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The Mole You Know

by Mandlebar - Jam Entry

Whack a mole game with a twist! WASD to move and Space to whack. Twitter: @Mandlebar @Cwaff

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Melondonut says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:40am

I love the camera work. and pixel arts are so cute!

Jacksendary says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:46pm

Kinda creepy and really fun :) you really had me at the zoom out effect :D

manabreak says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:48pm

The electricity(?) shooting off the 'moles' was just... wrong. :D

cudabear says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:49pm

Very funny! I liked the way you introduced the character and thereby made it a tutorial. The graphics weren't terrible, but weren't incredible to stare at. The game play was pretty cool, but there's no reason to not just spam the spacebar over and over again, which made my thumb tired. It would have been much better to just be able to hold it down since there was no cooldown on the attack anyway. The difficulty scaled really fast, I got to 120 moles and instantly died. Pretty fun game, well done!

Suyo says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:31pm

Hah, the zoom out really surprised me! Quick question, is the signal just a time limit or is it actually affected by how many moles are on the surface?

Mandlebar says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:39pm

It's affected by the number of moles on screen doing their electricity thing!

davidllanos22 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:02pm

The music is awesome! And the camera movement revealing the rest of the map was also pretty good. Pretty and simple, good job :)

Noah Ratcliff says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:04pm

Very nice! Loved the humor and the main game art!

adamwoolridge says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:43pm

Nice effect with the zoom out.

TeamFlare says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:54pm

Awesome! This was really fun. I was so eager to know what happens in the end. ^^

Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:54pm

AMAZING! The tutorial character bio was fantastic, the moles were cute and then became extremely menacing, the zooming out was brilliantly done, and the congregation leading to poor phone signal was bonkers! The Overlord called, and it wasn't good news! :D

Tititesouris says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:58pm

Very fun game, short, but very fun. I did notice a little bug: whenever you whack a mole right before it starts emitting radio wave, the mole disappears but the wave stays until you whack it. Good job :)

jtpup0 says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 9:32am

what a twist!, really cool idea and hitting the "moles" was entertaining

rezzish says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:47pm

I loved your overall idea here. Good work!

Nezzhil says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 5:27pm

hahaha funny twist, nice zoom.

TomboFry says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:14pm

I got the hang of it after my first game, but I only managed to get 100 points, I can see that no one else has posted their highscore D:<

Thorig says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 6:06pm

Got to 91. Great twist

May 9, 2014 @ 5:52am

ha ha funny game . I like music ,camera effect and the idia

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