Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Grow

by genluck - Jam Entry

There is a tree sitting in a field, barren from Fall. It is the dawn of Spring, a time of growth. The tree is besieged by insects, it is a time of growth for them, too. But the tree is not doomed, for insects attract spiders. Grow this tree to it's full potential.

HOTKEYS

1-buy spider

2-buy leaf

3-buy roots

SPACE-pause/unpause

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Comments

Nichii says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:28am

I got addicted to this, good job. Only problem I have is that the game doesnt automatically end when you die.

Alkrimil says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:33am

I liked this game. The concept of growing your tree and defending it from beetles and other insects was really cool. The music and the atmosphere was nice and relaxing. Combat could be improved a bit though, maybe by adding more types of insects and different defences. Great work!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:32pm

Realy cool game good job

Ebriosus says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:31am

I like the concept of the game. Kinda imagined what it would be like living as a tree, lol.

The beginning of the game seemed pretty easy at first, but it seems like the barrage of bugs later on just became way too overwhelming.

Still, a short and fun tower defense game!

Mathiouza says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:34am

Cool game, really, but I don't understand what is the link with Anciant Technology ... However, it is very cool :)

qikcik says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:00pm

very cool game, it gives a lot of fun, it looks nice, but for me it is too difficult. Good Job :D

Sep 2, 2016 @ 2:44am

Fun, cute, and frustrating when my tree spiders die :)

genluck says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:19am

Thanks everyone for the feedback! @rzeznikrocks111, @qikcik, @Ebriosus, @Nichii, The game probably needs better indicators of how to play, as there's two strategic things you pretty much have to do in order to survive

genluck says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:22am

@Alkrimil, I had some other defences planned but had to scrap for balance :(
@Mathiouza, TBH, there is none

kerneltt says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 10:18pm

couldn't play that much, the game crashed, but i like the tower defense like mechanics

Mottafier says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 11:22pm

Nice game! I like these types of games, and as far as I know growing leaves on a tree for energy is pretty original. Another good thing about this game is it has a lot of room for improvement, such as more upgrades and different types of enemies, new weapons and defenses. I think you have a lot of potential with this game, keep up the good work :)

BloodJohn says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:13am

Simple rules and a good emphasis on action, the game is very addictive. When I finally figured out the balance and came out of the crisis - you want the beetles have stopped going to the tree. I want to win this endless battle.
The atmosphere is gorgeous.

genluck says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 3:13am

@kerneltt, is there any way you could describe the crash? Any possibly relevant info? I'm completely unaware of any crashes. All help would be appreciated.

Erkberg says ...
Sep 14, 2016 @ 1:47pm

Really good game, I enjoyed my time with it. I like the graphics, though some animations would've improved on these quite a lot. The music is very nice and ambient and together with the soothing gameplay it creates quite the experience.
After a while it got a bit boring though, but I was hoping there would be some surprises still in store or an end, but I was just overrun. Some more variety would have been nice, like enemies starting at different y positions or flying enemies. I think you got something here that can be built upon, great job overall!

barkergames says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 4:52pm

It was a bit confusing at first. I didn't know what to do. I think the biggest issue was I lost but I didn't know that I lost, so I was trying to figure out how to play after I had already died.
Once I restarted I figured out that the spiders shoot webs and you have to aim.
I suggest at least adding a description on how to play the game would have been good.
And a "Game Over" screen and/or text would have done wonders.
Once I figured it out it was pretty fun.
The difficulty wasn't too bad until about 10 minutes in then it just got insane, there was no way to defeat the horde of Insects.

Overall I loved it!
Great job!

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