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

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by mikołak - Jam Entry

A veeeery simple game about being a sun and growing your plants.

The goal is to get as much energy as possible (sorry, no highscore implemented, and restart via exit!)

You move the sun with "M".

The sun has modes:
- normal, which makes the plants grow,
- "killer", which wilts the plants, but also kill critters that try to leech energy from your plants.

You can switch between the modes with the spacebar (two buttons, see?).

Critters will spawn at random intervals, more of them if you have more energy.

Plants will regrow completely from the roots, given the chance.

Sorry it's so basic (first time Jam entry). Have fun!

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Auroz says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:49pm

Enjoyable game, got boring pretty quickly though. Maybe add some new mechanics over time to keep it interesting :)

Move127 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:13pm

I like the idea of using the sun, since it will only move in one direction, so that two button mechanic makes sense.

monetai says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:14pm

good at first, too long for the gameplay

dark_hunter says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:43pm

Interesting concept, but try to find the time to put at least some music. Also it would be better if you don't have to wait alot.

Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:54pm

Good idea, controls and use of theme. I would recomend to make it more challenging. Keep going with this jams, my first time too and I enjoyed it a lot!

Japes says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:58pm

Cool idea! One thing that would make it cooler would be if the monsters had health bars or something, so that you can see how effectively you're hurting them. Same goes for plants. I assume your position matters, but some feedback showing your area of influence, or whatever, would've been good.

tantumgames says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:23am

Good idea for theme. I like it.

DecayConstant says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:38am

Neat idea for using both themes! :) I agree with Japes about the health meter though, it would've helped quite a bit.

Wevel says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:55pm

Interesting take on the two themes, seemed like the mechanics didn't develop but a good first Jam entry

Dayko says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 4:13pm

Very cool ideas ! Too bad that it lacks feedbacks/depth to make it more enjoyable and understandable. (I liked the way plants orient and lose leaves though !)

Justin Mullin says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 4:05am

Hah! I love the plants all struggling to reach the light. It was pretty hard to figure out how to balance the modes of the sun, but I did manage to get quite a bit of energy.

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