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

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by backlashblues - Compo Entry

Monster Lab is a simple simulation game with incremental mechanics and pixel graphics. You are a scientist who must care for monsters while experimenting upon them... for science! The sadistic cruelty that's required to perform these experiments makes you wonder - who's the real monster here?

It's more of a prototype than a "real" game because time got away from me. This was my first game jam, and I learned a lot about managing scope and expectations. Next jam will see a smaller, more complete game.

Warning: There's no way to win. Just play until you get bored.

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Shina69 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:06am

Well, i have been playing for 15 minutes so far and i'm not sure this is supposed to work like this.
I mean, i'm on day 2, level 12, a poor guy died, can't do experiments on the third and realized if i don't feed or water the others, their damages just assume negative values so i can keep on experimenting without killing them. As a result, i grew some nice 11.000$ but can't do much else besides repeating the process infinitely.

KPapaGeorge says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:10pm

For some reason the when I get the third monster the mouse just stop working.

backlashblues says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:07pm

Those bugs should be fixed now. I was a little trigger-happy with the release... lesson learned.

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:16pm

Nice first entry, congrats!

filiph says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:32pm

I really liked this, and you postmortem, too. I actually don't think it's that far from being a genuinely fun game.

psypol says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:09pm

lol good that i read the last warning.
anyway i like games like CandyBox and i think you have a nice idea to develop here.
my first frustration was that you promise in the text that "snake shaped" monster can reproduce but if you put 2 on 2 experiment tables aside you cannot make them reproduce ;-)

CtrlAltTea says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:59am

Nice concept, it has great potential!

RobotMeal says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 2:54am

Nice little sim game. I like the simple graphics. Hope we can see more complex mechanics next time!

Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:11pm

It's nice for a game made in two days. I hope you will improve it !

NightShadow0 says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 2:14pm

I like the concept, i can see it having potential if you could use the facts you learn to unlock different types of interactions. As it stands you can make enough money from experiments that you never have to worry about feeding the critters or them dying; at the cost of feeling like a monster, of course. Well done on your first jam!

Cosmic5 says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 1:52pm

It is really interesting!
extremely mini and successful sim

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