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

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Aqualution

by DevDad - Jam Entry

Aqualution

Eat to evolve, evolve to eat! You start as a tiny fish, trying to find food and avoid becoming food. As you eat, you grow and gain abilities. What kind of fish will you become?

Had a blast doing our second Ludum Dare. Unfortunately we had to leave a number of ideas on the cutting floor but we are happy and satisfied with the result.

We hope you'll have as much fun playing as we had making this game. Looking forward to your comments and critique.

Controls:
WA + Mouse - Movement
AD Side Dodge
1,2,3,4,5 Abilities (if unlocked)

M - Toggle Mutation Tree

Team:
Programming: Afan Olovcic
Programming: Damir Halilović
Art and Animation: Biljana Haljevac
Environment Art: Sanela Gluhovic
Rigging: Tarik Sabanovic
Rigging and Animation: Andrej Jagar
QA and Modeling: Dejan Curcic


PS:

Some antivirus software could prevent game to start (so disable the antivirus or add a rule to avoid that problem)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#368Graphics(Jam)3.64
#382Mood(Jam)3.30
#525Humor(Jam)2.49
#564Audio(Jam)2.76
#697Overall(Jam)3.06
#754Fun(Jam)2.85
#855Theme(Jam)2.87
#882Innovation(Jam)2.61

Comments

varuns says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:35pm

500mb!?!?! You should strip some music and high res textures.
I'm sorry but my internet can't handle half a gigabyte...

mennchen22 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:54pm

Rly Laggy. Graphics are nice.

Raptorij says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:02am

great game, sad wolck textur

crisp says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:59am

Cool! Sad size tho

EdoCreate says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:02pm

Pretty game. But size is really large

SemiColon says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:20pm

Amazing graphics, but nearly unplayable. The camera being directly behind the fish makes it hard to grab food, and food seems very scarce. When a big fish starts chasing you, he will just stay on top of you, causing even more camera issues. It's also possible to dash into terrain, which really lags the game out as well.

whilefun says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:01pm

This was a cool entry. I enjoyed the mood in the water, and the day/night cycle was a nice touch. I got to level up my skills a bunch and it was cool to just swim around and be a fish. When I got eaten by a bigger fish, I didn't die, but also could no longer eat the blocks and eventually lost vitality and the game ended. Not sure if that's a bug or not. I love the voxels, and the minimal audio added to the mood a lot.

Fanatrick says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:19pm

Cool concept, it runs a bit sluggish at times though.
Moze to i bolje :P

stefvanschie says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:21pm

My computer can't run this game, but the grapchis are amazing from what I've seen at the start menu.

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:12pm

The art work is really nice, but the game's very laggy.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:24pm

I like the idea but the gameplay is not that smooth to enjoy it 100%, but as i said, nice concept and idea, good job. I also like you used Unreal.

timtipgames says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:36pm

I enjoyed swimming around but couldn't figure out what to eat. At some point I gained some XP but I don't know why :(

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:38pm

The game is relaxing to play-- if the baddy fish were a little more dangerous i'd liek it a little more

but its cool-- good balance of danger and discovery, a system of progression.


Note: I did get stuck in the lvl up screen after I got ate from behind by one of those big red guys.

WojtaW says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:09pm

Good. Nice Game.

Roland M says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:57pm

Good game but laggy.

Monklet80 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:36pm

Too intense for my laptop. Sorry, can't rate! :(

Dreschler says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:12pm

You should be careful with the size of your games. Ppl here don't have patience (or internet) to download big things like that

DevDad says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Hey everyone thanks for trying our entry! It was difficult weekend for us, we decide to participate even though most of us had other job tasks to do. We had to cut the many corners so entry is not polished as we wanted to be.But anyway we are enjoying to be part of this great jam , to meet a many talented people and to enjoy to play many great games. Just to mention current size is 193MB it's not 500MB anymore.

MayankUnreal says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:03pm

Great graphics Interesting mechanic, although I had a bit of trouble with slowness in game. Had fun anyways :)

squirrelbot says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Looks fun, but I can't figure out how to eat! My Exp is stuck at zero.

medidog says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:38pm

The main thing I like about the game is the artwork. I could not really play it due to its laggy movement.

neilcorre2k6 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:26am

I like the graphics but, it was really laggy :)

marmpa says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:55pm

Nice game but a bit big.Some some crushes for some reason but i believe it is my fault so nothing to worry about.Really nice though and the music was quite interesting.

Griz says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:01pm

Enjoyed the side dodging mechanic, which when quickly used allows us to swim forwards a lot quicker, although makes the speed shapeshift obsolete.

Vantaug says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:44pm

Really nice. there were some bugs though, like sometimes the fish wouldn't eat anything until I restarted the game.
The side dodging ability was kinda overpowered, since I could just press A and D rapidly to run away incredibly fast and the piranhas could never catch me.
Other than that the game looks really nice, audio is nice and the controls were nice too.

ProjectX593 says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:04pm

Pretty good, but at one point I think I died or something, and could no longer eat anything. Night was a little bit too dark to see.

Apr 26, 2016 @ 2:19am

Had some slight issues with the camera, but otherwise this was really fun. ESC to quit made me really sad. With the style of the game, I didn't mind the slightly larger download size. Nailed the mood for me.

James Coote says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 3:11pm

Nice idea. The scenery looks great! I really like all the corrals and kelp, and the other fish look good too.

Mostly technical issues stopped it from being fun. Being able to hide in the little cracks and crevices as a small fish would have been neat were it not for the fact both I and the bigger predators can swim straight through apparently solid objects. Also after picking up the first couple of food blocks, I found I couldn't eat them anymore? Wasn't sure if this was because I had levelled up and now needed to be eating small fish or what (also couldn't find any small fish after the first couple right at the start of the game beginning). I'd also say leave the predators' appearance until a bit later on (liek maybe when it gets dark, but that being after 3 or 4 minutes rather than just 1 minute).

Fabraz says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 3:42am

Evolution >< Shapeshifting? I guess the theme really is open enough for that too! Visually fun to explore.

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