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The Sky Is Falling

by Surrealix - 48 Hour Competition Entry

Philip Buchanan

The Sky Is Falling, and you need to find refuge to escape from the chaos. Leap across the remanants of the world (using the arrow keys) and make it to saftey. This entire game was written in the final 13 hours of the competition. It took half the time of my previous entries, and works better than all of them combined.

Run the executable in the system directory.

It's only going to compile for Windows. Sorry!

Edit: Once you start falling, you'll need to quit and restart the game to try again.

Edit2: To save your sanity, I've now included a version that has a reset button ('R'). Everything else is unchanged, and the original is still there for you to play too.

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wbobeirne says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 2:05am

Wow, this is incredible for just 13 hours. It would have been nice to not have to restart when you fall, but aside from that, I'm blown away (no pun.) The graphics are good, the physics make jumping a challenge. Definitely flesh this one out if you can.

Aug 23, 2011 @ 7:02am

Why didn't you make an automatic restart when you fall ?

Surrealix says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 8:56am

Thanks for the wonderful comment, wbobeirne. I wish I'd had the full time for this - it could have become quite a polished game.

LudumDareisCool - There are two reasons there's no automatic restart. I was so busy frantically coding that I never played the game for long enough to find this a problem. And when I did sit down to play it for a decent amount of time, it was too late to add it!

If there's enough interest, I'll probably keep developing this title somehow.

RichMakeGame says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 7:40pm

I think you should try and find out if you can be allowed to add a restart button to your entry. They've stated I believe that you can address big completely game-breaking bugs, as long as you don't alter any features. and you can argue no respawn is quite game breaking. Please find out if you can add it, it would make a huge difference!

BurnZeZ says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 9:59pm

I get a crash on startup. Looks like a segfault of some sort. Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium.

icrisanto says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 11:41pm

I don't know if it's my lack of skills, but i found it very hard! uhuhuh

bushmango says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 11:54pm

Shiny! Very pretty! But for the love of all things good if you are going to make a game this hard at least give us a restart button that's easy to click, like 'R' or space. Also, my guy didn't want to run backwards. Perhaps making the jumps easier at first and then ramping up the difficulty would be nice, and a score (distance traveled) is always nice as well. Adding a story would be nice, re: Bastion.

Surrealix says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:02am

BurnZeZ - I'm not sure what causes that. I'm on windows 7 32bit, so maybe it's a 64bit compatibility thing. I'll see if I can find a machine to debug it on.

icrisanto - Yes, It's very hard!

bushmango - Those are some neat ideas to expand the gameplay. I've been thinking about how to flesh it out into a full game, and a storyline would definitely help. Obviously a difficulty curve/tutorial/scores/etc would come with more time. The run-and-jump gameplay doesn't seem to lend itself to much expansion though.

wboberirne, LudumdareIsCool, RichMakeGame and bunshmango - I've now added a version to the zip that has a reset button. I felt a little guilty changing anything, but I understand everyone has 500 games to rate, and nobody wants to spend a lot of time waiting for the game to restart over and over.

jonnopon3000 says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 2:21pm

I loved this, and the level of quality for 13 hours' work is insane :D

ointment says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 2:22pm

Augh. Did anyone else get the feeling that the jump key didn't register even though you clearly pressed it?

Andrew says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 2:23pm

The controls weren't too responsive, but the concept is great. hitting derbies which fly upwards helps, but they're too tricky to aim for.

Rudy says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 7:23pm

Definitely interesting. The controls are very hard and the background is distractingly fast-scrolling.

johnfn says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 5:27am

This is pretty cool. Graphics are great. Controls are solid (not sure what everyone else was talking about). Really impressive for such a short amount of time.

Benjamin says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:58am

Yeah ! Feels like some post-apo canabalt ! I would call it The Earth is Falling, because when the sky is fallyng you just escape erh... falling clouds or... falling birds ? I mean here the whole thing is falling. You have to be very postive guy for trying to escape in a situation like this. The effects are great, rain and floating objets are cool !

Aug 26, 2011 @ 2:21am

With tighter control this could be awesome.

summaky says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 4:44pm

I found this one very hard

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