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by ChrisGaudino - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is my first LD. Time flew, and I didn't get anywhere near where I wanted. Still, I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished, and I'm very excited to get some feedback on it.

- Left and right arrows bank the helicopter left and right.
- Hold the up arrow to increase thrust.
- Hold the space bar to dump the bucket.

- Slow movements are key. Once the bucket starts swinging, it'll yank you around.
- The bucket gets heavier as you fill it up. When it is full, the helicopter is barely powerful enough to lift it. Don't bank too much or you won't be able to maintain altitude!

I intended to implement a leaderboard, but ran out of time. If you want to test your skills anyway, my records are:

- Easy: 1 bucket
- Medium: 3 buckets
- Hard: 12 buckets

Edit: Some people are having trouble with the controls. I tweaked them to be much more forgiving and responsive on the easy and medium difficulties. Please, rate the game on the original version. I would appreciate it if you could also play the new version and give me some feedback on the changes. It is available here:

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adnzzzzZ says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:27am

This was pretty funny. Also really well executed and simple (in a good way). Good job!

gilmore606 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:39am

I love Choplifter style games. :) Fun, although the controls felt really syrupy and frustrating.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:35pm

Fun! But real hard to control :(

ataxkt says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:47pm

Yeah, hard to control, but it looks and plays well!

eteeski says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:50pm

this was cool. i liked how realistic the helicopter felt. it was really hard, but then again, real helicopters are also really hard to fly.

ChrisGaudino says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 12:03am

Thanks for the feedback everybody. I was going for a control and physics setup that was at least vaguely rooted in reality. They are kind of mushy because the heavy bucket yanks against your control inputs. Definitely still needs some tweaking. I've had several friends play it now, and its turning out to be a you love it or you hate it type situation.

Lamprabbit says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:12am

Love it, fun but feels a little slow to control.

naughtyloose says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:16am

great concept but the flying controls are way to difficult imho.

Haversack says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:24pm

Love the game. It is a little hard to control but I am guessing that is the point. Might tweak it a bit though. I also managed to crash in mid air. I think I made the bucket hit the helicopter?

RexSpaceman says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:46pm

Agreed on the controls issue. Great job though!

shama says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:33pm

Very cool. Maybe an indicator for tilt/velocity to gauge the controls better?

pentaphobe says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:33pm

Really nice-looking game, congrats on your first LD!

I quite enjoyed playing, and had a lot of near-misses which got me nervous :)

Didn't stick with it very long, but an enjoyable experience

qdowngames says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:37pm

Really challenging, but I won't say I didn't like it. Nice visuals!

ChrisGaudino says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:29pm

Thanks everybody.

Haversack: Yes, if the bucket or rope gets up into the rotorblades of the helicopter, that will make you crash.

Proch says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:25pm

with some changes in controls this coud have been awesome! i liked it ;) well done

whitetigle says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:33pm

Good game. A little bit tough though. I liked the gfx and it fits pretty well the theme.

TheCze says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:47pm

This is a great concept, wish the controls felt a bit more natural.

aeveis says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:52pm

I like the look but would have to agree the controls are too difficult. Flying up is too slow and turning is kind of awkward because you tilt a lot before the copter actually turns. Found it pretty funny the bucket can make you crash.

ChrisGaudino says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 1:26am

After rating the game, if you would like to try a post-compo version with easier controls, it is available here: http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7666226/Bucket%20WebPlayer_0.2/Bucket%20WebPlayer_0.2.html

_Rilem says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 8:57pm

Had a hard time controlling the helicopter. Even on easy mode I crashed :P
The graphics look cool though and if the helicopter was a bit easier to control it would be a great game :D

zkenshin says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 3:51pm

Really liked the art. :)

TurboDindon says ...
May 11, 2013 @ 9:29pm

Good idea!
The helicopter is a bit too hard and slow to control.

- SEPHY (@sephyka)

Dietrich Epp says ...
May 12, 2013 @ 5:42am

Great concept, the controls are just a little too hard. I had a hard time getting over the house after filling the bucket.

bvanschooten says ...
May 17, 2013 @ 11:56pm

You really tried something unusual here, I like it. The game plays rather slowly though. Also I think it needs something extra to make it really fun.

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