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

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Grow with the Flow

by jww608 - Jam Entry

Grow with the Flow

Use the up and down keys to grow and shrink a circle to hit white bars and avoid black bars. The bars adjust themselves based on the music that you choose. This one stretched me technically but it was a fun experience to make it.

Most of the music is by the illustrious Kevin Macleod.

Known unintended "features":
-Some white bars are too wide to hit
-Doesn't work in Chrome - the WebGL build didn't work for some reason (too late for me to dig into now)
-Lack of custom user loaded song - I tried but it was beyond my ability and the time constraints

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nonetheless says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:54pm

It is kinda innovative and nice. I wished the sounds of hitting white obstacles fit the music somehow. :)

justinooncx says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:47pm

The music is kinda pointless, seeing as the bars don't really follow the beat nor the tune. And the controls are a bit buggy at times. Still, good effort.

ddr2 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:12pm

As mentioned by nonetheless, the noise of hitting black / not hitting white (e.g: of failing ;) ) are annoying over the music. You could have tried dimming the music volume to indicate a failure maybe ?

I did try to do some MIR a while back, I would be curious to know what algorithm you ended up using ?

Crosstales says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:14pm

Nice idea, but the sound has too little impact on the game.
Probably, you could improve it a bit and make it more challenging and entertaining (like moving the ball).

bobismijnnaam says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:15pm

Nice game! Cool aesthetics, and the music was also ok. The controls were sometimes a tad buggy but were ok overall. The blipping sound fitted the looks of the game. Kudos for including so many songs and the cool menu structure :)

XtremePrime says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:22pm

The music is not on sync with the bars, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a rhythm game :( Also the shrinking and growing feels a bit ... stiff. With some work, it would be nice!

PuddleOfWater says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:29pm

The menu system presents your game nicely. :P The volume slider and 'Test' button was blissful.

I didn't feel that the playing field complemented the music. Maybe me version of the game has errors?

Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:30pm

Very innovative. The only issue not mentioned in your "features" list was the sounds were a bit jarring because they didn't fit with the music. It works for when you hit the black bars (that SHOULD be jarring, as you made a mistake), but not so much for the white bars. I'd say either make sure it matches up (which is very tough, I know) or get rid of the sound when you hit a white bar.

Pantoufle says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 7:32pm

Good idea! Too bad the music doesn't influence the patterns of the bars.

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