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

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for the trees

by omaha - Compo Entry


A game about a forest. Nurture your seeds and help them grow up big and strong.

WASD/Arrows - to move
Space - to jump
Mouse - to aim
Left Mouse Button - to fire


I intended to make a game with big guns and explosions and lots of killing stuff, but something (someone) pulled me in a new direction.



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Ditto says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:13pm

I loved this! Really really calming, makes me wish I could go a similar route with my own game instead of forcing a bunch of hectic input and stuff, lol, thanks for making it!

johntherobot says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:41pm

Excellent! Relaxing and the art was incredible. Simple but powerful. Great job.

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:47pm

This was lovely. Really good audio/visual design -- the soft billowing tree foliage and the woody kalimba notes when you grow a tree is really great. The only thing I would suggest is the player's walking speed seems a bit too fast, considering everything else about the game encourages patience and calmness. Nitpicking, I know.

I really loved this game. One of my favorites I've played so far.

dusho says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:30pm

I was going for large aesthetic forest and then it went puff
nice one..

Anshul Goyal says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:08am

Love sprinkling water around. Nice presentation.

Dayko says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:06pm

Great atmosphere, very heartwarming :) Well done !

thedashdude says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:10pm

Quite fun, nice sounds, was pretty. I would have liked a slower player (I don't say that much), and the watering sound detracted from all the others. Really nice anyway.

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

Very pretty game, really like the mood of it, the art style and sounds work really well.

the31 says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:35am

Nice little game. I've gotta agree about the movement, though: having the player move faster than anything else on the screen has a weird feeling in an otherwise ambient, relaxing game.

omaha says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:02am

Thanks everyone!

I definitely see where you're coming from regarding the movement speed. I fear my original plans to make an action game bled into my later attempts to make something peaceful.

I tend to make the same mistake in every LD: I don't turn all my systems into an actual *game* until late in the weekend, leaving very little time to balance and correct the finer details. I will try to remember this the next time around.

01010111 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:31am

Great job :) I'm really impressed with the graphics and style you pulled off in this, and the audio fits perfectly, and the ending is really special!

gokottastudio says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:01pm

Nice look!

foolmoron says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:13pm

Very awesome aesthetic! I love that it's a relaxing and passive experience, but the controls still feel really nice to play with. The way the trees grow and start to bloom colors is very mysterious and satisfying. Glad I played to the end. Very emotionally effective game.

Blobo says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:25pm

This was really cool! i loved the art of the trees, and even the colors of the water particles. really cool!

publicidadeba says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:05am

Relaxing and great mood. 5/5 for Innovation, Mood, Theme and Audio! Well done!

NirabazGAMES says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 8:05pm

Nice little game for relax! I twisted his hand in a circle)) at the end "for Eleanor" :)

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