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Gene Goes to the Zoo

by Team 63 Bit - Jam Entry

Gene Goes to the Zoo is a simple yet satisfying side scroller.
You control Gene, a hungry alien who happened to crash land near the local zoo.
Eat the wild animals and gain their DNA for yourself!
Mix and match to create fun and powerful combinations!
Update 1.1: Win and lose screens no longer confusingly vanish!

This game was made in a meetup hosted by Lone Star College as an event for students in the game design degree. If you like this game please check out the games made by our fellow students.

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Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:23pm

Interesting concept and funny animations!

allstar602 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:40pm

Great animations and I loved all the different DNA abilities.

JOK says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:48pm

Awesome concept! Well done!

Just Tom says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:13pm

The animations were great, Gene's bite especially!

I had some trouble with the game-play readability; thinks like the bite hit box and my current health, but otherwise solid.

Excellent use of sound too and reading what was on screen was never a problem, though maybe bring the camera back a bit.

Champion! Cheers! Funny too!

luquio says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:18pm

should make web / osx versions so ull be able to reach more people... i dont have a pc so im stuck :(

fenwick says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:04am

The DNA system was great, reminded me of kirby 64.

glitchu says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:32am

I like the background parallax scrolling in the background. It was fun inheriting the animals dna :)

bigmangames says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:38am

This game is really weird

Kashank says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:16am

It seemed a little bit difficult to eat things at times. The DNA part was very cool and I liked the artwork.

Jungle says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:30am

Funny animations, nice concept. Graphs could improve a little bit. Good overall entry. Congratulations.

Ironhead says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:41am

Funny and cool take on the theme with dna abilities. Trying to use the rhino charge seemed to get me hurt more than anything though. Cool game

jk5000 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:26am

Really wierd an funny.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:48pm

Animations and sounds were hilarious. Wasn't quite sure what I was doing, but a good concept.

Dreschler says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:48am

Cool game :D

drazil100 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:11am

I had issues eating stuff. it didn't automatically eat whatever i was eating and if you needed to eat an enemy a certain number of times then it wasn't clear enough. I also had trouble figuring out what to do with the second powerup. Also the sound was really loud.

MayankUnreal says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 8:46pm

Really humorous to play

sathomason says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 8:42pm

This game is weird, but in a good way. The art style, music, and mood really work well together. I had some issues where I would try to eat but it wouldn't give me DNA, and/or the animal wouldn't go away. The level design was a little weak, I just grabbed some wings and jumped over everything. Otherwise, it worked !!! and it was definitely weird.

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