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Raining Shards

by TheMaster99 - Jam Entry

Thank you for trying out Raining Shards!

The objective of the game is to collect the

fragments of asteroids that are destroyed by

a cannon in the center of the screen. Sounds

easy? Trust me, it's harder than you think.

You control a basket at the bottom of the

screen to collect the fragments, using AD,

Left/Right, or the mouse. (PROTIP: mouse

works best). See how high of a score you can


TheMaster99 - Programmer
Louthinator - Audio and main game design
Derek - Graphics
Everybody who watched on my stream - You guys

helped me with a lot of bugs that I otherwise

would not have fixed (or even found the

source of!) Thank you guys!


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Holofire says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:10pm

Very nice and simple. Gotta be fast to make sure those shards don't go off screen.

netguy204 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:44pm

Thanks for the mac fix!

Like the music and the colors. I want me one of those heat-seeking cannons!

Gameplay is simple. Well done for what it is. I find myself wishing for more emergent behavior. For example, what if there was a powerup that the center cannon rapid fire oneshot things. That'd be cool but I'd have to decide if I was willing to deal with the rain of shards. What if my scoop could grow? What if there were shards I didn't want to catch? What if I had to make sure my cannon was powered by some resource?

As it is, not much gameplay can emerge beyond what is explicit. That's fine but it's a limitation.

Good work.

stqn says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:56am

There's a problem with the game (under Linux with openjdk7), when I start the game the cannon shoots a couple bullets but then nothing happens, clicking doesn’t shoot anything, there is nothing to do. Nice music.

TheMaster99 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:15am

Sorry, but frankly I don't know what could be causing it :/

Tainted_Code says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:42pm

Overall, a fun game to play. I liked the idea of it! I'm sorry my computer has terrible FPS but still, good game! :)

Jod says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:40pm

Quite cool, and quite hard when the cannon ups his game!

I sometimes saw some dove-like things in the screen, but didn't really know what they were. Also really liked the time-warp power up, cool effect.

Shugor says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:49pm

A nice game, with pretty music and graphics. For as long as I played, I didn't find any apparent bugs. However, the relaxing background music and background makes me feel so sleepy zzzzz.

TheMaster99 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:43pm

Jod: They are birds that're supposed to pick up shards for you (Potato power-up. Birds. Geddit?) but I didn't really have enough time to make them work correctly.

Thanks for all the comments so far!

Aaron4576 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:52pm

Great game! seems like it has a lot of potential! Some quirks I found were, after getting a power up(Time warp)it didn't were off. And game could be a little faster paced(I got 45,0 first try). But overall for a game made in 72 hours great!

Xanjos says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:12am

Really nice gameplay concept. The heat seeking cannon mechanics could use a bit more work though (the time to fire was a bit too plus the heat-seeking bullets/cannonballs etc. were too jittery and took too long to actually hit something).

TheMaster99 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:24am

Xajnos: That's an issue with playing at a low framerate. Unfortunately, slower computers will experience this issue. The power-ups taking extreme amounts of time to wear off that Aaron4576 was experiencing also is due to the low framerate you may have. I didn't expect there to be as many people with this issue as there are, because those seem to be the most common complaint. I guess I've learned me lesson, and will plan for future games to be playable on a much wider amount of computers!

Anickyan says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:33am

This game was pretty boring. Nothing ever happened, except for one block or triangle breaking.

TheMaster99 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:19pm

Only one thing? I can assure you that more than one thing is meant to happen...

Jellycakes says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 11:58pm

Pretty nice, but dragged on a little. Didn't understand how to play at first, guess I should have read the readme but still would have liked to have just dived into the game.

avidgamerNino says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 5:55am

I still don't know what makes me die. Nice and simple unique concept.

TheMaster99 says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 10:28am

If you miss too many shards (don't collect them) you lose!

HakitoCZ says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 2:10pm

Sweet game. I raelly loke it :)

yellowlemming says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 7:30pm

game certainly works very well and can be quite challenging to stop the things going off the screen

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