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

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Cactus Simulator

by Jeroen Kappé - Compo Entry

My game for LD34

Cactus Simulator; cactusen hate water, that's all!
Get the highest cactus/ dodge the falling water objects!

Click/tap the left and right boxes.

It's not completely finished but it's playable.
I hope it is enjoyable in some way:)

I would love to hear feedback (even if it's negative).
I used unity 5.

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FuzzyWuzzie says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:05am

Poor cactus.. all he wants to do is stay dry and here's some jerk dropping fish tanks and water bottles on him! How rude!

Cute game!

timsjostrand says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:51pm

Cool game, the art fits it really well!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 2:56pm

I'm pretty sure this isn't botanically accurate...

As for the game though, it's pretty simple, but I have to ask if you specifically avoided keyboard controls to follow up with the theme, or if that was just for mobile accessability?

Lovely simple sprites, though!

velddev says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:08pm

I like it, It seems to be built especially built for mobile.

Cool game tho

Move127 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:46pm

The art is great. It would be nice to be able to use the arrow keys to move instead of clicking on the boxes.

ORECROS says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:47pm

The controls being for mobile this game was frustrating to play on a computer. also it's a bit finnicky as to when you get hit and when it's too low to hit you

Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:47pm

Cute game, on Windows I think the controls are a bit annoying though. I like the fish bowls and such that fall on the cactus, it's a cute detail that I really enjoyed.

CodeNMore says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:47pm

It is simple, and I like that - quite a nice concept! I only wish that there could be keyboard controls for desktop, like arrow keys!

grama says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:48pm

the graphics and theme are nice, but I found the gameplay a bit annoying. would be nice to have keyboard controls on the windows version.

Yamzho says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Works fine on Mac ! :) Nice game !

Jeroen Kappé says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:50pm

I will make arrow controls for windows ASAP
(and thanks for the tips :) )

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:51pm

Very nice graphics! It shows that graphics don't have to be complex to be good.
I guess this game is easier on a mobile device, since you can hover your thumbs above the boxes.

I could have used some simple music, but overall it is very entertaining!

Goed gedaan!

Charzendat says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:51pm

Played it on my Macbook and clicking the two boxes was annoying, wish I could just use arrow keys. Also felt like I would get to a point where it would be impossible not to get hit by water. I like the look though.

mrjorts says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:52pm

Cute graphics. The presentation is good.

Allthebees says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:53pm

Fun game, really like the 'simple' art style a lot!

Although, cacti contain water, so does this mean the cactus hates itself?

@SamPotasz says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:54pm

I laughed. I died. I was a cactus.

Yazara says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:06pm

The art looks really nice and polished :)
The controls work good on android, the gameplay isn't too exciting though. Maybe you could spice it up with some other mechanics.
For example every now and then the cactus grows a flower, and during the time the flower is visible you have to collect the items instead of dodging them.

rogberth says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:53pm

nice little game. I lol'd at the fishbowl

Micah Goodhue says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:22am

Neat little game! I kinda wish you would've binded keys with the buttons.

SirSoltex says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:14am

cool game! i could see this doing well on the app store, also i can confirm that it works on mac :)

WitchLake says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:59am

Cute game! As others already said a keyboard control would be usefull. Otherwise it's a funny game with a good finish.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:22pm

Simple but fun idea that fits both themes well. Like the graphics and humor. Nice entry.

NirabazGAMES says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:52pm

Awesome! All my life I dream to be a cactus :D

MAnimal says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:34pm

Very good idea in two buttons

Simplest says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:39pm

Loved the graphics style, nice work. The gameplay was really funny haha :-D

BobM says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:03pm

Pretty Simple but pretty simple, enjoyed playing this game ^^.

Jeroen Kappé says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:25pm

Thanks for the feedback all, I would love to hear tips if someone has any :)

aemiliu5 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:33pm

The controls are a bit weird but it's a fun little game! :)

alvarop says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:29am

As I said on the stream, if this game had a bit more features it would be a cool game in its genre. A couple of more effects here and there, more animations, etc. and this would be pretty cool to play on my phone.

CrownCity says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:45pm

Solid Entry, I only missed some variation and a little bit context. Cause was the cactus flying? in what did he make his metres? Keep on going!

GagaPete says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:42am

Nice simple but very polished game. May show the previous grown cactis in the main menus background with a scaled height?

dx0ne says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:28pm

This game is a lie! - Anonymous Cactus

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:06am

Simple little game, cute. I would have liked to control it with the arrow keys, but I guess this makes it more challenging! Like the chunky pixel art and soundfx.

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