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

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SLATE and SPELL

by junt74 - Competition Entry

cast spell and beat invaders.
inspired from [SLATE INSCRIPTION] and [SCRIBBLENAUTS]
[control]
cursor: move
z: pick 1 letter
x: backspace

for example, when you pick "BEAM" you cast beam.
sorry it have only few words for now.

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Comments

btwj_ says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 3:20pm

Maybe include a list of possible words somewhere, or give hints to the player about what those words are. Pixel art is nice. Could be a good educational game :)

Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 3:41pm

Yes, definitely needs a list of words. Maybe each time you kill an alien you get shown/access to a new word?

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:41pm

I think @Traf d-Lo's idea of giving you words when you loose will draw people into the game. Its not often that losing could lead to progression :D

junt74 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:22am

@btwj_ @Traf d-lo @Will Edwards thank you guys! I'll try to implement some hint system on post-LD version :D

junt74 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:28am

and what feature I coudn't implement is combination of objects. for example, you invoke "powerpellet(not implemented)" first, and invoke "pacman(implemented)" makes pacman stronger.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:13am

The thing is you really don't have time to try words. If we could type them directly, we might, but then you would need some diminishing returns or variations in enemies/outcome to prevent spamming the same word over and over.

Interesting concept, not very satisfying as-is, not very in tune with the theme, but could be worth investigating further post_LD.

BluShine says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:17am

I managed to find 4 different words. It was kinda fun in the same way as scribblenauts, but I definitely agree that it needs something extra to keep you typing.

Flatgub says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:26am

I agree with everybody else that It needs a word list or hit system and different kinds of obstacles. I tried a lot of words and the only other one besides beam was laser. I read pacman in the comments and after that it was just spamming pacman. Has a lot of potential though!

tomer_cool says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:12am

The game is really nice, fun idea and nice to play.
But I didn't know what to write, so I only wrote BEAM.
Also the graphics are really good and simple.

kraiom says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:45am

I like the idea, just want to know other words to test

MarekkPie says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:45pm

Love the idea; execution is a bit lacking. Two things about Scribblenauts: you have a very large dictionary of words to use, and you aren't necessarily rushed in choosing what to do. So you end up with time to solve a problem creatively, rather than just needed to solve the problem in any way or die.

ocarson says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:59pm

Kudos for Pico-8 btws! Cool concept, feels like a learning game from the 80's, but yeah would be nice if i could type in LOVE, or HEART or similar and love happens haha.

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