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

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Feed Mother

by Clabbage - Jam Entry

Do your Mother's bidding in this small game, Feed Mother. You are an obedient child monster who must go about, eating smaller, less fortunate creatures in order to feed your Mother who has grown too large to feed her self. Grow your horrendous body as you gorge yourself and fill your stomach with pre-digested food. If Mother's tentacles grow long enough, perhaps she might reward you.

Left or "A" - Turn left
Right or "D" - Turn right
Left+Right or "A"+"D" - Vacuum

To feed your Mother, simply press your mouth against her.

We tried to incorporate both themes in this game.

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kerneltt says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:08am

nice game

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:52am

pretty neat idea - i like the fact that you need to keep going back to mother - would have been nice to have a score and level prgression - goo job

Dec 29, 2015 @ 6:49am

Neat idea. Love the satisfaction of getting humongous and hoovering up a giant swarm of green bugs just as they pop up on the screen. Great use of flocking. (Were some of the stinkbugs trying to flock with my face when they couldn't find a big enough stinkbug swarm? Brilliant and frustrating in a good "how can I beat this?" kind of way!)
Some way to manage the stinkbugs in the late game would have helped me, though figuring out how to dodge them until they group up was a feeling of accomplishment.

nucleartide says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 6:52am

Excellent game. I love trying to go for bunches of little green things that dissipate once I get to them. :D

kirbytails7 says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:16am

Nice. I enjoyed the flocking behaviors and the player movement. It took a while to understand what to do, though; I didn't know what was good or bad for a while.

Smirnov48 says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:21am

It's fun and very interesting game. Good idea, good realization. Good job!

Dec 29, 2015 @ 10:49am

Ey, I like the control implementation and the mechanic. It's done in Game Maker, a +1 for me and it's very fun. I have grown my monster a lot and I really enjoyed it. Good job!

ZpeedTube says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 11:17am

Fun game and everything is really well made! This game probably got one of my highest raitings! ^^

Gordy says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 1:11pm

Nice game ! ;)

Japes says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 1:26pm

Great game! Nice spin on the classic mechanic. As others mentioned, the flocking behaviour is awesome and really adds another element to the gameplay.
A bit more info explain what the parasites/stinkbugs are and what they do would be nice. But I figured it out pretty quickly.

Markus Brand says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 1:48pm

its nice, but im missing a tutorial or something. are the purple ones bad for me? But i like the concept :)

cilerba says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 4:05pm

My god this game is scary lol.

scorched says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 4:35pm

Didn't see challenge here, but graphics and mood are in place :-)

themadknights says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 7:01pm

Pretty neat! I think the idea and the execution is nice. I miss some kind of hud and score. Nice use of both themes!

Jan 2, 2016 @ 11:47am

This was a fun game. Liked the movement of the player and thought it was nice and smooth. Also the feeding and growing aspect was satisfying.

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