December 14th-17th 2012 :: Theme: You are the Villain

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From The Black

by arkeus - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Help defend the colonies from an onslaught of enemy starships.

You'll need to at least beat normal mode to understand the theme.

Difficulty ramps up quickly in Story Mode+ and Story Mode++.

I suggest playing the full 2x version, but if you are on a smaller resolution, you can play the Halfsize 1x version.

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SXPanda says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 12:59am

This game is very fun, but how does it fit the 'You are the villain' theme? I completed the story mode and it seemed like you were playing as the good guys.

arkeus says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 1:49am


I'd call eradicating the last remaining humans from the planet earth as villainous from the human's point of view.

Most logical villains won't appear to be the bad guy from their point of view. But if you're on a ship carrying the last remaining humans, and are attempting to hail the first signs of life you approach to get resources, and they end up killing you... Wouldn't you think they were the bad guy?

I'll leave it up to you to interpret it as you like. :)

Dec 17, 2012 @ 2:26am

Really good!!!

leafo says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 3:56am

So much content, it's INCREDIBLE! I don't know how you do it in 48 hours.

Dec 17, 2012 @ 4:59am

Good old fashioned space carnage. Very well executed

Wuhao says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:10am

pretty fun!, but i couldnt figure out which is the enemy and which is the powerup

enfyrneaux says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:12am

Really, really well put together.

namuol says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:43am

This is definitely one of the stand-outs I've played so far. I even went through and completed the story (even though there's loads more to play from the look of it).

I kinda sucked so there was a lot of grind to upgrade my ship, but I really liked message you conveyed, here. Bravo!

Arcantic says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 6:36am

I always look forward to your submission each dare, you always have addicting gameplay and great graphics. Never hit too hard on the theme though, but this time somewhat fit. Great work.

Pash says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 7:27am

Really great entry. Enjoy playing this one.

ChainedLupine says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:55am

Is it me or does the enemies sometimes pop off a shot as they are dying? :)

Nice game, like the tons of abilities to upgrade. Quite challenging, too.

Dec 17, 2012 @ 10:24am

Something mildy different, woo! Love the upgrade-system, as always :)

raarlac says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 4:17pm

Great game! I felt bad at the end. Poor humans

Bloodyaugust says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 1:00am

Wow. Extremely well polished for 48 hours!

KunoNoOni says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 4:01am

I really enjoyed this. At first I wasn't understanding how this fit the theme, and then I beat story mode and was like "I see what you did there...". Very well done sir, very well done! The bar has been raised a little bit higher...

Dec 18, 2012 @ 3:20pm

Wow. That kept me playing for a good amount of time. Amazing for a 48 hours game! great job. But I suck at this game. :D

bach says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 11:56pm

Fun! Some greatly satisfying moments in there. Top-notch entry as always.

Dec 20, 2012 @ 2:24am

Not a bad little shooter. Had fun with it, but I always lose track of the mouse cursor in games like this. Lot of upgrades and content for 48 hours. Good job.

RosyPenguin says ...
Dec 20, 2012 @ 6:40am

Always look forward to your entries, Arkeus! This one was a pretty engaging, classic dual-stick shooter, and I enjoyed it a lot :D

Hatscat says ...
Dec 20, 2012 @ 2:12pm

So polished!! very well done! i had lot of fun, but i don't feel evil :p

Mythalore says ...
Dec 20, 2012 @ 11:28pm

First LD game I've got to hundred percent with! Amazing!

fishbrain says ...
Dec 21, 2012 @ 11:09am

Fun! Quite a nice slick graphic style too.

csanyk says ...
Dec 31, 2012 @ 4:13am

This game would be ROCKING if it had dual analog stick controls, like any good arena shooter:) WASD + trackpad on a laptop makes it SO hard. I really liked the powerup system and everything else about it, just add joypad support and it'd be 10x better than it already is.

Joseph Miller says ...
Dec 31, 2012 @ 9:36pm

Great game. I liked the upgrade system and the feel of the game. I wish I didn't have to start at the absolute beginning each time I died until the boss fight. It just felt tedious once I was powerful enough for it not to be a challenge. That is a pretty minor complaint though. I liked the interpretation of the theme and the game was very fun to play.

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