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

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by Zknet - Jam Entry

Theme: Two-button controls

Winterland is a short game where you control a polar bear cub and her mom through a dangerous ravine. It just so happens that these particular polar bears have rockets on their backs! Have both bears dodge obstacles by moving left and right (A/D and J/K for the cub and mom respectively).

Play it one player (two controls each bear.. keep them together for easier play) or play with a friend! It was designed for one player to control both bears.


Running the game:
Unzip and run StartGame.bat.
If you are Windows and it complains about missing prerequisites, run the UE4PrereqSetup_x86.exe file. This installs DirectX prerequisites.

Art, music, programming done by Story, idea and main menu UI done by my wife. This was my first go at completing something in Unreal Engine, so it was a great learning experience. Per the usual, we didn't do nearly as much as we would've liked, but that's the nature of these things.

I will be attempting to publish a Linux version as well.

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juaxix says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:28pm

Soft, clean, wonder

Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:19am

Simple but a lot of fun

antonuklein says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:50am

Simple and clean, although it's hard to see where you're going in 2560x1080 res.

Zknet says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:54am

Thanks for the feedback. I'll check the higher resolution.

Xinelu says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:54am

i wish i could give more then 5 stars!!!

gkxd says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:56am

The camera changing angles was a bit disorienting at first. I would have liked just a single player mode, since having to control both is confusing at times.

pvtroswold says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:02am

Wow I wish my pitiful laptop could handle this game! It's really a very pretty thing to see. I love your interpretation of the theme as well.

SpiritJZL says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:07am

Nice game, but I have to say I use 4 buttons to control...

BudaDude says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:08am

Love the idea, especially the rockets. I feel like this would be waaaaaay more fun if I had someone to play it with as a two player game but there's lots of fun to be had with the challenge

nihilaleph says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:11am

+ Nice and clean
+ Simple and neat
- The curves confused me to where I should go, but then I just got use to it
o Played alone, a bit confusing but managed to play

Great work!

ErinMcBride says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:23am

It's so pretty! I like how the ravine curves; it's a nice twist on this genre of game.

adsilcott says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:25am

Wonderful! I love the concept, the low-poly and monochromatic graphics, and it's fun and interesting to play two characters at once, especially mother and cub. Excellent!

vahab says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:27am

very cool! very fun!

gogo199432 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:47pm

Simple, but a bit too hard with only one player. I think you should either take out the second bear or do something else when it isn't coop. Other than that, thumbs up :)

fpwong says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:20am

Overall style is really nice, lacking a bit in the single player game play.

iantttianttt says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:53am

I like simple
Unfortunately, I uncoordinated hand-eye

rjhelms says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:16am

Love the premise. This is really challenging.

It'd be nice to have a counter of how far you've gone, so I could more easily compare runs and work towards getting as far as possible.

Zknet says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:59pm

A counter/scoring system is definitely something I wanted to get in there. I thought about sneaking it in there at the end, but I didn't want to risk breaking everything. :)

Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:20am

This was a very neat game! I love the art and the simple play style. I felt so bad every time the polar bears would hit something. Poor baby polar bear just didn't want to stay close to it's mom ... :P

It was a bit challenging to control four keys but it wasn't too bad.

VitasaMode says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:50am

Cool game. I wish the UI was soft as well to match the aesthetic of the level and the bears.

teeth says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:20am

This was so cute! Bookmarking it for "stuff to play when I have a friend over". It was confusing at first when bends came up though, I wasn't sure if I had to move to go around the corners or not. Maybe some kind of visual indicator that the polar bears follow an overall path?

randomhuman says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 11:53pm

Collision detection's a bit off, but it's a fun idea and controlling both bears at the same time is a challenge!

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