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

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Grow the Love

by silkworm_sweatshop - Compo Entry

This game is a tiny people matchmaker. Pair the lonely people looking for love with the left and right mouse buttons (one button for each person in the couple). Grow the population and keep them happy. Be mindful of their companion preferences. Male symbol means they like guys, female symbol means they like girls, and rainbow means the're into everything. Angered people are lost to you and sad people age faster. Matching a man and a woman produces more tiny people but all love is worth the same in the eyes of the score.

tldr: Click on one tiny person with the left mouse button and then on another with the right mouse button. If they're compatible they become a couple. Have fun!

Made in GameMaker.

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5you says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:54am

Very fun game!

I love when you see a guy getting old and depressed from being alone and then just die! There is some potential here.

My only regret is that it's a bit confusing.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:56am

Thanks! I updated the description. Hopefully it doesn't make it even more confusing :P.

ccglp says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:44pm

Nice concept, but my little persons are not compatible at all? Love to see this more polished!

eerongal says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:54pm

Neat little game, it eventually gets kinda hard to tell people apart as they start overlapping, though!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:01pm

They key is in interpreting the symbols. Make sure both people get what they want in the pairing not just one of them. For example a "male looking for a male" is not compatible with a "male looking for a female".

Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:02pm

eerongal: It is kind of the point hehe :D

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

Cute game! I love it!

adamgryu says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:55pm

Cute :)

adamgryu says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:57pm

Oh also, if you can avoid using an installer, I think that will help more people play the game.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:09pm

adamgryu: Didn't even realize I could do that. I'll switch out the file to a no installer.

Kaupenjoe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:33pm

Seems to be very accurate to real life xP
It was very fun :D

flakoflak says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:11am

fun game. nice details the flowers when they die.

Janacek says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:54am

Isn't there a bit of incest in this ? :p

Funny little game !

Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:50am

@flakoflak: Fun(or sad) fact: Flowers only grow if they've had love in their life at some point.

@Janacek: Well you're the one in control so you tell me :P. Thankfully, I made the kids off-limits at least.

LavWa says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:48am

Neat idea, cool use of the theme. I unfortunately let die a little guy by mistake, but I got the idea and save the others :P

moltanem2000 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:10am

Aw this was adorable. I felt really bad when my rabid matchmaking left them scarred for life :( Guy #12 and Girl #16 OTP

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:20am

Cuuute. Unique idea for a game. This was surprisingly challenging, though on further reflection it might be 'cause I never learned the male/female symbols that well, so I was constantly screwing up. I like the simple cartoon style too. Good game!

crucknuk says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:25am

Graphics and music are nice, I like the concept too. This is a good entry, good job!

socapex says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:34am


Funske says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:40am

Very fun game loved the concept simple yet has lot's of meaning behind it. I also enjoyed the diversity of different types of people it was very nice. Great Game!

koocachookies says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:38pm

Cool! Interesting and amusing mechanic :)

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:40pm

Very cool game. Graphics could be better though.

KriBoNiTa says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:03pm

Very nice game i like the mood, and have fun trying it 4/5 times, good job !

Skaz says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:05pm

Very nice entry! I couldn't get a decent score though, a rampant epidemic of straight males turn every one of my attempts into human extinction :p Only run I made quite long was survival through reproduction between brother and sister... Adam and Eve style!

oz2mura says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:19pm

Game is dark D: Like lonely people dying, everyone dying of old age, I'm making everyone angry, and everyone making babies. I liked it!

Fitting music/sounds. Cute graphics. Once I got a handle on what symbol was for who, was a blast trying to keep the population up. gg

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:22pm

Sweet little game. LOVED the music! First time I played I watched everyone get angry, lonely, sad and die with -42 points! Played a bit more and got the hang of it though! :)

camlang says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 7:24pm

Very nice game. Really cruel :)

StaNov says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 7:50pm

At first, it's very difficult. But then it's quite nice :) A tutorial would be greatly appreciated!

Great graphics and music!!!

nihilaleph says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 2:48am

+ Very cute concept
+ Nice take on theme
+ Nice graphics and audio
- With many tiny people it gets hard to see the preferences of each tiny person

Great job!

Tapehead says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 12:12pm

sometimes it's a bit hard to pick a person because their overlap each other, but besides that it's a great small game! very well done!

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