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

NOTE: Because of the Theme tie, we allowed everyone to pick either Theme. Using both was optional. To keep things simple, there will still only be one Theme category. Every category in Ludum Dare voting is an opinion, so you’re welcome to rate them as you see fit. But we encourage you to be fair in your scores to people that chose only one Theme, and not both.

ALSO: Itch.io has an experimental game downloader over here. You may find it useful.

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Guide the plant to the sunlight above the buildings. ...
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This is the most adorable game I've ever made.

Dedicated to the memory of my friend's dachshund Molly. What an awesome dog she was!

Ma ...
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[How to play]
You beat levels by reaching the right side of the screen with your plant.
Add leafs to your plant to increase the energy gai ...
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Growing Sakura

A puzzle game about... Growing Sakura.
You have a hexagonal field and a few sakura buds on it.
Clicking on the buds you ...
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***NOTE*** Despite what the game says, W & S (NOT A & D) grow and shrink the player. Sorry, I'll fix this when I can! Thanks to @PowerSpark ...
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This is a simple two button puzzle game.

Press D to grow the ball.
Press A to create a new ball.
Press A + D to restart the puzzle. ...
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IVY by TRAB

Use the Left and Right arrow keys to grow.

Solve puzzles by connecting every stone!

Don't grow too far, though, or you' ...
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This is my 12th LD entry in a row and I enjoy it more with every new one.
As everyone else, having two winning themes was totally mind-blow ...
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PLEASE PLAY THE DOWNLOAD VERSION FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE

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Frank & Stein are linked by a ...
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In this game you play as a gardener.
Water the flowers to make them grow.
The goal is to climb as high as you can while avoiding various ...
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There's Always a Bigger... is a combination of some known mechanics into something surprisingly fun and addictiv ...
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​Two people are lost in the desert. Will they survive the wilderness?

#LD34: Growing, two-button controls


REVIEW: https://www.yout ...
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Run around the planet to hit spaceships with bombs. When they fall to the planet, it will grow. Make it as big as you can before the atmosph ...
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About Lightreach:

You control a plant by making it grow with the Z and X keys.
Z grows the plant straight up.
X splits into two branche ...
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A stupid little game where you are a cactus and you must escape from cardboard mazes. Use left and right arrows or A and D to turn left and ...
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I have never programmed anything in javascript before.
I have never used the phaser engine before.
I started on 2015-12-12 at 2200h EST.
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You are the tiny, frail beginnings of a plant

You have strength to begin with, but it will fade

Feed yourself, reach the surface, and ...
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Prisoners’ Dilemma is a two-player game played across the Internet. It implements the “two-button controls” theme. When two players ar ...
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A simple sidescroller, controlled with two buttons only.

S + K (windows keyboard)

DOWN + A (xbox360 controller)


Have fun! ...
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A cute virtual pet game called "Tamamystery". Use the two buttons on the screen to take care of your pet and grow it big and strong!

Cont ...
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A simple survival/strategy game based on loosely Kingdom (http://store.steampowered.com/app/368230/)
Rebuild fallen towns while surviving t ...
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Having decided that 48 hours is far too long to create a game, the game creation process has been optimized to a mere 60 seconds of pressing ...
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"Great Nation"
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Ruling a nation can be tough.

Make the right choices, balance your nations wealth, population, and food ...
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Just feed your puppy, let him grow.
Fat guys are better, try to avoid te sick ones.

Z - change move direction
X - bat swipe ...
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[Solito]
All art and programming done by myself. Created in Unity 5 and Maya.

Onward my friend! Grow skyward and collect solitos as you ...
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Welcome to SKYBOUND! You assume the role of a plant that wants to grow as much as possible! Use simple two-button controls to direct your pl ...
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Oh no! You find yourself trapped, chained to a desk with TWO BUTTONS in front of you. Play through each of the challenges to get to the MONE ...
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Eldritch Trance: A Lovecraftian Rhythm Game
Please play with sound!

CONTROLS:
Uses only:
Left Arrow / Left Mouse Button / F / Left Bum ...
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You work on a construction site, helping put together buildings by ordering a crane around (I think that's what people do on construction si ...
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A small puzzle game where you have to escape a factory using Vines. Made using puzzlescript. ...
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Growing bacteria using light and solving puzzles doing so.

First time using Unity, didn't think the idea was good enough at first, but wi ...
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Your momma's been kidnapped, and it's up to you to defEAT those that took her away. The gameplay is a simple platform puzzler, where you ne ...
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Infinitree
Grow to infinity and beyond! But watch out, there are all kinds of hazards along the way.

