Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

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Meth Horse

by morrilet - Jam Entry

Story: Meth Horse loves his meth. That's implied, of course. But that's not really his problem. That's his therapist's problem. No, Meth Horse's problem is his meth pregnancy. For you see, seahorses give birth to thousands of children at once, and he has to put every one of them through university! Well, only if he recognizes them as legitimate, that is. So this is how it must be. Meth Horse must avoid contacting his children at all costs. Meth is already expensive enough on its own. He is determined not to pay for their tuition.

Controls: 'WASD' or Arrow Keys to move.

Gameplay: Pressing forward will birth a meth baby. This is how Meth Horse propels himself, as he has only a tiny flipper and cannot properly swim on his own. Poor Meth Horse.

Credits:
Ethan Morrill-Ploum (@morrilet): Lead programmer, lead artist, gameplay designer.
Jeremy Helsel: Lead sound designer, programmer, artist, gameplay designer.

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Ratings

Coolness50%
#41Humor(Jam)3.96
#172Fun(Jam)3.64
#211Innovation(Jam)3.57
#301Audio(Jam)3.30
#504Overall(Jam)3.26
#574Theme(Jam)3.35
#581Graphics(Jam)3.17
#591Mood(Jam)3.05

Comments

Spab says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:01pm

Very Funny Game! You have to dodge your children by producing more children. Enjoyed it!

fullmontis says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:03pm

The gameplay is interesting and hard, it is an interesting balance between risk and reward. My only complaint is that the stages are way too short because you can't really expect to survive too long. The story is wacky, maybe a little too weird!

FinGamer says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:20pm

Fun but difficult survival game.

Mordokay says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:21pm

Loved this game!. Very simple with nice controls and OH man! This game has the most awesome story of all the games I have seen on this Ludum Dare! Meth Horse is just ... perfect!
On a more technical side .. you are using an old version of Unity that creates "player_win_x86.pdb" and "player_win_x86_s.pdb" on windows build. This 2 files are not needed to run the game so you could have this game with half the size!
Anyway .. congratz!

Jungle says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:25pm

I was able to do 21.900 points! Very funny game! Nice entry.

Khud0 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:02pm

So, the more you move, the more challenge you create?
That's quite a funny concept!

Except for, well, I thought that maybe the walls were supposed to kill you or something. I went to the lower left corner and spammed meth out of myself without being punished.

Thanks for the fun anyways! :)

Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:51pm

Unfortunately, the speed was very off. I tap a or d and he spins violently, and w or s, he propels clear offscreen :(. Windows version, on Win 10. Pretty amusing concept at least!

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:03pm

It's Perfect. Good Music, Epic graphics, nice mood, really good job :D

Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:00pm

Wow what a screwed up concept I love it! A+

banana4life says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:57pm

Super funny game. Would play again. Could tuck away almost 20,000 before acknowledging a baby.

Who provided the meth during development?

cxsquared says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:05pm

The game was really fun. The risk reward aspect was really cool. Nice and simple. I like it.

Doomdad says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:48am

Managed to get 15.800 points :D The story was nicely out of the common tropes! Many games either lack challenge or give too much of a challenge it is nice to have a game where you create the challenge yourself.

morrilet says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:26pm

@banana4life Meth Horse himself was kind enough to share with us throughout development. He's a really nice guy if you're not one of his kids.

saurterrs says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:06pm

Nice gameplay and storyline. Was fun )

Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:18pm

Solid game. I accidentally broke it by producing a lot of babies in a short amount of time right at the beginning, which sent me off the screen. I was constantly earning money by not doing anything, and I had to close the game to restart inside the room. Other than that, love it. Weird story but interesting and fun gameplay concept.

edve98 says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:12pm

best story ever! Also gameplay is very interesting as I haven't seen anything similar before

Xanjos says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:36pm

Loved how the gameplay mechanics are based on how seahorses give birth plus how you've actually combined it with an absurd but hilarious backstory. Also I like how well the risk/reward mechanics are balanced (more illegitimate kids = more money but harder to avoid)

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