April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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Spaceman Biff vs The Red Robots

by ChainedLupine - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Bug status: The bug has been fixed! You can now get off the ship, and so the game is playable. And I squeezed in under the original submission time limit, too, woo!

Update: I added a link to an enhanced "jam-like" version. This is the same game, but a bit more polish. It was finished within the jam submission deadline. Be sure to use the compo link for judging purposes. :)


You are Spaceman Biff and those annoying ex-terraformer Red Robots are lowering your property value. Destroy them!


Controls in Spaceman mode:

ARROW DOWN to board ship (if under it)
SPACEBAR to shoot

Controls in ship mode:

ARROW UP/DOWN to thrust/brake
(If on planet) ARROW DOWN to disembark Spaceman Biff!


There is no sound. I ask that you do not vote me as 1-star for the lack of aural abuse -- just mark "NA". ;)

Downloads and Links




Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:16pm

That was pretty good fun! Played through on Tiny World mode, the minimap is really handy to have, well thought out GUI, nicely made 3d graphics, all fitting within the general theme of the game. Sound would have made it even better but, hey, there's only 48 hours available. Excellent!

free_napalm says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:12pm

The gameplay on the planets was a bit boring, but what made the game for me was flying from planet to planet. Different enemies would have been cool, but on the other hand you only had 48 hours, so that's okay.

free_napalm says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:12pm

The gameplay on the planets was a bit boring, but what made the game for me was flying from planet to planet. Different enemies would have been cool, on the other hand you only had 48 hours, so that's okay.

Wampus says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:17pm

Good entry. Ambitious for 48hrs given how many factors were at play here. The way gravity was handled worked nicely. 3D models were appealing. The rotating background almost gave me motion sickness!

Kimau says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:02pm

The game has a lot of promise but fails on minor points.

At first launch I think brilliant I have limited fuel which I need to carefully managed... then find out I pick up so much fuel its a non issue.

I pull away from the planet and try to execute my first turn... only to get a slow turning arc and a camera which is disorientating when it follows.

Then I thought ooooo I'm coming into land better be safe with my velocity but conserve my fuel. Only to be auto landed (which works nose first).

The bullets even follow the curve of the planets removing any interesting gun play there.

A REALLY BRILLIANT idea just needs a few bits of balance and polish and its a great game. Little things which make a big difference.

firstrowgames says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:09pm

the gravity was really well done, and the gameplay was nice.

ChainedLupine says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:29pm

@Kimau: Aye, sadly a LOT of things were cut. Fuel upgrades were indeed meant to be more scarce, and planetary landings challenging (since you had to conserve fuel *and* not damage your ship).

The planets were supposed to have obstacles, too, so you couldn't just run from left to right (or vice versa) and blast things into oblivion.

I did do a bit of polishing for the enhanced "jam" version, but that was mostly fix some of the issues you mentioned (such as the turning radius) and fleshed out the robot's attacks.

Fireblend says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 4:52am

Nicely done! I really really liked going from planet to planet on the spaceship; killing the robots wasn't nearly as fun; but space navigation definitely made up for it :D

Galaxy613 says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:15pm

A decent game, the background during space flight really throws me off, almost nauseating. I wish the robots would do better fighting back then just being bullet sinks but you've updated that with the after-compo version. I do so very like the art style and the concept of tiny planets in space!

Yapikom says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:22pm

Promising idea, but it lacks much, wich makes it hard to rate. It fits the theme decently. Please add audio next time, sound effects adds so much to the game. :)

Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:39am

Would be nice with some nice graphics and reactive audio :)

Rex Peppers says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:13pm

So much fun! Add powerups!

DaveDobson says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 5:01am

Really beautiful-looking with the 3D - I've got to learn Unity. Physics and flying around was fun; the stuff on the planet less engaging, since there was no strategy really other than to fire a lot until the robots went away. Very impressive overall - good work.

amodo says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 7:17pm

Really liked the aesthethics and the era it teleported me into a lot. Nice little game with nothing to complain about. Does the background distorion effect remind me of 2001 or Disney's Black Hole?

robcozzens says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 12:12am

This was really good! And the enhanced version is quite an improvement.

zazery says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 9:17pm

I beat the game on Tiny World mode. I really like how landing and taking off from planets works. It feels really good. In space unless you see planets it's hard to gauge how fast you're travelling. If there are little specks of stars that move in the background it might make it easier. The mini map was certainly helpful. Combat had a lot to be desired.

tcstyle says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 7:10pm

This is a pretty great idea. A pity there is no sound.
I love the concept of planet combat and space flight and the graphics are pretty good.

someone says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 7:36pm

It is a nice start of a game. The idea is good, but not particularly interesting in its current form. Good work for 48 hours.
Flying between planets was fun, though the turning circle felt a bit slow.

Raptor85 says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 8:17pm

interesting take, a little easy since the robots dont really move or aim though and the space flight is a little stiff. The windows build works ok in WINE since it uses no sound or mouse aiming though.

FredericRP says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 9:02pm

Great special fx when launching the rocket, but the steering was a little too slow to be comfortable (it's realistic, but it's annoying). Not very much challenge with the robots, but good overall !

Thotep says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 9:03pm

It looks really good, although the gameplay isn't fleshed out. The ship has a very annoying inertia, and the planets pose little to no challenge.

machinas says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 4:57am

the background is beautiful, the flight mechanics are very interesting and fun to play around with, though perhaps a bit tough to use. The gameplay on the planets is very simple, but still enjoyable. Nice job with the graphics. My ship got destroyed because I landed too close to a robot and couldn't shoot him fast enough :)

maxman43 says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 5:01am

I couldn't get the game to run in my browser, it got to the title screen and wouldn't do anything else.

masterhyjinx says ...
May 14, 2012 @ 12:12am

Very good entry. Congrats. The moving around from planet to planet is cool. The combat was on the very easy side but I can see what you were going for. I think you could have something cool on your hands if you developed it further. Graphics look great and good job on generating all the animation for a 48 hr compo.

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