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

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Gear Kitty

by Raiyumi - Jam Entry

This is my 6th Ludum Dare entry and it's always an awesome, yet stressful experience. I had to cut back a lot this time, specifically the dialogue and having a more streamlined gameplay experience, but I managed to get something out which is great! I hope you enjoy. :).

Gear Kitty
Game by Raiyumi

Made with:
Engine: Stencyl
Sound: Sfxr/Audacity
Music: Made with Beepbox
Graphics: GraphicsGale


Downloads and Links


RttStudio says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:55am

Omg I love it! The art is just incredible, and the game in general is quite original. Really fun, hope to see more! I had some problem with the jump (not falling in the pits) but it's probably just me trying to go to fast. Really good job overall :)

fenwick says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:15am

Wow, wow, wow! This is what a LD platformer entry should look like! Nicely done. Probably the prettiest entry I've played this jam.

I do wish that it didn't say "You can do it!" at the top for the whole game though, it would help to be able to see upwards :)

Alkrimil says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:52am

wow this is a really fun and interesting platformer. The "You can do it!" message does get in the way after staying there for the whole game.

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:05am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! great retro style ! Simple mechanics that still offered a decent amount of challenge.We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description. (you can already find several games from the jam there)

gassasin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:42am

Hi i love the graphic and camera movement but i stuck near npc:(

kokiriandco says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:35pm

OMG! Love the idea, love the graphics and the game!!! It's stunning!!

NightShadow0 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:44pm

Oh this is gorgeous, i love the cog mechanic.

I did not like that you have to press up to auto-save, i forgot about it the first time i died and thought the game had glitched out because i lost the ability to cling to cogs. It seems odd that platforms don't reset but abilities do.

I'd also argue that the "you can do it!" message didn't need to stay there the whole time, the animation when you're gaining the powers is a bit long, and the triple jump was a bit disappointing since it doesn't feel very different from the double jump.

With all of that said though, most of these are minor things, i played through the whole thing and really did love it! Great job!

GhostBomb says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:04pm

Awesome as always, Raiyumi!

It's kind of funny how you and @managore, another incredibly talented MetroidVania designer, had very similar ideas for this Ludum Dare.

Sean says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:34pm

Amazing pixel art!

At first the little "You can do it!" message was cute, but it never went away and actually covered up a couple of the platforms in one of the puzzles.

It would've been nice if the checkpoints saved your progress when you walked past them; there were a couple times I fell and had to redo section because I forgot to save, especially when I was on my way back from hitting a switch or getting a powerup.

This is hands-down the best entry I've played yet!

unoion says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:07am

Graphics and sounds are awesome, wonderful platformer!

Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:31am

Amazing. Beautiful and straightforward. Very polished and interesting cog mechanic btw

Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:46am

This game is a piece of work! Polished, deep gameplay with simple yet interesting mechanics. Smooth controls, pleasant visuals, everything is great. Add more content and you can sell it! I would definitely buy it on steam )

Unept says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:53pm

Amazing on all levels. Great art, great theme-based gameplay, you kept the scope of the game simple, and the audio is perfect.

publicidadeba says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Good, game! The learning curve was a bit hard, but music and visual were decent. Good job!

GFM says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 2:05am

It was so short... >__<

The graphics really stand out! Everything looks great, and the low-colored palette is really effective (as well as the contrast between character, interact-able stuff and the background).

I liked the song, but it felt somewhat repetitive after a while...

The cog mechanic is fun and interesting. If expanded, it seems really fitting for speedrunning.
But, nitpicking, the camera felt too slow. Either it should move quicker and adapt for your current speed (e.g., showing what's bellow you when you're falling) or you should be able to control it (even if only slightly).

justinooncx says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 10:28am

A very well polished game! Great soundtrack, pretty art, and tight platforming! The gear and jumping puzzles were simple but well done. A game oozing with charm, well done! Has potential if you continue working on it.

Tselmek says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:12pm

Really cute and awesomely polished entry. I experienced a weird bug in the up are after unlocking the triple jump where going onto the firts moving platform there I would automatically teleport onto the platform on the up right. The platformer physics were really tight and it was sometimes hard to evaluate if we could make a jump or not but the gear mechanics were nicely done. Really unique artstyle and atmosphere.

blinry says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Cute <3 I started playing pretty quickly because sidewards movement and gear rotations speed was a little slow and frustrating for me. The art is the best I've seen so far in a LD entry, and the helper box at the top is incredibly cute! Gonna steal that concept, if you don't mind! :)

Madsj says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 8:41am

The graphics are amazing - as well as the animations. The music fits well and is enjoyable to listen to just having the tab open in the background. The game is a little easy, but if this was the beginning of a longer game it wouldn't be a problem. This is a small detail, but maybe make it even more obvious that you can't make the jump right at the beginning if you go right and don't have the double jump, because I actually made the jump without a double jump but then later failed to reproduce it, maybe it was a framerate thing? Another small thing would be to make the Cogwheel upgrade look different from the jump upgrades.

sbeif says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 11:44am

This is a great entry under every aspect. Nothing to add.

Mr. Chelnoque says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:00pm

Very nice entry. It feels very complete, except for the overall shortness and simple ending. In other aspects, I've enjoyed it much, and I would not mind to enjoy it a little longer.
Got a bit lost after picking up the first heart, dying, and respawning (didn't understand that upgrade have gone after death), the checkpoint near the first powerup (so after death I could see that it pickable again) could smooth it a bit.
And kitty is absolutely cute, as kitty should be.

Frump says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 11:44pm

That was great. Loved the music. Polished and just the right length for a jam game.

sararyCow says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 12:18am

Excellent entry, one of my favourites of this edition. Congratulations!

pogo says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 2:10pm

This is an awesome submission. The music is great, and the sounds are spot on. Jumping around felt perfect, especially after the third upgrade.
The character and background art was also spot on, and generally the 8bit vibe was superbly achieved.

JeanValjean says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 3:11am

I loved your game, short but enjoyable. I found interesting the gear mechanics and how you use the multiple jumps as power-ups, and the art is amazing. Well done!

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 8:56am

Well rounded entry. Nice pixel art! :-)

Deive_Ex says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 4:03pm

Loved the art style! It's very simple and easy to play, and the music is pretty nice too.
Also, Metroid style power-ups are always cool!

WERT Studio says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 2:00pm

Cool idea dna neat graphics the only thing that i didn´t like was that the window is so small

g12345 says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 5:15pm

I've played this just after I've played managore's game so this was smaller, but looked much better.

At least, you can still improve this game with more things to do.

PRANEET56 says ...
Sep 18, 2016 @ 7:16am

Superb game!! You and @managore had the same idea and concept, though your game is smaller compared to cognizance by- @managore.

x1r15 says ...
Sep 22, 2016 @ 7:50pm

It's just awesome. I could spend long time playing it. Definitely deserves recognition :)

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