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

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Carp Diem

by pogo575 - Competition Entry

The ancient art of carp breeding to make Koi.... now represented with gratuitous violence.

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pogo575 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:26am

Screen format being fixed.

CMLSC says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:25am

For some reason, I found this funny. :P
My score was 400.

kazoo says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:28am

Nice! I'd like it if the zoom was relaxes a little so I could see the whole pond. Add an option for another player and you've got a fish fighting game.

PetterBergmar says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:35am

It was nice! The fish tend to get stuck on the edges.. I think it would be more fun with no edges.. just infinite water and some way to keep the fish from going too far away. Anyway I played until I got 500 and had fun!

jsonbee says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:39am

Agree on the edges .. maybe a sand texture? I like the art style over all. Cool :)

Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:05am

I like the graphics a lot - the fish look pretty cool. I also really like the music - it sort of reminds me of Spore music, which is one of my favorite games. The main thing is I'm still not exactly sure how to play even after getting a score of 300 (at first I thought the rocks were things I was supposed to eat or something) so that's my main problem with this game. Overall I like it quite a bit.

csanyk says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:05am

Controls are a bit weird, but the swimming animation is awesome. It felt like my turning radius was very large and I wasn't as nimble as I wanted. Not sure whether to blame the controls or myself.

I don't think the health is working right, it didn't go down when I got hit, but then I died anyway after a few hits.

Pix3M says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:07am

I usually score 100 or 0. eh. Most of it was fish coming from nowhere with no time for me to react, or that the collisions get confusing and I accidentally swim into a bad position that takes all my health instantly

scriptorum says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:14am

Fish are mean! I like the aesthetic.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:42am

Funny relaxing game if you are a bear! Good graphics, maybe a bit more work on the controls.

Capt Nemo says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:48am

The swimming is great. I like how when the desired angle is more than 90 form your direction, the fish slows and makes a tighter turning radius. I would make enemies 1 hit though, because its super hard to consistently get 2 hits on another fish. Graphics are nice too. I would love to see this first person... would be pretty funny/cool !

Ghen says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:08am

the movement and animation very smooth, love it, but the control indeed a bit weird, need a bit of adjusment and adaptation, but after that its smooth sailing :D

tomer_cool says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:47am

The graphics are very good, and the movement is also very nice.

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:13pm

The fish name meme game is on point. Smooth game. Nice job.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:16pm

Really smooth movement, and good choice in music (unless you made it yourself, and in that case well done!)

There was an issue with trying to hit fish that are stuck at the sides and them turning to hit you several times within a second, and maybe the camera angle could be slightly wider?

Regardless it was a cool experience, thanks for sharing it!

ninja00283 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:18pm

Its a funny and interesting concept,
and the base has been executed well.
interested in what can be done with this.

leuus says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:40pm

Really nice game design. It's an art show! I love the colors, shadows, particles but also the music and sound effects! The motion is also really impressing! Chapeau l'artiste !

Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:42pm

Awesome concept. Not really sure where the ancient technology theme fits into this. About the game itself, I like the 3D and the animations you have in the game, but the fish AI are really basic and random. Most times I find fish constantly banging themselves on the walls, making easy targets. Besides that, collision could be done better. I had another fish spaz next to mine, taking my health from 5 to 1 instantly. Otherwise, good job.

Garfeild says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:43pm

Carp fighting simulator =D
Not sure if it fits theme, but was fun to play as a fish in a pond.
You can try adding some fish food in there so it'll be possible to gain health and continue fighting.

ObscenelyTrue says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:19pm

There is something in the contrast between the Zen atmosphere (the soft color, the relaxing music, the supposed peaceful carp) and the brutal and bloody attacks. I wonder how did you get this idea?

pogo575 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:12pm

@ObscenelyTrue Thanks. I wanted to make something similar to Joust and Shark! Shark! without being either of those. Somehow I got from DNA as my Ancient Technology to Koi breeding / Carp. @leuus thanks for the kind words.. The motion was done with just code. It's included with the Source. @LindenHoltWhittaker The music was just some loops thrown together and layered in garage band. I was thinking of playing my didjereedoo instead but my mic died. @Garfeild There was/is a cannibalism mechanic for getting health back but I had to drop it to make the deadline.

skreeb says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:53am

Fun but hard to control. I wanted to be able to control the rotation more precisely since it's all about getting behind the other guys. I loved the sliding transitions

Guennor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:57am

Do carps actually eat each other in real life? Anyway, cool game, did you do the animations yourself? They look nice.

Also, head on collisions should spare the health of both parties involved, that way the game would last longer.

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Great games i like it good works

kmitz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:41pm

The concept is interesting. I was suprised that the direction controls didn't the carpe (if I continously press "left" and "up" I expect to do a circle, however here i'm going to the top left)
The collision and the scoring are a bit glitchy but you are probably already aware of that.
Put some bonuses, make the map bigger, various enemies... and tell us when we have to come back and play ;)
Good work !

Kitkom says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:55am

I enjoyed watching fish swimming smoothly.
But I'm not used to such way to move, Up and Down to move forward and Right and Left to turn may be better.
Still, nice game.

akai_0okami says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 7:23pm

Nice concept, the art and music were good too. The controls felt a little off and some the fish would get stuck in the walls, but overall a fun game.

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 8:19am

Very clever title and I loved the art for the fish. I personally had no issues with the controls. I really liked the movement, it made it feel like my fish was actually in water. My best score was 800.

Vantaug says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 8:43pm

Really well made fish. I liked the game. Even though I feel like the controls needed some polish, they still work alright and control much like what I'd imagine a fish bein like to control. The thing I don't like about the controls is that if I just hold left, it takes way too long for the fish to make the final adjustment to swim straight left. And I don't know why exactly, but sometimes it felt like the controls reversed o.O
Anyway, I really think you made the game be overall very good, the music, art and fun is very enjoyable.

Best score: 500

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