December 16th-19th 2011 :: Theme: Alone

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Splaser Strife

by RHY3756547 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

-- Story --

Humans have discovered one other intelligent race in the universe, but a new recently elected (psycho) President (might change the title to something like dictator) doesn't think very fondly of the aliens and wants to completely eradicate them, so humans can be alone in the universe again. This stems from the question, "Are we alone?". The answer has become yes, but the President prefers it the other way (because he's stark raving mad).

-- Instructions --

Press/alternate Z and X to fire, arrow keys to move your ship. If you have the kamikaze weapon, press space to fire it.

Open Source with Stencylworks. (

Splaser Strife

- UPDATE 19/12/11 -
Minor bug fix: some stuff broke

Compatability: Old computers buckled under an unusual bug with the platform I used, now fixed!

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wgemigh says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 8:29pm

I enjoyed the game quite a bit. The graphics are great and the sound enhances the mood.

I'd like the game as a whole a little better if there were autofire and you saw points appear where you destroyed a ship. I was focused on the enemies, so I never looked at the score until I was between levels.

It would also fit my skill better if I restarted at the beginning of the wave where I died. :)

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 9:08pm

Thanks for the criticism, if I decide to expand on the game then I'll definitely take these into consideration.

The restart at beginning thing is going to have to stay, though. ;)

easlern says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:27pm

Great art and sound! It was a little frustrating that I couldn't shoot straight ahead and avoid bullets at the same time.

Sanguine says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 8:24am

Nice job on the graphics and the music! The enemy bullets were a bit hard to see though, because they didn't really contrast the background.

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 1:44pm

Thanks for both of your feedback!

For the shooting while turning thing, yes, making it shoot forward would be easier, but would remove the added mechanic of shooting enemies from the side, which is crucial for survival at points. I'm going to look for ways to improve this for posting an upgraded version on Kongregate, though.

Yeah, I agree that the Alien bullets are hard to see at times. Maybe neon green would stand out? I don't use green much at the moment.

Atomic says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 2:21am

Love galaga, even more if it's as funny as hell! The down side: the background dust is very distracting and the difficulty curve is a bit jumpy.

Hempuli says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 4:46am

Quite conventional; but very polished and solid. Really shows what Stencyl can do. :) The asteroids got kinda lost in the starry effect, but otherwise it was cool.

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 4:18pm

Thanks again;

The background dust and difficulty curve are the two things hardest hit by the time limit. I would have loved to put more work into them, but sadly couldn't.

caranha says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 11:08pm


Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. The game is already difficult enough (and not in a bad way), but having to press Z for every single shot just makes my hand exhausted after my second try.

Otherwise nice polish all around, specially the graphics! You might want to render the text outside the play area though.

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:32am

You can press X too! My hand was starting to hurt so I made that available so you could distribute your firing over 2 keys.

I feel the game is a lot more frantic with individual firing, like in the old arcade games (i love them). With autofire it's a lot less immersing, I've tried it.

There's not much that isn't the play area, so I don't know how I would manage that.

SonnyBone says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 2:24am

Not really picking up the theme here... and this is pretty much just a standard shmup... but BYGOLLY 48 HOURS AND YOU HAVE RAD ART AND AUDIO! Good work. I suck at shmups, though.

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 2:56am

For the theme you need to read the story, but I wasn't too fond of the theme so the tie in is pretty loose. Thanks.

Cell says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 7:20pm

Good game.

binary_girl says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 8:36pm

decent game game.. polished gfx and sound :)

Kelly Thomas says ...
Jan 10, 2012 @ 12:07am

lots of fun, very cute style

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