Collect splitters to split your bra ...
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A Two button game where you are a plant. Eat as much meat as you can. If a bug touches your stem, you lose.

A = Grow Left
D = Grow Rig ...
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Here it is! A platformer that uses only 2 buttons!
Now, you might ask "But JatlBee, why'd you do that? isn't that really clunky?"
My reply ...
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A minimalistic "puzzle" platformer, made for the theme "Growing". Written in Java using the Processing 2.2.1 library. Sorry, no sound! I was ...
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Roll around. Inflate. Collect the things and the other things. It's an NMcCoy game, so if you know what to expect from that, expect it.

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Kubka is a game where you control a little cube with two buttons through 9 levels.

With the two buttons you choose the size of the cube ( ...
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THEME: TWO BUTTON CONTROLS

**POST-COMPO EDIT**
Thanks N427 for Oculus Rift support! You can download the Rift-compatible
version of Mil ...
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A relaxing easy game about growing a tree-firework-dragon thing. Let me know your high score!

Tools used:
IDE: Flash Develop
Library: ...
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UPDATE 2: POST JAM VERSION NOW AVAILABLE AT HTTP://INDUSTRIAL-GA ...
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A 2 button space trading miniature. Buy, sell, dodge pirates, fling asteroids and get berated by your gran. ...
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This is my first Pico-8 game. It follows both on growing and 2 keys themes. You are growy the flowy, a growing plant that tries to reach the ...
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During the development of Wild Growth I tried to build both themes into the game. There are only two controls and you play a growing plant i ...
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Grow and Match uses both the Grow and two button theme.
Produced primarily for a Computer without a game controller, I use only the A and D ...
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I tried to incorporate both themes, but focusing on two button controls. Hopefully no description or explanation is needed for the actual ga ...
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Your ship has crashed through the ground right into the very odd looking temple.
The temple is huge - good thing that you've managed to cra ...
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Use ARROW(cursor) LEFT-RIGHT keys to control the wind.

Give your flower shelter, rain or sun light as required. Get it wrong, and he will ...
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With two newborn twin girls my time is stricly limited, and therefore I had decided to skip this Ludum Dare.

That was until I found out a ...
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Commander Left Right

* You can maximize the window if you like, the game will scale accordingly
* The online highscore is optional. You ...
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Here is another attempt to make a "game" for Ludum Dare. GrowingTrees is an incomplete game about growing... uhm... trees? I'm not sure. H ...
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Theme: Two buttons & Growing (both)

NOTE: Ludum Dare Website makes the web build cropped somehow, here's the link:
http://bradur.github. ...
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# Get the cat off your computer!

You are working on your Ludum Dare game diligently, and suddenly a cat is on your computer.

Figure ou ...
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U.G.O is a game about unidentified growing organism that's fallen from the skies and is now devouring everything that stands in it's way!
Y ...
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Hi, I am SpiritJZL, and this is my work for LD34. This my second try of ludum dare, I think my performance is better than last time:)

The ...
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Direct the growth of vines to avoid lawnmowers. If you run out of seeds, fly the bee to lots of flowers to pollinate them for more. Try to s ...
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Puzzle platformer game.
Two button controls: left and right to move. That's it!
Also R to reset the level and M to mute the music.

Unfo ...
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Here's a two button platformer where you start out without your abilities and have to find them around the level. It plays on both the two b ...
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Tilt the stage to help your stunt dog "Lil Houndini" stay in the spotlight and wow the audience! The audience may get irritated if Houndini ...
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Seedball is a puzzle game with few rules:
-the ball follow the walls
-the ball go straight ahead on a one block hole on a rectilinear path ...
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Instructions

Grandma, you need to chill. Take some chill pills, but make sure you put them in the right container. Now, remember : pink p ...
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The Running of the Ball is a popular winter sport in which two teams flee from a massive rolling snowball. This year's teams, Team Double Bu ...
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WASD - move
R - restart
Hold mouse to sprinkle ...
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In Crazy Tornado City you are a Tornado! It's all about growing, and it is also about using two buttons to rotate left and right. The more t ...
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An action puzzle game about growing plants by rotating the planet toward favorable weather conditions.

Featuring:
o Two button controls ...
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Growth is a game made by Yan Chernikov for the 34th Ludum Dare competition. The entire game was made in around 12 hours.

Ludum Dare 34 ha ...
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Playable on desktop and mobile browsers!

