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

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Tail Orbit

by bugninja - Jam Entry

You have 60 seconds to destroy as many peaceful orbs as you can.... since they are peaceful, that makes you the villain :)

Important note: You have to hit the orbs with your TAIL ... not your head to get points :)

Use arrow keys to move, Z slows down, X speeds back up.

You must hit the orbs with your TAIL and not your HEAD to score points. Your tail gets longer and harder to use the more orbs you hit with your head.

Have fun!!!

It was made with Monkey (, graphics made in Fireworks.

I can't enter the "compo" because some of the libraries I use are closed source, and I'm using a modified version of Mojo that ships with Monkey.

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rumachine says ...
Dec 17, 2012 @ 12:19am

Great game! I enjoyed playing it.

Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:48pm

cool game, different approach, enjoyed playing

Jlebow says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:07am

Fun game.

Luis Anton says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:08am

Nice! It was difficult getting used to controls - so many keys for such a small game, and hitting orbs with your tail requieres a bit of training. Well done!

lucky.luddite says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:08am

Nice trail effect.

Logun says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:12am

It is hard to manage the tail properly. It is half cool, half frustrating. But cool concept !

Dir3kt says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:13am

Cute game, interesting concept :)

Small suggestion about the controls. Why not make up/down work like z/x ?

Yacodo says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:22am

Pretty tricky to play (at first I was like : Yeah try eat it... and then... I re-read the intro :))

KWL_TW says ...
Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:26am

A beautiful game!

AhNinniah says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 3:36am

Great concept! Though not very convenient that the character can completely get off the game screen

Floko says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:55am

nice game! even tough the theme isn't that clear if I don't read the description . Hitting the orbs with the tail is pretty hard,but still an enjoyable experience =]

Rabbits... says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:55am

I liked the idea of having a tail that was out for revenge, good job on the game, the colors contrasted nicely...

GreenPixelDev says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:56am

Reminded me of Snake! Cool concept and very smooth controls :D

bugninja says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 5:14am

@GreenPixelDev I'm glad you said that. I was kind-of working from a reverse-snake angle.

bugninja says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 5:15am

@AhNinniah I actually have a version where you can't go off the screen. You actually don't go too far off the game screen, so if you turn slightly, you should see yourself re-appear.

cdata says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 5:21am

This game is pretty fun, and quite hard. I found it very difficult to recover after my tail gets a certain length.

zatyka says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 5:22am

Nice concept and well executed. Controls were solid. I do wish there were a bit more to the gameplay though.

RosyPenguin says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 5:24am

haha, I didn't read the instructions the first time through and ate every orb with my head. But the subsequent plays when I tried to eat the orbs with my tail it turned out a lot more difficult than it looks and I ended up having a lot of fun playing both ways!

Also, I am a fan of this clean, crisp aesthetic and soft colors. Great job!

raincole says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 5:26am

Interesting. The trailing effect is pretty.

Cthu says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 12:06pm

Love it! Although I like the "non growing tail" build better. Add some Osmos style music and it would be enough to publish.

@bugninja: question regarding your bug report on my game - can you share your setup info? Flash Player version, system and brief computer specs? I'd like to investigate. Thanks!

arch.jslin says ...
Dec 19, 2012 @ 4:41pm

It's sort of like a reversed-omnidirectional snake game! Simple yet excellent art and challenging.

BlockBrains says ...
Dec 23, 2012 @ 4:39pm


bechsen says ...
Dec 27, 2012 @ 2:58pm


Ed Okonik says ...
Jan 4, 2013 @ 11:26pm

A nice game with interesting game play. Some atmospheric sound and music would make this really nice. Not sure about how well it fits the compo theme, but nice work anyway.

bugninja says ...
Jan 6, 2013 @ 10:02pm

Yeah, I don't think I'll get many votes based on theme because I didn't have time to get all the graphics done that would have made it make more sense that you were the bad guy. So I called them "peaceful" orbs. Sort-of a cop out, :D

xandrew says ...
Jan 6, 2013 @ 11:42pm

That was very cool! Although I found that having a longer tail was more easy ;)

Jan 7, 2013 @ 10:34pm

Simple, fun, and looks great! An original take on the classic 'snake' game.

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