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

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Cavernous Pink

by Zemmi - Jam Entry

Control the forces of a very moist space biome with the power of your two trusty feet and the unwitting aid of the hostile natives.

F to move left (X also works)
J to move right (C also works)
Combine the two to jump or smash.

So everybody knows, there is no audio. Just ran out of time and I don't like opting out of categories. Will be adding it (probably not until after Christmas though)

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lectric.monk says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:40am

Loved this! Great art style and love the controls.

jcwelgemoed says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:41am

It is quite a difficult game. but well made. good work

Dalkor says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:44am

Technically you use 3 buttons because you have set r to restart. :P

Other then that, the game is fun. I like the art style.

Zemmi says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:22am

@Dalkor As I was submitting it I had a filling someone would bring up the restart button debacle. xD

Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:30am

Controls are pretty finicky, I needed time to get used to them. And I agree with Dalkor, you could have used one of the two buttons to restart instead of assigning a third button. Other than that, that's a nice concept and I enjoyed my time playing.

VideoDog says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:58am

Nice Looking game. Very challenging!

qkerguelen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:07am

Very cool game with a fun idea! I really like it eveni f it's hard to handle at first!

crucknuk says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:49pm

It's difficult but it's fun, I like the art! This is a good entry!

mr. a says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:34am

I re-enabled Flash for a bit just to play this. It's worth it.

Initial learning curve is pretty steep, but things get more interesting after the first dozen or so deaths.

Especially lovely is the variety of changes that creatures can undergo, from the drill-eels losing their tail to the jellyfish becoming jelly-bumps, then joining into jelly-walls. These little surprises, and the emergent complexity of the situation as things progress, are excellent.

DecayConstant says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:19am

I loved this entry. Overall good things, but I didn't hear audio... but judging by the lack of comments about audio, it might have been on my end?

bazkur98 says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:20am

Didn't get any audio, that was a bummer. It was strangely addictive though.

simon.parzer says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:24am

Great game! I like how you mapped all the controls (move, jump, dash) to two buttons and it still works somehow.
The audio didn't work for me.

Elit3dGaming says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:09pm

Great game, interesting use of the theme, it was a tough challenge to get a high score as it progressively gets harder which I like. I didn't hear any audio which was a little upsetting as a game like this would totally suit some great audio whilst playing. Other than that really nice game

Zulgot says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:08pm

Nice game - really funny :)

Justin Mullin says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:47pm

This is great! The two-button controls are just lovely, intuitive and deep. I loved learning how the enemies work through experimentation. It kept me coming back even after a few rage-inducing moments with the drill-worms. Love it!

AndreasL says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:45pm

Cute graphics! The game gets hectic a bit fast, or maybe I'm just bad at the game...
I enjoyed it but some sound would make it a lot better ,I think.
Good job!

Justin Mullin says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 8:56pm

Just wanted to let you know, this is the only game so far I've come back to this LD to play just for fun. That's a rare thing, so kudos for that!

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