Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend — Theme: Beneath the Surface

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Beneath the Surface

by clearlyspam23 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A side scrolling rogue-like where you pick up weapons as you descend below the surface of the world to fight various monsters. Might be a little buggy as I rushed to finish up at the end there.

WASD to move, mouse to shoot and change facing.

I was trying to go for a rogue-like shooter thingy, in the style of risk of rain and the binding of isaac, however, I didn't really get to spend as much time as I would have liked balancing the things that make those games fun (items, bosses).

And being able to walk through the slimes is intentional, they only deal damage when they stop flashing.

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Lolninjacatz says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:42am

Hi John :). Great job; especially since you got this running off your own physics. You probably should add that in your comment, I think; getting an idea of what the maker did frames the grading I think. Like the wall jumping a lot. Kinda hard to tell what the power ups do. Graphics are great for a programmer, and audio is pretty fitting. The jump is a little too high pitched for my liking though. I think some background music/sound effects of a cave of something would have improved the mood a bit, but I'm not blaming you for that. Great job John! Thanks for encouraging me to participate too!

microapple says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:35am

Fun 8bit game. Nice sound effects, enjoyable gameplay.

Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:42am

I just kept running though the same halls with more and more enemies each time but never found anything else.

deathray says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:03am

I like that you can upgrade your gun. I found myself just running and jumping and shooting through each level to just try and get to the end as fast as possible. That got me far, but not far enough. The jump sound needs to be changed!

rincewind_cz says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:14am

Nice, but seems too easy.. Maybe it should be little bit faster imo :) Good job.

tanner101010 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:09pm

The jump control needs a little more tuning. I like the idea of running in the same room over and over again and the game seems to be endless.

Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:14pm

Solid platformer!

friken says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:35pm

I like the blobbies

udvaritibor says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:40pm

"I just kept running though the same halls with more and more enemies each time but never found anything else." Same over here. I think it was a little bit to easy, I was just running and not shooting anything after a while and I still made it more than 5 levels. I like the character, it reminds me of the movie Alien, I don't know exactly why. But overall I like it, with a little tweaking it could be more fun.

PapyGaragos says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:23pm

Took me a while to realise you could wall jump (even with the flying eyes). More variety to the level might make it usefull as a mechanic. As it is, I don't really see the appeal.

MunkeeBacon says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:17pm

Game was alright but the controls were way too floaty. The ground sprites were nice though!

SlamBlasta says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:18pm

I liked the game. I don't know what the red arrows do though...

eteeski says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:21pm

Not bad :)

xdegtyarev says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 6:50pm

Hehe, funny!

Thorig says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 10:00pm

Nice platformer, it does get a bit hard over the second gun. Still I liked it.

Blanky says ...
May 7, 2014 @ 7:52am

Nice game. I liked the audio together with the art style.
Some ideas I thought would be cool:
It would have been cool if you displayed the current depth level. And perhaps only enable the player to advance to the next level if all the creatures is dead. That would be a nice and fast way to give a cool purpose to the game. It would make it quite a bit more addictive for me.

May 7, 2014 @ 8:07pm

Good job!

I think it would have been cool to have a few more distinct level layouts. That's probably the least work you could spend to make the most difference in fun. Also, maybe lower the roof and raise the floor a little, to give it more of a claustrophobic feel.

The rate of fire of the gun was also kind of slow for my taste, and it meant that I had to click a lot to get anything done.

vilya says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 11:47pm

There's more depth to this than I thought at first. Some nice designs on the monsters and the wall jumping actually added quite a lot. Nice!

On the downside, I found the controls were a bit difficult to get used to & I think the pacing was a bit off.

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