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

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Express Bonsai Cultivator

by OddballDave - Compo Entry

** By popular demand I've added gamepad support. It's not ideal but at least those without move controllers can try it. **

Cultivate a magnificent bonsai without the many years of hard work. I went more with the growing theme, although the game does technically only use 1 button and a trigger. Use your PlayStation Move controller to cultivate six beautiful bonsai trees. There are no win conditions besides the reward of your own creations. Enjoy.

If you have a PlayStation Move controller, but have never used it on a PC before then you need to pair it to the PC. To do this go to PS Move API [] website and in the downloads section find the binary for your OS. Once downloaded connect the controller via USB, and run the file psmovepair. Then simply follow the instructions. You should now be able to unplug the USB and connect by pressing the PlayStation button.

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Jwatt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:42pm

Let me just fetch my good old Playstation Move controller, which I totally have. It's like a mountain of Playstation Moves just piling up in my closet.

Jwatt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:43pm

Sometimes I go to work wearing nothing but a Playstation Move over my intimate area.

OddballDave says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:10pm

@Jwatt: Thanks. I have a ton of Move controllers too. They're just so cheap these days it'd be a crime not to have a few lying around. Anyway let me know what you think of the game once you've come out of the closet with that Move controller.

Tuism says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:32pm

Really wanted to check this out but... No move controller :( Can't you make a mouse replacement?

TomBoogaart says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:45pm

don't have a playstation move controller but the gifs look very relaxing!

srimech says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:45pm

I do have a PS Move controller but I couldn't get it to work, sadly. The psmoveapi pairing utility seems to work, but Unity says no...

zebi24 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:36pm

Cool, really relaxing and highly polished game with stunning graphics and atmosphere.

Hjalte500 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:28am

It's pretty cool that you use a different method of control from everybody else but noone has a playstation move so maybe you could've made something to work with the mouse too? Just an idea. Rated it anyway based on the video. Looks pretty good not sure how much of a game it is but certainly pretty neat!

Boberro says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:01pm

I've rated based off video.

People should really chill the eff out - LD is supposed to be for you, not for others, and you did enough providing the video.

Fanatrick says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:51pm

Was really soothing. Really cool concept but no real gameplay besides being a sim. The game is aesthetically pleasing, but I wish the leaves didn't grow instantly.

wavegunner232 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:43pm

no playstation move

Troma says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:25pm

Nice art.

Lullaby says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:47pm

Looked the video, very nice idea and respect well the theme!

The sounds may be a bit smoosher to keep the relaxing mood.

Great overall!

Red_Fan games says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:51pm

Ha! I finally got my ps move to work and it was AWESOME!

NirabazGAMES says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:52pm

Relaxing, I like it

Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:51pm

I dont have the controller :(

Dec 18, 2015 @ 11:23pm

Nice game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

Blobby101 says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 12:49am

Very interesting, the visuals are very nice too. Not so much of a game per se, but it's good to see things that are a bit different!

Waynetron says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 1:19am

Cool idea, looks very relaxing.
The font in-game is hard to read / ugly.

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