Growing Mess

​Your trash pile is in the middle of the screen and you must defend it from vacuums that wish to clean up your mess. Click them to get rid of them. Don't click trash bags! Defend yourself from monster vacuums that take 5 clicks to kill. This project was created in 13 hours and was streamed on twitched at https://www.twitch.tv/z_doctor

All assets used in the game are original and created by me.

Voting results

Overall
22nd
4.526
Graphics
24th
3.368
Audio
18th
3.895
Gameplay
19th
4.526
Originality
19th
5.263
Theme
9th
6.947

This game entered in the Solo competition (29 entries).

Info

Grow you trash pile to fill up the universe!

Links

Itch.io

Author

Z_Doctor

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Comments (12)

Akselmo
a year ago

I liked it for what it is, very simple clicker game and it does what it says on the tin. The music was bit too loud but maybe that's just my setup. I liked the graphics because it was clear what everything is.

Only thing I didn't like, and this may be just me being me, but I don't think you would've needed an installer for the game, it just made all kinds of alarm bells ring in my head lol. Anyway, not bad at all!

jsagerdev
a year ago

Good little clicker game, only complaints were that the audio was too loud and the music got annoying really fast, but it followed the theme really well and is a good competent clicker game

Kleinzach
a year ago

Nice enjoyable game. I would like for the levels to be more then just swapping out the background image, perhaps adding in different types of vacuums, perhaps moving at different rates or spiralling in or something.

Also due to the nature of the game being a kind of tug-of-war, it could often feel like you weren't making any substantial progress. It just didn't feel very good that the enemies were always taking away from your progress.

I too was surprised and wary of the installer which seemed like too much for a game jam game. I would definately recommend using an engine like unity or unreal which can run as an executable or a javascript/webgl project as easy distribution is key for small projects like this.

Z_Doctor
a year ago

I did use unity, the installer is just for the player convience, I will upload a non installer version later. It was just super siple to make an installer.

Ztuu
a year ago

Works great.
Music was repetitive but I didn't mind it, fit the game well.
I grew my trash bigger than the earth then stopped because I was getting RSI!

Game is made well and is a fun idea for the theme.
UI could've been spruced up a little but all round I think you did a great job!

Z_Doctor
a year ago

Thanks, yeah, this was actually my first game I ever created and I am still new to unity (only a few days experience, or at most a week) and actually my second idea for the jam. It was created from scratch in a span of 13 hours and when I was done, only 6 hours were left before the jam ended. I really cut corners at the end with some ui elements as you can imagine i was mentally exhausted after programming for 13 hours (all of it was lived streamed on twitch). The music was actually much worse, but after I finished the game, I went back and made the music longer and different. But anyway, I am glad for the feedback and glad you all enjoyed it. I wanted to add varying types of projectiles, but due to time and energy only added what is currently in the game. I can easily ploish this game up a bit, at more varity if there is a group of people who really want to see that in the future. :D Also every level, the rate of spawning isincreased, the speed is slightly increased and the amount of points needed to continue is increased.

Also, what do you mean RSI?

Z_Doctor
a year ago

I went ahead and added a zip of the same game

FreezedIce
a year ago

Amazing experience - IGN (9/10)
Truly NextGen Graphics - PC Gamer (8.5/10)
Very breathtaking - GameSpot (10/10)

dorkulon
a year ago

Great job on your first game!

treslapin
a year ago

Pretty simple clicker game with a cool theme. I felt like the 3rd level was much easier than the second one though :0 In the last level, I just sat back and watched the enemies and dust fight it out. Dust won. I got 4321 seconds in the end like a pro.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for your next jam. I hope you actually get some sleep in between development next time! :D

HuvaaKoodia
a year ago

First ever jam in 13 hours? Tough… Tough too, that I won't be any less tough as a result. Criticism will only make you stronger, yes?

I can appreciate a simple decterity challenge every once in a while.

What I cannot appreciate are many. Here are those which fit his particular project:

  • Clickety, click (Spamming the left mouse button)
  • Annoying music (loud, high pitched instruments!)
  • Inconsistent visual style (pixelated sprites contrasted against a variety of background styles)

The spamming could be mitigated with juicy hit effects, currently there is nothing of the sort, or by completely changing how the bigger vacuums are defeated. Here's an idea: pressing and holding the mouse button while tracking the enemy for a time. This way rapidly clicking smaller vacuums or targeting big ones is actually a choice sometimes.

The music… Ummm, a different set of instruments would help a lot. It is hard to say what else to do as I actually cannot stand listening to the track for more than 15.4 seconds.

The bog standard pixelated sprites are unfortunate. The backgrounds for the second and fourth levels are actually in quite an interesting visual style. How about using something similar for all the assets?

You finished a project in record time and dared to publish it for people like me to pick at! Good job in that sense. Alas, there are no rating categories for effort or daring.

Overall: Bad (3)
Graphics: Bad (3)
Audio: Terribad (1)
Gameplay: Below average (4)
Originality: Bad (3)
Theme: Below average (4)

Papercookies
a year ago

My biggest complaint was the collision detection between the mouse and the objects. It was really difficult to click them away making the game just straight up annoying. Other than that, it's certainly not the worst first game jam entry I've seen! Keep it up!

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