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

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Mammoth for Speed

by Lonely Vertex - Jam Entry

============= Intro =============
A long time before the invention of the first wheel, there used to be ancient riders. Riders, on highly customisable and tunable mammoths, who competed in crazy illegal races.

Prepare to experience the ancinet tuning technology. Join the riders and tune your mammoth for speed with our global ranking leaderboard.

============= Concept =============
Racing game where you can race the world’s best time saved on our server and tune your mammoth. You get a new tuning part every time you cross the finish line untill you have unlocked everything. This represents our version of possible ancient racing and transportation.

You can also select from three different mammoth types. Every mammoth type has its own parameters which determine how fast it can go (Top speed), how fast it accelerates (Acceleration), how sharp it turns (Handling) and how effective is its stopping power (Braking). Each tuning part modifies these stats and therefore you can have the most awesome mammoth that ever walked the face of the earth.

Be sure to enter your nickname because we plan to have a leadderboard and announce the fastest racer on our twitter @lonelyvertex on September 14. If you want, you can insert your twitter name in a format “@your_twitter_name” and we will mention you in the winner announcing tweet.

Also we will be happy if you tweet us a screenshot of your mammoth, praise or a bug.

============= Controls =============
== Menu (Cave) General buttons ==
Mouse click on buttons in the menu:
- Floppy disk ……………………............ Save the name filled in the input
- Mammoth ........................................... Go to mammoth tuning cave
- Play .................................................... Go to level selection map
- Home button …………………………... Go to home screen which will allow you to change the name
- On/Off ................................................. Quit the game

== Mammoth tuning cave ==
- Mouse click to blue circle ………………. Open available tuning components for the mammoth part
- Click on available component button …….. Select the part and attach it on the mammoth
- Colored mammoth button …………………. Select the mammoth type
- Click and drag the mammoth by mouse …. Turn the mammoth on the platform to see it from different angle

== Map (Level selection) ==
- Yellow mammoth button on the map....Play the level

== Play (Race) ==
- Up arrow …………….…… Accelerate
- Left arrow ……….……….. Turn left (only available while your mammoth is moving)
- Right arrow ….…………… Turn right (only available while your mammoth is moving)
- Down arrow ………………. Brake / Reverse
- R key …………………….... Restart the level
- Escape key ……………….. Pause the game and display pause menu
- Pause button on screen …. Pause the game and display pause menu (the button is visible only if you move your mouse for a bit of time)
- Turn around arrow button .. Restart the level (the button is visible only if you move your mouse for a bit of time)

============= 72 sleepless hours =============
This is the first time that our whole team colaborated and conducted a group sleepover. We were pleasantly surprised, how much we accomplished. Although the most rewarding part is that we know what we are lacking and what we should work on.

Team LonelyVertex
twitter: @lonelyvertex

Downloads and Links


ursagames says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:19am

This was a lot of fun! Customization unlockables are a great incentive to keep people playing. Unlocked all of the parts, hoping I was going to unlock other levels, but I couldn't seem to select anything but the first one on the map.I'm assuming they were planned but cut due to time? Anyways, the UI is great, and the customization is really well done!

ccegeadamcc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:26am

Looks awesome :)

BlueLlama says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:26am

Really well made game with an awesome art style!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:28am

Well made Graphics and level design, also the menu looks great!
The controls are a wit wanky but allround a nice game

kiguel182 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:31am

Love the art style and it's a really polished and complete experience. Great job!

DarkGrisen says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:42am

Wow! Really cool game! Nice graphics and I like the menu.
I had problems to understand how to go to the next level tho

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:45am

Nice job on the game. Mammoth race it's a really interesting idea. I liked this 3d low poly style. I would like to note good gontrol but sometitems I don't understand where to go. Way points on the road would be a good solution for solve this. I would also like to add some opponents in the game. I hope you will upgrade your game in the future. It deserves it.

novotmike says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:48am

Really great game which is complete and polished - ready to go! Riding Mammoths was real fun! Amaizing what you did in 72 hours!

Casevse says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:48am

Good graphics and level design. The mammoth parts unlocking keeps you playing and trying to improve the score. I missed a mammoth sound :D

Mettra says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:49am

That was such a good game. Kept playing and was compelled to get the best time and unlock parts. But, oh, I wish there was more levels. I kept playing trying to get the best time to maybe unlock a level. But, was sadly mistaken. Than i read the above comment.

Darenn says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:51am

The game is good and fun, the controls are simple, this is a good idea. It's true that mammouth were a sort of technology :')
Maybe you should add a music with some percussions, to give a better rythm to the race.
I liked a lot the customization part, but I couldnt unlock all of these.
Keep creating games !

Ghen says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:51am

awesome game!, i love the artistic style, the animation a bit stiff and control a bit finicky but its ok
very well design level, with upgradable ride is nice additional content

overall very well done!

tGiant says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:52am

This game was a lot of fun. It is really very complete and actually amazing what you have done in this short time.

