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vvv Ludum Dare jam version here! vvv

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(for anyone rating LD games!)

Description:

You are the Wax Whisperer. Your powers may well be unmatched, but some of your enemies are still out there… Not for much longer though, not with what your are about to unleash.

Burn continuous lines of candles to score points! The longer the fire survives the more points it brings you, and the closer it brings you to unfathomable power from this mysterious temple you’ve found your way to!

Controls:

  • left & right to move pieces horizontally
  • down to make the pieces fall faster
  • up to make pieces fall instantly as far as it can
  • Z & X (or A & B on gamepads) to rotate pieces
  • You can select a difficulty on the titlescreen! (start with normal!)

Notes:

This is my entry for Ludum Dare 55! The game was entirely made within the 72 hours of the jam category... (ran out of time for the 48h compo)

But the token limit got me! I started hitting it a couple of hours before the end and fighting it left me no time for adding audio. (not that there would have been any tokens for those music() and sfx() calls anyway!) Oh well! I'll try to add some soon in a post-jam version!


Revisions 1,2 & 3 are just me fixing errors and crashes, nothing was added or changed from the original jam work in the game.

The postjam version is here!
Here's the full changelog:


v1.0 - postjam:

  • Added audio!
  • Controls now appear on title screen
  • Reworked interface
  • Reworked and optimized the true ending
  • Fixed overlap checking on score texts
  • Fixed overlap checking on candle light vfx
  • Reworked the flames slightly
  • Reworked scoring: now depends on level, is less exponential, continuous burn value capped to 10
  • Bombs now set fire to neighboring candles with a value equal to the number of block destroyed
  • Doubled the bonus for fires going out without getting snuffed
  • Level-up gets a little animation in the score interface
  • Fixed bombs exploding instantly if catching fire when you place them
  • Reworked gravity speed acceleration so that it's not exponential anymore
  • Flame frequency now goes down slower by half
  • Made soft-drops a little faster
  • Added a highscore for each difficulty
  • Doubled the score goal for the true ending
  • Candles appear 1 block higher than they used to
  • Added fade animation on starting the game
  • Added game illustration as cart image

Gameplay gif:

P#146729 2024-04-16 02:00 ( Edited 2024-04-27 10:51)

3

This is really clever.. thought I knew what I was dealing with before the twist came in ;) I haven't figured out a strategy just yet but it's fun working it out!

P#146732 2024-04-16 03:26 ( Edited 2024-04-16 04:52)
2

I love how this is tetris without being tetris

P#146782 2024-04-16 18:33
1

Super fun! Very addictive, I have no audio when playing on mobile via browser though

P#147093 2024-04-22 04:18
1

Thanks for the kind words everyone!!

I just updated the game with the postjam version! Tried to fix as many little issues as I could and to make the game generally better. Also added sound of course. Let me know what you think! :)

Here's the full changelog:

  • Added audio!
  • Controls now appear on title screen
  • Reworked interface
  • Reworked and optimized the true ending
  • Fixed overlap checking on score texts
  • Fixed overlap checking on candle light vfx
  • Reworked the flames slightly
  • Reworked scoring: now depends on level, is less exponential, continuous burn value capped to 10
  • Bombs now set fire to neighboring candles with a value equal to the number of block destroyed
  • Doubled the bonus for fires going out without getting snuffed
  • Level-up gets a little animation in the score interface
  • Fixed bombs exploding instantly if catching fire when you place them
  • Reworked gravity speed acceleration so that it's not exponential anymore
  • Flame frequency now goes down slower by half
  • Made soft-drops a little faster
  • Added a highscore for each difficulty
  • Doubled the score goal for the true ending
  • Candles appear 1 block higher than they used to
  • Added fade animation on starting the game
  • Added game illustration as cart image
P#147423 2024-04-27 10:30
1

This is as good as Tetris, maybe even better! I thought this was another Tetris clone before the first fire came in and i knew what to do. So good!

