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Black Hole

by Bloodyaugust - 48 Hour Competition Entry

*Updated to correct version! You can ignore my comment below.*
*There were problems with the google docs download, so I also uploaded it to MediaFire. The dl link has changed to reflect the new upload.*
*If you have issues running the game, and have not ever played an XNA game before, use this link to dl the framework:

WASD to move, left mouse to fire both turrets, z and x to fire them individually.
GUI is pretty self explanatory. Black hole kills you, but get close to it for an energy recharge bonus. At 300 energy you are able to jump to lightspeed and win the game by escaping the black hole. Drones kill you. Moving and shooting use energy.
Press m to mute the music while playing.


1814 lines of code, for those of you who care. :D

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Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 3:27am

I'll post when it's corrected.

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 10:52pm

Download away! :D

wbobeirne says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 1:31am

The idea of trying to conserve power, but doing anything uses it is a good idea, but I felt there was a lack of balance. Shooting and getting hit used waaaay too much energy compared to what I was getting from the black hole. After about 10 tries, I couldn't find a strategy that worked. The graphics left some ambiguity as to what the front of the ship was, and the enemies didn't really look like ships, more like boxes.

It's a really good idea, but the execution was lacking. I would definitely say keep working at it beyond the 48 hours though. Maybe add in some kind of upgrade system, and try to make the game progressively harder, as opposed to being as hard as it is upfront.

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:31am

I'm glad you liked that, it was my main concept from the get go. And yes, I'm getting ready to write a post-mortem actually, with all the things I've done since the compo ended and the things that I plan to do.
Also: I agree completely with your assessment of the difficulty. I ended up half-implementing a scaling difficulty system, but trashed later on. It is kind of telling that I have yet to manage to beat my own game...

As for the graphics, the ship was a definite brain-fart. The enemy ships were supposed to be akin to Borg, I called them Drones.

Upgrades and power-ups are also in the works.

johnfn says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 4:53am

The download link leads me to a google docs zip, and I don't want to download every file individually. Is there a better way? Could you upload to mediafire maybe?

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 5:24am

Click file, then download. It makes everything dl at one time.

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 5:30am

However, I did add a mediafire upload. :D

d_m says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 3:29am

I will try to come back to this game, but it didn't seem like it would be easy to get it working under Mono/WINE on Linux. Too bad, looks neat :(

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 2:38pm

That's very unfortunate! :( I'm working on a port to Unity, so I'll let you know when that happens.

dogbomb says ...
Aug 28, 2011 @ 2:05pm

Tough old game. Could definitely do with some polish and work on ramping up the difficulty in stages. A greater variety of enemies, powerups and a nice "sucking" black hole effect and I could see this being rather popular. Nifty.

ExciteMike says ...
Aug 29, 2011 @ 10:46pm

Oh no, another game built with XNA's "HiDef" profile. If you switch it to "Range" and provide a build like that, I will be able to try your game! (would try doing it myself from your source, but so far it's been a real pain trying to get people's games to compile)

Bloodyaugust says ...
Aug 31, 2011 @ 9:48pm

This game actually requires hi-def textures now, and I'm not sure I can edit this version any more...

summaky says ...
Sep 3, 2011 @ 7:16pm

It seems I don't have a "HiDef" video card, so I can't play this game. Sorry.

marudziik says ...
Sep 8, 2011 @ 9:50pm

Played it, love the idea, but balance is an issue. Generally I agree with what @wbobeirne said. I don't mind graphics and audio isn't that bad either (although after some time it can be a little frustrating). It's a fine entry!

tcstyle says ...
Sep 11, 2011 @ 7:35pm

Very difficult controls and unnerving music. I like the retro look of the game and the basic idea is good, too.

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