MrBrenan says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:00am

nice game, and I love the idea of caveman riding mammoth x). on the other side, damn we need some heavy metal during the race! :p
graphics are fine and undertandable but the path to follow is not always clear and maybe the grass could be more dense.
control are clear, but maybe it miss some thing like drift.
otherwise, it's a great job you did here :)

Diptoman says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:06am

This is great, but I'm confused. How do you beat a level again? Can't seem to find any time to beat (just the world record)? I just kept playing the same level over and over, unlocking new parts and upgrading the mammoth, but I couldn't get to teh next level. Still, very impressive for the time frame!

jeremyfa says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:19am

Nice game! I had fun playing it, even though my time is just 49.91 :P

bobiniki says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:21am

This is a pretty neat idea, I would go for something like a saber tooth cat but the mammoth does add a touch of comedy, and you already had a site up and running too!

Strike says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:27am

I really love the concept, it's so damn funny.

The controls feel a bit strange at first, but I totally understand that this is not a car but a mammoth.

Collision detection is a bit buggy sometimes. Like it's possible to be stuck at a little corner with the game considering that we are still at full speed. So after turning around to go back on track the mammoth goes from static to full speed. Quite surprising at first.

Art and track design is pretty simple but very polished.

Even if I still don't really understand why sometimes I unlock parts or how to unlock next track, it makes me very happy to fine tune my mammoth to perfection and try to beat my own record.

Excellent game. Congratulations !

Lonely Vertex says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:30am

Hello, we would like to thank you all. Your comments gave us a lot of energy to continue in the game development. We are aware that the animation could be better and we had a few issues with sounds. But we are prepared to fix it.

We are going to let you know what will happen to the game in future on our Twitter channel . If you want to be updated don't hesitate and follow us on twitter

Bioloid says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:50am

Really nice entry! Controls could be a bit smoother in general I think - as in more of a ramp when slowing down, cornering etc. Very funny, clever idea. Well done!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:06pm

Very Nice i love your Game Good Works )=

Kazik_210 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:58pm

I always wanted to ride a mammoth :D Cool and polished game

Xakkar says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:01pm

Cool game)

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

A mammoth race, nice !! :D
But I don't really see the "Technology" part here ?
Aside from that, it's really fun :)

mato26 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:06pm

God this is amazing for 72 hours :D all the customization and unlocks and statistics of best time on the web site! You did really good job the whole team! Congratulations :D
P.S. Mammoth riding is just hilarious :D

marfis says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:35pm

The game is really nice and fun. I really like it. The mammoth "parts" look different and have meaningful gameplay impact. Really sweet.
I would have liked a little more vivid colors, but that's subjective. Never the less, the whole lot decoration and polish is amazing, particularly for 72h.

I just have the feeling that the hitbox for the "braking grass" is too large. Much too large in some turns.

Anyways, great work!

Wicked7000 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:38pm

This game is really good~ Well done the customization is a good motivation for playing although its hard to unlock the next levels but other than that very good :)

Hackingroelz says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:40pm

The graphics and level design are great! I also love the customizability. The only negative is that the controls are a bit wonky. Great work! :D.

m110 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:10pm

Hey, lovely low poly models! I liked how all the elements fit together, even the UI and fonts. The mammoth upgrade is well made too.

The camera on turns could be improved and turning the mammoth made more smooth, but that's just minor for such complete game. :)

cushycode says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:45pm

Your low-poly Mammoth is gorgeous.
And the game looks so solid and polished.
It's almost unreal for such a short period of time.
My congratulations to whole your team.
Perfect entry!

monkeybit29 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:23am

Had a blast playing this, especially with initial D music overlayed on top hahaha great job!

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 7:12am

Probably my favorite game of this Ludum Dare, I need more immediately. I used to have hopes and dreams, a vision of a bright future; now I hold the world record of 44.07 and I realize that Mammoth for Speed IS that bright future I had envisined. I now know my calling in life: racing mammoths.

Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Very polished game. Love the upgrade feature. I've even managed to break the worlkd record - mine is 43.08. Although I don't think that it will last long :)

Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:39pm

And the track design is a bit confusing - I was stuck several times on my first playthrough. You should make the path more obvious to follow.

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:28pm

@fragileannihilator Oh no, my world record, why, cruel world? I will miss you record, you were the only thing I had left in this world, the only thing to fill the void where others have a soul.

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:45pm

Well, I got 43.08 now, so we are tied for now.

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:49pm

42.58! I am the Mammoth for Speed champion!

Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:21am

Love the art style and gameplay is good, nice take on the theme!

Pickens Inc. says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:10pm

Absolutely adore the art style, quite an amusing concept and interpretation of the theme, very cute. Now I just need more levels and to get that world record!

JonathanG says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:40am

Loved the choppy graphics. The game is hilarious and well polished enough for a Ludum Dare game.
I also live the menu transitions at the start of the game.
Could do with a background music (most racing games keep you speeding by adding some upbeat music in the background)

Sep 3, 2016 @ 3:49pm

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

Sep 5, 2016 @ 3:56am

This game is really awesome. You can make graphic better easily by tweaking lights & shaders

Sep 11, 2016 @ 2:05pm

I'm not ashamed to say that I got addicted and subjected our twitch stream to around 20+ minutes of trying to beat the high score. Upsettingly I only got close, but considering how much I played it I'd definitely say it was a success.

If it had background music, I'd say it would be perfect. The customization options were my favourite too.

You can watch the stream over here:

alfie275 says ...
Sep 12, 2016 @ 11:42am

Hey guys, I gave this a play. Didn't break the world record unfortunately but you can see how I did here:

A great little game, I'd love to see a post-jam version with some more levels and a few extra features (like music and a minimap).

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