult to understand exactly what I should've been doing but after a couple tries I was able to get the hang of it. I thought this game had some beautiful art assets, which were just stunning to look at. :)

Move127 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:25am

Controls definitely need to be remapped. Also, it would be nice to have the dragons actually move out to get the birds. The visuals are nice and once you get the hang of it it is fun.

felipeberquo says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:52am

Beautiful!

Lancelot Gao says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:15am

Great visual style, like the Dragon, Amazing!

Shaw says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:18am

Graphics and music are very nice, gameplay is simple but enjoyable. Excellent work.

vividhelix says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:45am

nice game, a bit hard to mentally map the keys to the dragons, but well done otherwise!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:44am

nice moody musically graphically appealing game. Kinda simple in concept and gameplay. It started getting harder later and that's when i became more interested in what was going on. :-) I'm one of a lot of comments.

Macecraft says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:33am

Nice relaxing music & audio and a bit of a quirky gameplay concept. I liked this, and also well done for this as a first entry. You should be extremely proud!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:55am

It would be so much more satisfactory if the dragons stretched their heads out to eat the birds, Hungry Hungry Hippos style. I also wish you did a more elegant solution for the controls, maybe clicking on the heads?

Otherwise, a good first LD, keep at it!

Jani Nykänen says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:43am

Heh, this really challenged my brain!

Dianouille says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:20am

Nice graphics, very refreshing ! It's a pretty simple gameplay, but quite hard to play actually x) You could add one heart maybe but nice game !

JoJoX says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:03am

Nice game. It may fit well on mobile.

approxx says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:32am

yeah go for mobile ;)

glerikud says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:45am

Put some metal under there, and you'll have the perfect LD Guitar Hero with dragons!
Anyway, beautiful art, nice chill music, bird exploding simple fun.

Flygamer101 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:45pm

Very nice graphics :D I liked the font too.

squarepug says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:50pm

Good job on the graphics and sound, the concept is cool, although I found after a few plays my interest falling off pretty quick, perhaps in a post LD version there could be different modes or other ways to spice it up. The one thing that bugs me is it seems to have nothing whatsoever to do with the theme of 'you are the monster', these are dragons, seems a shame you didn't make them monsters instead and call it 'tales of the memory monster' to stay in the spirit of ludum dare.

Otrora Games says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:57pm

No a fan of difficult just for the sake of it, but this is great. And you got to love those mountains

crucknuk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:12pm

Graphics are beautiful and the idea is interesting. I liked the game atmosphere. This game could be very good with more content! Great submission!

guoboism says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:15pm

Very nice graphics. It's a little typing game. I love vector art! Well done!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:44pm

Good art and Hardcore, nice :)

mantis says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:15pm

Cool game, liked the idea of dragon heads switching places, adds a twist on standard 'press buttons fast' gameplay.

Nikteddy92 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:20pm

Whoa that's a nice idea! I really like the graphic style and the gameplay is funny and challenging! Well done!

Josh H says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:08pm

I love the aesthetics of this game. The graphics are beautiful and the music lovely. Very well done!

Darius says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:23pm

Nice design but pretty hard with an AZERTY keyboard :) More chalenging I guess !

Donni11 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Nice graphics! Interesting game, and super fun! At first its a little hard to get the hang of it but then once you learn how to play it its super fun!

dalbinblue says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:41pm

Congratulations on your first Ludum Dare entry! When I saw the screenshot, and the name, I thought for sure you were making a Simon game, but I was pleasantly surprised that you made something unique. The mechanic of the changing inputs is actually really cool, and does mess with your head and muscle memory. Additionally, the amount of style you put into the simple concept really makes the entry shine.

The only improvement that comes to mind is that when there are multiple birds of the same color on screen, when you press the corresponding key it removes the birds that's further away rather than the closest one, which is counteractive (as most people will be tracking the more immediate threat and will think the wrong input was put in).

After 5 tries, my best score was a measly 97 points.

Meta-link says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:42pm

Very nice graphics and relaxing music. Aside, the concept is simple but nice, so great game, good job ! :)

P.T.A says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:06pm

wow! nice game! guitar hero with monster plus puzzles i love it!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:30am

Audio and art is well match, it's great for boosting mood. Well, gameplay is challenging enough.
I want to give a advice for you to put some visual feedback if player press wrong dragon.

MAnimal says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:22am

Best score 39, for me it was hard to recognize blue and green color. Nice artstyle. Very nice first entry!

parDal says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:57am

Great start, mate.

The gameplay is innovative and very solid at the same time, the music is nice and the sound effects are working great.

The artwork remembers me of those old classic flash games and looks great.

If you are a pro dev, consider porting to mobile and making millions.

treeman says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:31pm

I can't really put my finger on it, but this totally stole my attention. Good job! Graphics and audio was very nice as well.

Wumbo says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:20pm

Best game i've seen so far; GREAT GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:25pm

Nice Idea and Graphics, Dont understand why the birds die, maybe better if the dragons shoot fireballs or anything.

