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Starbeard: The Curse of the Space Whales

by Those 30 Ninjas - Jam Entry

Starbeard: The Curse of the Space Whales follows a crew of space pirates in their journey across the stars. Seasick Dan, the powder monkey, forgot all the armaments except for a single harpoon. Now, trapped in a nebula and surrounded by vicious space whales, Starbeard and his crew will need to fight their way free with all they've got: just one harpoon.

WASD or Arrow Keys to move
Mouse to Aim / Left mouse to fire - your harpoon will bounce!
Mouse to aim projectile shield (when you have no harpoon)
Bump the harpoon to pick it up.
Collect loot at the x marks as you defeat foes.

Get the highest score you can!

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ezolotko says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 1:45pm

Wow, cool mechanic

ob6160 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:27pm

Interesting concept nicely executed.

TobiasNL says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:38pm

Nice! Good sounds and music, and the gameplay mechanic was very smooth and interesting. Really like the gold turtles (which I think should give more points when they die) Got to 910.

tiffi says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:39pm

Really the best game under all these "you only get one shot" games! Good job

ThatGuy says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:41pm

Fun and well made mechanic. This game could easily be expanded into much more, given more time. Great work!

KumoKairo says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:41pm

Definitely my vote!
Sounds, gameplay and graphics are absolutely beautiful

postmodestie says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:42pm

Very nice! Simple and, as stated before, well executed in all departements! Funny: the ship colors reminded me of CGA-graphics. :)

Static_boy123 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:43pm

I really liked the mechanic. I think the bouncing was especially good, and the sounds were just great! I think the game would be a little better with different art, but I also recognize that you were going for a certain art style.
Overall, very good!

Jago says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:44pm

Nice work! It was very fun game to play. Music was nice and graphics fit the theme very well.

d_0o_d says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:52pm

Yeah this was fun. You implemented the theme very good.

baton4ik says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:58pm

Amazing game. It's fun, the graphics and sounds are beatiful.

scriptorum says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:59pm

Everything about this game is great. Best game was 3080 points and then I got killed by these evil giant red jellyfish things.

iamwhosiam says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 8:42pm

now this is my kind of game :)

van noctar says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:53am

Really good collisions!!! Mouse and keyboard is a good control system. And sounds are very pretty!

ahnt says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:56am

Great idea, had a lot of fun with this one!

30dogs says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:27am

We had very similar ideas! You guys executed it extremely well. Pretty much everything is awesome. The jagged edges of the map to make the bounces more unpredictable is brilliant.

01rafael says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:23pm

Oh damn whales! :)
Great game! No comments, you are great guys!

havana24 says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:25pm

Cool game! :)

Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:53pm

Hey, we have very similar games. =)

It's funny how we came up with similar game elements but took a very different approach to them. I really like some of the touches like using diagonal walls so the harpoon has a little more complex trajectory to it.

JaJ says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:56pm

This is great! Really fun and great sound!

Cake&Code says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 5:12pm

Amazingly well-designed concept, I love that once you've shot the harpoon you get shields to defend yourself. The movement is drifty but I'll forgive that since it is supposed to be space.

This definitely needs some polish and post-LD work! It would be a lot of fun as a fully realized game.

cobhc6 says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 5:58pm

Really nice game you made here!

bitserum says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:00pm

Nice, fits the theme very good, its hard and fun. Good job.
I just love when it bounces in some weird way and gets triple kill.

Venturelli says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:06pm

Wow! I played this for a LOT longer than I thought I would! Super fun and funny game, you really had a good time doing this and it shows :D 5/5

local minimum says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:18pm

I guess I'm lucky getting this as my first "you only get one shot" game here. If all others are like this, then maybe the theme was OK after all. A small comment. For us with laptop + left handed right hand on WASD and left on mouse is a bit uncomfortable.

Benjamin says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:19pm

Very neat design. The game is very fresh and this universe ( space whale, pirate talks & stuff ) is fun. The harpoon mechanic could have became boring with time but you guys had this genius idea of non-flat border. I like the fact it's shaped like a treasure map.

The game still have rythm problem : You should autospawn monsters everytime the screen is empty. Clearing waves very fast is more secure but you also get those boring waiting time when nothing is on screen.

The difficulty curve itself is weird sometime there's huge jeelyfish spawn and sometime you have to wait 10 seconds on a blank screen to see a lonely whale pop.

Dyn says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:22pm

Good game with great sounds!

vapgames says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 6:31pm

Space Pirates!

Hypermagical says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:05pm

I like the dotted lines.

I really like the interpretation of the theme. It's a fun twist on the shooter-in-a-box gameplay.

I'm rubbish at the game, but that's all my fault. Well, except for the bit where it's easy for whales to sometimes spawn right on top of you, but at least there's a little bit of warning there.

acp_ld says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:25pm

really well done game

LatFoued says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:34pm

Very nice concept. the gameplay was smooth and the music enjoyable. Good work

Nazariglez says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:43pm

Lol! quite original, i love it!

Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:55pm

Cool mechanics, nice esthetics and a fun game! A more interesting game than most I've played as of yet! :)

Thanks for playing my game, I've added controls tutorial at the top of the entry as to make it easier for other players in the future.

Good luck!

