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Dango Smash

by goost - Jam Entry

Whack-a-mole style game called DangoSmash ('cause they are dangos, not moles!) with a twist.

My third entry, first one as a team (it was her first).
Like always, nothing went as planned, we had to start anew on Sunday as our first idea just did not work out.
But we learned a lot and are quite happy with our result. But beware, it may be unbalanced!


Left Click - swing down the left hammer and hit squared dangos to score.
Right Click - swing down right hammer and hit round dangos to score.
Hit a wrong one or the baby (evil you) and get minus score!
Occasionally the dango shapeshifts after being hit.
Hit it again (with the correct hammer) and again until it stops or you do not score.
If you are successful, you score a lot though...

Code by me and art by Pia Bsdurrek.
SFX by both of us.
BGM by syncopika.
Font by Flat-it.

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Marc F. says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:29pm

Very, I like the sound effects, tho the volume is quite high on them. Fun to play!

docteurSid says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:44pm

Simple concept, neat game! I liked the surreal candy atmosphere, the gameplay with perfect hitboxes. A +10 (or whatever score gain) over every hit would have made it even more addictive. Audio was too loud though, and a bit annoying after a few minutes ^^

Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:13pm

I like the art and the way that the game goes! The sound effects caused me a strange sensation hahah Good Game!

FinGamer says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:16pm

Fun game! Good job on the voices! xD

NPC23 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Pretty nice idea, but man that audio needed mixing. Most of the sound effects were so loud there were distorting and cracking.

pixel_maniacs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:41pm

Omg the sounds are amazing :-D Nice game!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:48pm

Great concept, but it is a bit hard to aim without any visual indicator.

LazyDaniPanda says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:20pm

Very good graphics but I didn't really like the voice effects. Fun game!

Joshsimard says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:56am

I like Dangos

nextreality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:05pm

I really enjoyed the gameplay to this, pretty much a twist to whack-a-mole, but a little harder with the square vs. circle mechanic. The far back one were kinda hard to hit since the game was in a 2D plain, but still enjoyed the experience, including the "sound effects" nice job!

Gametery says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:53pm

Sound effects are awesome! Cool design , loved it .

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:12am

Nice art style, love the sound effects.

Yumeito says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:32am

Dango :)

DrillerDev says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 7:57pm

It took me a while to notice the little icon showed where you would hit. ¿Maybe changing it for a bigger alpha shadow?

Anyway, nice little game

JoseArias says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:17pm

One of the funnest games I´ve played. Nice done.

siryakko says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:33pm

Love the graphics and the concept. Could fit perfectly on mobile :)

Karai17 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:00am

Neat concept, but the audio made me want to kill myself. ;) Next time, try normalizing your audio using Audacity so that it doesn't clip. Something like -6 or -4 dB.

goost says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:59am

Hey Guys,

thanks for the great feedback!
Regarding the audio:
I _did_ normalized it via Audacity...but apparently I did it wrong! Need to look more into how to do it right. Thanks for you patience and still sticking with it!
I am currently at 2350 Points, anyone beat that?

tentacode says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 5:16pm

Cool little wack a mole game :) +1 for the volume issue, next time try to play some audio on another app to get the same level. Normalize is not necesserly a good thing depending on the audio because it push the audio to the maximum level available, it's good for having all sound the same volume if you have a lot of different sources, but you got to mix it down later to a proper level

Rock Eaters says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 9:12pm

good mood ! :)

Green Soda says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 6:05am

cute game and graphics! the artstyle is kyaa! xD

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