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

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The Almighty Spectrum

by KoalaBot - Compo Entry

The Almighty Spectrum is a 2d platformish game about returning color to the world!

This was my fist Ludum Dare, and I didn't quite know what to expect. I really enjoyed it, and am very pleased with how my entry turned out.

Miraculously, I managed to scope it perfectly for the time constraints, and was able to get everything in and working just how I wanted. (Although some areas of the code definitely reflect the crunch).

I spent the week brainstorming the themes, and otherwise prepping to compete. Then, an hour before the Compo started, my hard drive failed! I thought I was out of luck, but managed to get a little bit done on my laptop while my desktop restored from backup. About 4 hours into the competition, it was ready to go, but I had already gone to bed.

I've never animated before, and was really nervous about it -- I knew that if I wasn't able to create some decent art, I'd lose my motivation really quickly! But my wizard turned out pretty well on my first try, and set me off to a good start!

After animating my wizard, I hadn't quite nailed down any gameplay ideas, and just decided to get him on the screen and walking around. Too lazy to animate the camera, I just had him walk back and forth across the screen. This turned out to be a huge inspiration, and I ended up using it in the finished game.

Leftover from the "Four Elements" theme, I ran with the idea for the wizard to be a master of the "Color" element. I had pictured a gray, drab world, which the wizard was to colorize during his adventures, a la Epic Mickey. I quickly realized I didn't have enough time to create a bunch of shaders, and scoped it down to its final iteration.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first Ludum Dare! I'm excited to rate other games, receive feedback, and try again next time!

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anael says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:02pm

:) quite fun

jarrrgh says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:03pm

I like the level transition and the colorful look.

eerongal says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:04pm

Fun little time waster! Gets a bit repetitive, though.

simoroshka says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:10pm

I really like the idea! The mechanics are quite fun, although I don't think that 2 buttons suit this type of game. It ends quite abruptly for some reason.

teamross says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:45pm

Cool idea!
I liked the simple and fun mechanics.
Nice art too! good job : )

r8berto says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:46pm

Final score 867 on stage 23 :D. Had a really good time playing it, jumping on the slimes feels really good. Nicely done!

rockford says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:53pm

I like! Rainbow island powered!

peterthehe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:56pm

Simple and fun mechanics

ripatti says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:59pm

Simple and fun. Very like the music. But all levels are identical, so it's funny for not so long time.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:57pm

awesome! my favourite thus far, reminds me of old nintendo games, well done :)

SadSmile says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:18pm

Fun game! Gets a little bit repetitive but this would be an easy fix with adding different enemies and stage types.

Could see this as a good mobile title ^^

nonetheless says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:35pm

haha, the game is so stupid (no offense, in a good way) and so pleasurable :)
Like it, great job!

dmecke says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:33pm

Nice arcade game. I like the story behind it.

SvenFrankson says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:33pm

Smooth :)

dj_pale says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:35pm

A little bit more work on the jumping physics would have been good. The punishment for being hit isn't too harsh. Other than that - fun little game.

Calciumtrice says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:45pm

The change to colour after winning a level is very charming and cute.

Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:17pm

Love that little dance he does!

JamesMowery says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:06am

I really enjoyed this game. It's very simple, but the atmosphere gives it a great feeling. Thanks for putting this together!

Aumni says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:55am

It's hard ! Interresting mechanics, does fit really well with the theme

Anshul Goyal says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:28am

Very Fun. Final Score: 667.

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:21am

Pretty fun, I liked the music and the idea. Very innovative. Well done! c:

euske says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:55am

I liked the jingle when finished a level.

alyphen says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:52am

This had a really nice arcade-style feel to it. It took a couple of seconds to grasp the concept, but once I did, I was playing for a little while. It needs some sort of competition though, maybe local multiplayer or online highscores, to add replayability.

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