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by Make A Game - Jam Entry

"Overpopulous" is a game about space colonization.

Mengolia is overpopulated.
Major advancements were made in interstellar traveling to colonize other planets.
Today is the day the first manned shuttle will leave your planet in search of a new home.
But, oblivious to everyone, the shuttle is upside down.
And then it propels the whole planet through space.
You can still colonize though - at the speed of light!

How to play:
- Press the SPACE key to blast off!
- Use the A, D, left or right directional arrows to steer your ship.
- Crash into a planet to colonize it.
- If a colonized planet crashes into an empty planet, it colonizes it and starting a Combo counter.
- Crashing into planets and satellites (natural and artificial) fill your Blast Off meter, allowing you to use it again once it's complete.
- When hit, artificial satellites and spaceships release astronauts that can be picked up to start a Colonization Multiplier.
- You can stack Colonization Multipliers until you hit an empty planet.
- Avoid the Sun!
- Be a sport and post your Best Time and Score. ;)

We've been working hard to fix some game breaking bugs.
Hopefully the game is more playable now that the Home World doesn't disappear (we think) from the screen.

Bug List:
- Some animations need speed tweaks.
- Combos sometimes don't end.
- Combo and Multiplier counter sometimes don't appear (but points are still given).
- Planets that crashes into Sun isn't removed from the total number of planets and doesn't subtract score (don't worry though, only colonized planets are destroyed by the Sun).
- Some physics are f#&%$ up!

Missing Features:
- Leaderboards button in main menu leads nowhere.
- Intro animations aren't playing completely.
- Planet number should be random.
- ESC should bring up Pause Menu.
- No end screen when colonizing all planets.
- No Retry option on Game Over.
- Particle system is disabled.

Downloads and Links




ilikescifi says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:17am


Mysterarts says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:39pm

I love the opening cinematic! And the game is really fun, congratulations!

yosh says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:12pm

Very nice game ! Just a bug I had: the ship seems to disappear sometimes... I basically used the center of the screen as a reference but it's harder for sure... Good job :D

derosa says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:13pm

Haha! The Death Star and the Pixar ball made me laugh :) Good game!

Monkey Armada says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:54pm

Really nice. The intro was superb.

bburbank says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:55pm

Absolutely love the sprite work, and the SUN. Pretty awesome experience, great job!

deviantgeek says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:59pm

That. Was. Awesome. Amazing job. What framework did you use? Just curious.

cadin says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:00pm

This is great! The opening sequence is my favorite part. Nice work.

Make A Game says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:26pm

@deviantgeek - We used an in-house game engine made by Pedro Gonçalves =D (this was the first time we used it as a team), box2D physics engine and flint.

@cadin - Glad you liked it =D, the tutorial is the same line as the opening sequence.

deejorg says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:05pm

Amazing game! really liked the way the story is told from the tutorial to the intro ahah, really amusing. The art is superb and really humorous throughout the entire experience.

The gameplay is consistent and fun and I also really liked the idea of combos, but since we fly off in the opposite direction of the planet we hit, the visual effect that we get from them bouncing of each other is rarely visible (possibly from the speed). For me it was a great deal of fun going around a planet just to make it collide with it's near fellow on the occasions i managed to see several of them together.

There could be an opportunity to add combo objectives to the 40 planets or something alike that might extend the longevity of the game, although as it is it already made me come back several times to replay =D

Great entry! Congrats!

Devon says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 2:30am

great game. I love the art and music. And it's fun.

Datamosh says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:16pm

Love the references! The humor too. And the ART it's amazing, congratulations!

angrygeometry says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:20pm

fantastic work. looks and sounds great!

samoojamies says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:34pm

I enjoyed this. Great music!!

BuffaloPhil says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:36pm

Intro + graphics really made it a standout! Nice work.

jwolf says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:17pm

Nice job! Good use of humour. Very stylish.

Since no one else is posting scores: just 102100 / 2:37, so far.

Evil Cult says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 1:55am

[Comments and ratings from this account come from various team members]
Could not load the webpage. Will try again later.

Make A Game says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 9:59am

@jwolf - Yay!!! Scores. ;-)

@Evil Cult - We have created a mirror to help solve the problem =).

Thanks a lot for your feedback and the kind words!

