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

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Urth Defense

by kylerhoades - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Defend your tiny world, Urth, from an onslaught of nuclear missiles. Featuring an extra small game area intended to make the game more frantic and to give a feeling of claustrophobia.

Collect power-ups to assist you in your mission. Blast those missiles out of the sky!

Controls: Arrow keys to move. Tap or hold Space to shoot.

If you survive, your score is multiplied by the number of lives you have remaining. If you shoot down all 100 missiles and collect all 5 bonuses, you have played a perfect game and will receive the maximum score possible (1000 points). Leave your highest score in the comments.

Good luck!

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Darkcoder says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:54am

I got 700!

At first I thought it was very difficult, but then the 2nd time I won quite easily. Once you get the weapon upgrades (especially the 2nd) it becomes a bit too easy. The game itself is well-rounded, but nothing really stands out: the enemies could be more interesting, the music doesn't really fit, there could be a bit more work on the graphics, and I'm not really fond of the control scheme.

cirolve says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:40am

I thought this a fun little game, cool stuff. controls were a bit off but not bad. I would probably say that the music could have been improved,(just not a big fan of midi), and the graphics could have been tweaked, but overall cool stuff.

DoktorAce says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:50am

Can't run cause I have mac :(

Julian Ceipek says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:56am

@DoktorAce, except for the audio, it worked pretty well in WINE for me.

DaveDobson says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:39am

Interesting idea, well executed. Very small, and the game seems quite hard at first. It wasn't clear what the + icons did when you picked them up.

jeroenimooo says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:15am

It was quite hard, and maybe a bigger screen would have been more fun. Funny game though.

karnakgames says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 1:11am

A great use of the theme! It reminds us that we all should protect our world; it may be seem huge, but it is tiny thinking that all resources are connected.

kylerhoades says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:36am

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

@karnakgames: I'm glad someone picked up on the message behind the game. This piece was intended to provoke thought and encourage positive change, after all.

levelbylevel says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:19am

It's a fun little game, I found the controls a little fiddly (spent more time flying into asteroid than shooting them... probably just me being rubbish at games :p)

invaderJim says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 7:10pm

It's so tiny and genius!

jwolf says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 8:05pm

Nice take on the genre! Rather difficult too, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

schizofunky says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 11:25am

Nice music! I think it would have been easier if the enemies were a bit wider as you had to get the angle just right to shoot them.

Yapikom says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 5:26am

I thought the game was fun, but a bit too easy when fully upgraded.

Datamosh says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 6:01am

Fun game, although the screen it's a little too tiny! But well, it's supposed to be a TINY world, isn't it? ;)

edg3 says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 7:00am

It was a solid entry. I could only get 4 though. I seemed to just lose lives randomly for no reason :/

I agree with the thoughts that the screen size is slightly too small, but the music and sound effects were really cool.

Endurion says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 9:09am

Nice little game.

The weapon upgrades (what I assume the + are) don't seem to do anything. The concurrently incoming enemies are tough.

Good move to make it actually difficult to stay in the center, the enemies are easier to hit from the side.

kylerhoades says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 2:12pm

@DaveDobson @edg3 @Endurion

The + icons are the upgrades. There are 4 upgrade levels. The first is simply a faster rate of fire, which you will probably only notice if you hold down space instead of tapping it. The second upgrade onwards is where it starts getting crazy.

If you get hit or Urth gets hit, you lose a life and go back one level of upgrade. If you keep losing lives, it might look like the + doesn't do much.

Misfit says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 6:17pm

Nice and tiny game. Good job.

davidwparker says ...
May 8, 2012 @ 12:51pm

Sorry, I can't play this as I don't have Windows.

caranha says ...
May 8, 2012 @ 3:29pm

Very nice little game. I liked that when you died you were thrown right back into the action. Maybe the missiles could have been made a litte bit bigger, or the ship a bit smaller? Oh, and the claustrophobic feel really adds to the mood.

One important point though: You cannot use music made with wolfram tunes. Their terms of use prohibits the distribution of content generated by the site. Yeah, it sucks:

"You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information or content obtained from this Site"


NatNoBrains says ...
May 8, 2012 @ 4:40pm

Addictive, kept on retrying and kept on failing! Great game!

PaulSB says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 12:49pm

Certainly frantic, controls were quite tricky. But a fun little game, did quite like that it was itself tiny.

Johnicholas says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 1:18pm

There's more there than appears at first; actually fun.

ericdpitts says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 2:50pm

Pretty challenging game! Controlling the ship was a bit awkward, it would be more intuitive in this sort of game to have a "thrust" that propels you forward the longer you hold it, rather than just a constant speed that you can increase or decrease. But, the way you had it works too, it's just a bit more frustrating. ;) I liked the use of the tiny window, definitely made the game more difficult.

ehtd says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 6:28pm

Tricky controls. Small and fun.

Oye Beto says ...
May 13, 2012 @ 7:58am

I got 141 points :)

I don't know if it was a bug but '+' signs had no effect the first time I played the game, the second time they gave me a triple shot.

Not very different from asteroids with a tiny world in the middle but it was fun.

kylerhoades says ...
May 14, 2012 @ 2:37am

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I really appreciate it.

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