“Space potato” – The Game!

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April 20th, 2015 11:04 am

Introduction:

Hey everyone!

So yesterday I finished my game for the LD #32 Compo! Everything was done in a little less then 42 hours (37 hours)! This was my first ludum dare but definitely not my last! I really enjoyed participating and I’ll definitely keep competing! Anyways, enough of the small talk! Let’s get to the game!

What’s it about?

Join our hero in protecting the faith of the Earth from evil (derpy looking) space squids! Use one of the four randomly dropped potato weapons to protect the Earth and yourself. How long will you last against hordes and hordes of space squid? Let’s find out!

Controls:

A, D – movment
Space – jump
F – use special ability
Esc – exit to tittle screen
Mouse click – navigate the menu

Mechanics in detail:

Well, first off, I think we should start from the 4 different potato types in the game.

Each potato effect lasts for 10 seconds!

A new potato is spawned immediately after ones effect runs out!

 


Bullet potato


Cool Down:
 0.5 seconds (You can fire 20 of them per 1 pick up);

Best use: Fending off single enemies before they come close to the core. Best used during start of the game. Falls off during late game.

Mechanic: Each bullet insta-kills the first enemy it touches. Be careful though because it’s range is fairly short.


Healing potato

 

Cool Down:  2.5 seconds (You can spawn up to 4 heals).

Best use: The healing potato is used to heal the core (in game “The Faith of Humanity”) or the player.

Mechanic: Use the healing potato when needed. It spawns the heals at a fair distance from the player and nothing is stopping you from storing them somewhere further away from the core so they can be used when needed, though you could only heal yourself if stored away( It is recommend to save them on the 2nd or 3rd floor because otherwise they will get pushed back to the core by the enemy). If the heal touches the core, it will heal the core for 150 HP. Otherwise, the player can also use it to heal himself for the same amount of HP.


Chillato (Chilli Potato)

 

Cool Down: 10 seconds (You can only fire it once).

Best use: The Chillato is best used when there is a lot of enemies around, so make sure to make it count since you can only do it once!

Mechanic: The Chillato is a little bit more challenging to use, because you can only use it once. Once you use it, an effect as if you were using fire appears and burns all of the enemies you are facing with quite a bit of range (so it is best to sneak up behind huge hordes of enemies while they are attacking the core and destroy the enemies on both sides of the core). The Chillato only destroys the enemies on the side you are facing, so be careful where you aim it! The heat from the fire will stay for a few more seconds and kill any enemies that enter the radius of it’s fire for a few seconds after it’s activation.

A pic explaining the mechanics behind it: 


AOE Potato (Area of effect)

Cool Down: 4.5 seconds (You can fire it twice).

Best use: The AOE Potato is best used when there are enemies on both sides of the player. It’s range is not so large, so try to use it carefully!

Mechanic: The AOE Potato creates a radius around the player killing everything in the radius after a 2 second delay. The radius isn’t really big, so you have to make sure to get as much as enemies as possible with it, because it is not a fast attack.

A pic explaining the mechanics behind it: 


 

 

Enemy, core and player interaction:

There could be quite a bit of confusion on how the enemies interact with the player and the core, so it’s time I clear that our for everyone!

This pic should explain pretty well on how the enemy damage system works!

A pic explaining the mechanics behind it: 

This means that if in time of need and if you have health to spare, you can push out the enemies away from the core to buy some time to potentially get a heal or an AOE attack.

 

Easy, isn’t it?:

And that’s it! That is pretty much all you need to know to become a real space potato pro! The objective of the game is to protect the Earth or survive as long as possible!

 

Downloads:

You can find the game on the ludum dare page here: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-32/?action=preview&uid=50640

Or the direct links here:

Windows: https://www.mediafire.com/?xl7k5iiip7ubi7f
Linux: https://www.mediafire.com/?s86teprekrf9su2
OS/X: https://www.mediafire.com/?qqamqdomoqmfx1l

(if you get a weird virus warning, ignore it, I got it as well O_O)

 

Programs used:

Unity3D
Photoshop
MsPaint
http://www.bfxr.net/
FL Studio

Have fun gaming!:

Well, that’s it for me. You know everything there is to know to master this game and understand how it works! Creating it was a blast, and I don’t plan on stopping! Any and all feedback is very highly appreciated because I plan to continue the game after ludum dare is finished.

~AinoraZ

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