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

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The Fireworker's Apprentice

by pressxtoskip - Jam Entry

The firework master is stuck in a barrel and a crowd have gathered to see his famous show. Fill the canon with gunpowder, add different chemical elements to change the colour, and (hopefully) save the day.

This is the first ever LDJAM submission from @pressxtoskip and @polychromal. It will be buggy ;p

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MyIsaak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:38pm

Great job! The game is pretty neat for a first jam! It took me a while to understand what the chemicals were, if only I listened in chemistry class... but anyways the idea is unique, which is good.

KittyMac says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:42pm

Pretty neat; managed to get the first firework to go off. Had to google saltpeter for the acronym. On my screen the game running is a lot darker than the screenshot for the entry, which combined with the angle makes it really hard to read the chemical names on the crate.

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:14pm

Really neat idea. Educational to boot!

Couple of gripes with the gameplay: controls were super awkward, and some of the chemicals felt really hard to get to. Think I tried (and failed) to get Barium like 4 times. Also felt really punishing when you picked up a wrong chemical because you had to take it all the way to the canon to be able to pick something else up. If there was some way to drop the chemicals, I didn't find it.

That aside, I think you did a really good job with the concept, and I can see a lot of potential with a game like this, where you mix up different chemicals to create different firework displays. Great work for a first Jam!

pressxtoskip says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:52pm

Thanks everyone. Really useful to have feedback. I agree that dropping the chemicals would be a good feature, and I think we need to work on the layout and player controller - it feels a bit like walking through glue sometimes (particularly when you're turning). Would be good to know what you're holding too - most of them are white powders!

joemag says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:26pm

Fun, I feel like it could really use some sound, weird to be lighting off fireworks without sfx. I would also recommend changing the movement controls to normal directions rather than tank controls.
Overall thought it was fun and a neat idea, definitely had to research elements again.

g_o says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:22pm

It's kinda difficult, it isn't as responsive as it should for this kind of timing I think.
I aimed so many times from different angels at the boxes and it would always take the one I'm (probably) more physically closer to rather the one I'm actually pointing my plate towards. It's annoying and kinda ruins the whole game.
But it's cute nonetheless.

edgeofcode says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:01am

The controls were a bit difficult to master, but I really like the concept of this game. Audio would make the game even better - especially when the fireworks go off..

PixelMind says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:55pm

Reminds me of my chemistry classes :)
Something like this could be used as a learning game

local minimum says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:32pm

Nice chemistry! And much more realistic take on fireworks mixing than we did. The controls a bit hard in two ways. Both the camera's perspective made it difficult to see what the fellow was actually selecting and then to navigate from the perspective of the character added confusion. I think these two could have relatively easily been solved with having the character simply follow the mouse cursor position around or making the character go by global directions of the keys. In both cases letting the character rotate itself towards its goal automatically. The selection could have been helped by having the boxes show that they were selected somehow (lamp, animation, particle effect or such). I liked playing around with it though, not really complaining. It was a fun experience. Just could have run a little smoother so that the challenge was more of the mixing than the controls.

wowods says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:51pm

This games make me remember so many things in my chemistry class. Nice game btw, but the control is kinda confusing for me. But I think that is the main point in this game, to focus and used to with the control.
I remember all the element to make the color, but I think some people have difficulty in there, where some is simple, like Mg for magnesium but other is quite confusing , like Cu for copper. But thank to the color of the powder, I think people will know if they're pick the wrong ingridients.
Also the hitbox to pick the ingridients is kinda unclear. I don't know how close I should be to pick the item and sometimes when I facing the sulphur box in front of saltpeter box, it will pick saltpeter.

But after all, this is really a good game :)
(sorry for my bad english >.<)

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