Synthetic Garden Tower Defense

Synthetic Garden Tower Defense is a short and simple tower defense game. In a world overrun by self-replicating synthetic lifeforms, you try to make a living for yourself as one of dwindling human survivors. Armed with a weaponized turret, try to find peace on your plot of land. For this GGJ, I wanted to improve my technical skills. As a result, I tackled this jam solo, following guides/tutorials to make my own project. I had recently watched the Brackeys tutorial on making a tower defense game, so that was what I was familiar with. What's that saying, if all you have is a hammer, all your problems look like nails? I made what I thought I could after following along the tutorial. In terms of the jam's theme, I wanted to approach it from the duality of machinery and synthetic life, but also of creation and destruction. It's a fundamental game mechanic that destruction gives you the tools to create, and I wanted to use that in this game as well. The play field is split between the left where enemies approach and the right where you use metal scraps to grow a garden. As a one-person team without much technical experience, I obviously didn't get as much accomplished as I would have liked, but this was a good exercise in working with Unity scripts, UI, and other technical elements that I hope to continue improving upon.
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MS Windows
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Unity (any product)
Installation Instructions: 
  1. Download the zipped file from the GGJ Site
  2. Open "release" and find Synth Garden.exe
  3. Run Synth Garden.exe to play the game
  4. To exit game, use Alt+F4

Synthetic Garden created by Riley Park for GGJ 2022

Based on Tutorial/Guide by Brackeys

Uses assets by Kenney

Uses DOTween

Made in Unity

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