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A jam submission

Screamin' MeemiesView game page

Fire your sonar by shouting: "PING!" Destroy ghosts, collapse the hellmouth!
Submitted by Mike LeSauvage (@mikelesauvage) — 1 hour, 14 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Weirdness/Charm#34.5334.533
Fun Factor#53.8673.867
Overall#143.8673.867
Music and Sound#153.6673.667
Overall#173.6383.638
Balance#223.2003.200
Polish#293.3333.333
Visuals#633.0003.000

Ranked from 15 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Haha! Terrific idea! Sadly I couldn't get my laptop mic to work so could not test the sonar.

Developer

Ah nuts, yeah that really does break the game.  Thanks for taking a look!
I considered adding in a space bar replacement, but feared most people would then avoid the use of the mic and it's super integral to the experience.

If you download the desktop version, it'll allow you to change your input device, but when you play in the web you're stuck at the mercy of whatever input device your browser thinks is allowed.

Submitted(+1)

Got sonar working in the download version. This is hilarious!

Developer

Oh awesome, thanks so much for giving it another go!

Submitted(+1)

This is pretty great. I felt ridiculous yelling ping and that just makes it all the better.

Great work!

Developer

Thanks! I don't feel too ridiculous any longer, but that may have come after many hours of yelling PING during testing :)
Early on, I didn't have the volume boost and really maybe that's the first thing I should have implemented...

Submitted(+1)

Dig the dark humor! The memorial is a great idea :D

Submitted(+1)

This is Great! It was very fun and when you win or fail it shows all the people with the names, it's a very nice touch!

(+1)

Absolutely incredible! At first I thought I'd never yell to get the sonar going, but a few ghosts in and I was desperately yelling ping like my life depended on it. Fantastic work!

Developer

I really appreciate this, thanks. That was exactly the kind of response I was hoping it would engender in people!

Submitted(+1)

Lourdes and Anika were jerks anyway.

Fantastic job on this!

Submitted(+1)

Yeah, I totally didn't get asked what was wrong with me by my wife for screaming ping as I ran from underwater ghosts. I had fun with this! Thanks for making me look like a fool. Awesome sound fx too.

Developer (4 edits)

The sounds were definitely rewarding. They kind of get addictive too...the more you have in there, the better the game feels and the more you want to add...

The sounds I used are freely available:

They're perfect for jams!

Submitted(+1)

The voice system was phenomenal! Loved the sonar idea, and I ended up waking up other people in the house. Fantastic, nice challenge. Cheers! 

Developer

Woohoo! Love that people are getting into the sonar. Really appreciate your enthusiasm, thank you.

(+1)

Great writing! The concept was very cool and atmospheric--more so than I expected. I can tell you put a lot of work into this.

Developer(+1)

Thanks Natty! It was a wild ride for sure.
The core game came together so much more easily than the menu and end screen. I was shocked at how much effort they took.

Developer (1 edit)

Thanks so much, both of you! I'll be playing your games tomorrow after I recover!

Submitted(+1)

Whoa cool concept!  Great sound fx too.  I would some bubbles and creepy underwater sounds too~ good work! Please check out 'Puma Cat'  🐱

Developer

Oh man, I have a folder of creepy underwater sounds. I wanted the hull to creak the deeper you went. I just...ran...out...of...time.

Same for bubbles, they're totally the next thing I would add!

Developer

You convinced me by the way, and there are now both bubbles and creepy underwater sounds

(+1)

Really enjoyed this one, the microphone mechanic is fun to use and works well and I like the simple (yet sad!) story you've made. I genuinely felt bad at the end! Great work!

Developer

Another update: you can now select your microphone from the main menu. It's just rudimentary controls (left/right arrow) but should allow everyone to play, irrespective of their windows settings!

Developer

I've updated to allow players to adjust the microphone gain. 

However, I don't have the ability to do microphone selection yet.  I believe you need to set you microphone as the system and communication default. I'm hoping to improve this part of the game.