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

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Bunny Inferno

by Stanleys_Stoop - Compo Entry

This is my first LD entry and I'm proud of what I was able to accomplish. There was only around 27 hours left to the Compo when I realized it was already underway so I decided to stay small. I chose to use Game Maker because I recently picked it back up after almost 10 years and taking a break from HTML5/Javascript.

I'm not to sure how well I stuck to the theme. The idea at the beginning was that the player was a witch rounding up all the bunnies to create some sort of evil witch brew. Eh, now it's more like you are just an evil jerk that likes to watch bunnies burn. That's monster-ish, right?

The aim of the game is simple. You control the platform using the mouse and must "help" the bunnies cross the chasm... and straight into a fire pit. If you let 5 bunnies escape it's game over. There are two power ups that the player can collect to help them in their bunny destruction spree; an extra life and paddle growth. Power ups appear periodically and fall down the screen.


I used Paint.NET for all the sprite work and Audacity for all sounds. All sound effects, except the background music, were made using my voice and then tweaking the audio. So that's neat I think.

Ok, the background music is horrible. I tried recording a few guitar chords using a low-quality mic and the recording turned out bad. So I added a few effects and tweaked it in Audacity and the result... well.

Given a positive response towards the game and/or depending on my motivation to continue I would add a few more animations, a handful of power ups and better background music.

Thanks to everyone who checks out the game!

Edit: I had a few hours left after waking up this morning so I decided to tweak the graphics a bit and add a few more power ups, sfx, etc. Now there are Life Steal, Nuke, and Ember power ups. (Screen shots do not show changes.)

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Joseaper says ...
Aug 23, 2015 @ 5:29pm

I really enjoyed this, the simplicity and repeatability definitely makes this a good entry.

Aug 23, 2015 @ 8:00pm

That was the aim of the project when I began. It had to be simple otherwise I wasn't going to complete it. There is still time so I may go back and add/tweak a few things before the deadline. Thanks for playing!

Itay2805 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:23am

This is a really nice game! Really enjoyed it!

Enrymion says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:43am

Fun but does it get any harder/faster with time? After burning around 50 bunnies I started to feel a little bored.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:54am

It had no difficulty ramping, but with only 10 minutes left I implemented a very simple ramp. Rabbits start spawning quicker over time.

sydan says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:29am

At first I thought that this was going to be impossible to play, but then I got into a rhythm and it was just perfect! All round a good-un!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:33am

for the most part, I found this to be a fairly typical take on an old game archetype. What stood out to me, however, was the moment where I lit my platform on fire using a loose flame that came off of the crackling fire to my right. On top of being truly useful and powerful (much like a *power*-up should be), it felt especially cool since it was integrated organically into the setting, instead of being an abstract falling power-up.

Reecer9714 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:37am

I got to a score of 68 would have kept me playing tying to get a higher score each day. I do wish that the window size was bigger.

TerinHD says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:39am

Very nice little game. Smooth controls.

lonkost says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:00am

Enjoy the simplicity.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:09am

The music + murdering bunnies creates a very surreal atmosphere. Also the background looks great.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:11am

Funny enough for me to recommend this game to everyone :D I like the take on the concept and the simple but fun game.

OnlySlightly says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:12am

The graphics were lovely. I have to say I loved this game. The bunnies were adorable, and watching them use their hopping animations to jump across the river was just precious...that is until I realized I was helping them along to their fiery doom D: Very clever interpretation of the theme. Great job!

Aelius says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:23am

Really neat game. But sometimes (because of the bunnies that do two jumps) you are forced to let some fall, because you can't be on two places at the same time. This would need to be balanced i think.

Orni says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:57am

loved it

graphics are amazing and there's something about jumping (and burning) bunnies that's simply pure joy

TiByte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:32am

I really like sounds and "voice acting". This is very addicting.

LastLeaf says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:47pm

It is so easy to murder bunnies!

pirate_shell says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:24pm

This was really good! I like the simplicity, yet challenge and addictiveness of the gameplay. I also love the sound effects. They are so cute and yet rewarding. Same goes for the graphics. I also love the creative literal interpretation of the theme. In this game, you, yourself, the player are the monster. And you having fun doing it!

cdpjohn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:49pm

yay! 258 bunnies burnt! It is simple yet fun!

Crypto137 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:08pm

The music is creepy, and I'm not sure why bunnies are running towards fire. Nonetheless, the game is pretty challenging and fun.

Rulrite says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:07am

A really solid little game! It's very simple, well-polished and a lot of fun to play. You did a fantastic job on your first LD entry.

madameberry says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:17am

It felt cheap that I lost a "bunny life" when they hit the ground, even though I could bomb and kill them after that. The life should've went away after they hit the back of the screen, or bombs shouldn't have affected the ones on the bottom.
I love the color palette by the way!

LeafThief says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:32am

Really good. I had fun with this! Impressive for a first LD!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:24am

I enjoyed this as well. The simplicity just made it fun. I felt the timing and speed difference in the bunnies as you play added some nice difficulty. I had to play in fullscreen though; couldn't keep the cursor in that small window otherwise. Good job.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:55pm

Hilarious concept! Fun to play. Has a lot of potential. With a bit of tuning I think it could be incredibly addictive. Reminds me of Puppy Love from Earthworm Jim

Yrr says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:08am

Simple but fun!

Sep 2, 2015 @ 8:30pm

Very fun! Liked pixel art and you are really a monster, hahaha! Maybe put some soundtrack would give it a level up!
Overall, nice entry!

Erkberg says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 7:58pm

A simple but very nice game. I do enjoy the visuals and the background sounds are not that bad at all. :)
Overall, a fun little game, good job!

Literal Games says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 3:54pm

Nice, simple but quite polished. I really like the graphical style of it and was surprised at how fun it was!

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