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Apr 22, 2012 | 8:38 PM EDT

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EDIT: v1.1 is up. It includes the ability to catch enemy fish with the net (to get some points and a breather for a couple seconds), NG medals (if this new system works like I think it does), and incorporates a second background track into the game. It does NOT incorporate the new mode spoken about in the audio description for Your Violent Fishy Doom. That comes later. Maybe.

This is my Ludum Dare 23 entry! The theme was Tiny World, and just as Miyamoto gets his ideas from real life, I got Fish Simulator X from having a fishtank in my dorm, and perhaps not being the BEST fishkeeper ever (although definitely not as bad as the game might suggest).

And for those not in the know: Ludum Dare is a game jam. A game jam is where you design a game in a small amount of time. In this case, 48 hours.

Anyway, this is the first Jam I participated in where I had to work alone. So everything above was coded, drawn, designed, and composed by me. And I think I exceeded my expectations (mainly in the music and art departments).

In FIsh Simulator X, live the life of a very unlucky fish as he tries to survive against the forces of a horrible fishkeeper and an ever-expanding school of hungry predator fish.

Thanks goes out to those who gave me advice/feedback at the woefully underattended Columbus meetup location for Ludum Dare.

Also, NG does not allow me to go over a height of 700 - the actual height of the flash is 750.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


bcdefg123 responds:

Focus on the other three medals first. Then the last one should be a piece of cake. - Brian


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

feel like 5 years old xD
i don´t know why... but i like this game :D
but it needs more features :I


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Maybe I'm just a weird-o, but I really enjoyed the child-like feeling that the graphics gave to me.
Thought the music was appropriate and entertaining, but would have liked a mute feature.

Being a netbook user, I found that the tall format of the game caused the top, say, 150px to be cut off. That sucks, but I know my laptop is a teeny weeny one.

Overall good job for such a quick project!

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bcdefg123 responds:

Thanks for the review! Sorry about the game size, I made it that way because my real-life fishtank's also tall like that. I didn't really consider other sizes at the time :P

As for a mute feature, there actually is one. There's a button in that 150px that was cut off.


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

I guess I can appreicate how this was a simple game, but it just didn't do much for me. The worst part was how poorly the graphics were done. I was thinking that I could lose the bigger fish but I think he just hung on to me for the rest of the game until I died after he saw me. Anyway, I can kind of tell this was made quickly. You could have been more creative with the text, too. The net wasn't much of an enemy.

You need to work a lot more with shades. Everything just seems a solid color and the lines aren't done well. Congradulations on managing to have a game that has medals, I suppose. You just need much more detail. There's just so little here that's unique.

bcdefg123 responds:

This was made in 48 hours for Ludum Dare, a challenge one has to undertake by themselves. As someone who's really not an artist, that was my last priority. But thanks for the advice, I probably could experiment with shading next time.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I think this game isn't really a simulator, unless every fish gets chased by wild barracudas and fish nets

bcdefg123 responds:

Well, the game got rather more humorous between the time I thought of the name and when I finished.