Link to Ludum Dare Entry
Wow, what a weekend.
I came down with an unpronounceable disease on Friday (turns out it's kidney infection) and feared for the worst but since I couldn't see myself missing out on LD, I pushed through. By Saturday, thanks to some amazing medicine that not only takes away the kidney infection but mysteriously makes me extremely hungry too, I was feeling much better.
This was my 4th Ludum and most likely my most memorable one. When I saw the theme was 'You are the Villain' I was a bit disappointed, it being the topic I had wanted the least to win. But, I decided on a Dungeon Keeper clone and within an hour I was enjoying myself immensely.
Then came Sunday.
Everything started going wrong. This was largely due to the fact that the limited processing power of the JS engine was wreaking havoc on my AI code. 20 Minions running around in a labyrinth of tunnels? No thank you! I spent most of the day trying to figure out how to fix it and only after hours and hours of testing and fiddling did I find a solution. By that time I was pretty annoyed and disheartened. I started thinking about how the game looks crap and isn't any fun to play.
I wanted to give up but knew that I would regret it. So I started implementing tiny little things that made the game more fun. Made some sprites for the minions. Added little sounds to events. Wrote a message system that gives you hints on how to play and other random information. I also gave the minions the ability to say random things (mostly moaning about their pathetic little lives of servitude) and suddenly, the game took on a whole new meaning. Instead of meaningless digging through tunnels, the game was now about this little Reaper dude oppressing minions and smiting heroes. It became a little world, not just a few little blocks on the screen.
So far, I've been getting some great comments on my game. Here are a few of them:
This gets its high rating from me, not from innovation (DK), but from awesome music and the funny things the minions say, and the fact that it's a fully functioning RTS in 48 hours!
This is surely how DK would have looked on the C64 ;)
wow wow wow WOW WOW WOW I WANT MOAR.
ADD A KICKSTARTER AND I WILL GIVE YOU MY MONEY :)
"Oh you are a cruel master!"
Loved this game!
AWESOME GAME! I love this. At first I almost gave up because I couldn't figure it out, but once I did, I loved it. This deserves a full release.....make it happen!
And lastly, some screenshots: