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Dark Moles!

by ninjascript - Jam Entry

Dark Moles was built with PhaserJS by a team of two developers (thanks Ben!) and an awesome illustrator (thanks Jessie!). The premise is pretty simple -- whack-a-mole with bombs!

This was the first time any of us had built a game, much less in 48 hours, and it was a total blast. We'll definitely be participating in #30!



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pancakecity says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:05pm

Those moles are evil!! Good game!

Nelly says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:55pm

Nice!! But it's too hard at my mind) Moles must die)))

Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:04am

I'm trying to branch out from diving games. I almost made a game like this but it was going to be horrible lovecraftian worms and such bursting forth and you'd have to burn them. Then I realized that was a huge part of the terrible ALONE IN THE DARK remake from 2008 which I bought for full price. Ugh!

GertJohnny says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:05am

I do enjoy a good mole bombing every once in a while. I couldn't figure out where the hitboxes were on those darn moles though, i'd see it explode right overtop of them, but they kept on living.

atlantian says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:25am

Well done

Xeke_Death says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:39am

I got to level 3, walked into my own bomb and got spat on... Oh well, at least I blew up some moles on the way...
Game looks great...!

Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:46am

Nice graphics. If I could give an advice, you should think about mapping the arrows for moving next time, because AZERTY players also exist :)

Lucariatias says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:39pm

Very, hard, couldn't pass the second level. ALso, very repetitive and not very original.
That said, for a first game it's pretty decent.

mrbungle says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:40pm

Come on little girl, kill those evil, green spit flinging underground dwellers! Liking the graphics.

ninjascript says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:54pm

@pandavigoureux, sorry about that! We'll definitely include alternate control schemes in all our future games.

Gins says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:00pm

Very hard, but a cool idea :) Whack-the-Mole, I have played a million times, but Bomb-The-Mole is new :)

RyotaRaven55 says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:12am

Nice game! but kinda tricky.

Nocturnal says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 6:34am

Nice graphics

Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:28am

This gets hard really fast :P
Looks great though!

VanMerwan says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:06am

Nice art. The hitbox of the character is maybe too big.

Baknik says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 4:34am

It was a bit hard to figure out where the bomb would land, but great job overall!

javifugitivo says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:11am

Nice graphics!

mark.goetz says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 6:06pm

Hey, congrats on completing your first game (this was my first LD as well)! The artwork is really good, and I especially love the mole popping in and out animation. I think it's a little frustrating to time the bomb explosion to when I thought a mole would appear. I was essentially throwing bombs at random. But you did a good job with scaling the difficulty - one mole, then several moles on one side of you, then moles all over.

stvr says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 3:24am

That adorable paraplegic is really vicious towards those moles!

MaesK says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 12:43pm

Nice whack-a-mole! Bombs can fix everything everywhere in gaming :D

I got confused with controls, I didn't thought you can control the direction of bombs with the mouse position, so the moles defeated me easily. Now I'll make them pay.

Good work!

May 6, 2014 @ 4:36pm

Love the character-design :D

psychonull says ...
May 7, 2014 @ 1:41am

Liked having that delay in the bomb to explode. Level 3 is really hard!

gre says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 8:51pm

Great concept! Nice improvement of the original whack-a-mole.
Very cool that the bomb can also kill your player and is part of the gameplay, you didn't miss that :-) And mole are firing snot! nice :-P
Graphics are sweet.

end3r says ...
May 18, 2014 @ 2:14pm

Firt level is too easy, the second one is crazy! Really nice looking game

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