April 26th-29th 2013 :: Theme: Minimalism

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by IndieRetro - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is my entry for the LD 26, some aspects of it are a tad half-arsed, but its a 'complete' game, I will update this description with download links.

The source code is free to use, credit is not required if used.

Squared's Content:
*Slow Motion
*Multiple power ups
*Music and other sound effects
*A sh@t load of box's

Wasd to move.
Space for slow motion.
Escape to quit to menu.
R to restart after death.

Gameplay Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWky0c7xLQc

Thanks to the people at #love irc channel for helping me get the 32bit working last minute, I think it works, I hope it works...:p

Downloads and Links




ddlyheadshot says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 1:11pm

Apparently this is "Not a valid Windows 32 Application" so won't run :( ...

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 1:19pm

I don't think it is anything to do with the game, possibly something to do with your os? No one else that I know of has had this issue:/

HELLO23 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:57am

The game is actually really fun. very minimalistic. Graphics are great. BTW what programming language/tool did you use ? (I ask because you have not included the source code)

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:21pm

Thanks! I used Lua and the Love2D framework, I was going to post the source code but my laptop died on me 4 hours before the end! I just finished fixing it and shall post the source code soon!

Ragzouken says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:33pm

I quite like the music :) The grow-bigger power up is cruel :P

btw you can unzip any .love file as a .zip to get the source code

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:23pm

Thanks :) and I know, I just felt the need to put a .zip for the people who don't know that :p

ananasblau says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:49pm

too hard, less red blocks at the start and i'd catch more than just one pink block. i love the random background, that bug that wraps top and bottom and i'ld love to have more shooting pinks.

highfive for LÖVE :D

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:50pm

Its not to hard! You just suck to much! >:D Jk, and all you need is love! ;3

Merkoth says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:51pm

Really like this one, fits well with the theme and I liked the powerup mechanics. Well done!

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:59pm

Thanks allot! glad you enjoyed it:D

karsyf says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:10pm

Can't get the download site to work, sorry =/

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:20pm

Sorry to hear that:/ it is working for me however, possibly some kind of add block you have running? I dont know:s

badlogic says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:50pm

Fits the theme, and pretty hard for my old reflexes :) Controlls could be a bit more precise, but maybe that's just part of the challenge.

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:53pm

Thanks for the feedback :) the controls are like that because there is a sort of 'friction', one of the power ups is actually to completely remove your friction so you dont ever slow down until the powerup has worn off :)

Cosine says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:04pm

I like this game a lot, but I find it too difficult! I love becoming so frustrated that I play it over and over (15 minutes!)

IndieRetro says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:55pm

Woah that's awesome! Didn't think anyone would spend that much time on it! :D

juaxix says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:35am

I have commented the same in your youtube video, add life bar for longer gameplay, change colors for each powerup square so you know what are you picking up , add particle effects, explosions to events like ,pick powerup, hit a square with fire or your own square, and the controls should be less smooth.
Nice job ;)

Theboomrazor says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:25pm

i made it game pad compatible your welcome

StMatn says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:51pm

The game is nice and challenging. Me reflexes aren't good enough to get a nice score on this, however it was really fun to play. Good entry!

tankete says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 1:59am

Liked it. Believe it or not, I missed the power ups the first three times (colors too similar?) and was frustrated with a zero score. But once I figured that out, I enjoyed it. Good music. Fun!

May 3, 2013 @ 10:39am

Better than I expected. Got a score of 5 and was satisfied with my performance, so I stopped there. :D
The slowmo/upgrade-mechanics work really well, also the fact that you have to collect upgrades to score makes it far more challenging than the usual "dodge"-game. Instead of simply avoiding stuff you have to be more active/progressive as a player, which is a good thing. Imho this is a great example of how much you can achieve with such a minimalistic approach. Well done!

Lafolie says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:09pm

I do like a challenge. The slow motion mechanic is cool.

May 5, 2013 @ 1:03am

I like the swimmy controls :)

Cake&Code says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 7:31am

Awwww man, adding inertia to a game like this definitely makes it 10x more hardcore of a game... having to counteract that acceleration to stop yourself is quite the challenge!

Very smart, and very well executed. It was interesting to see I could wrap around the level vertically, sure saved my skin a few times :)

IndieRetro says ...
May 9, 2013 @ 2:58am

Thanks! Glad so many people are enjoying it! and even happier that the game actually works! haha :p

kddekadenz says ...
May 13, 2013 @ 1:47pm

Download link for the Linux version did not work for me :(

IndieRetro says ...
May 13, 2013 @ 2:34pm

Sorry, there is 'no' linux build, but you can download the 'love' file and also download 'love' from https://love2d.org/ to play it.

Nonameghost says ...
May 15, 2013 @ 2:51pm

Interesting! Definently minimalistic, and reminds me of some old flash games like ragdoll dodge and stuff :P

Pisti says ...
May 15, 2013 @ 4:59pm

Simple, but nice game - suits the theme well!

May 16, 2013 @ 5:19am

Nice. Brutally hard, but I got used to it pretty quick. High score was 11. I liked the mysterious unlabelled power ups. Good music for sure.

IndieRetro says ...
May 16, 2013 @ 7:30am

Thanks! Damn you beat my first high score! It took me a week to get to 20! :D

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