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Trucking the Universe

by FrozenCow - 48 Hour Compo Entry

You drive a pickup truck, which you equipped with jumping abilities. You ride your truck in the universe of mini-planets by jumping from one planet to another. Oh and btw, your brakes are not working.
Today you're going with your truck to the shop to get some beer.

This is a one-button game: press space or mouse button to jump.

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brianshaler says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:07am

Hilarious! Felt a bit more like I was driving a cockroach than a truck

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:01pm

Haha, I'll make sure to put in an option to choose your skin if I work on this further.

haslettj says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:01am

What' a strange concept. The only feedback I have is that the jumping was disorienting. I expected to jump forward the direction the truck was facing, not "up".

kutuup1989 says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:04am

That was pretty damned fun! Controls were a bit hard to get down but it worked fine :)

oldtopman says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:05am

Pros: The graphics are excellent. Points for "BEER GET"
Cons: Not really a con, but your main link crashes at 15/23
Excellent game, with suprise difficulty after you've practiced with the booze run. 4/5
Thoughts: Some ukelele music would have been suitable for the beer run, so you could complete the redneck mood.

Hazard says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:10am

Great game! I'm ussually sceptical about one-button games, but this one is really fun. The second part is very hard. The planets look great too. Very smart way to make them look like they are rotating. :)

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:41am

@haslettj, yes I totally see what you mean. A truck might not be the best way to fit the mechanics... cockroach would be even weirder imo, but might have fitted the mechanics better.

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:42am

@oldtopman, :D the music that I wanted to use was http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/478099 ... but I didn't have time (nor skills) to make something alike myself.

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:43am

Oh, Firefox support is also fixed, which caused the crash at loading.

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:46am

@Hazard, Thanks! Earlier version used arrows to control braking and direction, but I caught myself being too lazy to actually use them... hopefully it won't piss off too many people, I'm usually skeptical about one-button-games too.

Peter Cooper says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:05am

More fun that it looks at first! :-)

Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:08am

Really awesome mechanic! Something novel, but not outstaying its welcome. The "second part" especially was a lot of fun (with the added pressure). Like some other people have said, a background music track would be nice, but even without, I had a lot of fun.

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:30am

If anyone has a suggestion on how to do ukulele without a ukulele, please post. I'm pretty clueless when it comes to making music :P

jplur says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:36am

Oh wow, this is what LD is all about, great game!

mneubrand says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:58am

Took a few attempts but I finally got home with my brewskis after defeating the evil worm thingie :)

Real cool concept. Had a blast playing it.

TyrusPeace says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:02am

It definitely took me a while to figure out that the jump went straight off the planet rather than following any angle, but once I got that it was pretty playable. The graphics could be modified a bit to make it more obvious, I suppose.

Running from the monster was definitely cool. There were times I felt like I was unavoidably stuck, but I kept playing until I beat it. Nice work :).

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:40am

@jplur,@mneubrand, thanks!
@TyrusPeace, I might experiment with other jumping mechanics to make a better game out of it. I'm not sure yet how the truck-graphic can be modified to make a 90-degree angle jump upwards more obvious :P, though I agree, it isn't intuitive with the current truck.

dacap says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:52am

Bizarre concept but I really liked. After the beer it becomes a really hard game :)

fatSquirrel says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:13am

Had me and my wife laughing.

PapayaJuice says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:14am

I laughed so hard playing this. Sent it to all my friends too. Did NOT expect that snake.

FireSlash says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:16am

Had a blast playing this. I was going to mention buggy collision until I noticed the planets themselves are moving too!

paslam says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:17am

Nice game. I like the physic of the little planets and the humour of the game

FaBrito says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:18am

Great way to get the user trained before it gets difficult. Extremelly original idea and good physics, except for the jump straight up instead of forward, but, whatever... Nicely done!

gavin5564 says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:21am

Tricky little time killer, Loved it. The giant monster reminded me of the worm from the movie called "tremors".

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 12:24pm

Wow, lots of comments, thanks you all for playing and input.
@FireSlash, I first imagined the 'planets' to be amoeba/cells which did not collide but bigger ones eating smaller ones ala Osmos. This was however even more WTF, so I went for colliding planets.
@gavin5564, indeed, those 'segmented' monsters are a blast to code with often cool results.

Evgis says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:29pm

Super fun, great job! Pretty hard to master.

MurrayL says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 3:40pm

That giant vacuum thing was terrifying!

Hume says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:49pm

Solid marks from me. The planet eating monster turns this game from goofy fun into serious business. That said, I kept dying until the beer store planet disappeared, and still didn't get anywhere near the finish. With the speed of the truck and the size of the smaller planets, it felt like luck.

If you add music, you'll need pre-beer music and post-beer music. :)

FrozenCow says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:03pm

@Hume, yes, I really need to make the difficulty more progressive. The pre and post-beer music would be awesome :D Thanks for the suggestions!

Ryusui says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 5:35am

Good game, sir. It could use some music to reinforce the feel, but overall, it scores points across the board for cleverness. Shame I couldn't actually win; is the worm supposed to eat the shop planet eventually? At any rate, two thumbs up: some more polish (maybe space the planets out a bit more so navigation isn't such a hassle?) and this could be one of the best entries.

demonpants says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 9:57pm

Cool entry, but I eventually got so frustrated dealing with the monster that I gave up. It just gets too difficult to always jump at exactly the correct time when the movement is so fast. I'd say slow things down every time you die, or have less planets, or just make everything closer (the last option may be best, as I got bored getting the beer eventually).

ExciteMike says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 10:18pm

Amazing and broken and weird and difficult in the best of ways :D After a while of failing to get to the volcanic planet I got a black screen, but I was having fun up until then!

ExciteMike says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 10:23pm

Tried again and beat it :D

May 3, 2012 @ 10:35pm

Oh, this is great. One-button-controls work quite well and funnily. I kinda went off in the wrong direction for some time.

Datw says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 10:37pm

A cool little game, but the controls are kinda hard to use.

RĂ©mi says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 11:02pm

The control are weirds, but finally it's part of the fun of the game!

ghRibacki says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 11:14pm

Haha! So much fun! Very challenging too. Awesome game. :)

FrozenCow says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 6:40pm

Thanks for all the comments. I've worked on the game some more to include some of the suggestions. The new version has:
- forward jumping (instead of upward)
- slower driving speed (so you don't miss your jumps)
- shop cannot be eaten by worm anymore
- several fixes, like more robust preloading

Catman says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 11:17am

Funny!!! I liked that big monstruous thing :O
It crashed on me after I got eaten three times, tho!

kibertoad says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 5:04pm

Too many planets, IMHO. Would be more fun to actually plan you hopping, rather than crawl from one to another.

MrBarnslig says ...
May 5, 2012 @ 8:08pm

Interesting idea, I always like one button game explorations. I got hit by that big pipe mouth thing and then the game froze. Liked the rotating texture effect on the planets! Points for humor.

Tom 7 says ...
May 14, 2012 @ 12:42am

Hah! Boy am I glad that driving is not really like that. The worm was scary since it reminded me of the experience of watching the movie Tremors. The game was quite challenging and sort of nauseating but I played through it and had a good time! :)

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