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

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Bonsai Growth Simulator

by cjacobwade - Compo Entry

Bonsai Growth Simulator is a relaxing game meant to simulate the experience of growing a bonsai tree over many years.

Made by @Cjacobwade

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SvenFrankson says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:13am

Smooth ! Love procedural generation, nice enry :)

cxsquared says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:27am

I really enjoyed this. It was a nice experience.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:36am

Wow, just lovely, really really well done. My hat is off to you

JohnGalt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:47am

It captures a really unique feeling. Relaxing and interesting. I enjoy it. Giving more control on growing and adjust camera to make it always focus on the top may help.

SgtBursk says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:52am


ranmaru90 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:54am

I love it!

zybit says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:55am

Lol mine all look like snakes. Cool concept though. Definitely need the relaxing pace and sound of this after the Compo.

walaber says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:56am

nice job! indeed relaxing... although perhaps so relaxing I had a hard time understanding what my input was actually doing :P

Bemmu says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:11am

Why is there balls of pulsating beef growing on our bonsai? :D

It's peaceful, but we couldn't quite figure out how to use it. When I click on a beef it starts bouncing around. I can rotate, but clicking on the camera and bonsai buttons didn't seem to do anything.

Graphically very pretty and seems innovative.

nucleartide says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:12am

Wow, beautiful!

cjacobwade says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:31am

@bemmu Thanks for playing! Clicking the camera and tree buttons export screenshots and the tree's mesh/textures respectively. Check the folder where you unzipped the game!

OddballDave says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:29pm

Great entry. How I was affecting the growth was confusing at first, but I got the hang of it. We had very similar ideas. My entry is about growing bonsai too.

dvdfu says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:07am

Very relaxing. I only manage to drive my branches into the ground, though. Still, love it!

elliottd says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:19pm

it seemed to grow upwards too fast for me. I wonder if that is a frame dependency problem. really nice entry

randomhuman says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:07pm

Pretty cool idea, nice chilled out mood.

Jan 3, 2016 @ 5:20pm

Very clever and unique idea! Thank you for such an experience!

Fadobo says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:48pm

Very pretty. It's a bit hard to control the growth with the ever changing camera angle, but it makes for nice organic trees.

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