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

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Potatiana Jones

by Ildfuglen - Compo Entry

**NOTICE**
While the game is playable in the WebGL version, I really urge and recommend you to download one of the executable builds. WebGL has strange visual and sound artifacts and poor garbage collecting affecting performance significantly.

If you do choose to use the WebGL version, then when the game has started wait 10 seconds or so before playing for minimal amount of bugs.

If you can, and you'd prefer the best experience possible, I recommend downloading an executable build and running it fullscreen in your native resolution.

Thank you!

This game is about a sad potato trying to reunite with his potato family.


In this puzzle platformer you plant seeds to grow plants to your advantage, plant a vine to climb higher/lower, plant a dense block of grass to block a path or fill a gap, or plant a bombplant to blow up vulnerable blocks!

Also, did I mention the game is chock full of easter eggs? Hidden in almost every likely/unlikely corner is some kind of hidden easter egg. See if you can find them!

There are 8 or so easter eggs in the first two levels..

Controls:
W - Look Up/Move Up
A,D - Move Left/Right
Q,E - Cycle selected seed!
R - Restart Level

Left Mouse Button (LMB) - Fire seed!


I really enjoyed making this game, so I hope you all enjoy playing it just as much. I'm sorry if the game is a bit short, just remember there are easter eggs.. (I love easter eggs)

Anyway, I'll probably keep developing this game if people are interested in seeing a full game, so leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Thank you for playing! I hope you all had a lovely Ludum Dare!

If you have any issues, encounter bugs that prevent you from playing or would just like to say hello, you can send me a message, I'll reply guaranteed!

Also I'm going to be updating this game for a post-ludum dare version of the game, and I'll link it here in the future!

Planned features so far:
-Pixel perfection, no more bleeding.
-Better integrated interactive tutorial
-Better pixel art
-More levels, more easter eggs and more seed types!


Bugfixes: Update

Bugfix #1: 14/12/2015

I realized the Look Up feature was not working, so this is working now. You can hold in the W key to look up. There was a bug with the animation of the text display when you get a new seed, this is now fixed. And also, I fixed some very small bugs that you guys mentioned, like the missing kill collider under level 1 and some places the difference in resolution would cause you to not be able to see important parts of the map.

Thank you all for all the positive feedback! These are all the fixes I'll be implementing in the Ludum Dare version, and the rest will come in a post ludum dare version, which will be linked on this page.

Bugfix #2: 15/12/2015

I just realized that the embedded web player hid huge portions of the gamescreen, making playing the game really, really difficult. It's a real bummer for me that I didn't notice that untill now, so everyone who has been playing the game in the embedded web player have played a broken version of the game.

Anyway, I have removed the embedded web player, you can now play it in Web from the links down below, this fixes that issue. Sorry everyone!

Bugfix #3: 15/12/2015

- Fixed broken collision detection
- Fixed broken event collider

Bugfix #4: 16/12/2015

- More work on collision detection
- Fixed some important details out of sight depending on your resolution.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness62%
#146Humor3.25
#316Audio3.01
#323Innovation3.40
#339Overall3.41
#352Fun3.32
#386Theme3.85
#473Graphics3.10
#484Mood2.95

Comments

SvenFrankson says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:03am

Hi, nice entry !

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/SvenFrankson/SvenFrankson.github.io/master/howTo.png

How would you pass this part ? Oddly, seeds won't grow as much as the other, leaving quite a wide gap (and mashed potatoes at the bottom)

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:39am

Hello! Thank you for playing my game! The big hole above you has dirt in the roof, so you can shoot a seed up there. Sorry if that wasn't clear enough!

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:52am

Here's an example for you, SvenFrankson.
http://imgur.com/yhqUIxs

danbolt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:44pm

I clicked 100% because of the name.

The music is really pumping. I enjoyed that! Plus the easter eggs.

Somnium says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:50pm

I enjoyed the game (as well as the easter eggs, although I mostly saw them in passing, falling towards my doom).

Great use of the theme, making the growing of seeds, the main method of navigating the levels!

It had a fair bit of "trial and error" though, which made it easy to become stuck in a dead end by running out of seeds by having to guess where to shoot seeds into an unseen area (and guessing wrong), running out of seeds right before the goal, etc. This was a bit annoying at time, especially in f.x. level 2, which started out with a series of precision jumps, which then had to be repeated. As an alternative, I harvesting the grown plants to reclaim the seeds could also have been useful.

The graphics were clear and efficient, and I liked the music.

All in all, it was an enjoyable game!

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

Haha, I thought it was Freestyler playing, but nope. Nice soundtrack and cool gameply ideas. The vine growing and seed shooting works great!

gallerdude says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:16pm

Fun game! Graphics are great!

