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

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Take This Or Die

by VoooDooo - Competition Entry

Take This Or Die is a game I made in Microsoft's XNA 3.1. The graphics were made in Photo Impact 10.

The goal of the game is to get from the starting platform to the ending platform 10 times by navigating over the other platforms. This must be done while avoiding enemy fire, luckily you have a gun too. Phew!

My game incorperates the theme as you need a weapon in order to survive. Hence It's Dangerous to go Alone! Take this gun.


Mouse - aim weapon
Left mouse button - shoot
A - Move left
D - Move right
Space - jump

Press Tab during the start screen to see the instructions.

Please see my journal for progress and final version videos hosted on youtube.

Downloads and Links




Hamumu says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 6:05pm

Important note: Installers are very frowned upon, because people need to just dump these games into a folder and go. They don't like them cluttering up the computer at random. I tried it once years ago as a bit of extra polish, and oh, the unhappiness.

Other important note: Respect the lefties! WASD+space+mouse is not comfortable or functional for us! Whatever happened to good old arrow keys?

Otherwise it's pretty good. I think you should look into jumping physics, because this kind of all-up then all-down thing is always very awkward feeling and hard to control. Real jumping is easy to implement, but I guess a voting comment isn't the space to explain!

VoooDooo says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 6:15pm

You make a good point with regards to left handed people. I will definitely take that into consideration for future games.

Unfortunately the only way to distribute an XNA game to everyone is through an installer but I will learn a language that can be used in a browser for the next Ludum Dare.

May 4, 2011 @ 7:55pm

No offense, but I'm leery of installers.

shockedfrog says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 1:50am

I don't know much about XNA but I'm sure there's games using it that don't require an installer - shouldn't be a need to join the browser based horde just for that reason. :)

Endurion says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 6:28am

Hmm, what good is the installer if it doesn't install the dependencies? It crashes on startup for me.

fatality674 says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 3:31pm

Installer worked fine for me. Great game. Would play again.

DivideByZero says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 4:01pm

Fortunately, clicking "install" isn't too much of a challenge for me. Great game, I especially like the art style.

mwest says ...
May 13, 2011 @ 8:22pm

Nice entry well done! Good looking and seems fairly polished!

I just didn't enjoy it very much - it felt a but unfair towards the player with my gun shooting so slowly and the enemies apparently having homing bullets / aiming where I'm going to be... the jump physics also felt... weird...

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