MiniLD #42 – hosted by LegacyCrono – May 2013

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Spermy and Petunia: Life Is Short

by DaanVanYperen - Mini LD 42 Entry

When a bowl of petunias suddenly yanked into existence miles above a planet, it finds itself plunging towards the surface in the company of a rather happy go lucky sperm whale.

In Spermy and Petunia: Life is short you attempt help the whale attain some happiness, before it's inevitable wet thud on the planet surface below.

Java 7 or higher required. Launch the exe, or alternatively download the Java 7 package and doubleclick spermy-desktop.jar.

Use cursor or adsw to move, hold space or e near the rainbow to suck up a color.

Hint: Position the whale's blowhole over whatever color you want to suck up, press and hold E. Move away when you have the amount you want. Release E when you want to spray it. You can keep sucking until the bar is discolored.

Special Thanks to Andreas Boon for helping shape the gameplay mechanics. I've cheated a bit by spreading the normal time spent a bit outside the weekend and using some public domain sounds and music. No web version this time as I couldn't get sound to work in time.

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Comments

devi ever says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 4:01pm

So excited to play this! Downloading now!

devi ever says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 4:18pm

It was definitely very quaint. :)

The first play through I was only able to get one gold coin, but with no number on it.

The second play through (pressing E to try again) I couldn't get any coin to appear.

At the end of the second play through it didn't have the "E" icon when it said press "E" to try again.

On the third play through I was having the same problem as the second one... unable to get any coins what-so-ever.

I also couldn't figure out how to suck up a specific color, or when the whale was "full". It sometimes seemed like he would squint but it was very inconsistent.

Also, it seemed that I was always just covering up all the other colors I sprayed with whatever color I just picked up, so the cloud always end up just looking like a single color with a few specs of another by the end of it all...

I was originally thinking this was going to be some kind of "collect items as you fall" kinda game, but was pleasantly surprised by the direction you took it.

Would definitely be a lot of fun with more polish!

devi ever says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 4:25pm

Okay. I am a fucking idiot. Played it again... realized what I was doing wrong.

Forget what I said the previous time...

Brilliant work! :D

devi ever says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 4:30pm

Ha ha. The creeper one was great.

Once again, my apologies for not getting it the first time. It really turned out to be a great game!

DaanVanYperen says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 4:39pm

I can see how it is confusing without knowing what to do.

For anyone else wondering: position the whale's blowhole over whatever color you want to suck up, press and hold E. Move away when you have the amount you want. Release E when you want to spray it. You can keep sucking until the bar is discolored.

JohnnySix says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 7:40pm

Love the theme and the sound effects. Was challenging trying to get the more complex shapes, and I forgot there was a purple bar so was trying to suck equal amounts of blue and red. :)

devi ever says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 8:12pm

@Daan : It wasn't that that was confusing me... I didn't realize the pot was telling me which color to use. :/

DaanVanYperen says ...
May 28, 2013 @ 9:39pm

Only natural not to trust a talking bowl of petunias!

DaanVanYperen says ...
May 29, 2013 @ 1:49pm

@JohnnySix: Mixing of colors, didn't even think of that.

numpad says ...
May 30, 2013 @ 7:57am

Great game!
Will it come to android?

DaanVanYperen says ...
May 31, 2013 @ 11:16am

Never say never! :p

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