Coblynau says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 9:00pm

Good all round game, well done :)

TeamRoboto says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 9:39pm

Game mechanics are really cool and fun. You can get really skilled at bouncing the harpoon and that is a big plus! Got to a score of 850 and died by a whale spawning very close. Easier to keep control of the harpoon by bouncing it horizontal as the sides are pretty much flat.

Raiyumi says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:03pm

Solid gameplay and sounds. :)

Toureiro says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:23pm

Loved the concept, the mechanic and the look/sound! Great entry! One of the best I've seen so far.

Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:03am

OK, guys, we can all stop voting now. This is clearly the Best Game.

ENDESGA says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:07am

I LOVE the mechanic with how you have to pickup your bullet to shoot it again! Very nice!
Graphics are clean and simple :) and music is a tad quiet, but it's good enough :)
Sweet game!

AaronGordon says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:10am

Nice! Simple mechanic but great use of sfx to reinforce it getting stuck.

Jejeboy says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 4:44am

Very good design choices. I really enjoyed lining up the enemies.

MatrixBai says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 8:33am

Greenpeace will sue me for killing big amount of whales. Really funny game.

glovecat says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:39am

I really enjoyed this game. I would play this game forever. Excellent WC game if you would launch it for a tablet or smartphone :D

Diptoman says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:46am

Mechanic's great, the best I've seen so far with the one shot mechanic. And overall it's real fun, awesome job!

LTPATS says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 8:40pm

This was really fun, loved the "one retrievable bullet" mechanic! Music was nice and the sound effects helped round it out nicely.

Static 64 says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 8:45pm

Wow! I wasn't sure what to expect just looking at it, but that was fun! The mechanic is great, one of the best implementations of the theme I've seen!

whiteknife says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 9:15pm

Fun mechanic and definitely felt very pirate-y. Great job!

Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:53pm

Annoyingly addictive and 6 times as good when you realise you can move around and collect the harpoon! (Duh! My bad!)

Great music and sound effects! I would love to see some powerups and alternative weapons.

Kayelgee says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 12:20am

I really like what you've done with the art :D
The game is pretty fun and it's a really good one shot mechanic.

javifugitivo says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:01am

Nice mechanics! Nice sounds! Aaaaarrrrrrrr!

sekaru says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 6:52am

Fantastic mechanic! The music and sound assets are pretty cool too.

Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:17pm

This was really enjoyable to play, definitely a top score for fun. Great work here

occash says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:11pm

Nice game)thank you for good graphics and sound!

Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:42pm

Great Job. I loved the trail you left behind you!

Side Note: Since you used Unity I suggest making a Linux build. The Web player does not work on Linux Machines.

somepx says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:48pm

A very fun entry! Adorable graphics, retrieve-the-bullet theme works fine! (err, I used that too) :D

peacegiverman says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 12:19am

I really like the UI, the way the game is played on a map and the ship leaves a trail. Very nice.

The game's fun too play, though I'd like it if the ship was a bit faster or had less drag. As it is it feels a bit heavy.

Dec 20, 2013 @ 3:02am

Great game ! The mechanic is indeed very interesting !

Venks says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:13am

Really like the art style. It's very inviting and I couldn't resist trying this one out.

SonnyBone says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:43am

Man, this is deceptively fun. At first I was like, "Well... ok this is a bit slow." THEN TURTLES SHOWED UP! HOLY CRAP THE STRATEGY WHEN YOU GET 3 OR 4 TURTLES ON THE SCREEN AND WAVES OF WHALES AND OCTOPUSESSSSESES!

The game is really fun, has a great difficulty curve and pacing, and the audio fits well. You have this crazy concept of a snowglobed space pirate boat shooting a huge harpoon that's bouncing around a scroll boundary hitting flying space whales and turtles with rotating shields. It's crazy as hell and I love it!

The only bad thing is the graphics don't really do match up with the rest of the experience. With some better art and some more polish this would be AMAZING. It's still awesome fun right now, though. GREAT ENTRY!

Dec 20, 2013 @ 2:05pm

nice, interesting little game. good job!

2HitAdam says ...
Dec 23, 2013 @ 10:08am

Super fun. This is honestly just a graphics overhaul away from being a really neat game!

Ras Lyon says ...
Dec 27, 2013 @ 2:43pm

That's fun, I like the bouncing of the harpoon. I wish I was better at judging how it would bounce. Like a trajectory guide or something. Fun!

lucentbeam says ...
Dec 27, 2013 @ 8:32pm

Really nice work. I love the dashed line, map/scroll background, and 'X's. Makes for a clever and nicely unified theme.

samooJAM says ...
Dec 28, 2013 @ 9:50am

Pleasant gameplay

Tex Killer says ...
Dec 29, 2013 @ 12:37am

Nice take on the theme... the cursor could be centered, though: the harpoon aparently goes to the top-left corner of the cursor instead of the center

pjchardt says ...
Dec 30, 2013 @ 2:51am

Like the mechanic of one bullet and the way the bullet bounces around the screen. This led to a lot of depth. Felt a bit sluggish and unresponsive at times but the core of the game is very interesting!

Jan 2, 2014 @ 7:25pm

A lot of fun. Great use of mechanics, has a lot of potential in my opinion on the marketplace too. Nice Jam Ninja

zkenshin says ...
Jan 5, 2014 @ 8:06pm

Great idea, lovely game play.
Well done.

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