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

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Magic Lumberjack

by JoseArias - Jam Entry

Show your lumberjack skills and cut all the wood you can without missing!!!

Calculate the needed strength for each chunk and cut it.
Chunks cut by 1 hit have double value!

Be careful! If your last hit is stronger than necessary or if you hit the chunk more than 3 times, you will lose the axe and you will have to start again.

Watch the fruit! Each one will give you a temporary extra ability. Will you try them?

Hold and Release X to hit the chunk.
Press Z to eat a fruit.

Extra strength - Selfexplanatory
Extra precision - The “right cut” range is increased.
Extra life - If you miss the hit (Third cut is incorrect or the cut is too strong), you have another try.


Themes were growing and two button controls. We decided to do both!

——— Known Issues ———

——— Credits ———

Yes, we are brothers this is our second Ludum Dare and game. We hope you enjoy the game as much as we enjoyed developing it.

- José Arias Fernández: programming, effects.
- Miguel Arias Fernández (@tuercadevuelta): artwork, animation.

——— Change log ———
V1.1 - Fixed score minor bug. When a perfect cut was done at 9, 99, 999... The score system doesn't add the new digit + Extra life calculation error.
V1.0 - Release -

——— Sound licensing ———
Main Theme - by reinsamba,, Creative Commons 3.0.

Wood cut - by Tristan_Lohengrin,, Creative Commons 3.0.

Glasses - by cmusounddesign, Creative Commons 3.0.

Apple - by thedapperdan,, Creative Commons 3.0.

Throwing - by Pogotron,, Creative Commons 3.0.

Oh Yeah - by Huminaatio,, Creative Commons 3.0.

Kick - by Ekokubza123,, Creative Commons 3.0.

Downloads and Links




bazkur98 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:07pm

Simple, I liked it. Took me awhile to get going. Record was 5 i think. Lost interest quickly but for those 5 minutes or so it was good. Nice art and sound

DrFallos says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:04pm

Beard-man is cool and mechanics are interesting! I say "good work"!

ajopart says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Great work. Art is amazing. Neat concept yet challenging. Good work team !!!

Miltage says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:21pm

I loved the art style and the polka music, but I feel you could be more lenient with the margin for error.

bitdecaygames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:30pm

Man, that was tough. Great visual style though.

JoseArias says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:38pm

Thanks for the comments!
@Miltage if you make the game easier, it means that you will not fail and there is not challenge.

lawendt says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:44pm

Liked it! But wasn't too sure if the "you hit too much, you loose" mechanic isn't too "demanding".

JoseArias says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:13pm

@lawendt Yes! One important point is the difficulty. "How long can you go without lose". Our mother was one of the testers and she achieved to score 8 points.

bessdlan says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:20pm

good concept and fun game ^^

skripteriant says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:22pm

the art work was excelant and the gameplay was straightforward. Great game! The only thing I would say was I wasn't really sure the effects the fruit actually had.

LeReveur says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:55pm

Needs a little practice to find the good balance, but it don't take much time to be fun. :D

PS : Sorry for all that broken glasses...

gokottastudio says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 5:03pm

Original style!. It is difficult to control, but it's a good job.

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 5:37pm

Visuals are top notch. I couldn't get the hang of when I applied too much power, sometimes it felt like even a very short hold/release would have the axe flying. Good idea and integration with the themes.

Dec 24, 2015 @ 3:04pm

Liked the graphics!

Catmoo says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:02pm

I thought the game was awesome!

I found it a little hard to get used to how much strength to use as I kept flinging the axe out of my hands but once I got the hang of it, it was ok.

Looks awesome too!

Afendar says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:08pm

MDR it's awesome concept i like music and graphism, I love game, I have played 30min. XD

Bocodillo says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:38pm

Sound design is fantastic and the graphics are great. Loved the gameplay too.

StaNov says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 7:53pm

The intro tutorial-screen is sooooo long :D I liked the game. It's simple, with nice graphics and well-chosen music.

Jan 4, 2016 @ 8:24pm

Great art and audio. The tutorial screen was a nice touch. However, I didn't enjoy trying to guess how long to hold x with limited guidance. I think either more guidance, or more forgiveness could have gone a long way.

If instead of losing the game, it merely lowered our efficiency/score; swinging too much/too far, I think it could have been more enjoyable. The lose condition could be time-based or something else entirely.

Overall, great work!

Haokarlos says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 8:31pm

Great work!Nice graphics and music

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