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by AirRider3 - Jam Entry

Done in ~12h.

Goal: be the last survivor in the field. When two cells collide, the bigger one will absorb the smaller one.

Move with WASD (or Analog), and (re)start with 'R'.

Playing with a controller is veeery recommended.

It runs on a simple and ugly javascript engine I developed a while ago.

If you play an HTML5 game and you are not using Chrome, a kitten dies.

Everything was done by me except:

- The background music, which was composed by a friend of mine and me last Saturday.
- The sound effects, which are from a composer called.. Starky? (mental note: check tomorrow)
- The Xbox controller vector image, taken from http://geekdraw.com/main/2010/11/7/video-game-controller-vector-ai-resources.html
- Bazar.ttf

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Crazi456 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:58am

Was pretty amusing!

sick says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:59am

Cool, well executed simple idea. Kudos for gamepad support!

mchaza says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:00am

Osmos style gameplay in a rather neat theme, controls were a bit sensitive tho.

Hadyn says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:10am

Great style and cool audio, though gameplay feels a lot like games I've played before (Osmos springs to mind, though I'm sure there are others). The gravity/mass element is a nice touch, but it means the game gets hard very fast after the first level - I'd lost the third level within seconds because all the little bits got eaten up before I could reach them!

That said, it's hard not to enjoy something so well presented. Nice job!

aquilicoco says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:10am

Good idea, and well executed.

DavidErosa says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:23am

Nice one! I enjoyed playing it. As Hadyn said, it get a bit frustrating after a while, but overall a great game with cool colors and style. Thanks!

AirRider3 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:27am

Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate them! :)

@mchaza: I agree with you, if you play using 'WASD' it gets a bit hardcore. Playing with a gamepad is much easier, the analog lets you control the thrust and it feels quite natural. (at least to me)

@Hadyn: Yeah, sadly it's quite an exploited mechanic. The game evolved in different ways. In the beginning, I created a prototype of an 'universe'. Even in the actual version, every 'cell/planet' is attracted to each other using Newton's law of universal gravitation.

After having the universe model complete, I was not very sure how to follow. I started working at 23.30 PM Sunday, so I couldn't make something very difficult to code either. I was thinking about a space shooter, in which the ships were affected by the gravity of the planets, and you had to escape from other ships/destroy them, collect some floating cargo... (I might make that game on my free time, seems it seems fun). Or a racing game in which you have to race through checkpoints.

I ended up with this game though. I tried to polish it as much as possible, adding sound effects, improving the design, adding the gamepad support. I'm actually pretty satisfied with the results, since it's my first solo game with gamepad support, and using html5!

About the levels, I did have planned to make them harder and harder, and giving a name to each of them. It might be disappointing to know that each level is as hard as the rest. Thanks for your comment! :)

Bloated Hippo says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:43am

For some reason I wasn't getting any music on Web version.

But I like it!

AirRider3 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:48am

@BloatedHippo: Thanks! A friend of mine doesn't get any sound either when playing it on Linux using.. ¿Chromium?. I guess I'm not using a completely cross-browser/platform solution for the music. :/

Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:21am

Nice game! Love the trail-effects and the graviotional pull of the object.

Hadyn says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:43am

Haha, the placebo effect... I could have sworn it was getting harder ;)

I'm impressed by the tech! I hadn't actually noticed it was all html5 - I just assumed it was Flash for some reason. And yeah, nice job getting gamepad support in - it was nice to take a break from mouse and keyboard to sit back with my 360 pad for a bit =]

ilovepixel says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:43pm

Nice game! kind of like a minimalistic version of Osmos. I likes this kind of games. Sometimes when I restarted I lose right away because there was a ball next to me.

Jellycakes says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:36pm

Really cool, reminded of osmosis except 100% easier to control. Really nice to play nice job

Tamik says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:39pm

Nice bit of fun, and i want that music. Controls took a few rounds of figuring, but worked nicely when you realized how things moved.

albertnez says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:35am

Cool game, full of fun. I also loved the blur effect ;)

terrivellmann says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 12:47pm

Cool! Fits the theme really well

davidwparker says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 1:04pm

Cool music- extremely fast pace. Kind of osmos-like.

Siewart says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 10:27am

Could use a little better movement indication (a full white bg doesn't give you an idication of your speed) and a little less blur would also be awesome.

Besides that a very well executed game!

JohnPilot says ...
Mar 15, 2015 @ 3:58pm

Cool game!

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