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

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by BROWNY_09 - Jam Entry

Based off the popular game Cell is a puzzle game where you have to eat all the red dots in each level to complete it. Each time you eat a red dot you grow larger in size.

You can complete levels with trial and error or plan out your route to be able to collect all the dots without growing too large and getting yourself stuck.

Made with Unity

UPDATE 1: Teleports are now numbered and have sounds when you go through them.

UPDATE 2:Thanks for the feedback everyone. If I were to do this again I would probably make the movement click based instead of always moving towards the mouse. As for the teleporters I would probably have the player paused for a moment after passing through a teleport to give them time to actually realise what happened. Lastly I would increase the players speed or have the ability to scroll the mouse wheel to change your speed (limited of course).

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mxjones says ...
Dec 13, 2015 @ 10:51pm

Cool game, nice idea and enjoyable to play.

Donar says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:39am

Since this is a Jam entry, my ratings have to be a bit harder than for a compo entry. It seems like you chose the Jam for an extra day and to not upload your source code but anyway, you could've used downloaded assets in the Jam, that would make the game probably a bit more enjoyable.

It might be fun to play but when teleporters were introduced, the game got a bit annyoing. There is no way to tell which teleporter leads to which other teleporter and the cell often just runs straight back through the teleporter, since it follows the mouse - in the worst case you crash into a wall because of that. You could've color coded the teleporters or something like that, so the player knows where to quickly move the mouse to.

It also would be a nice addition to add a "speed" key, because it's pretty slow, which is fine in some cases but in an open area that doesn't require precision, it's rather annoying.

The idea is nice, the implementation needs some improvement though. You already stated that it's based off, so there also isn't much innovation but it is quite fitting to the theme.

I don't know the reason why you entered the Jam instead of the Compo but my rating would be much better for a Compo entry.

KoalaBot says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:44pm

Very cool! I love the level design requiring you to plan your route before starting. The teleporters were pretty frustrating since you have a very limited time to move the mouse after discovering where the teleporter dumped you. Overall, it was very fun!

pjimmy says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:47pm

cool and creative puzzle system, well done

Optimus6128 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:20pm

Cool idea, especially in the teleports where you just have to rapidly move the mouse pointer, or plan ahead. I never thought such a simple mechanic with very simple visuals could make such a fun game.

Andrei_S says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:40pm

Well executed. The teleport mechanic is a little unexpected, but it's ok since you understand it.

NirabazGAMES says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:02pm

funny game) Good luck!

Switchiers says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:11pm

Oh yeah very pleasant to play your game!
Good mechanics, graphics are very simple but still in the theme, good job!
My only regret is the absence of a menu, to select level instead of doing it all over again. (Or I didn't find it and I'm just stupid x)

mf1214 says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:41pm

Fun game! Teleporters were a bit awkward though. It was hard to control the direction of the green circle after teleporting but maybe that was the point.

MemoryLeek says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 9:50am

Fun little game. My only 2 small nitpicks are that I found the max movement speed a tad bit too slow for my taste, and the teleporters were sometimes hard to use since the mouse position remained in its old position, sometimes pulling the ball in and out of the teleport.

Ulydev says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 10:51am

A nice little game combining and World's Hardest Game mechanics. Good job!

mxjones says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 8:50pm

Cool little puzzle game, quite fun to play except for when going through a teleport and running straight back into it because that's where my mouse is! But you've already put an update about this :)

Was fun to play, good job!

camlang says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 9:00pm

Nice little game. You need to add some background music to relaxation:) Very good entry! Well done!

Dec 29, 2015 @ 8:35pm

Simple, but well made. I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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