P#148075 2024-05-07 18:57
4

It took me a while to work out what was going on in this, despite the visual similarities, it's really nothing like Tetris. Once it clicked though I was seriously hooked and had to keep playing until I'd beaten the game on every difficulty. Here's my best score:

The graphics are so stylish, I love the glow of the candles and the smoke. The little animation and deliberate 'crash' when you play the game is cool too. Super impressive that this was basically done in 72 hours too, serious kudos.

P#149399 2024-06-03 19:50
2

This is BRILLIANT! Such a clever spin on traditional Tetris! I've been playing on and off these past few days :D

P#149535 2024-06-06 14:13
1

I just spent 4 and a half hours straight summoning Satan. 10/10 absolutely fantastic
Got a high score of 40,746.

P#149601 2024-06-07 19:16 ( Edited 2024-06-07 19:17)
1

My mind is blown that this was made in only 72 hours, since the strategy and gameplay are so deep. Incredible job designing this game. I've been playing nonstop since I found it, going for higher and higher scores.

When I close my eyes, I just see the candles, and I am constantly planning and strategizing for the next time I go to play.

My recorded high score is 99,817 on hard level 51, though it's probably more since the counter jumbles at 100,000. Would love to see an extra digit added so I can keep watching my score improve!

(98,417 on normal and 95,058 on WW, though I'm pretty sure these have rolled past 100,000 as well.)

P#149768 2024-06-10 22:02 ( Edited 2024-06-10 22:17)

I have spent hours playing this game yet I can't seem to get past about 8000 points. It's like at some point I panic and start playing it as if it is Tetris, and the game punishes that instinct. This is a really incredible game!

P#150451 2024-06-26 14:23
1

I really like this cart but can't get out of the Tetris mindset and rely on bombs far too much. What are effective strategies in this game? I've been trying to lay a sequence of fuses so that they are in line vertically and then drop a long candle into that gap.

If anyone can explain how to be good at this game, I'd very much appreciate it.

P#150452 2024-06-26 15:01
2

Hi phil, I'd be happy to share what I've learned about playing this game.

You definitely have the right idea trying to line up the wicks to spread the flame, but that are many more ways to do it than just a long candle. In general, the key to making effective structures is ensuring that the wick of each piece you place lies next to any existing candle section, so that the flame will spread when that piece burns.

The orientation you place each piece matters as well. For every piece except the red square, starting a burn from the bottom up will result in the candle snuffing itself before it completely burns (unless the last piece to burn is resting on another candle, but that's a bit more advanced and is best learned through experience). The only reason the red piece is safe from this is that it's the only piece that splits a flame all by itself. Also worth mentioning: when there is no clear "best" orientation, try to leave a wick facing upwards, where its easiest for any future candles to spread down to it.

Splitting/duplicating flames is the other most important part of this game. For most turns, each new candle adds four pieces of "mass" while each flame only burns away one. If you only have a single flame, every turn adds a net of three pieces of mass, and your board will quickly fill up. So, to keep that in check, the only way to have a net loss of mass is to have at least five distinct flames going. In practice, this is usually unachievable (which is a big part of why bombs are still crucial) but overall, your goal should be to split the flame as often as possible. Each pair of pieces does this best in a different way, but in general, you should try to place new wicks not only against pieces that will burn, but ones that will burn soon. That way, the flame will split sooner, giving you more turns with more flames, further giving more oppourtunities to further duplicate the flame.

On the same note, bombs are best used when maximizing the number of tiles exploded, since these are by far the most efficient way to clear out a lot of mass fast. It can often be smart to place a bomb not against a flame, but against a candle that will burn soon, delaying the bomb, giving you time to stack candles around it so that it blows up as many as possible. (That said, beware putting too many candles above the bomb, as these are likely to fall and snuff themselves when the bomb explodes, leaving their wicks snuffed and unexposed.)

Lastly, try to avoid ever letting every flame go out. It's often worth doing a "poor" move, such as setting a piece up to snuff itself, if it's the only way to keep a flame alive. Even if this piece will snuff itself, you're still burning mass away, and may still have a turn or two to try and spread the flame again.

Hope this helps, and I hope you start setting some new high scores!

P#150477 2024-06-27 03:24
1

Thanks @Vert - your advice did help

P#150551 2024-06-28 13:12

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