Gabriel says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 2:07am

This is certainly one of the most well polished entries I have seen so far, and I've rated lots of games! And I LOVE the characters, they have a lot of personality! Congratulations!

steamgirl says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 2:35pm

Kinda cool! I didn't fully get the point of it, but did quite well I think! Score: 223500 and Time: 6:47.

It's full of personality, polished look, great graphics. Well done you guys!

liger13 says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 4:26pm

I love the storytelling. The controls got a little annoying; sometimes I'd circle around a planet 3 or 4 times trying to ram into it. Also, I think the yellow satellites should be a different color so you can't mistake them for the people on the surface. Great game, though :D

Make A Game says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 9:44pm

Thanks for your feedback! This is one of the best parts for us, ^-^ to hear what you guys have to say!

@liger13 If the controls were super precise and smooth there would be no challenge! xD The "mengs" are clumsy guys!

Make A Game says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:17am

Your best option is to do an 8-figure or draw an ellipse if you keep circling a planet.

Make A Game says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:19am

Oh, and for some reason, every natural satellite is using the cheese planet skin. Oh boy.

R3ason says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 2:45am

Yeah! Super fun! Score: 168,150 Time: 4:17. Really enjoyed this one! Definitely one of my favorite Jam entries so far. Only thing I had a hard time with was collecting all the floating Mengs, yet it was so fun to try and rescue them. Anyway, fabulous job! Definitely bookmarking to come back to later on. Thanks!

Apr 30, 2012 @ 9:53am

Great game!

Lovely graphics, innovative gameplay and a whole lotta fun!

We hope for you to continue making games for Ludum Dare!

vigrid says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 5:10pm

Really fun stuff is going on there! Simple, yet addictive mechanic, music that reminds a bit about the old arcades, but is modern at the same time - and humorous artwork. Well done!

Make A Game says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 1:24pm

@R3ason: Those astronauts are hard to catch but to balance that they give you more points than colonizing a planet, and a multiplier for your next colonization. You can even stack those multipliers and get a crazy score for just one planet.

@Evil Sandwich Studios: Thanks. And we're really glad there are more and more Portuguese teams competing. :)

@vigrid: Thanks! That's the feel we wanted to achieve. Shame we didn't implement leaderboards on time.

cornedor says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 1:16pm

One of the best games I've played :D

Mesene says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 1:18pm

I enjoyed it a lot! thanks!

Brassawiking says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 2:55pm

I really liked this! The opening cut-scene is great with neat graphics. The music also works very nice with everything. Good gameplay, very nicely done.

Jiddo says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 10:21pm

192 800. That was actually lots of fun! I did end up circling some targets way too many times before I managed to hit them tho, but I guess that is mainly because I suck lol. I like the gameplay, the scoring system, the graphics, the intro, the sound and the humor. It all makes a brilliant combination of awesomeness. Great work!

Pixelulsar says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 11:59pm

Loved the opening cut-scene!

Martoon says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 1:04am

Nice! One of the more playable, complete game entries that I've played. I love the OMG/s gauge.

cmo7 says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 2:28am

Great game :D

robcozzens says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 5:37am

Really fun and awesomely funny tutorial!

machinas says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 6:53am

great job. one of the best i've played so far. I'm even impressed that you managed to build a game with such a big group. the team dynamics must have been crazy. great audio, visuals. you clearly have someone who cares about UI doing some work in there. great job. opening cinematic makes almost no sense without reading the text on your entry page first :P hehe.

01101101 says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 9:09am

Nice and fun! The concept works well and the tutorial and intro really add a lot to the mood. Plus there's Portal space cores everywhere! :D

Tom 7 says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 5:45pm

Nice style! :) I liked the intro a lot. The planet pinball gameplay is pretty fun, though I only found 39/40 planets and I didn't really know how to make progress except explore randomly. I hope I didn't miss a sweet cutscene!

Thotep says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 10:02pm

It's really polished, intro has a nice art style. Unfortunately I found the gameplay to be rather tedious.

ghRibacki says ...
May 6, 2012 @ 5:08am

Nice game! Unfortunately I only read the description after playing it and now I lost my score... But I colonized 37 planets before the time ran out! I loved the intro story! Really funny. =)

May 6, 2012 @ 11:55am

Repetitive but fun mechanics. Graphics, intro and music were pure awesomeness! :)

azurenimbus says ...
May 6, 2012 @ 8:50pm

Pretty cool! Loved the graphics and the animations. The open sequence was neat. Flying around felt just right and was a lot of fun. Congrats!