Desktop controls:
Use the F key to move and the J key to change your color.

Mobile controls: ...
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A small game about life and death.

You guide a young tree in its first year of life. Each season is more demanding that the last. Collect ...
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WARNING, DIFFICULT TIMING GAME. Consider the post-compo version (I commented out one line) if you want to play through, but of course base ...
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Vine

Collect blossoms and grow, without getting tangled in the existing jungle.

This entry follows both themes, Two Button Control, an ...
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Become a giant serpent breaking into a peaceful mall and violently murdering people. Try to get the highest score while dodging your own tai ...
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Zoom in the game page to enlarge. 200%/300%/400% recommended; if you play the original version in Firefox these value is the only way to zoo ...
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This is a web based simple bullet hell game. It's fun at least for a few minutes, so give it a try!!!

CONTROLS:
left/right: move
space: ...
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Bonsai Growth Simulator is a relaxing game meant to simulate the experience of growing a bonsai tree over many years.

Made by @Cjacobwade ...
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How far can you grOw? Combining Ludum Dare 34's two themes of 'growing' and 'two button controls', grow your monstrous plant as large as you ...
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Help Trevor navigate his way back home in this short & simple puzzle game.
Collect watering cans and use them to grow plants, in order to c ...
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This game is a day in the life of the snowball. Try not to die!
The game controls are as fallows.

A - Move left
D - Move right
(There ...
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This is an experiment to see if a metroidvania with two button controls is possible (answer, yes!)

It is more a demonstration than an act ...
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Steer with Left & Right arrow keys (or A & D).
Eat as many pellets as you can.
Avoid the asteroids, and don't eat your own tail! ...
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TWO GROWING BUTTONS (put your SCORE in Comments to help me balance it !)
[LD34 entry for 2 themes at once !]

"2GB" is An endless game. P ...
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Crashteroids is a 2 button-control space growing game with the objective to collect all the aliens from the planets and get to safety.

Ma ...
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Note: Your choices get stored anonymously. I wanted to make an evaluation like in Life Is Strange, and I might still get around to doing tha ...
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Theme - Growing

Help Croc reach the sky using fertilizer to grow beanstalks!

CONTROLS:
Arrow keys - Movement / Climbing
Z/Y - Pick u ...
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Guide a plant to the heavens with naught but a handgun with infinite ammo.
Grow the green aura to progress.
Getting hit will not hurt, but ...
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### About the Game ###

Plant Lab is a simulation game that lets you mess with the DNA of a plant.

The bigger/more branches/leafs/frui ...
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Use the left and right keys - or tap the left/right side of you screen on mobile - to hop your way up 99 Steps and reach the top!

There ...
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Good Morning, Mr. Brian.
Are you ready for the daily judgments?

Choose between the options and discover the different endings.
Hope you ...
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Grominows came about from a small prototype I started a few months ago involving falling dominoes chasing the player.

Starting from scrat ...
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Get buff! Run through the gyms and collect all the protein powder! Watch out for pitfalls and punching bags!

Made with Construct 2 to fit ...
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You are a bomb. A minimalist bomb. Avoid obstacles by squeezing between them, but don't squeeze too hard: you need to skim the walls to incr ...
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Test your ability to react to two different streams of targets in this simple but challenging game.

Features:
* Global high score list! ...
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A game tangentially related to Growing, with 2 button controls.

You're an unfortunate flower stuck hundreds of meters below the ground an ...
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I decided to fool around with a new style this Ludum Dare: Diagonal pixels!
It was weird to program, but I love how it turned out.

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

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Puzzle 2D platformer incorporating both the "Growing" and "Two Button Controls" themes.
Controls are left and right arrow keys.

The proj ...
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A Simple Puzzle Game inspired by The Legend of Zelda's Ocarina!

To play the game, use the left and right arrow keys to insert patterns wh ...
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A game about a forest. Nurture your seeds and help them ...
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Spin and dodge. Spin around the circle avoiding oncoming projectiles. Collect points to increase your score.


[Controls in game]
Use mo ...
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A simple, two-button version of Snake. I was a bit out of practice, and also had quite a lot of other stuff going on on the Saturday, so I d ...
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Theme : Growing

This game is for my son.
He was born July this year.
I’m trying hard to be a good mother.

Each thing I give to him ...
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Overview:
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A game about surviving in an Ice Age. You and your children travel to escape The Cold, though it's always close behind ...
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Adventure of a very-very hungry snake, who
intruded into other worlds, looking for some food and snacks.

Submission for theme: "Growing ...
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