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

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Inferno Botanica

by QuestionableQuality - Jam Entry

As the forest burns grow your spirit vine to heavens as the flame chases you into the sky. Use your spirit branches to grab the remaining spirit spores needed to keep growing.

- Growing the main trunk costs spirit.
- Branching stops the main trunk growing.
- If the green flame reaches the top of the main trunk it's game over.
- Branch off to grab spirit spores to increase the amount of remaining spirit.

- Left or Right arrow to create a branch.
- left or right arrow key to bend branch respectively.

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brainybeard says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:13pm

Really fun game, was fun to see the progression from prototype to full game. Gameplay is solid an clear how the game mechanics work. Has a nice look and feel too. Really like the inclusion of the leaderboard, although Ry is over powered. Nice work guys! Good luck.

tharealjohn says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:03am

Nice work! Impressive that there is a leaderboard.

Trash Games says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:06am

I definitely like what you were going for, however, I struggled for a couple minutes to figure out what exactly was going on, and then longer to figure out that the fire was green. The audio on the fire also carries over into the menu. Not bad, and an interesting concept!

TheBreakfast says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:23am

Everything from the music to the art, to the font you chose really supports the mood! The implementation of a high score mechanic made me play this entry more than most of the other entries I've tried so far! I was really gunning for the top score. I ended up getting seventh or something. Very impressive work.

Solid mechanics. My only gripe is that at some points when you run out of spirit, you might not be near any orbs to collect. Maybe it would help to add a mechanic where spirit appears after you've run out, but only one of the orbs is within the area where you can feasibly reach it. This way you have to quickly judge which one you can collect, and if you're wrong, you die.

Anyway, good game!

PlymouthJam says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:32pm

Awesome work here guys! The graphics and sound compliment each other really well and you absolutely nailed the theme.

WizzardMaker says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:20pm

Fun gameplay, nice graphics, but you should add a "destroy branch" button, because if you press one time to often you are doomed

refreshgames says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:59pm

Nice work, I played this through a few times, it was pretty good fun, although I occasionally felt like my death was inevitable due to the power-up placement being so far away, which was a little frustrating, although I can understand that this would be a difficult balance to attain inside a short time window, particularly, when the supporting music, sfx and graphics are rather good!

I'm glad I saw a leaderboard on there also, always adds that extra bit of replayability on there ;) I think I'm currently 10th with ~70-80m

OwT says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:56pm

Nice gameplay but I suck at this game xd I like the mysterious mood, I enjoyed it for a while.

blohod says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:21am

Very nice, Impressive that you made a leaderboard, love the graphics to, very hard though. judged on stream at, watch the highlight to see me play

LukeZaz says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:31am

A little difficult, and I had a few problems with accidentally starting another branch after finishing one, but still a fun game overall! Good ambiance and graphics and it was great trying to beat the scores!

Gunzil says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 4:38am

This game is very difficult, and the random placement of spirit spores didn't help. One miss when branching to a spore and you're done, since there's no way to cancel back out of the spirit branch and keep growing the main one.

I found it confusing that the fire you're running away from is green. I thought it was good or part of the plant at first, and didn't understand why I kept dying initially.

I like how the leaderboards are integrated into the game, that's really cool

Jan 6, 2016 @ 5:10pm

Really interesting game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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