MadGnomeGamer says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 3:41am

Cool idea! I'm rather impressed at your intro. The mechanic seem like it could be something really cool and addictive.
(but the controls are a little effed up). Nice graphics, nice audio, good work!

volando says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 7:08am

I liked the intro and the polished overall, cool style. The music is very 2000.

onehandclap says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 9:23am

Wait, what? This was done in 72 hours? Oh, wow! =D

bombom says ...
May 8, 2012 @ 1:29pm

Prety interesting game!
Some polish plus hi-res graphics pack nd the game will be awesome.

Andrew says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 8:37am

Unfortunately a bit slow on my machine, but I loved the graphics style and music.

May 9, 2012 @ 10:54am

Great! This is relly well done. Like the intro :)

Pierrec says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 11:01am

This is good! This is very good! I only found 34 planets...but that was quite enough to have a great fun!

rvmook says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 11:23am

Nice game, cool graphics and very addictive. Would love to see the source code of this

JaJ says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 11:52am

Presentation is great. Game is great too, but it doesn't feel as much like colonising as it does like just smashing into things. One of my plays the planets were invisible until I smashed into them.

MrDanH says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 12:35pm

Cool game, I can totally imagine this in an arcade cabinet.

jfroco says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 2:29pm

Great music & gfx!!! Congrats.

castor says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 5:20pm

Really cool game.

Sestren says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 5:50pm

The music and style were both top-notch, and the game, though simple, was a blast to play! Very nice job!

tcstyle says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 8:21pm

This game is hell a lot of fun!
It feels quite polished even for a jam game. Only Thing I would critizise is that the graphics from intro to game aren't that consistent. Everything else is just awesome. And omg/s is just a great measurement unit.

zazery says ...
May 9, 2012 @ 9:34pm

*Hits spacebar* "Whoah!!!"

Puzzlem00n says ...
May 10, 2012 @ 12:31am

Wow, very fun. After a while, I experienced some framerate slowdown, but that couldn't distract me from the awesomeness of this. Nice, guys!

Qaterknan says ...
May 10, 2012 @ 11:15am

Great, very addictive game with neat graphics. It is a shame it has no ending cutscene :/

kibertoad says ...
May 10, 2012 @ 11:53am


olav_st says ...
May 10, 2012 @ 4:56pm

Really polished. I couldnt tell that it was made in 72 hours. That's very good.
Great work!

Make A Game says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 2:54pm

@machinas: Oh man. Did anyone else feel the same? In that case we should slightly tweak the intro so the concept gets through - after the results are out, of course! :)

@Tcstyle: Good point. That happened because we didn't know the absolute scale the ingame elements would be in. That depended on factors like the ship speed and distance between them. Most of the art you see ingame was made with 4x that size!

@Qaterknan: You got them all? Awesome! I think you're the first one in here that did that, so I'll let you in on a little something. This is what should have happened:

This is the end screen you were supposed to have seen. Your score and initials input would be overlayed, which would go into the leaderboards:

May 11, 2012 @ 4:40pm

Very very sweet game! Top marks for mood, graphics, audio and humour. The theme is totally spot on too

voxel says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 2:11pm


johanp says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 5:56pm

That was fun! Didn't really make any combos until I suddenly got lucky and got millions of points. :) Good job!

May 12, 2012 @ 6:19pm

Very cool opening cinematic, wasn't exactly clear what to do at first but I got it. Bonus points for using that classic Gold Box SSI font.

Make A Game says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 10:45pm

@Dark Acre Jack: Check out the ingame tutorial, it will tell you all you need to know!

Jacic says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 11:12pm

Haha, I love it! :D SPAAAAACE!

KevinWorkman says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 2:35am

This game was really fun while it lasted, but at about 35/40 planets the framerate dropped to an unplayable level. Great work though, I could keep playing this.

Jigxor says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 6:25am

That was awesome! Really nice polished game with a good sense of humour and a lot of fun to play.

Well done! I really enjoyed this one :)

CoffeeOnimal says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 1:59pm

Jungle soundtrack! Wikkid! Loved it, this is tons of fun!

j0n says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 5:14pm

Aweseome! Little bit easy though.

May 13, 2012 @ 7:59pm

Probably my favorite game of LD23. Colonizing planets by ramming yours into it? Best premise ever. Check out my gameplay of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXjQlvTOnMw

BenW says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 9:29pm

Extremely well put together. Loved the music.

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