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

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A Game About Bacteria

by phi - Jam Entry

You're right, we didn't have time to think about a title.

Tutorial included.

HAPPY INFECTING!

- made by Soferus & phi -


------- UPDATE 12/23 -------
Added fixed version (for Firefox)

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Ratings

Coolness50%
#256Audio(Jam)3.48
#304Humor(Jam)3.04
#310Theme(Jam)3.90
#411Mood(Jam)3.33
#415Innovation(Jam)3.28
#455Overall(Jam)3.38
#487Fun(Jam)3.19
#889Graphics(Jam)2.58

Comments

sugarbyte says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:06am

I liked this a lot! The view-drag was a little cumbersome, but it works. I enjoyed the music, it added a dreamy, meditative vibe, and the tool tip instructions were perfect.

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:20pm

Well done!
I really like the music and the animation of the bacteria.
It would be nice if the graphics were a bit more trippy, so it would fit the pace and the music more.
It also got repetitive pretty fast.

Overall a nice submission!

kepons says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:00am

I couldn't play it for some reason. The first message showed up, but I couldn't click anything.

scriptorum says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:36pm

I've infected them all! Yay! The mutated bacteria also seem to infect the three targets - for additional challenge, the mutations should reduce infection. I liked the music.

tantumgames says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:37pm

Good little game with nice gameplay and music.

loxo says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:47pm

Very calming game with a great concept. I like that you have included additional targets to infect and the goal linked with that. A had fun playing it!

zulman says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 8:19pm

Big respect for biology setting! Keep going :) Also if you have a minute - take a look at our Let's Play Simulator 2016 http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=31114

simon.parzer says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 9:53am

It wouldn't let me past the first intro-text. Is there a trick to this?

Dec 23, 2015 @ 9:57am

Actually pretty cool, nice music, really relaxing and good feeling overall.

phi says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:15am

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@kepons, @simon.parzer:
Thanks for your comments, we're sorry it didn't work for you. Just in case you see this comment, could you give us some more information?
Was the 'ok' button not visible or just not clickable? What browser did you use?
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ragnta says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:21am

This game does not work in Firefox(crash on the first message). I played in Chrome and it's funny and good game. Nice job! :)

phi says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:08pm

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@kepons, @simon.parzer, @ragnta:
Thanks for your reports, we've added a fixed version. Turns out Firefox (or Chrome) handles mouse coordinates differently. All should work fine now. :)
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Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:52pm

This is great! You had a good idea and executed it well. Just when I think I've got the game figured out, you introduce another mechanic (SPOILER ALERT: uh oh! mutation! what?? nic??!). I hope you keep developing this game.

Stending says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 11:57pm

Loved the simple and relaxing music, great mood, and great gameplay!
Congratulations :)

Lythom says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 11:17am

Hi !

What I liked :
- Theme interpretation
- peaceful mood (while exterminating the world :D)

What imo could be improved :
- Graphics are pretty basic, easy wins : add a textured background, desaturate color, use "danger" colors or symbols for the pils (ex: red toxic logo), choose a medical themed text font. For +++ : use actual food representation (even if doesn't make a lot of sense at a bacteria scale, it's prettier for the player and improve clarity)
- The game is a bit slow, but I'm not sure how fastening it would affect the mood so just an improvement idea but not sure if a good one.

Very good overall, thanks for the game !

yuigoto says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 7:06pm

The concept is pretty interesting and with a dose of humor too! ;D

The soundtrack, together with the minimalistic graphics style, creates a pretty relaxing mood, which feels awesome!

After some time it gets a bit repetitive, though. And there could be a better way to kill the mutated bacteria. :P

But great work here, man! :)

Claire1605 says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 7:34pm

Very nice game. Took a couple of goes to complete as first time I didn't originally understand how to kill the mutated bacteria. (You move it into the pills, right? Maybe I still don't understand if there's a better way) Maybe explain that better in the tutorial. Overall really good game though.

Dec 28, 2015 @ 8:03pm

I enjoyed it; managed to kill Nicholas Cage and Donald Trump.
Simple yet amazing work. well done! Are there any other amusing games of yours online?

Smirnov48 says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:33am

Very unexpected. I love you humor! Good tutorial and very fun. Good job!

unprompted says ...
Dec 30, 2015 @ 2:12pm

Very pleasant. Sort of like a reverse asteroids?

Taffaz says ...
Dec 30, 2015 @ 6:17pm

Cool game, music was cool.

Mattress says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 5:42am

I liked this game, although it was a little boring. Obviously, because I entered the compo, that time was short. Still, I would've liked a bit more to do. Also, I think there should be multiple ways to move the camera, because my laptop uses two fingers as the right click.

Jan 2, 2016 @ 2:33am

Loved it! Simple, enjoyable mechanics, and it doesn't overstay its welcome. It's the perfect length for what gameplay is there.

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