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

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River Runner

by omaha - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Fast paced river racing. Try not to hit the walls.

Special prize for anyone that beats 10000.

To play, download and double-click the jar file. On mac/linux, it might be necessary to run it with: java -jar river_runner.jar

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cornedor says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:47pm

Nice game, but very hard. The water effect looks pretty nice tough.

netmute says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:51pm

Can't... let... the game... beat me...
I'm hooked. If I don't rate the other games that's your fault ;)

karnakgames says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:57pm

I see a successful iPhone game coming out from this game? You should port it :)

Misaka42 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:59pm

Hardcore. Just what I need.

Magnega says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:14pm

Dammit. Couldn't get further than 1531. Awesome, iPhone port approved. Also, addicted.

matt says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:18pm

Solid game. I agree that this would be a successful iPhone game.

davidllanos22 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:20pm

When I saw the screenshoot I thought the boat was a slime xDDD Great game, I find it quite hard at the begining, maybe it could be more progressive... and when I reset sometimes the boat crashes without even start to run :S

ComaToes says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:30pm

A nice combination of frustrating yet addictive. Good job :)

Fsmv says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:42pm

Amazing! Port it to Android as well!

vigrid says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:18pm

Haha, nice timewaster (in a good meaning of this word). Your game is a bit hard, or my hands are too slow for it. You should definitely make it a phone game!

gavin5564 says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:02am

Gaahhh, This game is annoyingly addictive. Would work well on a Ipad with the accelerometer for controls.
Great job.
Don't know how it relates to the theme tho..

omaha says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:15am

Thank you everyone for the kind words.

I am working on an android release this week, just need a day of rest after the weekend. iPhone will be more difficult, but I'd love to make that happen.

My personal best score is 3555. Has anyone done better?

Regarding the theme: The idea was that you're playing in the 'tiny' world of a single leaf, trying to navigate a tiny stream of water, with the occasional firefly buzzing past you and lighting the way.

feyleaf says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:16am

Great job! This game was totally fun, and also quite a challenge. Your voxel work makes it something outstanding.

invaderJim says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:16am


MadGnomeGamer says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:28am

So what's the special prize? ....You're not playing a practical joke on whoever gets 10000 and demands a prize are you? :)

MadGnomeGamer says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:29am

Erm...when I double click it starts to open a wondow and then abruptly stops without even giving an error sign--it just blinks onto the screen for a split second.

omaha says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:34am

There is definitely a prize if you beat 10000. More than one person can win the prize.

Tourgen says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:59am

It looks good and plays alright. It would benefit from an analog control input - joystick or even h-axis on the mouse. Or possibly not instantly re-centering on key-up.

runsintowalls says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:02am

Fun. Hard. Like the water.

seigenblues says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:04am

very nice! There went 15 minutes!

the8donut says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:09am

Good job on this one, very hard but definitely fun. Water effect is very interesting.

Rex Peppers says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:34pm

Amazing how satisfying it is to find a comment you've left in the game just a little bit further downstream...

Evgis says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:10pm

Fun: 5/5. Pretty hard, but fun to play!

devwil says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:32pm

***I'm posting this on all non-browser games I bring up in an attempt to encourage folks to make browser games next time around. Do not take it personally.***

When hundreds of people make non-browser games, that means that, to play all of the entries, I would need to download hundreds of games to my computer. I typically use OS X, so Windows-only entries are particularly inconvenient.

Please consider making a browser game next time.

Skully says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:37am

looks very pretty, but gets hard pretty quick

Hazematman says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:54am

I have to say this game is really fun and addictive, but one slight problem, I don't see how this goes with the theme. The game is pretty awesome though! :D

bburbank says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:55am

I really love how this looks. I'm hypnotized by it, and don't ever want to stop.

Fireblend says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 3:03am

Wow, really good! The narrow sections are really hard, but it's nothing that some tweaking on the collision side of things couldn't fix. I absolutely love how it looks, and it does seem to have a lot of room for adding cool stuff such as obstacles on the wide section or ramps for the leaf to jump from :D nicely done! I definitely can see it work as a mobile app.

omaha says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 3:10am

Regarding the theme: The idea was that you're playing in the 'tiny' world of a single leaf, trying to navigate a tiny stream of water, with the occasional firefly buzzing past you and lighting the way.

Thanks again everyone!

edbadiux says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 4:57am

I really enjoyed playing your game, I like challenging games and I liked this one. I think there should be a little bit more incentives to reach farest, maybe adding some color or music after some distance (of course is just my opinion). Thanks for the fun (my record ~5500).

omaha says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:04am

edbadiux: that's a great score! i haven't managed to score that well after many tries :) remember, there is a special bonus at 10000.

Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:25pm

Tough, but well made. Love the graphics. Boxes are in right now :-)

jeroenimooo says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:53pm

Awesome game, sometimes suddenly real hard, and then real easy, graphics also look really cool

Apr 25, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Neat water effect! But yes very hard and unforgiving.. Not saying that's a bad thing though!! Still had to try it over and over again just to get that little further.. Nice entry

fatSquirrel says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:32am

Awesome graphics and effects, but dang hard. After ten tries I couldn't get past the 3rd turn where it gets narrow.

stigmawall says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:12am

It´s hard, ahuAHUahuha!
Also, more leafs as IA will be awesome! :)

leafo says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:51am

Nice effects for the graphics.

Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:53pm

Awesome, loved it.

AlwaysGeeky says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:51pm

Hard... but I enjoyed it overall, well done :)

ilo says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:04pm

Think I managed 4525. Very tense and fun. Procedurally-generated levels would make this great... greater, even!

Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:39pm

Pretty tough, but fun game, I like the simplistic look and the water looks nice.

raarlac says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:53pm

Awesome game!! Pretty hard though

crazyheckman says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:01am

Fun game, impressive style for a bunch of basic shapes. I got to around 2500 before I crapped out, is there actually a prize or is that an empty promise?

omaha says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 1:18pm

These levels are in fact procedurally generated. They follow a sine wave of varying amplitude, with a random +/-1 added to give it the smaller details near the shore.

I ran out of time before I could test more complicated waveforms with varying frequency, but I'm working on an android version that includes that an much more :)

Thanks for the feedback!

Oh, and yes, there really is a prize if you reach 10000 or greater. Many people have reached 5000, but 10000 is possible if you can stay focused long enough.

omaha says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 1:24pm

I just scored 10559!!!! It is officially possible to win the prize :)

orgarus says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 5:29pm

6533... I'll give it another try.

orgarus says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 5:36pm

I HATE this game >:( I never gonna play it again... err... one more try...

orgarus says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 5:44pm

That enough (for today)!!! Every time I hear the (deadly) crash sound (of dead, of course) I want to burn something.


PS.-Great game!

orgarus says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 5:52pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! 6431!! What piece of creature from hell have programmed you!

PS.-Last comment I promise :)

azurenimbus says ...
May 6, 2012 @ 3:58am

Sir, you have wasted my valuable time, that could have been used to play other Ludum Dare games, by uploading such an addictive entry. Shame on you!

Full points for fun :)

azurenimbus says ...
May 6, 2012 @ 4:00am

Also, forgot to say, I loved the blocky graphics.

ratking says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 10:56pm

It get's too hard very fast. Sadly, because it's a fun game!

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