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

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Grow big or go home

by Jeroenimoo0 - Compo Entry

The only growth is in the title unfortunetly... But you can feel like super meat boy with just the 2 mouse buttons (and the mouse).

I would loved to add more than 3 levels and sound. Overall weird enough the control works good for me.

I will be releasing more levels for this, links will be posted here or on twitter.

Some people talked about the mouse being locked, I did this because testing with some friends and family showed that weird enough with the locked mouse you have more control. It takes some getting used to however.

--- Requirements ---
!!! Requires java 8 !!!
Linux & OS/X not tested, let me know if it works or not!

Having trouble running the jar? Use "java -jar GrowBigOrGoHome.jar" from the command line. Suggested by @batmanasb

--- tools ---
The game was written in Java using LWJGL 3, I also used Lombok & Guava. All in a maven project which you can import straight into your eclipse workspace.

--- My Records ---
Level 1 - 00:23:75
Level 2 - 00:39:74
Level 3 - 00:21:64

--- Updates ---
I released an updated version with 6 levels. You can find the download here

Downloads and Links




Os_Reboot says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:58am

Incredible visuals. The particle effects are awesome. Controls are extremely smooth. Some sound would make this entry. Well done!

blohod says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:10am

Really nice look, I am as bad at it as I am a super meat boy, so I couldn't get past level two, even some basic noises from bfxr would of been nice.

batmanasb says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:58am

The mouse turning is a really clever idea, but sadly doesn't work well with low sensitivity... but still clever! On a side note, if anyone is wondering how to execute a .jar, type this in the terminal "java -jar GrowBigOrGoHome.jar"

wuppy29 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:34am

Fun to see Super Meat Boy with only mouse controls.
This game would have really benefited from a jump sound or two. I would recommend using bfxr, you can create jump sounds with that in minutes.
Great game overall, but very frustrating that you couldn't see the mouse, which results in the character randomly turns around at times.

Studiosaurus says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 12:49pm

Great controls! really satisfying to move.

yokcos700 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:06pm

What a novel control scheme. It's wakened a bit by the fact that I can't see my cursor, but the platforming is pretty solid, the difficulty curve is great and the length it delightful. It doesn't stick around long enough to get old and repetitive. Every level is a new challenge. Could do with a checkpoint on the final level, though.

sydan says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:15pm

This is really good. I was pleasantly surprised by the fantastic placement of checkpoints. Really kept me playing. I wish I could see my mouse though...

2pae says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:16pm

Very good animation, i love it. Its funny.

psychomonster says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:37pm

^Nice piece of gameplay. After a short time of learning how to control the char it was very nice to play this game. With some sounds the game would be much better. Never mind, it feels like a very fast paced arcade runner... leveldesign is very nice... but I didn't pass the 3rd level :D

Kakureta says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:48pm

fun little game. Controls are original and graphics are simple but nice.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:10pm

Feels really smooth! The camera is a bit too shaky in my opinion though. Fun little game (: You can notice it's inspired by Super Meat Boy haha

Flip120 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:43pm

Incredible effects! and easy to control it. Good job

crucknuk says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:31pm

Control are very cool, the animation of the character is also nice. Well done!

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:45pm

This is IGAD!

bitdecaygames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:22pm

Sadly, I could not run the jar. I'm on OSX. Here is my stack trace:

java -jar GrowBigOrGoHome.jar
at net.jeroenimoo0.ld34.Game.main(
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NullPointerException
at net.jeroenimoo0.ld34.Game.main(

And just an FYI, my file was completely empty.

MemoryLeek says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:53am

Got it working on Linux after some fiddling :)
Challenging and fun control scheme, good physics, nice graphics, good level design.
Not much not to like in this one, except for the lack of sound and music perhaps :)

Evannex says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:32am

Great game! Very addicting, level 3 is very frustrating without a checkpoint though. :D Would benefit greatly from sound, but overall an amazing entry. Well done!

euske says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:38pm

I thought Level 3 was evil but eventually I could run through it!

ninos says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 11:27am

Nice game, control is perfect just like the level design. Overall nice game

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