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

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Playing With Fire

by sonelliot - Jam Entry

Grow your fire. Burn things. Profit.

The orange meter is for energy. When you heat things or launch a fireball you will use energy.

The red meter is how much stuff you have burnt. Fill it to complete the level!

Themes: Both.


- Left Button: Heat an area to spread flames. Must already be on fire to be heated.
- Right Button: Drop a ball of fire on area to start a new fire.


- Yellow grass is highly flammable and will burn easily. Use it to quickly spread to other parts of a level.
- Trees take longer to burn earn you more points when burnt.

Credits: Peter, Matt, Elliot (@sonelliot)

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Eharr says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:30pm

Worked perfectly. I really like the graphics, the particle effects is very nicely made! Simple, yet challenging. The only thing I missed was a way to quit the game, ESC didn't seem to work.

sichevoid says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:22pm

Nice idea! Enjoyed playing it :)

Lares Yamoir says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:02pm

Game is fun, would like to see a fully fleshed out version of it.

Quadnozzle says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:23am

A fun, enjoyable game. Just the right level of challenging, took a few times to get the concept down, but it was fun!

SeaDads says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:24am

Really sweet style and controls, congrats guys!

Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:34am

It's a fun game, the only issue I found was that if you die way off to one corner of the map, the UI appears off-screen. Great job, very solid entry!

SSJMetroid says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:39am

Decent entry. Could use some music. Right click is too stronk. Good job!

aare says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:59am

Nice idea, cool graphics especially fire animations :)

liquidmedia says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 4:16am

Good Fire and some fun to play GG

thomz12 says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:16pm

Very cool! love the graphics!

IAmSpencer says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 4:11am

There wasn't much of a challenge once I figured out it's more effective to save energy and drop fireballs rather than spend energy on heating things, however I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.

I sort of view this as fun little sandbox, destroy things, be evil type of game more than a 'complete this goal' type of game, and I like it.

had lots of fun burning everything in sight, I liked the subtle sound effects, and enjoyed the pixel art, overall very nicely done!

Smokey bear hates me now...

lawendt says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:13am

Nice idea, needs more feedbacks tho. Keep up the good work!

pcmaster says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:25am

Good job, graphics truly beautiful and what a funny idea :)

phi6 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:14pm

Very cool game concept! Would love to have seen some audio implemented in this. Your art style caught my eye, we used a very similar perspective/technique, but your pixel version works especially well. Good job!

ObsessiveNerd says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:13am

Nice game! I had a lot of fun playing this

Efuvex says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:29am

Really loved the particle effects and lighting!

Weeping Rupee says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:49am

The good:
-Looks very polished
- feels great/fun to play.
- Level designed well
- tweaks on traditional mechanics. You had a snake/warm (growing trail behind you) meets yoshis island (you lose mob members if they get hit but can recover them) thing going on
-great use of both themes

the bad:
-not terribly innovative despite minor details (which is fine)
-wish it was longer (but i understand with this level of polish)

Really top notch work.

Galvesmash says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:12pm

I liked the fire and water particles, the fireman are cute! The mechanics are strange at first.
Maybe if you control the fireman it wold be better. You could add a multiplayer Fireman vs Fire!
It could become a great game if you spend some time improving. Great job.

mr. a says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 5:14am

Impressive! The concept seems like it would be too ambitious for a game jam, but you've executed it well. The two powers are well-considered, and the rules click after a few tries. The levels are nicely varied, too.

The fireball does seem a little overpowered compared to the other power, but the game feels too sandbox-y for that to be a bother. Wish there were more things to burn (abandoned houses, trash piles, deadwood, oil spills) and more levels, though. What are the odds of you continuing work on a post-LD version?

BoredOfYou says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:20am

Reset button doesn't work.

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