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

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Wyst

by blubberquark - Jam Entry

Wyst is an exploratory adventure set on a little island. Wander around, discover the parts of the Island, discover the secret workings of Wyst and solve the Mysteries.

WASD: Move
SPACE: Jump
Mouse: Look
Left Click: Push Button

Created by Tilman Geishauser (@OhHelloTilman), Jonas Görlich​, Niels Meyering (@gnihad), Robert Pfeiffer (@blubberquark), Fabian Schlarmann​, Sven Wilke, Erik Wittkorn​ (@fastpath)

Engine: Unity3D

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Ratings

Coolness91%
#65Mood(Jam)4.04
#110Graphics(Jam)4.24
#231Overall(Jam)3.63
#349Fun(Jam)3.37
#356Audio(Jam)3.31
#555Innovation(Jam)3.09
#752Theme(Jam)3.39
#806Humor(Jam)2.00

Comments

CremaGames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:15pm

Nice mood and graphics

greenscreen says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:35pm

I'm wondering why there's no comments, because this game is really interesting. I love puzzle games, and this is a very nice one. World looks great, and has a great vibe. I love those flying snakes(?). Only thing that this game needs is story. Player is thrown into this magical word, but he/she has no idea why. It would be great to be able to find peaces of lore in the game.

local minimum says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:18pm

Nice game with generally interesting puzzles. I got frustrated with the clouds jumping though and gave up. Good use of the theme.

sim9 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:55pm

Cool low poly graphics world. The way the player keeps moving after releasing walk button is annoying. Love the myst-vibe!

UrbanHelsing says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:02pm

Looks really great but was very laggy for me though

Reccy says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:04pm

Really cool Puzzle game, I love the low-poly art! :D

tantumgames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:06pm

Moody and interesting!
Great puzzles, graphics and sound. Good job!

Coomzy says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:11pm

Very nice looking environment, and sound goes well to get a nice atmosphere, however I didn't think the puzzles were interesting and nothing was explained.

DrTeaSpoon says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:31pm

Very cool. :3

someone says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:34pm

Great graphical style. I love the flying creatures.
The puzzles were interesting and well executed.
One minor gripe is seeing the credits in the cave for so long made me think that was it.

ohmaigawd says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:32am

I was a bit disappointed by the graphics at first, but then I got out of that elevator and it just blew my mind! So beautiful! :D Nice use of the theme too

applejam says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Damn son... I love this graphic!

local minimum says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 4:36pm

Hmm I'm pretty sure I wrote a comment, but it must have gotten lost on the way over Internet. Anyhow, I really enjoyed the visuals and walking around. The use of the theme was really smart too. I have some issues with the obstacles and puzzles though. I pretty quickly figured out how to deal with the three elevator puzzle, but it took me a jolly long time of trial and error to actually get the levels right enough so I could get up. It might not be the puzzle, but that the controls need more work. Or the elevators need to give some feedback for when they are correctly adjusted (like one push on a button elevates to a certain level, not progressively). The same controls-issue I had with the clouds. It was hard to know exactly where you were standing, hard to stay on the cloud. Especially when it turned (which was really fast and without warning). So after attempting 5-10 times, I gave up. Which was a pity, because I really wanted to know how the game would end. For the clouds, to help stay on them while turning it may be better to use an AnimationCurve for the lateral positioning so it's easy to make a soft turn. To me, a game like yours is more about experiencing than being challenged by the puzzles and obstacles & in this case they got a bit in the way of the fun for me. In general though, a very good game indeed.

Wayward says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:01pm

Great job!
First i wondered how this fits any theme, but then i noticed something in
the world, and at the i figured you also got the second theme^^

Too bad you can't ride those black snake/fish thingies, would have been awesome^^

Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:05pm

Bit of a different take on the two buttons theme. Liked the challenges included (those clouds over the lava took a bit of figuring out). Like the retro early VR like graphics.

Riftpoint says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:06pm

Very nice game! The art style is amazing, as well as the mood. Good job

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 12:25am

Nice looking I did find some lag issues but very pretty.

MemoryLeek says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 12:27am

Nice game! Realy good job making the graphics

blubberquark says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:26am

Thank you for all the feedback, guys.

===HINT: You can get the cloud platforms to all stop, the puzzle should require almost no jumping skills!===

Sorry for the lag some people are experiencing. We haven't done any optimization, so rendering that many particles could be a bit excessive for lower end hardware.

Also the moving after key release might be caused by this. I haven't noticed it in any of the builds.

@Coomzy:
I agree, the puzzles could have been made more interesting.

Not explaining the game mechanics is intentional, but in a complete game there would probably be a bit of a backstory. Then you'd be dropped into the world having at least some vague understanding of what you're supposed to work towards.

@local minimum:
Again sorry you had such a hard time with the cloud puzzle. I think you may have made it harder for yourself than it needs to be though. It should require no jumping skills! I've put the hint above in case it's useful for some people.

I can't blame you for giving up though, it's a bit obscure. But if it's any consolation, the ending isn't super amazing anyway... it's all about the journey :)

- Niels

randomhuman says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:17pm

Good stuff, I like this take on the theme and the atmosphere is great. I even found an easter egg!

FiSilva says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 9:17pm

The world is very beautiful and I loved exploring because of that. There's so many cool details, the flying steelix-like things, the floating islands in the bg, the waterfalls.
Nice thing with the 2 button, a different approach to the theme.
The jump height doesn't feel right, so the elevator puzzle was too much trial and error.
But amazing overall!

uchiro says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 8:42pm

Ironically, our games similar art style. Waterfall, airship, flying islands. But my looks a little worse.

fiddenmar says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 9:41pm

Nice game with very nice graphics!

(Also wanted to say that I have added level 4 walkthrough as you asked, hope it will help!)

StaNov says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 11:17pm

Great graphics and mood! I'm not sure what's the purpose of the player there, so I jumped around, picked up two water-bins and then left. Had fun anyway :)

PowerSpark says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 4:34am

A nice little adventure. Good work!

yuigoto says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 6:33am

Nice work on the game! The low-poly styled graphics are awesome and I really liked the way you used the theme! It's got that Myst feeling in it that's damn good!

Gameplay is pretty simple and straight forward, though I don't like much of that "release button -> player gives a step" thing. :P

Nice work on the audio too! It totally fits the game and creates a nice mood during gameplay!

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