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

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting ldjam.com working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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CatChaseZero

by donvermo - Jam Entry

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POSTJAM VERSION
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Postjam version is now live!
The Postjam version includes enhanced graphics and sound effects as well as some balancing fixes.
Find them here:
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http://tinyurl.com/PostJamMAC <<<<<<<<
http://tinyurl.com/PostJamLINUX <<<<<<<<
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DESCRIPTION
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CatChaseZero is an attempted throwback at the retro arcade of old.
You play as a cat trying to save the world from the evil mice.
Run around the room trying to prevent the cheese from being stolen, but watch out! Eating mice makes you fat and slow, keep walking and running to burn off those calories before the horde overcomes you.

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CONTROLS
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Mouse for menus (sorry folks, didn't get to finish it retro style, will do so post jam)
Arrow Keys to move
Space to run

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Mechanics
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Eating mice makes you fat and slows you down, move to burn those calories and run to burn them faster.
Watch out for coloured mice, each one has its own effect.

Brown: nothing, just makes you fatter
White: restores your stamina and doesn't make you gain weight
Green: these ones make you gain extra fat (they are worth more points though)
Purple: they invert the rules of the game until you eat another (non-purple) mouse, movement is inverted and they make you lose fat instead of gain it.

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Post compo plans
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These are finished! check the top of this post for the post compo version of the game!

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness58%
#174Humor(Jam)3.36
#218Fun(Jam)3.54
#252Overall(Jam)3.61
#275Audio(Jam)3.36
#283Mood(Jam)3.56
#353Graphics(Jam)3.68
#412Theme(Jam)3.64
#438Innovation(Jam)3.11

Comments

Fough says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:59pm

Pretty nice, needs some work on animation for mice and juiciness when nabbing them, but overall it's cool :)

donvermo says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:27pm

@Fough, Thanks for playing! I uploaded a postjam version where I got to fix some things I didn't get around to during the jam, feedback on the postjam version is also greatly appreciated.

stefvanschie says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:26am

Pretty fun game. The first time I played it my score counter wasn't visible, though. And the fat meter obscures the lives text. However the game is very enjoyable and very polished.

donvermo says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:30am

@stefvanschie, interesting bug you have there. Would you mind telling me what platform you ran it on and what the native resolution of your desktop is? The game should be running on 1920x1080 by default.

indrkl says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:00am

Very well executed, the fat and stamina mechanic was pretty interesting. I found out that you can abuse the mice to gather cheese in one place to make it reaser to catch them, don't know if that's intentional, but that was a good strategy.

donvermo says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:03am

@indrkl yeah it was a good strategy that would sadly make the game a little too easy down the line. I made it less of an issue in the postjam version though. Thanks for playing!

Dejvo says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:42am

really good game! I love Cats. My game also has mice but in a different way :D

PlugRobots says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:45am

Can't launch. Have the "Program isn't run"(5) error.

Kalm004 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:07pm

For me it's a really good game. I'll tell you some things to improve. The collisions detection and the controls can be improved. And you have a problem with the visualization of the hud. But as I said, really good job, it's a funny game!

KappaIX says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:27pm

Damn those mice, stealing my cheese.

I liked the graphics, I particularly liked the idle pose for the cat (where it sits down), a nice touch. The music was very authentic for an arcade game. Good work also taking the time to put together an intro.

I think the area to work on would be when you get down to just a couple of bits of cheese? It's possible to just sit on them and grab the mice as they come to you - some sort of escalation at this point would be good.

On the whole a fun game! Well done, thanks for sharing!

Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:32pm

Hey, I liked your game it was actually fun.
You can improve the audio and the graphics at some point but overall not bad!
And please go and try out my game!

Dec 18, 2016 @ 1:21pm

Really funny and great realization ! Would have been perfect with sound effects.

Good job ! (My best score is 720).

donvermo says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 4:27pm

@PlugRobots would you be able to give me some more information? What OS were you trying to run the game on? Maybe I can fix the problem.

kleinzach says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:28pm

Good entry. I like the pixel art, especially of the cat. It got pretty repetitive after a while, I would like to see you mix it up a bit, though the different mice are a good start. Sound effects and any sort of reaction to eating a mouse would make a world of difference.

martymon says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:30pm

Nice graphics...would have liked to see animations for mice. I've never felt so fat as a cat.

thedashdude says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 9:03pm

The fatness meter was a cool mechanic, but I don't think you did all you could with it. Also, why were there 4 cheeses but three lives?

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:15pm

The game is pretty fun and intuitive. I managed to score 500pts at first run :)
The "fat" mechanic is really well thought, also!
Well played!

onixowl says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:11am

At first, I was like "ok, that pretty easy". Couple of minutes later started to literally scream on mouse "PUT IT BACK YOU GODDAMN MICE!"

Liked the game. Looks, plays and sounds pretty good

SoulBound says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:25am

Very good game

donvermo says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:15am

@thedashdude, it has one more cheese than there are lives because if there is only once cheese left you can just sit on top of it. Did not manage to think up a way around it other than this so far.

@Ekilibr, @onixowl, @SoulBound: Thank your for playing!

radmars says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 11:13pm

Nice! The art and sound are really great. Pretty fun though straightforward, some other mechanics might have been cool since with the way stamina worked I could just hold down space the entire time. Introducing the enemies earlier might help too, I only saw one green one and never saw any purple. Loved the intro too. Nice work!

Thijs Tak says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 7:23am

I liked the game. I love cats. The mice AI wasn't the smartest though. Half of the time they walked right into me (even when holding cheese) instead of walking toward the cheese or back to the holes.
Also, I never saw a purple mouse.

nick.bota says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 2:56pm

The cutest game of LD37 :D, it's funny, looks great, sounds great, has great mechanics and it's fun to play! Would like to see some more levels and new level patterns though.

Louspirit says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 8:39pm

Very nice cute game :) It is easier to recover staminer that lightness :)

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:11pm

Got 1426 points :) Solid entry, simple design that works and is enjoyable to play, well done.

Jan 21, 2017 @ 8:19pm

Cute graphics! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/9xy3qMJx7GQ

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