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

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Cooking Caveman

by AlceX - Competition Entry

Fire. It lets us warm ourselves, see in the darkness, scare away predators, but, most importantly... it lets us cook!

You're the designated cook for this evening! Your friends will be throwing the meat and you have to cook it with your fire. Careful with the flying rocks though! You'll have to throw your fire in the air, but don't drop it!

Get as many points as you can in 60 seconds! Cooking meat nets you points, but getting hit, missing meat, or dropping your fire makes you lose points.

Controls - W/D or Left/Right arrow for movement, hold and release space to throw fire

Thanks to
- Background art: Open Game Art Contributors (
- Music: Cappelletti Show by Serena Giannini
- Sound effects: Freesound

Made in a day. Not entirely satisfied with it, but I hope you enjoy it!

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PeachTreeOath says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:53am

Throwing is a nice twist on the classic ball catching game. Well polished!

ryte2byte says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:40pm

Cute as all get-out! Curiously, I got worse as I started formulating strategies, lol. I like it a lot, but it feels like there are too many reasons for deducting points.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:30pm

Awesome! Great graphics (and the monochrome was an excellent touch) with the cheesy 1960s background music (because, hey, it's ancient.

Smooth controls too.

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:53am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! 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.

Mothdan says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 7:00am

Ah man I set a goal for 20 but the challenge of this game is real! Juggling food while you toss the fire (to avoid the rocks) really helps though. What a great game, seriously fun, the black and white style was great wink to the theme (along with everything else being properly ancient). The sound effects are charming and great, the art is just right. This is a good game.

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