This game is a submission for Ludum Dare 40View submission

A game for Ludum Dare 40 : "The more you have, the worse it is".

I was also inspired by other themes such as "One level, but it always changes".

Presentation

GooBall is a simple game where you need to collect a total of 200 GooBalls in five minutes.

(I'm sorry on my computer the build pauses when you are not on the game tab, but Itch.io doesn't want you to stop listenning to the soundtrack of this game it would seem)

Controls

WASD / Arrows : Move

(the movement is quite similar to a PacMan)

Mechanics

There are GooBalls spawners all over the map. Your goal is to pickup these goos and bring them back to the main portal (the purple zone where you start) to save them.

As you eat more and more goo you will become bigger, there are in total 3 phases.

Each time you grow you can go on the slab in the middle to change the room's configuration and augment the quality of the goo pickups.

As you save more and more goo, vortex will spawn on the map. If you touch them they will absorb 5 of your GooBalls.

Story

The GooBalls were living a happy life in GooLand when suddently they started to get pulled to another dimension, the Vortex Dimensions. Indeed it's inhabitants the Vortex like the taste of Goo.

Your duty is to bring back the gooballs that are being sucked in this dimension back to their original one.

Made with

Font from http://www.1001fonts.com/blow-font.html (this is the only asset I didn't make myself, but it's not in the original game anyway).

Engine : Unity

Sprites : Aseprite

Music : Bosca Ceoil

SFX : My voice (mostly) slightly distorted with Audacity

I recommand all these tools they are really good (you might have slight problems acquiring my voice though, but might not be that bad anyway).

I like Asesprite so much (and spending hours tweaking sprites until they feel right) I practically loosed a whole day doing only that.

Existential thoughs

This wasn't my first jam, but it was my first Compo though. I had spent the whole week crunching to finish another game project so I was already dead before starting. I thought "pff I'll do a simple concept, finish it quickly and publish it" but that was without inticipating my polishing frenzy.

I haven't even really totally playtested the game so I'm sorry if there are bugs or more probably if it isn't very well balanced.

What I learned

  • Building the game mechanics and then polishing is the preferable order to follow, not the other way around
  • Oh my god use a level editor for 2D maps, not Unity vanilla. Never again ! NEVER ! AGAIN !

Install instructions

Install

  1. Just play the game in the browser
  2. Download the executable zip, unzip it, and double click on the index.html
  3. Download the sources , unzip them, and launch them in Unity

Download

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Sources.zip 211 MB
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GooBall-original.zip 7 MB
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GooBall-Patch-1.1.zip 7 MB

Development log