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

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by GingerMess - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Minimal is a very simple 2D physics challenge, consisting of 9 levels that will test your patience, precision and problem solving.
Or at least that's the theory. I made this thing and level 8 makes me rage.

Which Distribution?

Windows: either of the Windows builds (they're the same). Just extract and run!
Linux: the Java 7 executable .jar. This was tested in Ubuntu 12.10 using OpenJDK 7 i386 and it ran very well.
Mac: ...if you really want it let me know (Twitter @GingerMess) and I'll see if I can repackage it with a nightly of libGDX. The .jar linked above simply won't work with Mac Java. :(

-Left mouse drag on white objects to move them around.
-'R' will reset a level if the physics engine decides to throw a fit.
-The physics engine will need to settle before allowing a level completion, but you can help it by using the mouse-drag as an anchor to reduce motion. Use it!

Tools used:
-Java 7
-IntelliJ Community Edition
-Eclipse (Juno)

Libraries used:

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Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:09pm

For me it hangs up after the second level (Win XP, .jar-version). But sweet beginning! :)

Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:23pm

Just another comment: The build itself works perfect! Just the .jar is crappy, haha. Sweet puzzles! Thank you!

De10ter says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:00am

Fun physics puzzle game.
I was feeling pretty clever until I got to the level with 2 targets, 2 fixed triangles, 2 rects and 2 squares, just can't figure that one out :/
Uh, just noticed before I committed this comment and shut down the game, the pieces on that level can fly out of bounds.

kddekadenz says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:59pm

The executable jar didn't start the game for me (32bit Linux Mint 12).

GingerMess says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:34pm

De10ter: yeah it happens occasionally. Press 'R' to reset the level as that's the only way you'll get the pieces back. :)

kddekadenz: do you have JRE 7 installed? A colleague of mine got it working straight off in his linux install. Were any errors thrown? If you run it by typing:

java -jar Minimal.jar

you should see any error output in the console.

Jhelle says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:12pm

Enjoyed it. Reminds me of a lot of ammobile/flash physic games :)

Qaterknan says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:16pm

Great game! I solved only the first four levels, but it is unbelievable how complex physics you made in only three days. It is fun too.

bernhard says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:22pm

Couldn't figure out the level with the 3 long ones and the two boxes >_< But I love 2D physics so its cool♪

jhonpi says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:45pm

Yeah, it test my patience. Good use of theme.

GingerMess says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:41pm

Qaterknan: libgGDX (game framework) provides a JNI wrapper around Box2D, a 2D physics engine, right out of the box. Combined with some prior knowledge of Box2D it's almost too easy to set up a simple simulation. The trick is of course to make a game out of it, something that I hope you lot enjoy!

bernhard: the long ones stand on their own if you get the balance juuust right.. ;)

Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:22pm

First off, WOW for physics in two days!!! Secondly, it was definitely very fun (and challenging!). I got stuck on the level with the really long sticks, but that was because I couldn't figure it out, not because the game was wrong :D

jadams says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:58pm

Nice idea for a physics puzzler. Things got a bit tricky to set up, on some levels my elaborate structures got tired and went for a lie down.

KHANanaphone says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:35am

This was pretty cool, but I got into some situations where the physics would never stabilze.

SuperDisk says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:42am


And I thought it'd be easy...

I got held up on the one with the three stick and the small triangle.

GingerMess says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:43am

KHANanaphone: yeah that can happen. Hold down one of the bodies with the mouse but don't drag at all, it'll act like an anchor and assist with stabilisation. The perils of circles!

angelk says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 1:00am

I like this one a lot. Despite being minimal, the physics really gives it depth and a natural feel as well. I think the physics and mass controls work very well! It took me a second to figure out how to start, but I loved the title screen :)

avidgamerNino says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 1:09am

This entry is awesome, I was confused at first at what to do after the Minimal level, but once I checked on what you said about waiting for the physics to settle, I was good. So maybe add some sort of countdown... The sound effects are great, I just wish you had some other background music.

Xanjos says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 1:18pm

Really nice physics puzzler. Despite the minimal graphics, the puzzles are really well done.

Zccc says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 6:07pm

Nice, great game!

May 11, 2013 @ 4:33pm

Caused by: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Couldn't load next level, no filename given?

PaulSB says ...
May 16, 2013 @ 12:38pm

Cool little stacking game! I liked the title screen being the first level. Fun!

Jiddo says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 7:33pm

Runs flawlessly for me on Linux. I love physics puzzle/sandbox thingies. This one is no exception. The physics simulation felt solid and the levels were well thought through. Great work!

ee3509 says ...
Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:10pm

Well done Richard !

Very good entry, and fun physics game !

Best of luck, Panos

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