This is a test drive of the LÖVE framework that I went a bit overboard with. Collect the seven foodstuffs scattered throughout the maze-like game world. Once all are in your possession, return to your den to prep for hibernation!
Arrow Keys, WASD: Walk, jump, climb, activate machines.
Z, X, C, Space: Alternate jump buttons
R: Restart from the last checkpoint.
Tab: Display the automap. All visited screens will be shown, and all food locations will also be indicated.
F2: Return to the title screen (restarts the application)
1-9: Select save slot
F5: Save to current slot
F8: Load from current slot
Escape: Open the options menu. Use up/down or W/S to select an option, left/right or A/D to adjust a numeric parameter, and Enter to toggle an On-or-Off parameter. Press Escape to leave the menu.
The first enumerated gamepad on your system can also be used for input.
In order to progress, you'll need to pick up coins to activate moving
platforms, and also increase your jump strength by collecting new sneakers,
just as in nature.
Checkpoints are represented as torches. When defeated by the bad things,
you will be returned to the last torch with all progress since then undone.
You can touch the same torch twice to update the restore point with new stats.
Occasionally, you will have to deal with swimming. You float
upwards to the surface, and the only way to move further downwards underwater is to
have jumped in from a sufficiently high point. To leave water, hold the jump button to continuously hop out. It's not possible to drown in this game.
Additional Menu Options That Warrant Explanation
Screen Scale: Magnifies the screen. Lower is smaller.
Time Scale: Changes the speed of gameplay. Lower is faster.
Vsync: When enabled, synchronizes draw updates to the refresh rate of your monitor or television. When disabled, the game renders at a rate as fast as your system and LÖVE will allow, which may cause screen tearing artifacts.
Up to Jump: When enabled, pressing the up direction (up arrow, 'W', or up with the gamepad analog stick or d-pad / hat) will make the player jump. This was the original behaviour in version 1, but it isn't preferable for everyone, and is especially troublesome when playing with a gamepad.
Remap Gamepad...: Takes you to a gamepad configuration screen to map the following actions: Jump / Confirm, Menu / Cancel, Automap, Respawn, Save Game and Load Game.
System Requirements, Performance Notes
In general: your system needs to support LÖVE 11.2 to play this game. A 32-bit Windows package (using the 11.3 preview build) is provided below, as well as the .love project file which can be used with the Linux and MacOS versions of LÖVE. Unfortunately, I do not currently have access to a MacOS system for testing and packaging a standalone Mac release. I intend to resolve this at some point in the future, and also intend to make a Linux AppImage or similar all-in-one package as well.
I tested the Windows package on an old HTPC with an AMD A6-6400K running Windows 10, and experienced substantial frame drops while Vsync was enabled. Disabling Vsync seemed to clear up most issues.
* XBox 360 wired controller (X854237-001)
* Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad (BSGP815GY)
Things that aren't supported because I didn't manage my time well enough but
will be in the next game I swear
Keyboard key rebinding and fullscreen are conspicuously absent. I apologize for any issues this causes. If there is demand, I can try and patch them in. Given these absences, I'm leaving the Itch project status for this as 'Prototype.' I will be refactoring the core and adding these things in for future projects as my next action.
Known Issues and Bugs
3 Sept 2019: Serialization bug: sometimes the jump powerup state is not correctly stored and retrieved from a saved game.
Made in 2019 by Rabbitboots
Using the LÖVE 2D Engine / Framework, version 11.2 (11.3 Preview build for Windows), and the Binser data serialization library
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Changelog (Summary -- see download for more info)
v1.03a - 21 Jul 2019 - Fixed an intermittent problem with the ending sequence, where the ending art appears dimmed, or doesn't appear at all. Config and save files should be compatible with v1.03. I also packed a screenshot map of the maze into the downloads as a bonus.
v1.03 - 29 Apr 2019 - Converted some actors to map terrain, this may improve performance on slower systems; Implemented saving and loading to/from disk using Binser; Bumped LÖVE Windows executable up to the 11.3 32-bit preview build; Include lovec.exe console executable in the Windows package; Removed mud terrain / actors due to being vestigial; Amplified audio files; Minor graphical fixes
v1.02 - 14 Apr 2019 - Rudimentary gamepad support; Attempts to save and load configuration on close and startup respectively; Dedicated jump buttons (space / z / x / c) added; Lowered percussion in the BGM mix to be less annoying, and mixed music tracks down to single-channel as they are mono anyways.
v1.01 - 8 Apr 2019 - Fix "S" not working to activate machines. Thanks Broccoli!
v1.00 - 8 - Apr 2019 - Initial Release
Game is Copyright 2019 Rabbitboots, all rights reserved