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

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by pi_pi3 - Compo Entry

(Previously called "The Shrubberry shrubbery eating and tree herring-cutting Dinosaur")

Uhm. What do I write here? Play the game I guess?
It's a "survival" third person slasher. You control The Shrubberry shrubbery eating and tree herring-cutting Dinosaur and must avenge your family. Eat Shrubberry shrubberies, bunnies, deers and, finally, humans to growvolve. You win by eating all the humans.

This game can be launched with itch,'s launcher. Tested on win7 x64. If you don't now what's itch, check it out here:

Controls and instructions are thrown at your face in-game

If you can't find any humans, press G. It will show arrows pointing towards them.

If you get any crashes, contact me

Bugfix #0
- Crash related to xInput controllers fixed

Downloads and Links




FuzzyWuzzie says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:30am

I couldn't get past the intro screen :(

blohod says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:39am

I had fun, but game crashed when I tried to eat a human

Azor1 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:35pm

It didn't load. Here's the cmd prompt.

C:\Users\Azor1\Downloads\Sseathcd - pi_pi3's LD34 entry\Sseathcd - pi_pi3's LD32 entry>java -jar ld34_mpl_x64.jar
[15:33:28.525] Ludum Dare #34 game-thing by pi_pi3
AL lib: (EE) UpdateDeviceParams: Failed to set 44100hz, got 48000hz instead
Dec 14, 2015 3:33:29 PM getControllers
WARNING: Found unknown Windows version: Windows 10
Dec 14, 2015 3:33:29 PM getControllers
WARNING: Attempting to use default windows plug-in.
No Controller found; Returning null
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
at com.uniraptor.ld34.Main.initEngine(
at com.uniraptor.ld34.Main.main(
AL lib: (EE) alc_cleanup: 1 device not closed

C:\Users\Azor1\Downloads\Sseathcd - pi_pi3's LD34 entry\Sseathcd - pi_pi3's LD32 entry>pause
Press any key to continue . . .

pi_pi3 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:49pm

Oh shit. Sorry Azor, I forgot to check if a controller was found. Gonna fix it right away and upload the fixed version in 20 mins.

pi_pi3 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:06pm


brainybeard says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:35pm

Hey man, overall a really interesting game. Hilarious story behind it (or is that mean to say? :P ) Unfortunately I bumped into a human on my first go but didn't find any more on my second or third playthrough... The graphics have a real nice look and feel to them, looks really retro and arcade like. Maybe add a few more sound effects and music in the future? Great job dude!

jmf says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:37pm

Liked it a lot. Art was great and the the sound effects were awesome. Didn't work for me initially because I had an ancient java version installed (version 6!) but after I upgraded it was good.

CodeNMore says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:51pm

I liked it, really neat perspective and sounds.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:03pm

The game worked, but I could not find any humen which was kind of sad.. T.T

yuigoto says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:56am

Nice entry! Really got me hooked on eating and evolving! The backstory is also pretty humorous too! :)

Great work on the engine, the old school graphics and working the concept! The controls also work like a charm!

Sheepolution says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:07pm

Pretty fun game. I thought it was funny how the dinosaur changed into a bubble bobble dragon. A few complaints though: There isn't a time you don't want to run fast, so having a button for it was kind of unnecessary. I also thought the camera angle was a bit too high. But other than that the game is quite good. Nice job!

pi_pi3 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:08pm

There is actually a time you don't want to run too fast. I probably didn't make it clear. The deer run away if you're running.

samsquanch9 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 3:52pm

Fun game. I enjoyed chasing around the human when I actually found one. Great work!

AzureAspect says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 3:59pm

Nom nom nom, after level 2 I tried to eat human but the humans ate me (dang).
I like this kind of games where you can get bigger and get "upgraded". However at level 2 I was just thinking "welp...getting next level is going to take too long".
Nice overall experience though :>

Yvanor says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:25pm

Simple but quite hard game. I found it quite void, perhaps because of the lack of music, or because there is not a lot of objects in the world. Anyway, good little game, which can be greatly improved anyway ^^

monetai says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:04pm

couldn't find the launcher

Dec 18, 2015 @ 7:13pm

It was a fun concept, especially the "EAT THEM ALL" part, but the mechanics felt a little bit grindy at times.

Shovix says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:36pm

really nice idea.

MercuryXGames says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:21pm

Reminds me of the good old days of Spore

f7f5 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:32pm

I really liked the generated world and the graphics, but I found the gameplay was lacking some pace. Maybe you move too slow, or the world is too big (in my 1st attempt I died of thirst because I couldn't find any lakes), or maybe it takes too long to grow...

Shurty says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 2:30pm

the game worked perfectly for me (x86).
As for the game I like the idea of Evolution (especially dino ! who doesnt love dino ! ^^ )
But I think the dino moovement is too slow. and maybe not enough water resources. I died at lvl 0 because I coulndt find any water. Maybe the rabbids hide the lakes or something :p

Loneshark says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:39am

I finally got enough power to take on a human and right before I got to eat him it looks like the client closed and the console said something along the lines of 'paused. press enter to continue' then shut down on me =(

I think it's a cute game, but the food curve for 'leveling' turns it into a music-less grind (and there aren't nearly enough deer to satisfy my dino's taste for flesh). I'm also disappointed I never got to kill and eat my stray human prey.

Dec 28, 2015 @ 2:17pm

Cute game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

Dec 30, 2015 @ 12:48am

Interesting art style. The fov is kind of weird, maybe try an orthogonal projection, that would also help with the billboard sprites when the pass directly below. Also, the player's color kind of blends in with the background, I think an outline would help. Gameplay was a bit slow, just chasing around helpless animals for a few minutes. Didn't notice a big difference from the level ups, I hoped it would make a big speed increase or give powers. I managed to kill 1 human before another one killed me.

DBRalir says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 7:46pm

Interesting game, but too slow-paced for me. Humans are too easy to defeat. Artwork is nice.

I got this error when fighting a human:

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