Maixior says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:20pm

Really smooth controlling :D

DesignerNap says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:22pm

You know what makes this game? The Audio :) So few people think about it as an important part of a Jam but I am glad you did. It adds the final bit of polish to this solid little design. Great work.

roninfight says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:49pm

Solid gameplay, not really my type of game as I'm not found of platformers but a good platformer nonetheless. Good use of the theme too!

I'm not found of the graphics but they have their retro charm. On the other hand, the seed mechanic is really interesting. I can't rate your game but I would give it a solid 3 overall.

Kudos on completing an interesting game within the compo time!

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:51pm

Thanks for all your comments so far!

Reply to Somnium:

Yes I am aware that at one point it becomes a fair bit of trial and error and I'm really sorry about that! It was so obvious for me while making the game, but then later when seeing people play I realized that this wasn't obvious at all!

Traps you fall into when you make a game :P Thanks for playing!

George says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:22pm

Nice creative game - the poor guys face when you die though..! Really enjoyed the different seed mechanic, added a whole other level of complexity! :)

DivineOmega says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:30pm

Really liked this one. Its a standard platformer, with the twist that you have to make your path through many of the areas.

Nice pixel art style graphics and background music. Enjoyed it! :D

YinYin says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:31pm

I liked the concept, but the execution didn't really blow me away.

A music/sound mute/toggle would've been nice. The floating icons during the levels were confusing (especially the very first one). The drop inside the first level leading you out of bounds was jarring (and not required since there is a reset key?). I would've really preferred some regrowing seeds instead of forcing the player to suicide or reset upon running out. Sometimes vines didn't grow on dirt patches making me waste my seeds.

The second level ramped up in difficulty quite suddenly and it was weird that you could climb below a vine that had not fully grown yet. The grass seeds got me stuck/overgrown inside a pit the moment I got them.

As already noted having spaces to shoot at out of view is problematic as well (I crossed the large gap without every planting a vine in between, and the following chimney also has the ceiling dirt out of view).

The seed switching buttons being all big and distracting for two whole levels of not having more than one seed type (if any seeds left at all) wasn't helping.

The game would benefit a whole lot if there was more polish on fewer features.

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:38pm

Hey YinYin! Thank you for playing my game. I'll be developing the game post ludum as well to address some of the issues that you're having.

I didn't have much time to do exactly what I wanted, and the out of bounds you got was me simply forgetting to add a collider to kill you if that happens.

The sudden difficulty increase is unfortunate, but it's really hard for me to assess difficulty when I've been practicing this game since the creation of it.

Sorry about the fact that there's a bug that stops vine seeds from growing on dirt, and the fact that you have to shoot at spaces out of view is going to be one of the first things I fix in my post ludum version.

Thank you for playing my game!

peterthehe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:25pm

Nice game. Reminds me of Sprout's Tale.

Skywilly says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:53pm

Nice potato game ! I hope this potato family's name is McCain ! :)

cynicalmonkey says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:14pm

I liked the game overall although it was a bit buggy for me although nothing being made in 48hrs doesn't excuse. ended up falling through some walls and floating in the air for parts of it (used webplayer)

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:33pm

Hey cynicalmonkey! Could you tell me where exactly you managed to fall through a wall? And how you managed to float in the air?

I'm guessing the floating in the air was you being at the edge of a vine, allowing you to "float" on the edge of the vine. The collision detection on the vines are a bit wonkey.

Also thanks for all the feedback everyone, I really appreciate it! I introduced a small bugfix to address some of the bugs you've all mentioned. Including falling forever in level 1 should not be possible anymore.

Also some other small changes.

Also I realized my look up feature was not working, but now it does! Hold W when standing still and not climbing to look up!

Thanks!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:13pm

Really great game! Took a couple of tries on some levels, but it flows nicely and works!

smealum says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:32am

great job ! love being a potato ninja

NecroMac says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:29am

A fun puzzle platformer. Definitely worth checking out.

MikeTsunami says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:39am

I like the vine climbing mechanic. Fun little game.

Xeke_Death says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:58am

Nice puzzler, good work for 48 hours... Had fun running around with a potato version of Dr Jones...

kirilllosev says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:26pm

this is a good entry. interesting mechanic with seeds. a lot of variations: different types of seeds, interesting levels. but in some places player can't see where he has to shoot and he can only guess it.
the amount of easter eggs is surprising :D

Saymon says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:48pm

Nice game !

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:02pm

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the feedback! I just realized that the embedded webplayer hid big parts of the game view and that you've all played a broken build if you played it in the embedded web player.

I've disabled the embedded web player, now you can play the web version by clicking the web player link instead.

I still recommend that you download the windows version and run fullscreen on your native resolution, but it's up to you!

Sorry about that, everyone!

Chubb1337 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:04pm

Nice little game, I saw it on your stream.

I like the concept of growing your way to where you need to go, very nicely done.

