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

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Kudzu: I Can Grow Forever...

by Ryusui - Jam Entry

In Kudzu, you are an ever-growing weed in desperate need of sunlight. Steer your growth, stay in the sun as much as possible, and avoid ravenous insects. Can you grow...FOREVER?

Keyboard and gamepad supported.

Keyboard: Arrow keys, A/D, Left Ctrl/Right Ctrl

Gamepad: D-pad, analog stick, LB/RB

Graphics created in Aseprite (title and splash screen in Photoshop).

SFX created with my own voice and Audacity.

BGM written up in 15 minutes using FL Studio.

Developed in Love2D using ZeroBrane Studio Lua IDE.

***MINOR UPDATE:*** The initially-released version had a bug where the game would not restart properly after returning to the title screen. This has been fixed. (Download link is the same; the bugfix does not affect gameplay.)

***NOTICE:*** Love2D 0.10.0 has just been released. The original .love file for Kudzu released for the Jam is not compatible with this version. Kudzu 1.01 has been updated for compatibility with Love2D 0.10.0; there are no other changes except the absolute minimum necessary to restore compatibility.

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Drauthius says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:42am

Although the style feels... "simple" doesn't feel like the right word; it's sort of pure and minimalistic, and very much charming. The music and sound effects makes me smile with joy :)

Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:07am

Wish it was a bit more challenging but it's fun!

uvwar says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:12am

Really cool! The sound is probably my favorite part, nice job.

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:22am

I just loved the sounds on this. Very fun to play even if it was a bit too easy. Great job

Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:27am

It seems the game won't start on my PC... I clicked the .exe and it gets stucked waiting forever :(

Bumblepie says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:46am

I really like the use of both themes here, the controls feel natural with two buttons, and the growing theme is used extremely creatively. It is a lot of fun watching your trail grow and change the background of the level. I would suggest upping the difficulty a bit, either by increasing the rate at which the bugs spawn or perhaps more thematically, by making you go ahead of the sunlight and have your leaves get the sun. This may be hard to implement, but would be really cool to see. Overall, a really great, creative and atmospheric entry with a good core mechanic.

XtremePrime says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:46am

It's a nice little game! I quite enjoyed it! :>

Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:52am

OK I'm back! I finally found how to launch the game, the problem was coming from my antivirus... anyways! Love the concept here! And it's totally in the theme... Well done! Watching the plant growing is pretty cool, and the controls are very responsive. The only thing that is a bit annoying for me is the music. I find is a bit repetitive. Apart from that, it's a really good little game.

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:58am

This is really charming. It's fun spinning loop-de-loops in the sun beams <3 I like the art style and the simple music fits well. Good job on this!

Warboys says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:27pm

The way you've got the bugs attacking is really nice. I feel I can weave in and out of them while trying to stay in the sun. The plant growing in the background is really gorgeous too, nice owrk :)

josefnpat says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:56pm

This is a very neat game. I really like the plant effects that you put into it, a lot of great juice!

Softsound says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:02pm

Fun little game, art seems good and well done. It's sorta a snake game but with plants and sunshine.

UgiWithAKnife says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:03am

I really like the style especially the sound sunlight makes when it appears! You took the most obvious idea for the theme growing but you made it fun and addictive. :D

amYk777 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 7:46am

I liked it, but the game got boring pretty quick.

pparke says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 10:41pm

Nicely done! Made good use of both the themes. Like others said, it could be a bit more challenging but it's a good start to something that could be a fun little game.

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Easy to learn, hard to master as they say. Damn bugs.

Dietrich Epp says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 9:02am

15119 points on my third try, very solid concept, actually fun to play, definitely one of my favorite so far.

RARoadkill says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 7:17pm

Really enjoyed this, good use of the theme, plays well

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