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Blitz's Minimalistic Runner

by matthewj234 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

First Complete Ludum dare game. Wow... That was tough!

Blitz is being bullied by Thresh, aparantly he is over weight! But blitz is lazy, so he is going to do the minimum amount of exercise on an infinite treadmill as possible, so he will only jump!

Space - Jump

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Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:20pm

Fun little game! It was fun playing it for a while but this was not an innovation. Very good for a first Ludum Dare game. Next time you should spend more time on art and audio(which of there was none)!

matthewj234 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:23pm

Thanks Patrick! The lack of audio was due to lack of time, and I have plans for the graphics :P As for the innovation, I'll just have to try again!

Beanalby says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:03am

My only complaint is you can't see very far in advanced given how fast you're going. It's easy to commit to a trajectory with jumps and end up screwed by a platform configuration you couldn't see at the time.

Fully agree on trying again - this was my 4th and it gets easier every time.

Jim Haslett says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:06am

Good first entry! They get easier as you practice.

I think you might increase the "gravity force" to bring the guy down faster. I found I was constantly over jumping the platforms. Also, I'm not sure if you intended to have a "double jump" but it worked out that it did.

This definitely fit the theme. The mechanic has potential.

matthewj234 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:27am

@Beanalby 4th LD, 1st completion ;)

@Jim Haslett Ill have a look at the gravity, and yes the double jump was intended to protect users from the hidden platforms :P I will play around a bit more with the mechanic :)

Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:03pm

Building good one-buttons games is harder than it sounds. Good work.

phi says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:14am

Turned out quite nice! You can say what you want, I still like your drawings. ;)

Trench says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:39pm

I found the double jump annoying, make it so when you press space twice it double jumps not after holding the space bar down for long enough. The timer at the start is annoying, fixing those and making some interesting graphics could of made this game a whole lot better! Well done though!

matthewj234 says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 6:14pm

@Trench The double jump requires you to have released the space bar :) As for the timer, as I didnt make a menu, it was my best option, and the graphics I am working on :) I should have a post comp version out shortly, as I have continued development :)

SuperDisk says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 11:35pm

The starting timer was kind of long. The jump physics were a bit weird as well, but still enjoyable.

davidpeter says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 12:18am

Congrats on finishing :) It will get easier, but this is a great start. Definitely better than my first. (I didn't even finish!)

HelkeGames says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 7:19pm

Fun game, very minimalist! Well done :D

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