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

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The Dancing Sunflower

by aemiliu5 - Jam Entry

You're a sunflower! Find the sun rays and stay underneath them in order to grow.

The game fits in both themes: "Growing" and "Two Button Controls"

A game made by me and Nikolas Platon ( ) for the 34th Ludum Dare Jam. #LD34

[A] [D] Move
[P] Pause
[Esc] Quit To Menu

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Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:01pm

Ωραίοι! :D

Jeroen Kappé says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:27pm

I enjoyed it :)

Soka says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:42pm

Pretty cool game, I love the mood and the graphics are kind of cute nwn!
Btw web versions says it couldn't load the data or something like that.

rodobodolfo says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:42pm

good concept! I love the music and I enjoyed the game.

greeboCherry says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:55pm

Relaxing, nice music

ddr2 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:06pm

web version worked fine for me on firefox.

graphics looked cool (though, why that weird blurriness on the tree ?), music as well.

the only thing that would prevent me from trying to beat my record (46) would be the fact that it's completely random and you end up just doing a left-right and hope that you will find the next zone to grow which seems to be completely random ?

Yazara says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:11am

The controls work well and the music is nice :)
Some ideas for improvement I had were
1. decrease the speed when the sunflower is small
2. show the next lightbeam with an indicator to make it less random, but maybe add an obstacle (like a cloud) which stuns you, for more tactical depth

simon.parzer says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:17am

does not work for me. Archlinux, NVIDIA 8800GT

SHLFStudios says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:11pm

Addicting! Mood is perfect. love the music, but it cut out a bit awkwardly at one point. Player on this page does not work, but the GameJolt link works well. *SPOILERS*...

Don't know why it explodes at the end, but I loved it.

cudabear says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:53am

I'll admit, I laughed when the sunflower exploded. This game is basically one big game of high/low, when the light moves you gamble on whether it's to the right or to the left. The more you get it right, the more you grow. It doesn't make it very intriguing, but the music is groovin'.

nlbi21 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:01am

Nice game :3

DarkGrisen says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 2:07pm

Haha! It was funny to run to the sun :P

tantumgames says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 2:20pm

Funny small game.

Dayko says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 4:27pm

That was fun :) (scored 34 !) I agree with Yazara though, it feels a bit too random for now

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 4:57pm

Have to say I didn't expect the flower to do that at the end. Got to 58 pts. Humorous and good BGM.

themadknights says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 5:18pm

Sound is great

paruthidotexe says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 11:45pm

good music and good concept of the games makes it to play.
can improve on showing some indication on the sunlight is left or right,
can show some more contrast image to show the sun rays,

Nice blasting at the end

SketchyGalore says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 8:10pm

Very good music! And the game over is pretty brilliant XD

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