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

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by jeroenwimmers - Compo Entry

In this game you grow a baby, develop it's brains and jumpstart its heart. This how life gets made. Give it a go.


NOTE: moving fast does not make the parts grow faster.
relax and take your time.

EDIT: I made a post compo! I changed some things based on your feedback and polished it a bit. Check it out!

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Viza says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:36pm

Nice idea!

@SamPotasz says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:44pm

I like this! So good to see unique takes in jams.

tanjent says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:57pm

Man what a pretty entry. This is so awesome! How can you come up with an idea like this? Now I crave a Coca Cola(TM)! Yes, you must work for them... This is what it is.. A commercial. That why is so slick.

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

Whoa, very unique. Love the ambiance and intuitive controls. Beautifully simple.

Maybe it's just me but I found the organ ratings at the end screen a bit out of place. A little macabre if you think about it too long.

Logicon says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:15am

Very cool. Really unique take on the theme.

floppya says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:15am

Short but sweet. Interesting visuals!

Peekotus says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:17am

Very creepy...

Galvesmash says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:45am

Good concept! I really liked!

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:57am

Graphics and audio are really good! Too bad the gameplay was pretty RSI-inducing ;)

esayitch says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:09am

Unique idea, and very stylish minimalist art. Would have liked to see more gameplay elements.

Good luck in the compo!

keepee says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:10am

Simple but really nice actually. A little interactive animation. When the colours kinda inverted to go inside the baby it looked really neat. Good job.

DraKlaW says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:57am

A bit simple for me, but really in theme game !

kabel says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:22pm

Really simple, really nice!

Xgor says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:49am

Very nice entry. More of an experience than a game as while the game wasn't what I would call fun it but was definity intriguing.

local306 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:52pm

Such a cool game that plays very well for an LD game.

philipp says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:19pm

Could use more gameplay, all I did was wipe around like a maniac. Hope really babys don't grow like that :D

But I really like the idea and the graphical representation. It's definitely unique.

01010111 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 3:23am

Really cool idea for the theme - I wonder how many people are tweeting this and whether or not it's creating a lot of confusion among their friends :D

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:36am

thanks for the feedback all!

@01010111 thanks! I've seen no tweets yet, but that's sortof expected. it would be a really weird and confusing tweet. but I found the idea hilarious, so I implemented it anyway.

Manu & Wan says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 9:38pm

My boy "Lucious Dare" has just been born! (Seriously I can't tweet that :P)

Short and simple, it was interesting to figure out how the game works. I got a perfect baby on my second attempt - please don't quote me out of context.

Congrats for this nice little entry! I wish you the best for Circles!

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 11:04pm

@Manu & Wan haha, congrats with the perfect baby man! and thanks for the nice words

bitdecaygames says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 12:31am

Very interesting take on the theme. The atmosphere was well-built and had a cool, almost uneasy feeling to it.

Masuno says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:36am

This is pretty nice, though I must say that it's very strange. I love how you really don't have time to put everything to max, so you gotta think in what order you wanna grow...

I'd like to see a version of this that goes to show, based on the stats, part of the child's life. Just like a little story would do the trick, so we know how we affect the child. :D

OberynMartell says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:50am

Wow! Great game, very unique! Loved it! Congrats.

Pusty says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:21am

I like the idea and visuals you made. Realy good entry

acotis says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:24am

Oh, cool. Luisa Dare. Cute game :D

psychonull says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:02am

unique entry. nice little one.

cimbaman says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 8:05am

Very innovative, and fun. Easy to play, not so to master. :)

phi says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:59pm

Very cool visuals and sounds. The way you grow the organs feels a little weird, but it works. This would be a great intro to the story of a bigger game!

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:22pm

@phi thanks! I agree that the organ growing is a little weird. I worked like 10 hours on different ways involving bitmapdata and alpha masking, but it didn't work out. this was the easier way, but I would've liked to spent more time on it. lesson for next time!

JoseArias says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 4:25pm

Simple and nice!

Herzucco says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 7:12pm

good concept, would be a good turbo media :^)

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 7:51pm

@Herzucco what's that?

KaiseanGames says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 4:33pm

Very original. Well done.

EwChap says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 5:36am

very unique idea. love to see stuff off outside the box.

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