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

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

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Madness Mathematica

by jusw85 - Jam Entry

A weird pseudo educational fantasy math game...??? *headscratch*

Arrow keys to move
Down to drop through platforms
Up / Space to jump
Number keys (1-4) to select your answer

Made using Gamemaker and Bfxr

Music from Incompetech
Batty McFaddin Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Creator's note: I certainly didn't intend the game to turn out this way, it wasn't even supposed to resemble anything mathsy or educational... but it just kinda did, because of my zero artistic ability and time and resource constraints. So if you find yourself having some kind of sadistic perverse fun with my weird creation, let me know in the comments :)

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kd7uiy says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:10pm

Good enough, but it's really hard to do math problems that fast, even for a person as good at mental math as I am. Still, it works well enough I suppose.

Artsicle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:31pm


ccglp says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:47pm

Can work as an educaative game for children to get quickness with math.

dlweatherhead says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:54pm

Nice education style game. Some UI changes and tweaking to the difficulty curve are needed though.
The sense of urgency was done well.

JesseyCool says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:48pm

All right game. Funny qwestion. It in not my type of game.

gene-z says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:52pm

Nice work, idea works well

gdcvdqpl says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:09pm

You should have added Sound to the list of things to Rate, I love how the music speeds up and the sounds effects are nice too.
Excellent mood also, but I can't rate that either :(
That was really fun

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:00am

not bad, not great.

iamkraya says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:06pm

Was fun once I realised what the game rules were. I did find myself ignoring most of the text and scanning for the numbers and keywords like "sells" or "finds".

Stuck to the theme well and was good fun once it got going.

Drkr says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:19pm

If my maths exams had screenshake too I probably wouldn't survived long either.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:14pm

Great game! Was a bit surprised with the shake effects, made a great mood! Could've been cool with some multiplication, divisions and so on. Took some seconds before I learned how it worked, so lost a bit of time there the first round!

Dec 15, 2016 @ 8:12pm

Nice one. I actually enjoy these kind of math questions, so yes I had some fun with it. It would have been even better, if there was any connection between the platforming and the math questions. At the moment they are very disconnected.
Still a fun first entry. Keep it up!

Kevin_B says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:23pm

Ehi! it's funny! Nice work with the music!

Ednei says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 6:49pm

nice work!!

Dec 18, 2016 @ 7:02pm

Took me back to elementary school math. It's odd, because I feel like if it were just the math problems I would've been fine but making them word problems added that extra level of difficulty. I think adding a more clear sign of why things were getting rough would really take it to the next level, though I do like it now. Very interesting idea.

eemmbbeerr says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:48pm

Exceptional! It really could work as an educational game, do try to develop it further!

MementoGames says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 8:57pm

I really liked the lore behind the math problems! The music really gave the sense of urgency. Well done!

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