Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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omg IT'S A TIE

by Larzan - Compo Entry

As per Mikes email:

> The Theme for Ludum Dare 34 is...
> ...
> IT'S A TIE!!!!!!!!!
> Two button controls
and then some more words, so, the theme is ITS A TIE.

A TIE between two button to be exact.
Each button can accelerate on one axis, vertical or horizontal,
bounce and tie is the secret.
Get them BOTH to the green exit blocks.

Cursor keys up/down: Pink Button
Cursor keys left/right: Orange Button
Mouseclick: toggle TIE (BLOCKS cursor key movement!!)
R: reload level
L: switch to next level (in case it gets too frustrating and you want to see the next one anyways ;) )

p.s.: as always, never enough time, blahblah, the timer is not finetuned to the levels, not enough time for playtesting either, i hope it is a bit of fun anyhow.


After some comments were made that the levels were too difficult i added ten more levels to have a more gradual change in difficulty.
NO GAME MECHANICS were changed, only the title screen now shows the color of the target blocks and more levels were added to make the game more accessible.
Choose the 'HTML5 (easy)' link to play this version.

Next day fixes (mo, 14.)
* fixed the level 8+9 bug that didn't let you finish
* adjusted the difficulty by preventing movement when TIE is active, it was too easy before :)

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BoltKey says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:48am

Level 8 can't be finished, green acts as normal floor.

Really interesting take on the theme.

The concept is interesting, but one thing that's a bit odd is that once you get the balls together, it is easy to get to the finish simply by tying them and navigating with arrow keys. What could be interesting - balls can be navigated only if they are untied.

SketchyGalore says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:22am

Clever idea, I liked it!

sharpfrog4 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:27am

Nice wordplay and concept :)

MorseAmalgam says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:18am

Points on humor for the take on the theme. Interesting concept!

Larzan says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:33am

@BoltKey: My idea was that you only have a limited time each level that you can 'tie' them, but time ran out.
Your idea is simple and easy to implement, will add that to a 'next day' version.
Thanks for the level tip, will fix that later today (Tiled problem with polygons)

Nooner Bear says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:27pm

Neat idea for the theme! Slightly meta, haha!

rantt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:18pm

Interesting take on the theme of the theme. Fun game, nicely done.

dos says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:57pm

Hah, looks for me that after difficulty adjustments it's too damn hard :P Loved the theme interpretation :D

hexagore says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:37pm

This is a really original mechanic, nice :)

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:27am

What an interesting mechanic! It's hard to wrap your brain around, and I've never played anything quite like it before. Given how challenging it can be, it might be best to remove the timer requirement and instead reward (but not require) beating the timer -- or make the timers more lenient but reward beating levels much faster than required. That way players can really explore these cool mechanics at their own pace.

Nice work!

barret907k says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:45am

Very confused. Couldn't beat third level.

psychonull says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:18pm

Innovative puzzle mechanic. Good job.

LoneStranger says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 5:30pm

First level was impossible for me. I don't know if I'm missing something or what. I love the idea though. I think this, with some more twists on the idea, could make for a good puzzle game. Great job.

Kerdelos says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 1:53pm

The concept is really interesting but I find the game really hard to play. Maybe it will be better off without the time limit.

davekalina says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 1:53am

Clever, non-obvious mechanic that makes for an interesting puzzle game.

MorganLeFay says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 5:11pm

I like your take on the theme. And I am very thankful for the easy version. With the original I was getting stuck at the first level but the improved version teaches the mechanics quite well!

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