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by KristianGibson - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Laeser is inspired by the simplicity and addictiveness of old arcade games and takes on quite a few visual, gameplay and aural effects to emulate that feeling. Enjoy!

Source is included with main download and can also be downloaded separate.

Gamemaker is required to view the source.

Sorry Mac and Linux users, I have neither a linux or a mac and gamemaker will not export it as either a .app or a .ELF

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Apr 28, 2013 @ 12:27pm

When I try to start it, I get the following error message:

action number 1
of Draw Event
for object crteffect2:

Trying to use non-existing surface."

Apr 28, 2013 @ 9:40pm

Thanks, im not quite sure what happened there, I tested it for quite a while and got no errors.

Apr 28, 2013 @ 9:41pm

Actually if you're opening the source, you need gamemaker 8 pro.

CryoGenesis says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:53am

Good game!

nseward says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:54am

Great stylized game. It looked like a CRT. Great.

avidgamerNino says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:56am

I liked it, especially the arcade case around the screen, So you made it in Gamemaker 8 Pro, I will have to check that out.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:46am

Thanks guys, these comments just made my day (:

LrdKzrth says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:36am

Good effort!

Benjamin says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:46am

I got the error too.
It happens when you try to check hint or control before launching the game. If you launch the game without checking those pasges everything works fine.
The game itselft is nice, the sfx works well the crt retro effect. I just regret the star patterns, they appear line by line, some more y randmness would greatly improse the scrolling space feeling.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:28am

Thanks! I am not sure what the error is though sadly, I am not getting it and my parent's computer isn't.
I agree, those stars could have been improved on.

glisk says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:53am

I'm getting no errors and runs fine (Windows 7 x64), nice old school shooter

johnste says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:55am

Game works fine for me.

Looks pretty, but I get nauseous after only playing it for a short while.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:57am

Wow, not sure what it is but everyone gets a different experience while playing (:

lambomang says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:16am

Dem ships got swag, yo.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:23am

Haha, thanks (:

yinbar says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:59am

Wow, really good visuals! Feels great.

PhilZ says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:50pm

Pretty fun arcade style game. Not anything innovating or new, but still a little addictive and fun to play. Graphics look old school, and I like old school graphics. Overall, fun game.

Good job, mate!

Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:10pm

Thanks! Everything you commented was my exact goal (this was my first ludum dare so I kept it simple)

Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:53pm

Certainly captured the old-school aesthetic, nice visual work.

Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:07am

Thankyou (:

whitetigle says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 1:11pm

Sooo Retrooooo.
By the way I think your spaceships look like cow heads. Once you see cow heads your game take another very special/weird dimension. ;)

StMatn says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 9:37pm

Cool graphics! I like the old-scool crt-style of it. Theme is relized quite nicely :)

SuperDisk says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:50am

Simple game, would have done nicely with some music. Neat visual style.

May 8, 2013 @ 3:16pm

Not bad for a very simple arcade shooter :)

JonathanG says ...
May 10, 2013 @ 6:54pm

The arcade game style was effective, and the game was well paced. I felt like the weapon was too weak - it would be good if you got some upgrades. I'm glad you had retro sound effects, but some chip-tune music would have been nice :) All in all, it's a simple game, but it does what it says on the tin - plus you could shoot potatoes! Always good in my book!

May 13, 2013 @ 10:05am

Thanks guys! And finally, someone realizes you can shoot potatoes ;D

RawBits says ...
May 17, 2013 @ 9:32pm

It needs a lot of ballancing I think. Ships are too fast to shoot them down or bypass bullets to get a chance to shoot.

And you don't have to flash colors or use just the basic 3 to make the game look oldschool. Look up some VCS games on YouTube - if you don't want to play them by your self - to get the idea of the color usage.

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