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by smealum - 48 Hour Compo Entry

BLM is an arena shoot em up. The player's goal is to minimize his size : shooting makes you smaller, getting shot makes you bigger.
It features a total of 45 stages which ramp up from very easy to hellishly difficult.

Controls are explained in-game. However, I can NOT stress enough that it is essential you master cannon locking in the game's practice stage before starting to play, it's a really important mechanic of the game. :P

Don't hesitate to share your high scores ! I have to admit I can't get much further than the 20th stage without using a few retries. :P

This should run on Windows without any problem. If you *do* encounter problems however, please contact me either in the comments or at smealum@gmail.com

Unfortunately, there is no native linux version because while compilation isn't an issue, it introduced a lot of gameplay bugs that aren't present on the windows version. This isn't too surprising considering how horrid the code is, but it's very disappointing. I guess next time linux should be my primary target !
Nevertheless, I'm told the windows version runs well enough in Wine. I'm a little concerned about performance to be honest, but it's better than nothing, so don't hesitate to give it a try !

here's a timelapse of the development process : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLV_NOViO50

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DdlyHeadshot says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:07am

I LOVE THIS GAME!!! Shame that trying to use the select level function crashes the thing, but otherwise THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!

TheSnide says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:56pm

Never underestimate the power of too many particles !


kannas says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:13pm

Woah, the square becomes huge in a wink. anyway, this game is epic! it's a lot of time i don't use a Massive particle Shooter game xD you did a really good job ;D

vidarn says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:45pm

Wow, this in insane (in a good way)!

HelkeGames says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:44pm

Simply awesome ! Well done!

Ernyz says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:49pm

That is very nice, fast paced games like this are awesome :) only thing i miss is the possibility to control the square with arrows (probably because im right handed).

fullmontis says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:42pm

I love this game! Minimalistic yet over the top. If you could control the firing with the mouse it would be perfect :)

Arkazon says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:13pm

Controls are a bit fiddly - would be nice to be able to aim with the mouse. Other than that, great game. Nice concept.

pighead10 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:53pm

Awesome! Controls are a bit awkward.

goerp says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:10pm

Bullithell is a type of game I always want to try to make.
This looks great and the gamemechanic where you get bigger when being is shot is brilliant!
Another autotracker, but here its speed is adjusted for the type of game.

I am used to using WASD but then combined with mouse in lefthand. This was a bit hard to steer.

Alex Rose says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:13pm

Man, this is insanely difficult, and that's what I love. Awesome game. Perfectly fits the theme. Awesome.

Jellycakes says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:17pm

Nice looking shooter! Played well too kept me engaged even though I kept dying. Nice job!

SuperDisk says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:19pm

WOW! What a polished game! A bit too hard for me, however.

I like it!

FREEZX says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:22pm

Seriously awesome! Loved everything about this!

GetFun says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:59am

wow. this works so good with all these particles on screen. I rally like it a lot. gratz

Blizzil says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 3:00pm

It has a nice feel to it, easy to learn and hard to master. Very well done! The visuals are simple, but due to the insane amount of particles it looks really stylish.

PsenFilip says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 4:10pm

First impression: Lots of on screen text! Oh my...
I think the rules are solid. I don't think the text is really needed on there. You could've just let the player find it out!
The practice stage idea is neat, anyway. Good!

I would say that aliasing WASD to Arrow Keys would be a nice addition. Took my a while to get used with WASD+space and arrow keys would certainly help on there. It felt rather uncomfortable by the end of my play session.

The graphics are really cool and the music fits your aesthetic quite nicely.

I didn't manage to pass level 27. I tried several ways and approaches. I die after the first or second kill.

+1 for C source code. I skimmed through and the code structure surprisingly looks quite nice. Also GL immediate mode is not for the faint-hearted! :D

Puccini says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 4:22pm

A great game! I really like it!.

I find it dificult to point.

Norgg says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:57pm

Nice! Soooo many particles. Q and E were a bit awkward to get to while using WASD and my right hand wasn't really doing much other than pressing space, being able to rebind those or having them on the right side of the keyboard would be nice.

I got to level 40 without really using bombs, then they became very, very necessary.

marnaouf says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 9:45am

Really fun and awesome game

Benjamin says ...
May 16, 2013 @ 3:16pm

First time I can heal myself by consuming super attack in a shooter :D And it feels pretty good. It's a fun shooter you have here. And also very well executed : I never saw as much bullets on my netbook with NO lag at all. The getting bigger trick is interesting but not so fun I think. It really mess the difficulty curve because you think that's everything is alright and suddenly the time you realize you should pay more attention to hits you are already dead. I think it would be like having half energy bar on your second round at Street fighter, or a pad shrinking at each death in arkanoid... or ... well you get it.

free_napalm says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 7:56pm

The controls could be better. It would be a much better experience with a twin stick controller of course, but it would have been nice to incorporate the right hand on the keyboard for bomb and shockwave (as somebody said before).
Otherwise, great arena shoot em up that runs really fluid.

shawn42 says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 9:00pm

PARTICLES!! Love it. I really like the "size as a health meter" approach. It makes the game SO hard once you start getting hit.

smealum says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 2:36pm

thanks for the ratings and comments everyone !
it seems the main gripe with the game was the controls and i can get behind that to an extent. while i do like the cannon locking (which i more or less borrowed from bangai-o spirits), it's true that key placement wasn't optimal, and just making it possible to change keys for actions would have help many of you.
as for Benjamin's comment about how getting better alters the difficulty, the thing is that difficulty in my game kind of grows exponentially with how little health you have, instead of the linearly as is usually the case. I actually like that (the idea that the more fucked you are, well, the more fucked you're going to get), but I guess it would have been a good idea to have a way to regain health in between rounds.
anyway, thanks again for all the comments, see you next time maybe ! :D

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