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Stampede at the Crooked Thorax Ranch

by mimshwright - 48 Hour Compo Entry

No preloader - wait for it!
Enter key to start, Click to shoot.
Kill the beetles, stay alive!

The original idea was for a sort of defense game with teeny-tiny creeps coming towards you that suddenly got bigger and harder to kill as they got close; hence, the magnifying glasses to denote the different zones of the field. I rolled that together with an idea about cowboys riding beetles and here's the result!

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matheus23 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:22pm

Lol... already that "Insert Coint" made me laugh at the first moment :DD
The Graphics are really nice, that must have taken a lot of time, but i think the main Idea for that game is missing... something that makes this game unique from gameplay perspective... (Also liked the "glass" effect alot)

chinchang says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:22pm

like the home screen with the cowboy :) having magnifying glasses was innovative.

jimmypaulin says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:23pm

Pretty exciting / frantic as they got into the inner zones, really nice interest spike. I liked the scene-setting at the start as well

Lacutis says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:59pm

Good Game, I love the magnifying glass effect, that really pulls it all together. I also like how they are easier to kill the farther out they are but also harder to see.

Great concept and setting.

Cake&Code says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:52pm

That glass effect is smart, and a really great play on the theme. I had fun playing, and I loved the little screams the ants had when they died.

MadGnomeGamer says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:51am

Nice magnifying glass effect! I found a way to win easy: Zap the bugs at the outside ring while you can get lots of them in one zap. Or is that part of the strategy?

Really nice graphics!

Anyway, fun game, kept me clicking madly for awhile.

PS I liked the intro, too! :)

DaveDobson says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:42am

I like the magnifying glass mechanic - very cool. Otherwise, it's very much Missile Command with one city and unlimited rapid shots, but MC was fun, and this is a very solid implementation. One of the top 2-3 entries I've seen - nice work.

bms says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:40pm

LOL waterbugs asshole :D

xel says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:15am

Loved how the magnify glass effect worked. Really interesting idea.

Andrew says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:57pm

The layered magnifying glasses are a great idea. The cowboy aiming his gun would'v been a nice touch as well.

mimshwright says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:04pm

Thanks to everyone for the awesome comments! I'm glad the Magnifying Glass effect was working.
@DaveDobson, It is very Missile command. I am thinking of remaking this game into more of a Robotron type game with the magnifying glasses!

robcozzens says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:54am

Great job! Really funny intro. It would have been a nice touch if the gun would track with the mouse pointer (and it was a target).

Zillix says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:00am

Wow, great take on a classic game style. Nice presentation!

Chinchilla says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:00pm

Loved it! The different layers do an awesome job of escalating the tension as they get near.

jwolf says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:20am

That's a pretty cool use of visual effects. Gets pretty tense when then close in. Good job!

smvilar says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 5:47pm

Nice lens effect! But holy shit those sounds are annoying!

Rectifier says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 6:54pm

If you rapid-click directly in front of your face, nothing can get through. But it's tense!

I, too, love the glass effect. Visuals, theme, and narration turn a boring 'spam-click' game into something I really enjoyed.

Nick Cash says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 5:21am

Very fun, and with great presentation! The cowboy art is priceless :)

Keirua says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 3:51pm

Loved it ! The gameplay is a classic, but the realization makes it fit really well the theme. And it's very fun to play thanks to the idea of zoom levels ("oh no, how comes they made it to this level, I have to get rid of them... oh no, some more are coming on the other side... ahhhhhhhh !")

galman says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 11:26am

Nice game idea.
But it feels like something is missing.
I really liked tha idea of the glass :-)

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