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

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A Life in a Year

by anissen - Compo Entry

A small game about life and death.

You guide a young tree in its first year of life. Each season is more demanding that the last. Collect items to grow and prosper.

Controls: Mouse.

Gameplay GIF:

Tools used:
· Code: Haxe
· Game engine: Luxe
· Editor: Atom
· Graphics: Affinity Designer
· Music: Jukedeck
· Sounds: Generated from the MIDI standard

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Deity says ...
Dec 13, 2015 @ 11:41pm

Really well done anissen! Love the effects/animations/concept.

rosden shadow says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:07pm

good game well done

Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:15pm

Moody and arty! I like the visuals and the inverse kinematics. At first I thought I had to touch objects (or avoid touching) with the white part of the tree, but after I realized that I had to touch with the tip of the tree to grow or get poisoned, it got a bit too easy. It's a nice relaxing experience though. Shame about the graphics glitches when switching seasons that take away from the mood.

Red_Fan games says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:31pm

Great game play and mood. The music complimented both.

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:38pm

Very indie/artsy, i like that :)
The parallax effects were really good, and the music really helped building the mood.

I got stuck for 2 seasons because there were no suns falling on my tree, so I just watched my tree getting obliterated by skulls, so that was'nt much fun.
Next time try not to take complete control away from the player, but give the player a solution to the problem.

Good job!

Borodar says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:46pm

Fun little game.

dj_pale says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:04am

Great mood and graphic style! Also got stuck at one point - with no choices, should maybe check for this state and restart or similar.

LittleThor says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:31pm

Well made! And interesting approach of the theme, quite arty. I liked the mood. Try to improve your art style and you make build very great games!
I was a little bit frustrated when I lost and the level was still running though

Anshul Goyal says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:00pm

very moving. The soundtrack is wonderful.

RoseNinja says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:58am

really liked the art style and mood of the game. nice work

blackmagic says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:28am

Very nice.

DrFallos says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:35am

Good idea and realization of growing! Had lot of fun playing!

wilbefast says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:02pm

Always nice to see Luxe games :) It's a lot of fun, strangely meditative.

The sound and music are great, brilliant job!

I think there a few little things that could really improve polish, like removing the scroll bar on the side or hiding the cursor. There's one bug that can kind of break the game: I got poison at the beginning of winter before I could see what was going on and then couldn't move at all any more. Up until then I was really enjoying the game joy :)

Eduardo says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 2:38pm

Nice effects!

Dec 21, 2015 @ 11:50pm

The controls were nice and fluid. It was relaxing to collect the powerups and see my little sprout grow into something more.

psychonull says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 11:20pm

I liked the mood and the experience overall. Good job.

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