April 29th-May 2nd, 2011
Theme: It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take this!

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Lonely Pods

by k_wright - Competition Entry

Lonely Pods is a 2.5D Puzzle Game. You play as an unknown Space Head piloting a SHAB (Space Head All-terrain Vehicle). Your base has been infested by alien creatures, activating the emergency quarantine. Now you must make your way through the locked down base. It's Dangerous To Go Alone! Take... Them!

Can be played with keyboard but for full enjoyment a controller is recommended.

However, the menu can only be navigated via mouse.

The controls for controller are the Analog Stick and Y.

The Kongregate link will be updated as I make changes, so make your ratings based on the Web link. But check the Kong link for the better version.

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localcoder says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 8:52am

I enjoyed this. It looks great and was fun to play. The signpost that had its last sentence crossed out was a nice touch.

alexlarioza says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 9:01pm

I got to the second level and I got stuck in a "loading level 0" loop. ;] From what I played I enjoyed! I think the ball should be a little be more responsive though.

SonnyBone says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 9:31pm

Yeah the sign was hilarious! This is a pretty neat idea and I like your interpretation of the them... cuz it IS dangerous to go alone! BZZZZZZZZT

nitrik says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 11:14pm

Very nice! I'm very impressed by how polished this game feels. My only wish is that the pods had less mass, so you didn't get flung around when you interact. Well done!

May 3, 2011 @ 2:10am

So the cure for loneliness is disintegration? I like it.

Congrats on finishing LD48!

Fifth says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 3:37pm

Very polished, but felt a little slow.
It was a little weird to be pushed around as the pods rushed to follow your path.

Winterblood says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 11:07pm

Sound mechanic, but slightly clunky feel to the physics (although I was using keyboard). Otherwise very slick though!

eli says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 7:33pm

Really cool idea! Very solid puzzle concept for the short competition scope. I liked the color-coded feedback of the pods, and the "traps" that they could fall into. Also, good graphical atmosphere (depth is a nice touch). The music is OK, but it got very tedious, very quickly.

qrunchmonkey says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 5:41am

Seems like a fun concept, but I think the controls suffer a little by being physics based.

I had a lot of trouble during level 2 trying to get the blue guys to activate doors for me, sometimes I had to shove them into the door (and that doesn't even always work)

TellusE says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 2:26pm

Good entry.

I agree that the music becomes tedious very quickly, simply because of the brevity of the loop :P

The mechanics have a great thing going, having the thought process of puzzles with the care and precision of action games. A bit of tweaking on the controls, especially the ball, but otherwise few things need to be altered for this to stand nicely on its own.

Endurion says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 6:37am

Not bad :)
It could need some variety. You're going back, getting more balls and throw them at something. The player control is too floaty for my taste.
Other than that, solid entry!

mwest says ...
May 15, 2011 @ 12:15pm

Well done it's a good entry with very good graphics, sound and gameplay!

I hated the controls though, felt like walking through molasses or something - too much inertia on the player character...

jonbro says ...
May 23, 2011 @ 3:08pm

pretty nice, I found that it was a bit difficult to control however. I kept overshooting where I wanted to go.

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