I managed to get myself stuck in the growing grassblocks though, haha

MoreRPG Team says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:42pm

Curious idea =)

cudabear says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:42pm

This is an excellent entry! It was super fun, I do wish there were more levels! My only complaint is that some shots have to be made "in faith" because it's really hard to see where you're shooting.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:43pm

Games about Potatos are allways cool.

Sandcrawler says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:09pm

I enjoyed playing this game but sometimes the movement felt glitched. A few times I even passed through walls. Usually when I was climbing a vine and at the top of the vine.

The only level that gave me trouble was the 3rd, I didn't know the grass block could fill in a space bigger than two blocks. took a few tries.

Knowledge says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:20pm

Very good game but music stops after so time and no exit button.

I would like to see post-compo.

Gins says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:25pm

This one is really cool! Replacing jumping with growing vines on specific walls is really a cool mechanic. I didn't complete it but I'll come back to it, probably :)

JALgames says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:27pm

Interesting game, found some easter eggs.
I like the graphic design, but the hitbox sometimes felt a bit weird. You fitted the growing theme really good in your game.

Elit3dGaming says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:40pm

Fun game with some humor moments

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:39pm

Hey guys, I'm glad to hear that people like my game :) I've addressed some issues with collision detection so you should not be able to glitch through walls anymore. I will be working on a post ludum version with more levels!

bushmango says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:22am

Fun! Easy to get stuck though.

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:35am

Sorry about that bushmango. I wasn't able to sleep so I've been staying up and I've fixed pretty much all collision and hitbox issues with the game, I'll roll out the builds for the update tomorrow. Thanks for playing :)

Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:27am

Good game with interesting mechanics, could definitely benefit from checkpoints though.

Tetha says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:35am

Ok, I enjoyed that. Overall, the puzzles were simple and rewarding, and even the chase sequences with those boulders weren't as annoying as I feared they would be. Only the last levle took a couple of tries to hit the thing just out of the screen :)

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:19am

Hey everyone, thanks for all the feedback. I've pushed my last bugfix for the ludum dare version.

Thanks for playing!

candlesan says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:51am

Lots of fun! Liked the different block types. Liked hunting for the easter eggs :)

ShaunJS says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:42pm

Well done! Enjoyed this one a lot =)

crucknuk says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:18pm

Nice compo! I wish I could have a bigger camera view to have some ideas of how much grow I may need later, but still mechanism are interesting! Good job ;)

Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:08pm

Interesting mechanic. I lost all my resources trying to find your easter eggs, but it was a fun little game.

kirbytails7 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:43pm

Nice. The seed shooting feels pretty solid.
Regarding the yellow platform, consider having it instead wait for a certain amount of time and then move at a reasonable speed, which should accomplish your intended goal without being tedious (and not reveal itself if viewed from the side). ;)

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:05am

Hey that's a great suggestion kirbytails. Thanks! I'm working on the post ludum-dare version as I write this :)

Haven't done any additional levels, but I'm reworking a lot of the core mechanics for a more smooth experience.

Thanks for playing my game :)

publicidadeba says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:48pm

Cool mechanic, with a little more balance this can be big!

alvarop says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 9:59pm

Cool entry with cool ideas. I mentioned a couple of issues to you on stream, but I had a lot of fun with this one!

commodoreKid says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:05pm

As I told you on stream, it would be nice if vine length has consistency. The graphics have Commodore64 vibe to me but anyway color palette could be improved. Probably you know that sound is not the best. I like the idea of various seeds. An idea could be getting rid of tile constraint and letting player choose the spot that seed will take effect on. This is only if you want to work further on it though. I'll be remembering these games so, I expect better next time! :)

Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:44pm

Awesome game Ildfulglen! Thanks for stopping by the stream and letting me play this awesome game! I highly recommend anyone interested in trying this out to play the non web versions. They are the best versions!

Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:39pm

Funny well made game. I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :) https://youtu.be/sMG1ENTyKkU

LukeZaz says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 4:17am

Very fun little game. Enjoyed every level. Only problem I had was that the boulder was introduced rather unexpectedly. Otherwise a very good game!

scorched says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 3:15pm

Nice game, neat hints except it was not clear at first that I have to aim ground, and that I can aim at all :) Also music is quiet compared to sounds, and potatoguy smashes when on top of boulder and in the middle of air when he falls
Don't know how to overcome the pit in the level boulder is chasing you at the start

dregamr says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 4:34pm

POTATIANA??....mmm... AWESOME!! XD
Good music. I like the sunglasses. :P

broknecho says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 1:57am

Super fun idea! There is definitely tons you can do with this idea! Great Job!

Dec 30, 2015 @ 4:43pm

The idea was cool and I enjoyed playing - although I did have one ragequit moment when I pressed R instead of E. I think some of the vine growing bits were clever and could definitely be expanded on, although I think the controls were a little slidy for any precision vine jumping and could be tightened up a bit. Would really benefit from controller option as well I think. Keep up the easter eggs!

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