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Feb 22, 2009 | 3:53 AM EST

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An attempt to create a webcam-based game in the style of Lemmings.

Use your arms, legs, or whatever you want to create ramps and platforms to guide the rabbits to their goal.
The goal is a hole on the left hand side of the screen. An arrow marked 'EXIT' will periodically appear.
The only way to change the rabbits direction is to let them hit the side of the play area.
Rabbits will only move along areas of the webcam image highlighted in white. Try improving the lighting in your room to gain more edges.

Before I start, I just want to point out that this is an unfinished, experimental project. There are a LOT of things wrong with it, a few being:

- There's no preloader. Please be patient.
- There's no menu screen, and the game starts before the webcam is activated. Sorry.
- The scoring, timer, and lives indicators don't work properly, and as such the game never ends.
- There's only one level. Not being able to determine when a game is won, the game never ends, and I never got round to making another level.
- It's impossible to change a rabbits direction without hitting the side of the play area. I tried to change this, I really did. Six different solutions, and none of them worked.
- The motion is jerky. I made the game too graphic heavy, and as a result it can't be played properly at high quality. Switch it to medium quality for better results.
- The music doesn't work. I referenced external sound files and I'm not sure how to embed them yet. Currently the only sound effect is the 'splash' when a rabbit hits the water.
- The webcam interaction is clunky. I tried my best, but there was only so much I could do. I'm not 100% on how the edge-detection works, I based the interaction off this piece by Grant Skinner: hives/2005/08/flash_8_web cam.html

Naturally you need a webcam for this game to work. If you don't know which one it is, right click the game, go to the webcam settings, and go through the list until you find one that works. It is also best played against a plain background, as the camera will detect the edges of just about everything it sees.
There are two things you can do with the 'lemmings' basically.. either get them to the exit hole, or let them drown at the bottom. It's limited at the moment, but this game has potential to be much better.

With that out of the way, I'd like you to understand that this was my FIRST ever attempt at a Flash game. A bit over ambitious yeah, but I think I did pretty well all things considered. With a bit more time (and a better understanding of Flash) I think it could actually be a pretty fun game.
If anybody is interested in trying to fix this project up, send me a msg, as I don't think I'll get round to doing myself anytime soon.



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars


I make them walk on my head xD

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I liked it

Well that was fun, the animation on the rabits was slow but thats the idea i think you were going for, but it almost made it seem like it was laggy, anyways its a game and a start in the right direction

needs more stuff all around

Entertaining game


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Cheeseycom responds:

Thanks for the positive review, despite everything that's wrong with the game.
It does need a lot of work in pretty much all areas..
As far as the lag problem goes, it really depends on your computer, but generally anything higher than medium quality lags a lot.. I just used way too many images and not enough vector graphics. It actually runs a lot faster than that, though variable game speeds would be a good feature to include later, once it's working properly.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

I couldn't get it to work...

..properly, it started well, and then the game just went weird and the nothing would respond.
For you first game, its not a total write off, maybe just fix the few problems, and especially give us some instruction to the game and we may be able to increase your score.
It's a nice idea, but word of advice, for your first game its always good to start of more simple. As long as its not a maze game :)
keep going, you'll get there. Looking foward to seeing this again xD

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Cheeseycom responds:

Lol I've seen way too many maze games, and a hundred different versions of just about every other game.. so I thought I'd try something a little bit different. Unfortunately, it was so different it became an impossible task for me.

There are instructions in the authors comment. I tried to implement a menu/instruction page in-game, but it really messed it up badly for some reason.

Sorry to hear that it went weird. Could you give me a bit more information? I might be able to fix it at some point.

Thanks for the review =]


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

It could be better

Pretty fun but too many bugs like everyone else is saying, I love the idea, good luck on making it better, if you are going to.

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Rated 0.5 / 5 stars

to many bug's

and where's the instructions

Cheeseycom responds:

Yeah I know, it was my first game though. Clearly I set my sights too high.

The instructions are the top of the author comments. I'll try and make it a bit clearer though.