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

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Bud the Gardener

by xdigdoug - Compo Entry

This is my first time participating in the Ludum Dare. I'm satisfied with the end result, but I feel I could have achieved more by the deadline.

This is Bud the gardener. This simple game does have an ending, you'll have to find it!

It uses only (2) buttons, being the left and right mouse buttons. You can also use the mouse wheel, because I do not consider it to be a button!

Right Mouse button changes the action, Left Mouse button acts. The cursor changes depending on which action you have selected.
[Move] Lets you move.
[Use] Lets you use the selected item.
[Swap] Changes the selected item (shown in the top-right corner).

The only weather affect that really changes gameplay is rain.

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nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:30am

The interface is very frustrating to use. You should have used a hud.

The game in overall is kind of boring.. maybe it is supposed to be as it is a growing game.

kaynank says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:43pm

Played for a little while and didn't find the ending, but it's kinda fun in a time-passing sort of way. The controls are pretty annoying - you have to click five times to move to the square next to you and plant a seed. Would have been better if you'd left out "move" and had left clicking move move your character to the square you clicked and perform the action on it.

Noticed a few bugs. Sometimes when you place dirt your dirt count goes into the negatives, and sometimes you get a bunch of seeds for no apparent reason.

xdigdoug says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:24am

Thank you for your inputs. You'll collect seeds when wet, including raining. You can also move and quickly select use to plant rows of seeds, for those who want to complete it faster.

Jelinib says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:28am

I was fumbling with the controls for a few minutes but eventually got the hang of it. I also did something weird with the two button controls, so I can't complain. Just takes some practice and getting-used-to! :P

Anyway, I think I kind of screwed myself over by planting grass on all the tiles I had, and it seems the spade can't dig those up, so I was unable to acquire more dirt to expand, if that's how it works? WHOOPS!

But you've got a lot of cool mechanics going on here, especially for a first LD--and a compo entry, at that! Nice job!

Phil Strahl says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:20pm

It's a nice little idea, only navigating the interface really feels cumbersome. What would've helped would be an icon of the currently selected item outside the yard instead of hovering over the gardener.

kebabskal says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:04pm

I don't quite get it. What is the goal? Enjoyed the rain :)

Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:14pm

Not sure what was happening - i managed to get 7 seeds but I didnt see any plants, maybe I was doing it wrong.

srakowski says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:50pm

Hard to use the controls, but I like the idea. I really liked the sound of the guy moving around.

Rex Peppers says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 8:37pm

Can't play windows games

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