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Jetpack Survival

by BlennosoftGames - 48 Hour Compo Entry

See how long you can survive in "Jetpack Survival", a minimalist one-button game.

The button:
Up-arrow, SPACE, or Left-click (Your choice)

Try landing on tanks and waiting to burn through the top to explode them and earn time bonuses.

(Yes the title screen is ugly, didn't have time left for it)

The following 'Rankings' are possible:
"Jetpack Survivor" - For a normal well-rounded play-through
"Gas Guzzler" - For excessive Jetpack fuel usage.
"Tank Slayer" - For destroying an average of one tank per minute.
"Running Man" - For spending more time on the ground than in the air.

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TheThirdOne says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:58am

I really liked this game it is quite addictive. My best score is 2:04

Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:10pm


SeanAtr0n says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:02am

I am a gas guzzler! (1:50)
Oh, wait... just read about the tanks and had to try that so now I'm a Tank Slayer! (2:00) That boosted your game score quite a bit :)

You might want to make those instructions stand out and/or rename the game to something like 'Jetpack Tank slayer!'

MaxSzlagor says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:30am

Nice! Enjoyed dodging the missiles and stomping some tanks. Couldn't hear any audio.

foxor says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:34am

Well done!

LionelJitro says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:13am

Really simple and fun. One button control is definitely a take on minimalism. Good work.

Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:15am

Pretty fun.

frankbsad says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:58am

pretty fun

Trench says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:36pm

Liked this game, there are few glitches. I think a tank bullet glitched right in front of me at one point and the tanks don't really shoot at me they shoot past me. Overall though well done!

May 2, 2013 @ 3:48am

@Everyone - Thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked it!

@Trench - Thank you for your comments! I am aware of that floating-bullet glitch but sadly I did not have time to fix it. At least it doesn't actually threaten you so it's not game-breaking. Also, I did experiment with having the tanks aim at the player, however that quickly became much too difficult to dodge, if not impossible, since you can only dodge up and down. The aimless firing seems dangerous enough :P

HelkeGames says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:56pm

I really liked this game! well done :D

hamster_mk_4 says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 5:32am

I didn't read the part about tank stomping until after my first few play through. Also It would have been nice to know the key to restart the game on the game over screen. I waited for 20 seconds expecting it to restart after my first death.

tankete says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 5:34am

Couldn't get up to two minutes, but I got close! Fun game. Simple mechanic. I like the land on tank idea. Could use some sound. Was hoping different amounts of time would give me different ranks. When it didn't then I kinda gave up.

May 4, 2013 @ 9:46pm

@hamster_mk_4 : Thanks for playing! Any of the "Use Jetpack" buttons also work to restart the game. However there is a 2-second period after losing where they won't work, to prevent accidentally skipping your chance to view your time and rank. After 2 seconds just press whichever button you were using the Jetpack with.

@tankete : Thanks for the comment :) I wanted to at least add a Jetpack engine and tank-explosion sound but ran out of time :( The ranks are based off of your play-style rather than how well you played. There's info about earning the ranks in the description. I would have added more ranks for long-time survivors, but didn't have time to determine what was an 'impressive' enough amount of time. It seems most people tend to get in and around 2 minutes, so maybe 3 or 4 would be good, but I didn't know that until the commenters started telling me.

spilth says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 4:00am

Well it's definitely a minimalistic game. Works well and is definitely challenging.

KEFIR says ...
May 14, 2013 @ 1:57pm

Yeah! I made it! I burned a tank! It was challenging. I like it!

Spiridios says ...
May 16, 2013 @ 7:26pm

Fun one-button game! Definitely would be better with sound. There were a couple of graphics oddities - the game over text appears behind the missiles, and the tank bullets don't fly a the same angle as the tank barrels. Also, I got hit by a tank bullet while just touching the tank barrel from behind, which seemed odd. Maybe I died from heat dissipation from cannon fire? =p

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