Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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Legend of the Bucca

by A Little Red Panda - Compo Entry

The Puca is a mythical creature, a shapeshifter of Celtic Legend. In Cornwall it's called the Bucca and can take the form of a benevolent creature or a evil demon, so sailors would leave it an offering of fish to appease it.

This game takes place off the coast of Cornwall, and you must fish as much as possible during the calm of the day before wrestling Bucca's waves in the night.

Left and right arrows to move the boat
Space bar for everything else

1 - The night time is possible to fail, and is supposed to get really hard. For whatever reason this wasn't happening. It is now :)

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TLansdale says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:10pm

Lovely art, I really liked the Celtic designs on the waves. Good job!

HolyBlackCat says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:13pm

Graphics is nice, but where is the theme?

By the way, it's possible to give away more fish than you get, resulting in negative income, lol.

hunttis says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:14pm

NIce little game, especially enjoyed the diorama-like visuals. Reminded me of some really old kids shows. Is there a way to fail the night part of the game?

SelfTitled says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:15pm

Love the art style, audio would have been helped. Not really sure if there was an ending or not.

Gamepopper says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:38pm

I really like the aesthetics of this, has the feel of a cardboard cut out diorama. It would have been really nice to hear some celtic music and ocean waves to go along with it.

It would have been nice if there was more of a challenge with fishing, such as moving fish.

zacerhy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:03pm

Art is amazing!

tomdeal says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:07pm

Nice graphics! The gameplay could be a bit more challenging.

pikmin4000 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:18pm

Art and animations were smooth so good job on that! Gameplay was repetitive however. Perhaps add some variety in the way you can pick up the fishes or add fishes that would try to avoid the ship?

jdmazz says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:22pm

Art is phenomenal -- really can't do any better there. Mood is great and you're so good at art you managed to convey mood, which is unbelievable to me. No theme and music, so I have to penalize there. Really amazing otherwise. You should try to add some audio IMHO. Good story.

MrDave says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:35pm

What a beautiful little game.

laFunk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:42pm

Nice art going on! Gameplay a bit slow; I appreciate the variation, though. The cutscenes are a great addition :)

joekinley says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:13pm

The art is amazing.
But the game is a little weird. First I just died, then I read and got through the first day, but then died right in the second night. No idea why.
But it was a lovely drawn piece of art. Great job.

Headmade says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:06am

The art is wonderful and would benefit greatly from sound. This would hit the atmosphere out of the ball park!

CoderJoe says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:45am

Nice job! Great graphics

brainybeard says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:26am

Obviously the art style is incredibly pretty. Smooth controls and a great polished product! Nice work.

aemiliu5 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:38am

nice game!
art is really interesting, though i couldn't find the theme...

Jimjam says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:05pm

Stunning visuals! This would be nice with some more engaging gameplay, but I love the tone and mythical styling. Nice one!

ocarson says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:50pm

Really love the visuals, and overall mood, feels like reading a storybook.

Thirsty says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:14am

really nice visuals

adamprack says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:52am

The look is gorgeous, the writing is nice. I didn't really see the theme and the mechanics could use some love, but it sets a mood wonderfully!

Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Lovely looking and I like the story around it too. I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:33am

I can only really judge the art and narrative because mine bugged out, but I've seen you play it when it was being made so I know for certain it worked once upon a time.

Art style looked like it popped straight out of a children's book and the pattern texture just made it look so fantastic. Using the old legends of [insert accent here] KERNOW, it's giving me a very south-west version of a CartoonSaloon animation, which is never a bad thing.

As you know, I played it on stream @ 55:50:

medidog says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 3:51am

Cute drawings! But when I lost once in the web version, I cannot restart the game. Also, I think it would be better if the UI for the night time gameplay for balancing was more intuitive or with more explanations. I found the two independent bars too confusing, and did not understand what to do. Also, permadeath did not really help.

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