LMT says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:48pm

That was quite a fun game to play, but i feel it lacked variety somehow. It had beautiful graphics, but could definitely do with more audio.

DarkwindMedia says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:55pm

great graphics, but it's too difficult to play

LastLeaf says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:37pm

Graphics and music are nice! But I always press the wrong key...

Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:49pm

Nice graphics!

boardtobits says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Nice little game. Not exactly a memory game, more of a paying attention to the current game state game. Definitely opportunities to increase the challenge level (e.g., dragon heads are always tied to the same button, but still change places). I liked this a lot!

Admittedly the 5th button was tricky because I had to bring in my other hand to push that one. Four would have been a perfect fit.

raducumiczzz says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:43am

Wow, never would i have thought to get so much feedback. Mobile version will be soon ready and released both iOS and Android!

Thank you everybody. Thanks for all the kind words.

EwChap says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:58am

Nice game. The randomization element every so often provides some deeper challenge to the game. Only note I would say is when the dragons reset, maybe give a bit more time on the birds, or don't reset when there are birds so far across the screen already. Other than that, great job!

Team Myopia says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:19am

Nice art, but hard to start learning and having fun. Switching the positions right off the bat is pretty confusing. Adding an animation of the head shooting out and eating the bird would help too.

paracatgames says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:43am

Wow! Really nice graphics/design! The game itself could use better controls maybe, or an easier learning curve.

killersnoofie says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:05am

very cool

struffy says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 8:20am

I also found it difficult - but games like super hexagon don't present easiness as a choice - so no bad thing. You should place this on the App stores!

Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:39pm

Simple gameplay and nice graphics.

DaanVanYperen says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:39pm

Needs some ramp up! Unique idea.

Mr. Jif says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:51pm

Very nice entry, beautiful graphics. I was kinda thrown off by the fact that the bird farther away was killed if more than one of that color was on the screen. Overall great job!

fistmaker says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 2:57am

Well put together! Good entry. Good graphics and great audio that fit with the theme. Challenging!

shawn42 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 2:39pm

Simple but fun. It reminds me of something like guitar hero where the difficulty spikes when you have to start moving your hand. Scaling up to 5 would help with the learning curve. I really like that the order changes so I can't just build muscle memory. I found the wrong fingers moving all the time... felt very QWOP. Nice work!

Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:12am

Really freakin cool - the heads switching colours like that was a big brain-funker; i was looking left then right left right. Good submission.

Interface says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:06am

Simple mechanic but surprisingly challenging. Nice music.

Pierrec says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 7:28am

This is hard...like...way too hard! You should give us more time to get used to the keys, or even write the keys on the dragons' heads. If they keep changing place, that would be hard enough anyway.

Linus123xbb says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:22pm

Very innovative game, it was nice to play and the graphics were really good. The audio effects could've been more interesting but still a cool game!

Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:11pm

This looks and plays nicely. Very difficult to get used to. The speed increases at a nice pace. I love the animations, and music. Well done, and interesting, challenging mechanic.

--Barry

Saf says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:21pm

Beautiful looking game! The feedback needs to be strengthened to make the game more engaging. Tone down the difficulty a bit for us mortals :) Solid entry for the compo duration!

wooltech says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 11:41pm

Looks and sounds great. Felt strange that it destroyed the furthest-away bird first some times, but otherwise played well.

Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:21pm

Once you get the hang of it, pretty fun - but 3 lives is a bit overkill, with no way to regenerate them that I could find. Could do with some feedback like maybe the dragons actually eating the birds. Also not very colour blind friendly :(

OldPeculier says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Terrific art. I didn't find the gameplay terribly appealing.

Llucile says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 9:02pm

This game is one from the best I have tried so far, but it could have been better if you let the letters displayed or if we could choose them. I don't play on qwerty so it was really hard to remember which letter was supposed to go where.

NidzaKornjaca says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:49am

The game looks very nice, concept is interesting, it's also fairly relaxing. My only complaint is that the dragon heads move too slow when they reshuffle, otherwise good job!

bombjack says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:38pm

original gameplay.

Sparrow says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 3:05pm

Solid entry, good job! I liked the graphics a lot.

superfreak says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:06pm

Really great artstyle over a ridiculously difficult but fun game. Loved it!

Dizzyman572 says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 6:41am

Hey, just so you know that I wanted to send you a trophy to your LD profile but it won't let me. Nothing fancy, just a PNG image. Send me a message over twitter so that I can send you an image. :)

Lianne Booton says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:29am

Crazy difficult, but I feel like there's a solid concept here if you look at the gameplay elements and refine them. I feel like it would work as a fast paced game, but you'd need to really tighten up visual cues and intuitive controls.

JonathanG says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:51pm

This looks good, and is a nice challenging game :) The colours changing position certainly makes it more difficult, but it's hard to tell at what point the keys actually swap colours; sometimes it seems I can still press the old keys to match the colours.

Oct 8, 2015 @ 12:56pm

Really cute graphics, quite the fun game. I included it in part 31 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :) https://youtu.be/smH_qgd8pMY

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