August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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Oh my, a shooter with blocks!

by Dir3kt - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Oh my, a shooter with blocks! is a shooter where the ships are constructed from basic building blocks. Each block has its own function, they come in four flavors:
-CORE (circle icon) only one per ship. if the block is destroyed the whole ship is destroyed.
-SHOOTER (triangle icon) shoots projectiles.
-ENGINE (square icon) increase the speed of the ship.
-NORMAL gives no abilities beside protecting other blocks.

The enemies are procedurally generated and evolve using a genetic algorithm. The goal is to beat has much generation as possible. After beating a generation the player is rewarded a new block to upgrade his ship.

WASD to move
aim with mouse to shoot

Known bugs:
-If could happen that an enemy pop out of the game zone. In such case the level can't be completed. No way out of this except reloading the game and starting over. Sorry.
-Game load for a long time and nothing appears (reported by eyehawk). Most likely due to a Java version problem.
-Sometime ship tries to constantly go in one direction (reported by hgcummings).

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eyehawk says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:14am

Hi there, it seems to load for a long time and nothing appears?

DustyStylus says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:34am

I like the look of this and there's also some nice ideas in there. Is there meant to any sound? (I saw note of FL Studio in journal)

Dir3kt says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:47am

weird, to you see the LWJGL loading bar?

Nope didn't had time for any sounds :(

Baburo says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:08am

Cool shooter. Building your own shooter was fun. Some kind of an explanation for what the next block will do would've been a nice addon, I still don't know what that square piece does. :)

ncannasse says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:18am

Great concept, would have be even better with sounds !

small trouble says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:18am

It was fun for a short time but the dificulty went up to slowly making earlier levels more of a grind.

Zccc says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:21am

I really liked it, very interesting idea!

ChronoDK says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:01pm

Yay, I'm not the only one who made a shooter! Really nice game too - I like the friendly theme and the crisp pixel graphics.

Brassawiking says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:12pm

Solid arena shooter, need some variation in the block properties. As now, all you will ever need is shooter blocks, as they will act as shield and guns. It would be more interesting if for example the normal block could take more hits. Then you have the defense/offense ratio to think about.

hgcummings says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 7:16pm

I like the retro graphics. Reminded me of the old Micro Machines games a bite. The upgrade & damage model is good too (actually losing bits of your ship when you're hit). I did seem to encounter a bug where my ship started constantly trying to move right.

Dir3kt says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:46pm

hey thx all for your replies!

small trouble:
Honestly I didn't had time to balance the game :(

Originally I planned on making the block upgradable. My idea was that normal block level 2 can take two hits, level 3 three, etc.. But again not enough time to implement..

I think I also so that bug

VAMflax says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:49pm

You just can't go wrong with a simple shooter, and the pixel gfx are rad!

Sound needed!! But good! :D

Aug 29, 2012 @ 9:12pm

I really like the concept of this game! I think a bit more work could really make it shine.

Mainly what I didn't like was that the camera was really zoomed in, so that you could see only so many blocks at a time. If you zoomed out a bit you could add a lot more enemies and give the player a lot more freedom.

galman says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:41pm

Awesome game, it really reminds me of my game :P Really liked it, really fits the theme

harusame says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 8:08pm

Nice concept :) It's a pity that there are no sounds and music :/
God job !

csanyk says ...
Sep 17, 2012 @ 4:13am

I shot a bunch of blocks and then I was all alone:( And all I had was just a square:(

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