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

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Tree of Life

by pavel_insight - Compo Entry

A point and click adventure.
Grow a tree using power of words.

Left Mouse Button: USE
Right Mouse Button: LOOK AT

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vegapomme27 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:56pm

Nice art. I love the way tree's leaves sines, it is beautiful. I love Walter Whitman too.

Eshford says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:01pm

I like effects on this tree so much XD

djdudes100 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:05pm

Great game

Maixior says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:13pm

Really nice idea to compare logic game and this quotes!

peterthehe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:04pm

The game has got a really nice mood. It's a shame that it lacks music.

pavel_insight says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:06pm

peterthehe, I plan to make a post-compo version with music and translations.
Thank you for feedback. :)

SgtBursk says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:38pm

Loved the snippets of poetry!

DesignerNap says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:44pm

Lovely mood. Add audio and this would be even better :)

Big Cow says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:26pm

Very nice atmospheric game - clever use of poems for puzzle-solving, lovely mood. Would have been enhanced by some audio, but hard to do this within the time frame. Nice art as well. Good job!

flakoflak says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:01am

lots of potential here

deadpixl says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:22pm

I really liked the over all concept! I think music would help a ton! Great entry.

Jan 4, 2016 @ 11:17pm

Pretty original concept, and I like how you fitted the poems into the storyline. It felt a bit dull at times, though, and especially at the start it felt like trial and error. The graphics are good, though the leafage of the tree looks a bit cluttered. Beautiful ending.

Note: the graphics didn't work when I played it in Firefox. Worked fine in Chrome, though.

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