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

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Ahab's Mystical Wagon Adventures

by Franklin's Ghost - Jam Entry

Ahab's Mystical Wagon Adventures was my attempt at making a little adventure game, something that I've always wanted to try.

Had a lot less time then I'd expected this weekend to work on it and wasted a lot of time figuring out the movement and animation part of it, so the game is completely unfinished.

Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed. There's not much to do at the moment besides look at things and somewhat interact. But hey at least you can pat a donkey. All the actual gameplay is missing as I ran out of time and there's no audio at all. The theme I also didn't get time to properly explain, so that'll make no sense to most people either.

Also had trouble compiling a windows projector as flash kept throwing up errors so I'll try again tomorrow when I've had more sleep. Seems to work okay in browser fullscreen.

Better luck next time I guess.

-more animations + animations for moving up and down.
-scene tweaks.
-testing rock pickup add to inventory and throw.
-chapter intro that had missed adding.
-text tweaks.
-more I've forgotten about.

UPDATE 9/09/16
-more detailed object inspections.
-fade background when looking at objects as per local minimum's suggestion.
-tweaked wheel animations.
-close up of inside of wagon added.

Will keep working on it and updating till this scene is complete and there's actually a resolution.

Any questions feel free to ask me on twitter

Downloads and Links


Ieyfo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 4:59pm

Can't play web don't work.

Aug 28, 2016 @ 5:29pm

Amazing animation!

Rivets says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:07pm

Truly amazing! I've instantly played through all of your previous releases.

Bioloid says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:46pm

Played it on my mobile, it looks fantastic! I really wanted more to happen, would definitely play if you added a little story

jimmynoshoes says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:27pm

Looks great, I love the animation.

wilsk says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:03pm

Looks really nice and the animations are great. Shame you didn't have the time to add some game play but that's game jams isn't it!

seveca95 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:06am

So cool graphics and color pallete

local minimum says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 6:46pm

The movements are really cool and in combination with the color palette make a really unique style. I'm a little sad there was no way I was going to touch the storm. If you consider working with this I think that the eye-inspection somewhat broke the expected style of the game. It might have been mostly on the horse there the sharp and non-outlined left and lower edges of the texture were visible. So just ensure with placement that they are hidden as a minimum. It would probably to good to dim out the world a bit too. Best would though perhaps be if the camera could zoom in on the detail instead while swapping the animation... but that might not be technically feasible?

gassasin says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 6:10pm

Man if u do horror game with this awesome graphic i will be scared like never before. The most moody(in best possible way) graphic i seen for a long time.

rodobodolfo says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 8:04am

Really lovely visual style, I hope you do a lot more with it. I enjoyed what little writing there was too. Definitely keep at it!

Daniel says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 11:12pm

Love the art, and animation well done, even thought its not finished it looks like there is great potential.
I hope you finish it and I wish you luck, well done.

Quicklyer says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 3:49am

Holy crap the animations absolutely blew my mind from the start. Completely in awe of the style. Would love to see a full game from this.

comatomatoes says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 3:53am

The main character's animation looks like its rotoscoped. Super cool! I guess nothing really happens when it gets dark, but the darkening sky definitely made me tense. =)

Kableado says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 5:12pm

Good start for an adventure game. I like the rotoscope feel on the graphics.

Ping78 says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:34am

Good graphics and animation. Would love to see it finished.

Sep 12, 2016 @ 5:44pm

I loved the animations. As Gassasin said, an horror game would be awesome. Your style is different and I think that that's is the spirit of LD.

VitasaMode says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 9:58pm

The animations are incredibly fluid, looks like it was done through motion capture. The game was a bit glitchy like I would be petting the cart which was strange. I wish there was sound too. Interesting entry for sure and would love to see a fleshed out version.

josiest says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 4:04am

The animation is very and art style is really beautiful. I love the yellow and magenta contrast and the colors in the background complement it really well. Most of the screen is taken up by a kind of ugly gray though. A better choice for the ground could have benefited the game but It's already really beautiful.

I came across a bug: after I pet the donkey everything I interacted with also gave the same text and animation as petting the donkey.

I'm not sure if this a bug or if it just wasn't implemented, but when I "picked up" the rock it was still on the ground. It would have been nice to have some sort of inventory system to see what I was carrying, but That probably would have taken up a lot of the development effort

MikeTheWayne says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 11:14am

Beautiful animations, must've taken a while! I'm personally not a big fan of point and click, but I liked this game a lot. Writing is good too!

Xoko14 says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 2:11pm

I got stucked because I can't pick objects.

mvasko2 says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 2:17pm

Wow, now I get why all the previous commenters praise the animations. The visuals are incredibly well done.

Otherwise, there's not really much to comment on. It would be nice to see some more stuff made in this style. If this is going to be made into a complete game, I'd be glad to play it.

Damdoshi says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 3:46pm

The animation is pretty cool. It seems quite promising. It is too bad that we cannot go far.

I hope you have learnt a lot of things during this LD and that you will make a wonderful game next time.

joe40001 says ...
Sep 18, 2016 @ 1:59am

Looks very nice. Can't say too much more since there isn't much in the way of gameplay.

Score: (because I like scores)
Overall 2/5
Innovation 2/5
Fun 1/5
Theme 2/5
Graphics 4/5
Audio 0/5
Humor 2/5
Mood 4/5

Sep 18, 2016 @ 1:55pm

Too bad you couldn't finish it but the animations are really awesome!

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