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

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Bonsai Master

by xaedes - Jam Entry

Bonsai Master.

Theme usage: Growing. You also only have two controls: Growing your bonsai (with G) and pruning it with your mouse.

Master the three elements Earth, Sky and Zero by growing a bonsai that has the necessary properties.

Relax, take your time, Enjoy


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retraffic says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:35pm

This is a really interesting concept. I always thought that bonsai trees are cool. Maybe you could improve the UI a bit and I think the "leaf a hole in the middle" part isn't working as it always said that I did good even though there were a lot of leaves in the middle. But I really enjoyed playing this.

celisoft says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:03pm

Love the concept !

mattlevonian says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:56pm

I really liked it, a good execution on the theme. Maybe this was intentional, but I found it hard to build a mental model of what pressing the grow key was going to do, or why long branches were dying off. Also, the objectives were way too easy. I felt like the core mechanic was solid, but you failed to build it fully into a game.

Skywilly says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:55am

I love this idea. It's very fun to cut & see the tree evolve. Congratulations for this concept !

hydancer says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:12am

Looks like this on my browser (Firefox)

VladRusu says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:17pm

BIG BIG LIKE for the artwork!

JamesMowery says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:25am

The game was pretty good. It's not necessarily my cup of tea, but I can tell, for what it is, that a lot of nice work was put into this, so many kudos to you for your effort!

JohnWatmuff says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 11:22pm

really fun idea. I think you could make it easier \ simpler, and also refine the gameplay a bit. But the game seems to work very well already. 5 stars ;)

Joror says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 11:43pm

I really like the concept, but the execution feels a bit too unstable. The challenges are often already 'ok' when they start, and the growth feels too uncontrolled.

Improvement: Less dense branches and leaves, so you can really accurately prune?

Roffe says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 9:55am

I had trouble understand what was happening as I seemed to accomplish lots of achivements after just growing it a bit. But overall, very nice game! The idea is really nice. Perhaps it should be a little less dense so you can easier prune. Good job :)

themadknights says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 12:44pm

Innovating idea

Larzan says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 7:11pm

Absolutely fascinating mechanics, love it.
Great implementation of the theme.

psychonull says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 11:38pm

Nice concept. Little hard to understand what was going on at first. Great grahics. Good job!!

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