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

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From the Sea, Freedom

by SecondDimension - Jam Entry

Here is our submission 'From the Sea, Freedom'
It is a sort of 2D walking simulator, or swimming simulator I guess. It's designed to be a very relaxing experience, focused on audio, exploration and mood. There's no conflict or combat. The controls are very simple, and you can use either mouse or 360 pad. The download might take a short while due to the audio files.

We recommend using the 360 pad and going fullscreen for the nicest experience.
Also pleeeeease use Chrome, as some versions of Firefox are buggy with audio at the moment.

All gameplay, graphics and music was created during the weekend. We hope you enjoy it and thanks for playing.

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nlbi21 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:43pm

It is beautiful and relaxing, I loved it.

zguerrero says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:45pm

A realy great and relaxing game! some of the best graphics i have seen so far in this ludum, and the best audio i have heard. Great job!

tintreas says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:05am

So lovely!

blohod says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:16am

So great amazing graphics, I played it all the way through, good job!

Didi says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:48am

love the colours!

LeafThief says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:03pm

Great mood and audio. I liked that the soundtrack kept changing. A nice and somber experience.

Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:47pm

Simply beautiful, not much else to say! :) The game does what it set out to do really well. But is it just me or was there no music? Might've been just me. This is the sort of game that totally needs music and more turqoise whales.

Ionut(Tyrants.not.found team)

Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:55pm

Thanks for the feedback. There should definitely be music, it's a big part of the game and we spent a long time on it. Sorry you couldn't hear it and experience the game in full, what were you playing it on?

RevelBase says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:04pm

This was a wonderful experience. All the tiny details you put in and that everything moves when you come closer is so beautiful. Thank you :)

justinooncx says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:38pm

I'd classify this as a game. Caught myself playing this longer than I thought I would. Any chance this is going to be a screensaver?

AlexaCol says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:19pm

A really relaxing game, enjoyed it a lot!

liquidmedia says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:20pm

Nice graphics and cool audio

Ybalrid says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:20pm

This is refreshing. I love the art. And it's relaxing (I'm in the middle of an exam week, and I really apeciate that!)
Great job ^^"

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:23pm

I really loved playing this, I think I discovered all the creatures in the sea! I think this could become a really educative game aswell.

fullmontis says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:39pm

Great mood in this game, really digged it. A very relaxing experience.

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

I played with music helmet and that was really so good music!

I loved the mood and really enjoyed playing it, I would really have loved some lights effects, to be in the dark and only see in the direction of the mouse for exemple!

Good job anyway =)

RadStar says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:43pm

really relaxing game, I like this kind of stuff :)
graphics were nice, but the animations could be a little more polished to make the game a bit more immersive

redmassacre says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:52pm

cute and relaxing - my kid was amazed)

Webravenz says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:19pm

beautifull ;)
I don't get the link to the theme

Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:45pm


Thanks Webravenz. The theme we used is growing. When you swim past the plants they grow and more fish appear, the idea was the diver is regrowing the ocean and bringing it back to life.

loxo says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:31pm

You managed to create a very relaxing atmosphere, I wish there would have been more to explore. I especially like the music and the graphics. Awesome experience! I found a mistake on the thanks for playing page: There are too many "for".

aare says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:35am

It could be great but i wish there was something more to do, exploring aspect was fun but there wasn't even an option to check your discoveries, still quite nice entry

fabulis says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:49pm

beautiful experience, great jobs

SHLFStudios says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 7:04pm

Great mood and art. Perfect color palette choice. Thought it could have used additional sound effects like scuba mask pressurizing and bubbles as the player goes deeper. I would have really loved if you could go inside things. Inside the shipwreck, the sub...maybe even the whale!...but I get that was probably a time thing. Sometimes there was a bunch of stuff in one area, so I wasn't exactly sure what I was discovering, but still, Very impressive.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 2:16pm

Not a game, but instead it's a really pleasant experience. I like it. Cute and pretty mood. Thumbs up ++

Hjalte500 says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 4:37pm

I really wanna say hi to that guy at the lighthouse but I cant get up there! Beautiful game would love to see a game like this with some sort of dark mystery hidden in the depths. Like the houses and gravestones. Awesome!

dregamr says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 11:23am

Pretty cool graphics. :)

Stuntddude says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 10:17pm

I love that a jam game uses audio in such a wonderful way! It's a very relaxing experience, one of my favorite entries I've played. My only criticism is that one of the sound effects for discovering plants (the chiptuney one) was a lot louder than the others (the chords). It could probably use to be made a little quieter and/or the chords a little louder.

Jan 3, 2016 @ 8:20pm

That was quite relaxing. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Thanks!

LeReveur says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 8:58pm

It's more poetry than a game, but it's very relaxing and aestethic, wale er... Well done !

(why did you deactivated "humor" score, there is actually humor in that game)

NightShadow0 says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 1:50am

This was a lovely experience. I enjoyed seeing the names popping up, even if they couldn't keep up with all my discoveries. I know it's not the point, but it would've been helpful to have some sort of visual aid to what you've already discovered, like a light fade or something (that said, i did find everything). Nice work!

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