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

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Burning light

by GFM - Competition Entry

=== DISCLAIMER =======================================

This game is broken beyond repair. This build is what I was able to savage from that horrible mess. (but this may be me, the developer, looking at the game could be but isn't... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

=== ABOUT ============================================

On a distant land, an explorer found a set of mystical lenses. Any ray of light that passes through it gets perfectly focused into a single direction, sometimes seemingly defying physics. Also, any ray that passes through it becomes able to light flammable materials.

On that same land, the explorer found some small shrines that resembles torches and perhaps could be lit...

== CONTROLS ==========================================

There are 3 suggested control schemes, but they are active at the same time.

Gamepad scheme (using XBox 360 terms):

move around: Left stick/D-pad
Cycle through the available lens' angles: shoulder buttons
Jump: A
Hold lens: B
Put away lens: B
Put lens into holder: B
Take lens from holder: B

Keyboard (I):

move around: A/D
Cycle through the available lens' angles: Q/E
Jump: W/space
Hold lens: Left ctrl
Put away lens: Left ctrl
Put lens into holder: Left ctrl
Take lens from holder: Left ctrl

Keyboard (II):

move around: left/right arrow keys
Cycle through the available lens' angles: X/B
Jump: up arrow
Hold lens: C
Put away lens: C
Put lens into holder: C
Take lens from holder: C

There's a single action button that is context sensitive. (that's why the same button is repeated over and over)

** Gamepad usage is highly recommended **

[EDIT 2016/08/30]
=== TOOLS/TECH =======================================

* Language: C
* Libs:
- SDL 2.0.3 (input, window and audio handling)
- libGFraMe 2.1.0 (framework, handles time step, loading assets, rendering pipelight - i.e., sort sprites when needed and render'em through OpenGL/SDL2 -, remappable inputs etc)
- libCSynth 1.2.0 (synthesizes audio from a text file; wasn't used D:)
* Tools:
- Tiled
- Chronolapse
- Open Broadcaster Software

Downloads and Links


pi_pi3 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:39am

I definitely love the idea of this game. The physics can glitch a bit, but it's nothing gameplay-wrecking. E.g. when you try to jump on the platform on the right and hit it at the right angle, you clip straight on to it. I definitely like the graphics. So, if you had fun developing, develop further and hopefully you can get a real release

Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:45pm

Sorry to hear you had trouble this time around! The terrain art is pretty cool, and it looks like you had a good idea here. It's a shame you couldn't pull a full game together from it. Better luck next time!

MrBrenan says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:50pm

I dont really understand how it works ...
You should add tips or a tutorial.
Also graphics are nice.

I assume your game is more than I see so great job :)

Elit3dGaming says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:45am

Not too sure if there are more levels than the first as it says game over when I complete it. Though I do love the idea of game play and it is very interesting mechanics wise. Sounds would be good and I also love the graphics.

Jacob Peltola says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:34am

controls are confusing but the art and game feel enveloped me

FisherG says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:47am

Adorable art. I love it.

josehzz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:15am

The game art looks neat. Sorry to hear about your troubles but atleast you post something playable and good looking. Better luck next time.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:27am

that was a really cool idea. Sorry to hear you had a rough go of it this time round though.

Jordan says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:27am

Really cute! Maybe you should make a finished version for a mini LD or something.

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:58am

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.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:06am

I like the art. The game is nice. Well done

Xakkar says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:07am

Nice game!

Lênon Kramer says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:10pm

Nice game, beautiful art, interesting concept.

Sorry for the trouble, I had the same here, my game is still less playable than yours. But c'est la vie.

Anyway, it's nice to see Brazilians around here. I found you from the Will's World Map. I'm from São Carlos. Cheers.

I think you have an interesting and solid concept in hands. Don't give it up, it can yield a good game.

Culpo says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:27pm

hahaha loved the graphics, and simple and fun game

WERT Studio says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:39pm

it kind of dont work sorry. looks pretty well nontheless

Znibben says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:49pm

I like the idea and the artwork is awesome. Too bad it didn't turn out as expected. But on the bright side, the glitching physics makes it a bit more of a challenge.

NEETsoftLD says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:02pm

I really like the screenshots, but the game wouldn't play on my PC for some reason. No errors, it just won't run.

RttStudio says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:19pm

Love the art style and all. Seem you had some problems, hope you learned a lot. The game is obviously not done, but the idea is really great. Good work!

RubiksJr says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:10pm

I'm sorry that you weren't able to complete it, but from the looks of this game it probably would have been awesome. The art was really good, and the subtle movement of the islands in the background is really cool. The concept is nice too. The idea of going around and reflecting light seems really fun.

gonutz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:16pm

This is a nice start for a puzzle game. I could at first not figure out what to do, then I read your description because I thought I was missing a key. But I did not, I simply did not know what to do. Some kind of tutorial or in-game introduction would have been nice.

The graphics are really nice, good job on that :)

robochris says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:33pm

Pretty fun i will say that.
i did encounter a bug or it could have been me but the character was going right even when i wasn't pressing the button. Luckily it only happened once.
Other than that love the game and graphics wish there were sounds and if there were i couldn't here them.

2011petia says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:03am

The pixel retro visual its the best part of the game !!

GFM says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:21am

Wow! How did I get so many comments, already? o___o
Thanks a lot, guys! I'll try to play and comment back your games. :)

The unfinished state of the game is mostly my own fault, for trying to "properly" (i.e., in a mathematically correct way) fix a bug for over 6 hours... But I did have tons of fun and finished something, which makes me pretty happy.

@pi_pi3 Actually, that is a real "feature". If I hadn't forced the player to clip through the platform, they could get stuck at the corner (this bug is common to all of my games). Letting go of stick, moving it to the other direction or jump would free the player, but I wanted to test this ugly and hacky solution... :P

@Elit3dGaming Wait, you were able to figure out how the game works from that brief description? I'm really impressed! Unfortunately, that is all there is to the game... =/

@WERT Studio (@kai20), @NEETsoftLD Which OS are you running? Is there "game.log" file on %APPDATA%\com.gfmgamecorner\Burning Light\? Is there any error messages if running from a command prompt?

Ghust1995 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:21am

Really liked the mechanics and art =) You should definetly fix the bugs and make a full game out of this =)

Mordokay says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:29am

The art is good and the gameplay has real potential. Asside from a few glitches that lets you jump to the higher platforms it feels natural to play. Keep working on it :)

Linus123xbb says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:26pm

Cool idea, there were a few bugs like no sound on linux but overall it was a nice concept.

Four Quarters says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 4:58pm

No run(
PC and Win10. Keeps click on EXE, but nothing happens(

jsmars says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 6:10am

Feels like this could have been a great game if you completed it. A bit hard to judge too when you don't know whats working as supposed to or not. Nice work tho, learning is what LD is about!

Conk says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 12:19pm

A little confusing, but I see you had troubles with the final build. Art was nice although the beams didn't look overly beamy :P

nlbi21 says ...
Sep 16, 2016 @ 12:36am

I think we all agree on something is beautiful pixel art. :3 ♥ good game, simple but fun.

mar3k says ...
Sep 18, 2016 @ 1:32pm

Pretty solid game, also nice idea

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