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ASTEROIDS! (the side-scroller)

by Custard Games - 48 Hour Compo Entry

You play as a rather unfortunate test pilot aboard a "minimalistic" rocket ship (no unnecessary features such as slowing down or landing), who has to attempt to navigate his way through a field of asteroids without getting smashed to a billion pieces!

My first Ludum Dare entry, and the second game I've ever made! I've decided to go for a game with very simple mechanics, but is difficult as hell to win. While most people chose to go for a minimalistic art style, I've decided to keep the controls (only up/w and down/s) and actual gameplay minimalistic instead. It seems extremely impossible initially, but after awhile you get the hang of it.

I programmed the game from scratch in Java, using ecplipse for code, and paint.net for all the textures. I will be posting a post-mortem either on LD or on my website. (www.custardgames.com)

If anyone actually manages to beat the game, post a screenshot with a timestamp next to the winning page!

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DdlyHeadshot says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:09pm

Really quite a fun game, not that I've managed to get very far...

psychopsam says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 5:12am

Great game, and I only got to 52 seconds. Nice and simple and easier to learn. Hard to master. Nice thing about the 'tader too. Well done!

karlin says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:04pm

I really enjoyed this and the art was great. Best I managed was 28s.

Andrei Barsan says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:33pm

It's quite fun, but a tad difficult, even after getting used to it. It would be more fun to progress through (shorter) levels, with each being a tad harder than the next.

Galvesmash says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:47pm

Great Game man! Too difficult D: My best time was 43s (btw the first asteroid was the best! XD)

hardycore says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:47pm

Great little game! I think you got teh difficulty just right! Its amazing how much that background sound does for teh mood of the game! Good art too!

ericlass says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:48pm

Cool game, but I'm not fast enough.

ComicSans says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:49pm

Rocket # should go up every time you restart. ;)

smealum says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:54pm

neat little game ! nice art, funny intro (also loved the easter egg when you get "mashed" into the potato :P) and minimalistic gameplay that fits the theme pretty well. good job !

orange08 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:47pm

Rather difficult. I would have liked to be able to shoot at incoming asteroids to clear my path. Pretty nice, anyway.

Gravity Games says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:45pm

Wow, I really liked this one, but I wasn't able to beat it. Funny alternate message when you hit the potato BTW...

Purplescape says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:00pm

Fast paced and fits the theme well. It's also really difficult. Nice space potato

dalbinblue says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 4:25am

Fun! Reminds me a lot of the iOS Hypership out of Control.

ilovepixel says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 5:59am

The movement was really fast, I think the best I did was 42s. It's still a nice game and kept playing for a few rounds.

powstrike says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 6:25am

Lawl this game is too easy, have completed it 4 times already on my 3rd hour of trying. P.S I'm asian.

Proof! http://imgur.com/NKKHxdh

patrickward says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:07pm

Holy space potatoes, that's fast! It's quick, but fun. Kudos to whoever beats it. Nice job on the graphics, humor, and sounds.

Ernyz says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:18pm

Woah, that was pretty difficult O.o still, the game fits the theme perfectly :)

TheBenjaneer says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 8:59pm

Lol, I wonder who else found that easter egg?
( for the record, i thought there might be one there, and wondered what would happen, I'm not actually that bad at the game xD )

Nice game. Pretty Challenging

sudorossy says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 12:05am

Fun game. Love the 3D effect the asteroids give.

S0larCode says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 6:15pm

So difficult, but in a good way!

messiano says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 6:17pm

Loved the humour and gameplay! Quite addictive.

lightsoda says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 6:34pm

Hard, 60 seconds seem way longer. The prize is totally worth it though!

loxo says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 6:34pm

Fun to play, but quite hard. The story is really good too. Though, I don't like that the asteroid field is different every time.

Jellycakes says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 6:34pm

Really fun game. Definitely minimalist and kept me interested even though I kept dying. The end prize was definitely worth the pain though. Nice job!

GranaDa says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 12:13pm

Good game. Really hard to master. Loved the graphics and colors. Good job!

Skoggy says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 2:01pm

Very simple yet fun and challenging. Kind of like a bullet hell shooter with no bullets.

Dietrich Epp says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 8:32am

Cmon, give me some shields. Controls are solid and it's fun, but too hard.

May 18, 2013 @ 11:25pm

Bah! Ignore anyone who says the game is too hard! It's a video game challenge at it's finest! Hard, but fair and rewarding! Nothing ground breaking, but very well executed.

May 20, 2013 @ 7:44pm

I really dig the art style. I never got very far but I think you could polish this up to be quite fun.

shawn42 says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 12:49am

Very fun.. and HARD. Got mashed right away! 43 seconds was about my best. Fun game and I love your style of art.

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