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

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Billy And His Kids

by ToloaGames - Compo Entry

I don't know if this game work in a solution other than 4:3.
OS/X Version not tested!

Billy is a little farmer. He has three girls who are very hungry.
To feed them, Billy has to grow some stuff. But nothing grows without rain.
So make it rain!

Control the Cloud with WASD. Billy will plant seeds and you have to rain on them in order to make them grow. The blue meter shows you how much water the plant still needs. If it is depleted then the plant will die. Plants will grow over time if you water them. They will then be added to your stockpile.The kids will demand that you grow certain plants for them. You win the game if you manage to beat level 8.

-The kids will tell you what they need.
-At this stage it is not possible to complete the game with all 3 lives remaining (as far as I know)
-Don't try to water a plant if the blue meter is full, it will have no effect.

So this is my second LDJAM and it was almost as exciting as the first one. I improved a lot in terms of graphics. The code is also better but still a HUGE MESS. When I started coding I was so tired that I couldn't structure it very well so it's really embarrassing and patchworky tbh.

I managed to work 38 hours in the 48 hour time frame, which is one hour more than last time. The jam starts at 3 am in my timezone which can be quite the challenge because usually really tired in the first 3 hours.

I pushed a lot of the design and all the balancing to the end of the compo and did most of the art first, which is generally a bad idea imo. I had to balance the whole thing in the last 2 hours and I think the gameplay is still lacking and not as intuitive as i wanted it to be. I also have no idea how challenging this game is cause I played it so much by now.

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Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:02am

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narve says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:18am

Based on the screenshots you uploaded, the frog seems to play a major role in the story. I feel like this wasn't explored deeply enough in the game. Where did the frog come from? Is he/she really just a normal frog, or is he/she hiding something from us? Is this frog to be trusted?

siege says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:59am

I don't understand the general point of this game. It controlled well but I had no reason to continue.

Simplest says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:09pm

Hahaha really funny graphics, good job team!!

Louspirit says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:51pm

The sounds were cool, as the idea. But I didn't understand that I should hit the frog. I tried once but not long enough so I wandered why I was failing. Else the controls were embarassing because I dont have a qwerty keyboard.

ashdnazg says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:15pm

Crazy frogs? Frantic clouds? Dead children?
Must be Ludum Dare.

Not a bad entry at all, graphics are amusing, gameplay works although a bit hard. Music is repetitive-ish but effects are great.

At first I didn't entirely understnad what to do and how the game works but after a dead kid or two it becomes much clearer :)

SovietBear says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:33am

It's Fun to play, although It'd be nice if Billy had some sort of legs. Ah well, besides that It's a nice little challenge to kill a some time on.

tantumgames says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:38am

Great job. Pretty funny game and cool frog.

Zemmi says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:23pm

Poor kids, if only Billy invested in an irrigation system they wouldn't have to starve. It would be nice if the one looked less like a seven. I got confused and wasted away two of my daughters trying to grow seven peas.

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:48pm

Nice little game that gets quite challenging indeed! Keep it up!

jachepe says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 10:24pm

A bit difficult to understand how to play but really funny graphics. Good work!

pixelpotions says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:50pm

Fun game, very addictive!

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