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

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Socket City

by SethR - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Note: Flash version works but has minor music/audio/speed issues.. recommend the Windows download!

You are the administrator of Space City! But it's not a vacation, you'll have to use a mixture of strategy, reflexes and good luck to keep the station healthy.

Survive ten days to win a tribute song and poem.

-Seth ( )

Windows and Flash version available. If Flash is too slow, try the native Windows version for super speed.

Tools used: Proton SDK ( ), Visual C++, , GarageBand iOS with cheapo midi keyboard that plugs in via the camera connector kit, SoundForge, Photoshop, sfxr

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PoV says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:04am

Neat. I like it. Day 24.

yetanother says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:25pm

Hard game. Interesting concept.

vigrid says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:29pm

Nice, innovative idea. Would make a very fun game on a touch enabled device.

Mach60KAS says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:31pm

Seems really quite interesting - I couldn't make it past day 3 though. :P The concept of expanding a city in space is pretty neat I must admit.

Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:31pm

I like the concept of the game, i love when games have some srategy involved!! :)

sfernald says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:32pm

Liked this one a lot. Really nice work. Graphics, sound and game play polish. It was an interesting concept. Seems really hard though to survive a wave.

kratorspore says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:57pm

Really enjoyed this game, nice mechanics implemented very well. I cool twist on TD + asteroids!

Ponte says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:21am

Great idea but really hard!

recursor says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:49am

A couple of things:
Some of the asteroids were a bit dark and hard for me to see. I wish you had a bit more control over where to put the blocks, but I guess that is the 'evolution' part of the game. Pretty neat concept, and well done. I agree with a previous comment that this could make a really cool android/Ipad game. Also I've been meaning to look at your Proton SDK and the source to this game will be a great place to start learning. Thanks for that.

nuria says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:01am

Cool game! Original too. I agree with the asteroids being too dark. Everything else seems pretty good, great job!

Maikeroppi says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:59am

Interesting concept. I played the web version.

A few things:
-With asteroids coming from every direction and a limited number of firing directions, passing a day seems almost luck based on your setup and the incoming asteroids.
-Firing and destroying your own station parts is just not fun in my opinion.

Nifty things:
-The idea of defending a station in space is neat.
-Firing at asteroids is fun. Maybe have a rotatable turret or something so you could hit asteroids coming from multiple directions?
-I like the idea of building up a station. A little bit of input into how the station is constructed would be nice.

X-0ut says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:10am

Very good and very tough, this one is worth coming back too.

X-0ut says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:16am

Oh I just want to add, the music is very atmospheric and adds a lot to the mood.

timtipgames says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 9:45am

Nice game. I also liked the tactical possibilities. I didn't like that my guns could shoot my city ;)

Brassawiking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:54pm

Love the intro music, it was really good. It can become really good with some tweaking. Did not like that I had to press the turrets for them to fire, rather macro manage or something instead. The turrets could perhaps have a fire zone instead of a line.

Brassawiking says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:56pm

It would also be nice if you could pan around and zoom, had a hard time seeing the blocks when the plan buttons blocked the view.

vilya says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:23pm

Interesting. First impression was that it was just down to luck in choosing the right configuration for your space station and I kinda dismissed it. It wasn't until my second go that I started to appreciate the depth and the amount of control you do have.

It does still feel a bit dependent on luck. Perhaps if you could rotate the space station to try to bring your guns to bear on the asteroids it would work a bit better?

Great job on the music, btw!

Lucariatias says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:35pm

Great game, though really hard.
Nice graphical style, possibly inspired by games like Vector TD or Captain Forever?
Ambient music style fits the game.
Highly innovative and fun.
If I were to suggest improvements:
Add "pause" button. It's annoying when you get a message from your friend and they expect a reply... but you can't pause the game.
Add different difficulty levels. At the moment, it's really hard! I managed about day 3, max!
Stop guns from pointing at each other. It's really irritating to have to shoot through your city to get a specific direction.

rwos says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 6:38pm

It's very well done - sound and graphics both are simple, but in a good way. I also like the general idea a lot - it's like tower defense, except that it isn't :-) Always nice to see some new ideas implemented!

My biggest problem is that winning seems to depend too much on pure luck (that, or I'm just *very* bad). I'd like to have more interactivity in it. Maybe being able to move the cannons on the towers would already be enough.

chardish says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:58am

Mostly luck-based? I'm not sure. Either way, I love the mood. Great graphics and audio, too.

McFunkypants says ...
Sep 6, 2012 @ 11:45pm

Really cool idea. I'd love to see it fleshed out more. In particular, I found some of the objects a bit hard to see. It ran like butter on my flash. Keep up the fantastic work!

Puzzlem00n says ...
Sep 16, 2012 @ 9:26pm

That ending song is the next big thing.

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