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

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Space Amoebas

by bigbadwofl - 48 Hour Compo Entry

INSTRUCTIONS IN A NUTSHELL: Collect Purple Power-ups and Swallow enemies.

WORKS BEST IN GOOGLE CHROME (possibly Safari too)

This LD, I cast down the proverbial shackles of C++ and OpenGL. I decided to try my hand at making a game in javascript using the HTML5 canvas and so, 'Space Amoebas' was born.

My apologies if it plays badly in your browser of choice. Chrome and Safari simply have the fastest JS interpreters (Although I haven't tested in Safari yet).

Please remember to post a comment when you rate so I know to give your game a go too!

Technologies: JS, HTML5, CSS, Fruity Loops, Photoshop

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pknowles says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1:59am

I have a new found appreciation for C++ after the mess with javascript this weekend. fun game. it slows down for you when the difficulty increases :)

dredlockz says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:55am

It could've used some better visual feedback or sound effects for the power-ups and hits tho.

Edd Morgan says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 9:58am

Cool game. Instantly worked out what to do and it was pretty fun! I fear a keyboard-based control scheme might have worked better, though. My amoeba wouldn't always stick to my cursor which means there were portions of the game screen I couldn't move to. Other than that, great game!

Ragzouken says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:00am

The amoebas are very pretty :) I like the visual instructions screen!

ollie says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:21am

I really liked this; the backing music was great, and the graphics were really cool too. The gameplay is relatively standard without an ultimate goal (other than to survive) but I enjoyed it

Lucariatias says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:22am

The blue amoeba moves straight toward the top left and I have no clue how to control it :( So I can't start the game.

infernet89 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:22am

Those Amoebas were really cute, and the power up idea is nice.. I don't like the fact you can't absorb other amoebas, and you become tinyer if you kill one.

bigbadwofl says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:24am

@Lucariatias: The amoeba follows the mouse, what browser are you playing in?

aschearer says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:43am

A fun little game. Felt a bit like asteroids but different in a good way. I liked your take on power ups. It would be interesting to see if you could evolve the gameplay so that the player was building up to something greater over time and not simply avoiding obstacles forever.

JokerDen says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:43am

I like it. It nice that enemies playing too (catching color spheres).

PapyGaragos says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:46am

I feel this game if more about survival than evolution. Also the game is too big for my screen, i had to scroll up and down while i was playing.

bigbadwofl says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:48am

@PapyGaragos: Sorry about that, I made a call to cater for people with at least 1280x1024. Thanks for the comment.

ncannasse says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:50am

Cool game, I loved the color effects. Still miss a goal.

PS @pknowles : you should use Haxe instead ;)

wibblymat says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:52am

Good idea, nicely executed. Liked the music!

Blanky says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:27am

I Love the music and the amoebas.
Nice game.

DaveDobson says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:17pm

Very sharp, well-coded, good interface, and quite polished. The graphics are simple but the fuzzy edges and transparency make it look neat and kind of amoeba-ey. The music is really cool, but there are only 1-2 other sound effects that I heard. There's not much to the game - three powerups and some other effects, only really swimming around to do, and not much strategy - but what's there works well and is fun. Great to have one that runs in a browser - so much easier. Nice job!

sclark39 says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:21pm

Cool game. The movement of the amoeba was a bit hitchy (would have probably been a bit nicer with a more acceleration based seeking behavior), and I found the purple ability really confusing. When I was purple and hit someone I shrunk and turned blue, which I assumed was a bad thing the first time I played.

garygreen says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:32pm

Nice game idea. Really liked the graphic style and the music went well with the game play too. It got a bit laggy as the screen filled up with amoebas, though.

Dan C says ...
Sep 2, 2012 @ 8:35pm

Nice graphics and sound.

Could have done with some more obvious indicator when you gain the ability to eat other ameobas.

davidwparker says ...
Sep 15, 2012 @ 12:18am

Nice. Good to see more people use HTML5+JS+Canvas+etc.

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