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A jam submission

ZompireView game page

A hybrid of zombie survival and diplomatic strategy
Submitted by amerond (@CameronDarragh) — 9 hours, 47 minutes before the deadline

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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Innovation#633.1763.176
Gameplay#643.0003.000
Theme interpretation#703.3533.353
Overall#1092.8242.824
Audio#1142.4712.471
Graphics#2181.9411.941

Ranked from 17 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

GitHub repository
https://github.com/CameronDarragh/Zompire

Theme interpretation
This game uses the hybrid theme to blend two contradictory types of game: a zombie survival and diplomatic strategy.

The game then goes a step further by making the character a hybrid of the two warring factions, resulting in gameplay requiring the player to play both for and against each faction simultaneously.

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Comments

(+1)

Interesting game! It was difficult to quickly figure out which option you needed to pick while the monsters were advancing on each other's towns, which made the gameplay interesting. Like other people have said, more art & possibly different music would help flesh the game out more. Nice job!

Developer

Thanks for the constructive feedback. Glad you enjoyed it

Submitted(+1)

Great idea for the game!

Developer(+1)

Thank you! I hope you enjoyed playing the game

Submitted(+1)

The writing is really funny! I'm not great at the shooting part so I couldn't get to the 5,000 score (also, it said my high score was 5,000 but I'd died twice without getting there, in case that's not intentional).  But I truly wanted to keep playing because I enjoyed the concept so much. Like another user wrote a speech challenge that stops or slows the attacks would be perfect.

Hope you keep updating this! Great game!!

Developer

Thank you so much for playing the game and for your valuable feedback. My next steps on the game will be improving the difficulty curve and finding some better ways for the dialogue to influence the attackers. Hope you enjoyed the game!

Submitted(+1)

I liked the concept of the game, but I would have liked meaningful choices instead of that lie to people, so they calm down while you kill em' all until the next speech, mechanic. Maybe you can say something that makes Zombies/Vampires stop their attack while you manage to do another thing: like convincing them that war is not the only option, or that they should give you something because you're killing their enemy (yes, you get points, but you can't do anything with them to win). In a video game with such interesting critique more options should be given to the player.

I would like to see more about this game. And thanks for your comment on ours.

Developer(+1)

Thanks for the feedback! While the anger affects the spawn rates of the monsters, I agree with you that it should have more of an effect. Pacifist options pause the anger, but tbh I hadn't considered pausing the spawning at the same time. It's a bit of a balancing act, but you've given me some things to consider. Thank you, and I hope you enjoyed the game

Submitted(+1)

Quite an original idea :-)

Developer

Thank you!

Submitted(+1)

I appreciate a lot the comedy in it! Caught myself chuckling a number of times.

Developer

Thanks man! Glad you enjoyed the game

Submitted(+1)

The intro is nice, I like the clear instructions. I wish the "real" game would begin sooner because the beginning is kind of a grind. The concept is really cool and you should build on it!

Developer(+1)

Thanks for the feedback! Hope you enjoyed the game

Submitted

yes I did! check out my entry if you wish :)

Submitted(+1)

Or were his parents a zombie and a vampire. 

The intro is well done and I also like the music. The gameplay idea is nice, but it can be really hard to reach the other city, when there is a zombie/vampire blocking the door. (And I don't want to kill my kind).

The art is ... unique, but I liked the GitHub colors on the ground. Nice hybrid game.

Developer

Thanks for playing! I wanted it to be a paradoxical choice when it comes to violence. I hadn't expected anyone to just not want to kill at all. I'm impressed, and will make it easier for non-violent players to travel around in the future. Thank you

Submitted(+1)

Excellent interpretation of the theme. Hilarious and original. The introductory text is legendary. I also like the theme of arbiter, bringer of order and balance.

The graphics were nice and functional apart from the character sprites. You definitely need an artist!
I wouldn't say this game is suitable for casual gamers without some tweaks because the difficulty scales up too quickly. I went into the zombie base to make political statements and suddenly there were two boss zombies breaking down the fence of the other side. A more gentle ramping up of difficulty would be nice.

Great game concept, and viable as a marketable game in my opinion!

Developer

Thank you so much!  I'm glad you love the concept. I agree that the difficulty curve should be worked on, and the art and animations have a long way to go. I hope you had fun playing the game :)

Submitted(+1)

Nice game ! Please check out our game too!! 

Developer

Thanks man, will do

Submitted(+1)

The diplomatic strategy aspect of this game is a very fun wrinkle. The gameplay worked well too. Well done!

Developer(+1)

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the game

Submitted

No problem at all. Feel free to check out our game too!