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

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Z4KM4STER - Zookeeper DJ

by candlesan - Compo Entry

Post-Jam update:

Theme: 2-Button Controls

Help Z4KM4STER the Zookeeper DJ feed all the animals while breaking some tasty tunes.

GOLD Trophy - 100% on a level
SILVER Trophy - Completed level with less than 100%

Development Blog for this game here:

Developed in Unity 5.3 with LMMS and Photoshop Elements

Development Jam was streamed at
You can follow me on twitter @candlesan

Post-Jam changes:
-> Added Trophy explanations and trophy hookup
-> Display % complete of each level
-> Added "5-year old mode" which is enabled by hitting cheat key "H"

Downloads and Links




Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:11am

Loved it, really impressed with how nicely the beats come together

Todnut says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:13am

Wow awesome music game! I watched your stream some and it's awesome to see how it all came out. The art has a lot of charm. The bouncing mechanic is more interesting to play than I thought it would be. And of course my best level was the zombie one! lol!

jcmonkey says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:17am

good fun, this made me laugh while playing, and had pretty good mood.

graceavery says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:18am

Great work! I found the game very fun and was also impressed with how well the musical aspect worked.
Super unique! :)

scottrick says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:20am

Awesome job! Specially like the penguin level!

martincohen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:24am


wilthord says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:31am

Great game, I loved it.

mrjorts says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:55am

I really like this. It's fun, has a good level of challenge, and sounds nice too. I think it would be nice if the 3 zones you can stand in were marked off in some way, so you had a visual reference for how many spaces you need to move to catch the notes.

ptkfs says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:16am

Great music, lots of fun.

oal says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:22am

Very creative. I was afraid the notes would be repetitive after a while, but it works really well. It's a good idea to change instruments from level to level, and they all fit their environment quite well!

Gins says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:27am

Wow that was really fun! I love the idea of making this classic game into a rhythm game. Also I guess now I know where the protagonist of my game went after it ended^^

freddyw9 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:14pm

Really well done.

bering says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:09am

Nice music, nice art, simple yet challenging enough gameplay. It's a nice game you got there!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:10am

This turned out even better that it looked on your stream. The difficulty curve was perfect - I felt like I was improving very quickly. Even tho the levels were getting harder, my score kept going up. Awesome idea!

Ingon says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:57am

Cool little game, I really liked the sounds!

kabel says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:00am

It nice to listen to, and easy gameplay wise.

candlesan says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:16am

Hi everybody - by request I uploaded a post-jam version that adds a hotkey "H" which makes the game easier for kids.
Post-Jam update:

flyingbear says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:37am

Got all 5 gold trophies, BOYEEEE! I love how each level has a distinct feel both visually and aurally. The last level is my favorite of course! ;)

salmonmoose says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:52am

This is really cool, particularly when it dawns on you what is happening, I enjoy the call / response in the music with the panda.

Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:54am

Fun idea on a rhythm game.

blackmagic says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:39am

Gameplay and audio is very solid. Nice !

Anshul Goyal says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:09pm

This game is amazing. I love how everything is so perfectly timed.

commodoreKid says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:25pm

I could get gold in first and silver in others on the first run and felt pretty proud :P I think the mechanic is really challenging and fun but graphics could be much better. I liked how music worked, though I cannot say I liked the type of music you used. Still great job, keep it up!

fishbrain says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:10am

The music worked great, nice re-invention of the classic "Pancake".

bwatanabe says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:48am

Really enjoyed your game, and loved how the music was directly integrated into the gameplay.

richardboegli says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:57am

Sound effects worked really well.

YinYin says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 9:57am

Exceptionally good interactive music that doesn't break if you miss something. Very nice. Only the bananas were a bit dim.

justinooncx says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:56pm

Looks can be deceiving... That was actually a very well-made rhythm game! I'm pretty damn impressed!

UncleChris says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 4:55pm

LOVED it - such a unique game, difficulty ramped up too fast for me (poor elephant nearly got nothing! :D), but was fun till VERY frustrating. :) The concept was quite well done, and the music/beats fit so well together.

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:36pm

Unique entry. Nice work!

Anachron says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:48am

Very nice game! Lots of fun and cool tunes. The sounds on the monkey level were kinda low-volume compared to the rest :)

scorched says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 4:51pm

You rock, isn't the original idea, but the game-generated-music made it very fun!
Penguin is my favourite level :-)

Skywilly says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 1:32am

i like "Puppy Love" level in Earthworm Jim ! I love it :)

Skywilly says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 1:33am

it's like "Puppy Love" level in Earthworm Jim ! I love it :)

anv says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 8:19pm

Amazing use of sounds/music. Very well executed. Visuals are a bit Spartan though.

rockybdubs says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 11:24pm


TaoPhoenix says ...
Feb 9, 2016 @ 12:00pm

Very pleasant!
There were old skool handheld Nintendo games before they got into hi-tech that mechanics a lot like this, except the ones I remember used falling items and not a curve bounce.

And it's nice because I am a casual LD gamer, so I liked not getting crushed on level 1! And I'm terrible at most speeds of DDR type games so I could mostly pass this one at least the silver trophy within a few tries though I had to work a bit at the last one.

And really clever music note placing, that had to take work!

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