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    Ludum Dare 18

    August 20th-23rd, 2010
    Theme: Enemies as Weapons

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    Ennameez - Martoon - Competition Entry

    Please spend 30 seconds reading the instructions! You can then read the tips after you've played a bit, if you like.



    I really wanted to do something other than "throw enemies at enemies" or "take control of enemies", etc.

    Then it occurred to me that the enemies don't have to be the player's enemies. So I based the game on picking up symbols of things, matching pairs of mutual enemies (e.g., democrats and republicans), and using the contention between these natural enemies to power your gun.

    I only implemented one type of (pretty lame) bad guy for you to shoot, so the actual shooty gameplay isn't as compelling as I'd like. I also spent about half my time in Photoshop, since I'm a coder, not an artist, and I was very slow at making the icons.

    Done in Flash, with FlashPunk. Sfxr used for sound effects.

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    Ratings

    #8Community4.00
    #19Innovation3.70
    #40Coolness15%
    #49Theme3.60
    #62Humor2.50
    #69Fun2.85
    #74Overall2.95
    #84Audio2.30
    #112Graphics2.50

    Comments

    GreaseMonkey says ...
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 10:39pm

    innovation... yep, there's something i haven't seen before... done quite well actually

    fun-wise, it's pretty run-of-the-mill, but it works somehow

    theme is a very interesting interpretation, and i'm giving you 5 stars for uniqueness


    audio is there and it works

    humour is there and while it's an amusing concept you totally cocked up the fact that the fish is a christian symbol as well as the cross, plus i find the reference not that amusing

    overall, i recommend looking into this game for general interest

    community effort... quite extensive, you've gone so far as to show what food you ate so i think you basically went all the way (other than a time lapse) so 5 stars for you

    vitae says ...
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 10:53pm

    Fun to figure out who's opposed to who

    rajahdeux says ...
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 12:44pm

    Not trying to get all nitpicky, but if you look closely, you'll see the fish is a Darwin fish, a symbol pretty solidly appropriated by the atheists. :) I wasn't at all upset by that oppositional element.

    Fun interpretation of the theme. Can't wait to see more.

    Aug 23, 2010 @ 3:29pm

    Well done! You were very original and brilliant in your mix-n-match powerup concept. I didn't like the graphics or the political/religious iconography: the humour fell flat and I would have preferred it to be mixing fire and water, oil and vinegar, light and dark mana, etc. But great execution and original idea. Good work!

    Switchbreak says ...
    Aug 24, 2010 @ 7:42pm

    Nice. The graphics all look very clean, and I like the idea. I love the way the combos work, though too often I wound up on a screen full of things that didn't go together.

    Danik says ...
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 2:04pm

    Unusually brainy shooter, innovative!

    NiallM says ...
    Aug 28, 2010 @ 2:53am

    A really smart idea, and I loved being able to chain oppositions. It felt a bit too easy though; it could have done with a bit more challenge.

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