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

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Mower Madness

by Doccrazy - Compo Entry

The grass is growing happily, and the trusty mower is all fueled up and ready!

But wait, some kids and their dogs are trying to invade your sacred lawn with fun and happiness! That cannot be allowed to proceed!

++++++++++++ Controls +++++++++++++++++
Arrow left / right: Steer

++++++++++++ Rules +++++++++++++++++
- Footballs alone don't yield many points
- After a while, a kid is going to retrieve his ball. Stop him early for some neat bonus points; stop him late for a motherlode of points.
- Dogs are attracted by the footballs on your lawn. They will spread mower-destroying poop, so get rid of them.

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# GAME REQUIRES JAVA 8 #
# Java 7 will not work #
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Ratings

#46Humor3.82
#98Mood3.71
#122Audio3.57
#211Fun3.55
#263Overall3.52
#274Graphics3.50
#393Innovation3.29
#455Theme3.77
#1562Coolness45%

Comments

Aelius says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:23am

Hey, I like this game. Am i a bad person?

SirJavaGaming says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 3:15pm

Liked it. Takes a long time to show up. Did you load resource before creating the display? Maybe you should add a loading screen next time to prevent confusion! I liked the idea!

Dec 28, 2015 @ 6:38pm

Was very fun and a cute little game. I enjoyed it. Maybe a few too many rocks. It would also have helped to have an indicator on screen that let me know how my health was doing (seemed sometimes running into a rock killed me and other times it didn't, so I assume there was some health involved). If it was there, I missed it, so it could have been more obvious. That was my only real complaint, though.

Doccrazy says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 9:42am

Thanks for the thumbs-up!
I intentionally left out a health indicator to keep the interface minimal. You can see your health on the mower itself: The lower your health, the more it shakes. Also, it will start smoking at about half.

RiOrius says ...
Dec 30, 2015 @ 6:03pm

Well done!

Paul Sinnett says ...
Dec 30, 2015 @ 6:38pm

Great little game! It reminds me a lot of some of the home computer games of the early 80's. And that's no bad thing.

nihilaleph says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 2:40am

Pro:
+ Nice graphics
+ Fun concept (though a bit violent?)
Con:
- A bit difficult, so many points to gather and so many rocks... (level 1 is 2500 points and level 2 is 15000 points >.<)
- Music could be better, but that's asking a lot in the time frame

Good work!

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