Stargazers


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Stargazers

TrickyTwinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder where one more quality Ludum Dare entry, um, are. Well, wouldn't you know? One happens to be right here: Stargazers, a minimalist puzzle production by Christina Pham and Mathias Giachino (Cake&Code) that's sure to have everyone watching the skies. In each level, players will be presented with a basic line drawing. You'll observe the night sky, and sketch out the given picture by tapping stars in order, forming connections. You can only use each star once, so you'll have to do a little planning to guarantee the picture you want. Watch the moon, too! When it goes from completely full to completely new, the level is over. After each level you'll be graded on accuracy. Getting 100% will open up the picture for viewing in the gallery, along with some cute commentary.

StargazersStargazers is a relaxing kind of game that rewards methodical observation. The variation on Connect-The-Dots that forms the main gameplay is quite relaxing. It makes one think of how the ancient astronomers must have felt determining what group of stars represented what constellation (even if Ptolemy and his ilk tended more towards "Ram" and "Water-Bearer" instead of "Pac-Man" and "Finn the Human"). Stargazers shows its 48-hour development cycle in its length: at only ten levels it is over far too quickly, especially since things only get really challenging at level five. Still, it is an impressively polished work, and is definitely worthy of being the first game you play tonight.

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bearharry Author Profile Page May 12, 2013 12:58 PM

EVERY PIC HAVE REFERENCE TO OTHER STORIES...BUT i CAN'T GOT LUDUM ,HUMAN AND ASCEND....

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Cute and well made game but the music was a little irritating. Well... a lot irritating. Almost as much as an all caps comment.

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starbeamrainbowlabs Author Profile Page May 12, 2013 2:13 PM

The artwork for this game looks good, but I found myself having to press reset over and over again because I couldn't remember the shape that I was supposed to find in the stars.

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MurphMan Author Profile Page May 12, 2013 3:34 PM

If you hover over the small box in the lower-left corner, it'll bring up what you're supposed to be making, so you don't have to reset and lose your progress on the level.

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Potato!

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octochan Author Profile Page May 12, 2013 10:36 PM

Even with the end notes I still don't get what the Killer pic is supposed to be.

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chibidani Author Profile Page May 13, 2013 12:11 AM

I wish there was a "Retry" option at the end of the level when you get a good enough % accuracy to pass, but not to "see" the picture.

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@chibidani There is a retry option. Use the Restart button on the left under the Home button.

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bubblecamera Author Profile Page May 13, 2013 9:29 AM

I understand all the references except for "Killer" and "Ascend." Can someone explain those to me?

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bearharry Author Profile Page May 13, 2013 10:54 AM

@octochan and @bubblecamera

Killer is reference to the killer in the heavy rain, that he we left a paper-folded bird after murder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Rain

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Daibhid C Author Profile Page May 31, 2013 12:35 PM

@bearharry

Human is Finn from the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, and Ascend is the robed figure from Journey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_Time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_%282012_video_game%29

As for Ludum, apparently the contest's optional bonus theme was "potato".

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