Ludum Dare 42 is Over

This post is a little late, but the ludum dare 42 has ended. Sara and I worked very hard over a three day period to create a working game. The game we ended up making is called “Aggressive Acquisition” and can be downloaded and played for free.

It’s not to clear how to play the game when you open it, so I’ll explain it here. Firstly is the resource cycle:

On the ground next to the player (the cat in the ball) You can see that there is a “miner” and a couple “frames”. This miner is a copper node and will produce a set amount of copper every cycle. There is copper, Iron, Sillicon, and Oil. A cycle is easily determined by watching the green gear in the top right fill up. You can upgrade existing miners or buy new ones by clicking and holding on the frames and miners. Assuming you have the required resources to upgrade of course. Which brings us to this device:

This is a fabricator, at first you must hover your mouse over it to cause it to operate. However the game starts you with one automation-mod, you may click on the fabricator to open it’s GUI and add the automation-mod to remove the need to hover over it. You may also add speed mods to increase the number of items being produced at once, this does however cost more resources. This is what the GUI looks like (Click the word “Circuits” to change what item is being produced. and yes I know it’s spelled wrong in the game, but by the time I noticed it was too late to go though and change everything)

You can create more Fabricators for the cost of frames and copper, then you can add automation mods to those as well. This is the basic gameplay loop: Gather resources, craft upgrades, upgrade resource collection, upgrade/build more fabricators to craft upgrades faster, increase storage space, repeat.

Ah yes, the theme of this years ludum dare was “running out of space”. So as you collect more resources and craft more items, the green bar on the side of the screen will be filling up. This bar is your M.A.S. (Matter Acquisition System). Basically, all of the items you are collecting are being stored as Data, and when your databanks fill up, you may find that you’re stuck and have to restart. It is possible to come back from this, but very difficult.

Thankfully you can upgrade your Data storage by creating “Storage Cards”, by default you start with 8, offering 512ma capacity a piece for a total starting capacity of 4096ma. Your system must have available “slots” in order to utilize the cards, which introduces the final part of this game, Databanks:

Data banks can be built exactly like miners and fabricators, but all they do is simply offer 8 additional card slots a tower. You must build these before crafting more Storage Cards.

If by now you’re wondering what the goal of Aggressive Acquisition is, well it’s simply to collect as many resources in your MAS as possible without expanding too fast. The challenge is difficult and after every failed attempt you’re left feeling like you could do it better next time. It can be slow to start which is an unfortunate design limitation we didn’t have time to overcome.

It’s not the most elegant of games, and it’s missing many of the features we wanted it to have, but it is ours nonetheless.

I hope you enjoy it!

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