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

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Humble Beginnings

by what.sorceress.this - Competition Entry

a primitive game about one of humankind's most humble beginnings.
repeatedly press buttons alternating between left shift and right shift
and make fire...

thanks for playing

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kadexus says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 5:46pm

Great art style! This is actually way harder than I thought too, I was only able to get to about 75 percent of the way on my best attempt.

Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:41pm

Go into your build settings and turn off developement build. In the web version there is a developement build water mark :P

CalmKai says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:43pm

Cool game, I like the art style of it!

Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:09pm

@phantomunboxing I don't have development build checked, and I don't see the watermark either. Maybe it's something to do with the version of the web player plugin you have installed?

Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:12pm

Very cool!

Mnemusyne says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:00pm

I like the art but the gameplay is very boring. It's also very hard.

iamevn says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:00pm

I like the style, I'm not entirely convinced it's beatable without cheating though. Fits theme very well.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:12am

I love this concept. Simple but great.

tomer_cool says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:10am

The game is very fun beautiful art. It's so hard to reach the top.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:54pm

Wow, stunning visuals! Your game looks veeery good and there is one simple yet solid gameplay mechanic. Good job!

zacks says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:11pm

Great idea and graphics! Nice job!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:44pm

I ruined my keyboard - thanks :)

zulman says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:00pm

Brilliant work with theme dude :)

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:29am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! 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.

ValiaP says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:02pm

I love the graphic, simple but detailed. The idea reminds me of the NDS game "Lost in Blue", where you have to press L and R button alternately to make a fire.

bodsey says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Hey just a small note, you don't have to include the pdb files when you release on Windows, it's useless and takes a lot a space :) I like the art and the colors. I'm not a huge fan a key-mashing games though :)

Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:59pm

@bodsey thanks for letting me know about the pdb files!

BoltKey says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:58pm

The art and atmosphere was nice. It was very hard, I gave up and used macro recorder.

mitya1234 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:16am

One of the most ancient technology. Nice entry. Also has great effect work with particles.

brunurd says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:05pm

great idea, it's hard to finish to me, but I will try later. I miss a better art in the hud

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:10am

Really great take on the theme, I managed to start a fire without cheating, and can confirm that it is possible (though quite difficult). I guess I had some practice from my own game, which also has an element of trying to ruin your keyboard by alternating keys rapidly.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 4:51pm

Very simple game, but very well made! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:40pm

@Jupiter_Hadley Thank you very much! By watching you play it, I actually realised there must be a bug affecting some resolutions/browsers making the game more difficult, possibly by not allowing two shift keys work independently. Because I could hear how fast you were tapping the keyboard and you couldn't get past half, it is not that difficult at all on my computer. I'll look into fixing that!

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 7:13am

It's very simple to the core, hope to have some more stuff, like throw some drygrass on that?

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 12:42am

Welp, that was a very short game. Not sure what else comment, other than I wish life was this simple.

Sep 7, 2016 @ 8:36am

@Omniya Games Well, I'm glad you found it simple. You're like the only one who didn't think it was too difficult. Thank you very much for playing it on stream even though I couldn't catch it live.

Odefus says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:32am

Today I learned I am not cut out to be primitive survivalist.

Sep 11, 2016 @ 4:40pm

Didn't succeeded to make fire but it was fun ^^

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