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

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by Spag Head Games - Jam Entry

- Mouse: Aim
- Left-Click: Dash
- Right-Click: Use Ability

Multiplayer: (X-Box Controllers, up to 4 players)
- Left Joystick: Aim
- A/Y: Dash
- X/B: Use Ability
Note: If wanting to play singleplayer with a controller, select the multiplayer option.

Known Issues:
- AI occasionally gets stuck on walls
- Foods can spawn on-top of each other (Hiding abilities)
- Controller player number may not correspond to in-game player number
- Joystick can sometimes seem to get stuck
(Fix: Move in direction you are facing then move where you want to go)


Consumerism is a game about consuming as much as possible in a short amount of time. A four player top down eat-em-up game. Eat the most unhealthy foods and make sure that you avoid the pesky 'healthy' foods. There are three superfoods found across the map: burn your enemies like in Vietnam with chilli breath, gas your enemies like Hitler did with a can o' beans, and get high on sugar with the literal sugar bag.

DISCLAIMER: We used the content rating for a reason, deal with it. (We aren't mean people... It was supposed to be funny. You have no sense of humour.)

We are sorry if we have offended anyone. Please note that our description and game concept were purely chosen because we thought it would be funny. We did not mean to offend.

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Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:39am

Fun idea, would be neat if the character actually grew larger or something as they ate more. Good job!

CalmKai says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:42am

Fun and entertaining game!

Ben Allen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:57am

Fun game, AI would get stuck after a while but usually find it's way. Would benefit from some sound effects.

Sokar92 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:10am

Good job. It lacks a bit of cleaning in the IA .I like it

Fathom says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:46am

I ate some pizza, and some other food. Then I saw more food so I ate that as well. I continued eating food, and then one day... the game was finished. Consumerism!

AdamAlexander says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:46am

This was a fun game. It was a little confusing and I struggled to get some good farts off, but the general concept was good. Well done.

manabreak says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:00am

Nice idea, however where's the theme..? All in all, nicely done. :)

Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:12am

I don't see why anybody would find that offensive or anything. A bit dull in single player, would probably be better in multiplayer. Also might help if the AI didn't get stuck on walls occasionally.

Like Llama said, would be good if the characters physically grew as they ate more (so you could see who was winning without looking at the health bars out of the way). Also would be nice if there was an icon somewhere showing you what ability you had ready to use.

bazz_boyy says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:24am

Not bad dude, your ai programming is really nice, except when they get stuck on walls. Well done!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:33am

Hello, My name is William and I was the lead game designer for this project. Feel free to ask any questions. Seeing as you can't reply through this website I'll just answer the most frequently asked questions.

Firstly, the theme. This game (as far as we're aware) works with both themes. The game includes growing (in mass) and two buttons (and mouse movement).

We wanted to do growing but found it messed up path finding too much (and we weren't reprogramming that) so we settled with what we had. We plan to add this in the future.

Sound was yet again a time constraint. I was fairly busy (sadly) throughout the challenge and didn't have much time. Zac (the mastermind behind the coding) was too busy working on code to work on sound. Yet again, something for the future.

Hope this answers any questions. If you have more please comment and I will reply asap.


zenmumbler says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:37pm

Within 10 seconds all my opponents were stuck running into various walls and corners and I picked up the food, but it didn't seem clicking left or right did anything? Fun entry, sort of a food fight / running man combo.

OttersDen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:48pm

It was a little difficult knowing when I had a powerup and what it was. But I liked how the players had smooth movement, and the little colored trail they left. That was a nice touch. Good job!

Claire1605 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:56pm

Was fun for a few plays through, but would be more fun with more obstacles and if the AI didn't get stuck. Also like others have said, if you grew bigger that would be nice as I found the GUI a little confusing.

Ludum34 says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:19pm

My neighbor is fat guy, and this game hards him.
But gameplay is correctly normal.

rjhelms says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:20pm

Really fun idea! The mouse movement feels really good, and the AI was a decent challenge (when it wasn't stuck on walls.)

Sound would go a long way to making this feeling more complete.

laaph says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 6:34am

Fun game! I felt I was missing something by not playing it multiplayer

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