Cell Machine

Arrange cells. Build machines. Destroy enemies.

Each cell on its own has a simple function, like moving or spawning other cells. But when combined, more interesting behavior emerges...

Made for the GMTK Game Jam 2020 with the theme "Out of Control". In the game, you only set the initial conditions on the grid of cells. After pressing play, you can no longer control anything. Instead, a simulation unfolds, with each cell behaving based on its own set of rules..

The game is based on cellular automata like Conway's Game of Life. Atoms, molecules, cells - do they behave deterministically? And if they do, does combining them together change that?

Also the cell based machines you make in this game can grow exponentially, literally becoming out of control.


MAKING OF


HOW TO PLAY

Rearrange cells in the build area. The goal is for them to interact in a way that results in an enemy cell being hit. Press the play button to run the simulation. Press the step button to execute one generation of the sim. Press the restart button to enable editing again.

CELLS

Mover - moves in the pointed direction

Push - can be pushed in any direction

Slider - can be pushed only in one direction

Rotator - rotates adjacent cells 90 degrees each generation

Generator - Duplicates the cell behind it each generation

Immobile - Does not move in any direction, but can be duplicated by a generator

Enemy - Overlap any cell with the enemy to kill it



StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, HTML5
Rating
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(679 total ratings)
AuthorSam Hogan
GenrePuzzle
Made withUnity
Tags2D, Experimental, Game Maker's Toolkit Jam, Pixel Art, Unity

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Cell Machine v0.1.1 (Windows) 20 MB

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What for level 16

Fast and deadly for level 15

This worked?

pls add a cell testing game NOW!

I call this, The Hole Filler (THF)

This doesn't even make sense (level 9)

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How did this even work (level 16)

Use this technique to kill both your enemy cells and your eyes

thanks for making me not blind almost die to your technique

To those who are confused with level 13

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I did beat level 8, here's how (3 cells only):


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i found level 11 impossible until i realised that YOU CAN MOVES WALLS IN YOUR AREA 


Good game though. Hope theres a level creator soon.

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WAIT YOU CAN MOVE THESE WALLS ??

why didn't i read this before

Also the music from main title ToT

same

I think you should create a sandbox level

Yeah I also support that idea

Greatest idea

He hasn't posted in 2 years

yes

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Ok Cool

How to beat lvl9

make like a "timer" to push the a block blocking the moving block to pass, rotating the other moving block to left and pushing the blocking block, like...

18 by 3 map:

M = moving blocks
R = rotating blocks
B = barrel block

|--------M-------R-|
|--------B-------M-|

understand? the right is the timer to unlock the passage, then the first moving block will pass and kill the enemy, the rotating block function is to rotate the second moving block to move to the left direction.

LOL!

LOL!

What is the answer to level 6

i just did a random thing AND IT WORKED 

which level

same

Can u make a level creator

11 and 15 is impossible

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you can move the wall if it is in your area|=(

solution:

Lv15Lv11

i am an idiot

you says that's impossible...

l love unity

what music software you use for the music/soundtrack

bosca ceoil

https://boscaceoil.net/

https://terrycavanagh.itch.io/bosca-ceoil

Thanks for the Application software now im gonna make a music in it

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I went though this game using the least cells possible, and here is how many cells I used:

Level 1: 1 cell

Level 2: 3 cells

Level 3: 2 cells

Level 4: 2 cells

Level 5: 3 cells

Level 6: 2 cells

Level 7: 5 cells

Level 8: 3 cells

Level 9: 3 cells

Level 10: 2 cells

Level 11: 6 cells

Level 12: 3 cells

Level 13: 5 cells

Level 14: 4 cells

Level 15: 8 cells

Level 16: 4 cells

Level 17: 4 cells

See if you can beat any of these!

Level 16: 3 cells


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yeah I understand that one

Level 16 was one of the weird ones when I was doing this

my solution was kind of a random mess

but playing your solution... it also kind of feels like a random mess, but in a different way

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MMM...

Try messing around with level 15, lots of unexpected things can happen :)

I did the last level completely with generators

this was the idea

I did it

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can any1 help me in lvl 11 pls

You and me both buddy 馃ぃ

I just figured it out

Thanks

 i also just figured out that its IMPOSSIBLE for me

so basically in your computer Its 1 cell Between the highest solid cell and the wall while in my computer its 2 which makes it impossible:[

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try this

its weird but it works

but you need to do it twice for it to work

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YOU CAN MOVE THE WALLS IN YOUR AREA>:(

how level 7

help

nuke on the last level

Slow way to beat 15 and without filling the whole level.

Any Ideas on how to beat lvl 14?

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Oh wait nvm, found it

how

Pls make a level 3ditor and sandbox

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NUKE

all abord the virus train! copy exactly how i did it level 15

Yo guys try this

https://themysticlynx.itch.io/cell-machine-mystic-mod

More levels and sndbox mode

I play this all the time.

Yea i have CMMM+MM wow thats a lot of M's

i subbed to him wow epic keep it up!

i finished the whole game

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POWER OF PHOTOSHOP!!!

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WE MUST FIND SAM ITS  HAS BEEN 2 YEARS SINCE HE POSTED ANYTHING

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agreed send a search party

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