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

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by Keelan - Jam Entry

Gaia is a game about collecting things, and dodging others. You play as a young planet trying to become life supporting. Growing from a small asteroid into a planet.

Left mouse button - Control Radial Movement
Right Mouse Button - Control Orbital Movement.
Position mouse where you want to go.

This is my first Ludum Dare. Incredibly happy to have participated and actually finished something.

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This wasn't properly indicated in the game, but once you gain 3500 mass you have a next stage, collecting water.

Stage 1 Goal: Get to 3500 Mass
Stage 2 Goal: Get to 100% water needed
Stage 3 Goal: Get home and let life begin.

Apologies for not having this in-game :)

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TomenLuca says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:04am

I love it. You've taken an original spin on the theme and the gameplay is very fun to play around with.

gene-z says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:07am

Simple and fun, congratulations

bodsey says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:23am

Very nice, congrats. I think maybe it could be more comfortable to know with more clarity what asteroids can be eaten. Also I took me 5min to actually get one asteroid, but maybe I'm just bad at this

Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:25am

The mood you've set it really nice. It is really hard to move though.. :(

redmassacre says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:30am

Nice music, but a little repetetive.
Planens and Sun are safe for visiting)

filthsu says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:32am

Nice and relaxing game! It's not always easy to estimate the mass of those asteroids. But overall, good job!

AdamsMcCall says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:34am

Nice game ! :D
Really close to both theme and fun to play !

treslapin says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:47am

Love it!! I played for too long x_x Once you get used to the controls it's really fun. I will be recommending this game to my friends.

Please add a mute button next time :D Because I want to play this game for a long time but maybe put my own music on in the back. :)

kmakai says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:22pm

Great job combining the themes, and I really like the music. If you were to change anything, maybe have hitting a larger asteroid just take away most of your mass and knock you around, or something like that? I liked the face that follows the mouse pointer, that was a nice touch too.


Keelan says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:10pm

Thank you all so much :) I definitely agree with all points of criticism (thankfully all constructive). I would like to finish it up and will definitely use all this input.

as a question, did anyone get passed the first part of the game? I think I should have signified that there is a next step after you gain mass.

2011petia says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:37pm

SPACE !! i liked

parias001 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:44pm

It was very fun! A little complicated to adjust to the controls but it was just a matter of practice. Great job!

linseyray says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:13pm

Simple but charming! Nice creative spin on the theme and lovely art-style. Good job!

fxtagn says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 9:23pm

Fun, good mood, music and fit to the theme!

AzureAspect says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 9:36pm

Eating asteroids was raher tedious (and dizzying) experience. I always died on the water gathering part since I didnt know how big water rocks I could gather o.o
Nice game overall :)

lurils says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 3:06am

This was fun, the face moving was a nice touch heh

EwChap says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 2:01am

Nice game. I love the planets and sun with their faces. Enjoyed floating around growing. Control was a bit tough but it was fun to fly around.

gelisam says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:00pm

Loved it! I liked:

- the risk-reward of trying to eat a piece which is about the same size as me, not knowing if I'll double my size or crash (thankfully it was usually the former)
- the fact that avoiding the obstacles automatically became harder as I gained mass
- how you managed to create a second game mode which felt quite different just by disabling whether we gained or lost mass
- the fact that the different planets had different personalities (cheer up, Mars!)
- the science! I never imagined that accretion would be this much fun.
- the ending! I didn't realize what I would become until after the water phase.

The music was quite repetitive and not very space-like though.

Mar 28, 2016 @ 3:07am

Nice, well made game. I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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