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Into the Earth

by john111898 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Into the Earth is a short game with some very simple puzzles playing with the mechanics of the game. Each level goes further beneath the surface of the Earth than the last.

The game was written in Java using only the JRE System Library. I made the sounds using Bfxr and the graphics using Paint.NET.

Movement: Arrow Keys or WASD
Restart Level: R

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SlamBlasta says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:37am

I couldn't get past the first tutorial level.

Enzo42 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:38am

Good tutorial and good idea

tiffi says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:41am

Cool idea and a cool game. Would be great if the text in the tutorial would fit in the screen.

Clinthoney says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:45am

Really simple graphics but pretty good.

jancsiba5 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:16pm

Good idea, but bit buggy, and performance is not the best(I mean fps), but I liked it.

udvaritibor says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:22pm

Having troubles on MacOS. Maybe it's just me :
admins-MacBook-Pro:Downloads admin$ java -version
java version "1.7.0_45"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_45-b18)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.45-b08, mixed mode)

admins-MacBook-Pro:Downloads admin$ java Into\ the\ Earth.jar
Error: Could not find or load main class Into the Earth.jar

CoderMusgrove says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:30pm

Simple and elegant, great job!

SonicRaptor says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:38pm

as one java programmer to another I must say well done only using the JRE is a huge accomplishment although the collision is a little wonky at times love the game good job

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

I found the controls and collision detection to be somewhat dodgy; however, the puzzle ideas are interesting. I think there's something in here that could be developed further.

hexabeast says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:39pm

It's a little buggy but using only the JRE seems to be hard, so good job!

GreatBigJerk says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:51pm

Wouldn't start on OSX Mavericks

Galan says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:53pm

Huh, the left click doesn't seem to work for me. (Linux, OpenJDK)

Joshua_Burr says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 10:01pm

I just see an empty window on OSX

King_Mew says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 10:07pm

It's pretty good, though the controls were a bit hard to get used to.

Empyrealhell says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 10:12pm

It ran very slow for me, and the controls were unresponsive. It looked interesting, but it was too frustrating to use to get anywhere.

CiderPunk says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:13am

Nice ideas but the control issues hampered my enjoyment somewhat

kunzbe says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 8:10pm

The game mechanics idea is nice, but technically you can learn a lot more.
In lvl 4 I was really happy about the object pusher '^^

Konrad Zegis says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:50pm

Hmm... colisions seems little buggy. They're many places where I can't perform jump.
Also it seems like it doesn't matter if I jump from ground level, or while standing on box, I always reach the same point. It was very iritating to pass that box-creating button from 1st lvl.

Also it's running very, very slow :(

ZQMony says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 9:36pm

You accelerate very slow.

HybridMind says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 11:28pm

The controls and collisions in this game make it almost unplayable for me. I really tried but just basic movement is really bad and frustrating. Sorry. I would work on improving the movement input and the issues with picking up/dropping off boxes as they get stuck in everything and then the player sticks to the boxes.

koe415 says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 12:02am

So this game has potential but a few issues were too frustrating to get past. First the player character's movement was all sorts of off. Going from stationary to moving left or right took way longer than it should've. Jumping causing the player's left or right movement to stop felt off. Putting boxes near the first level's counter became difficult after the 4th. I feel like a little more polish and I would have enjoyed this a lot more.

May 8, 2014 @ 3:02am

The tutorial level was challenging. Controlling movements were clunky, though I like the game title.

FGM says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 3:40am

Interesting idea. Controls are really awkward. Movement generally should not be dependent on the OS keyboard button hold, which is what keyPressed() relies on. Better is to use flags.

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