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

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Mars Under The Surface

by zerocreativity1 - Jam Entry

Find out what happen in an abandoned mining shaft in Mars.

Programming: ZeroCreativity1
Art: Cassie Lakey
Music: Brain Bunker
Writer: Mohamed ElSamahy
Arrows/Wasd move
z = shoot
X = interface
esc =exit log
press and hold L to read back last log.

Doesn't always load for some reason.

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paps says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:34am

When I heard the music I was expecting to fight a lot, but at the end not much. I think I would have wanted more creatures... Cool graphics too. Anyway nice game.

drnick says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:04pm

The story seems interesting and it was nice to follow it with the recordings.

However the gameplay isn't very good. Everything moves boringly slowly. The gravity could be greater. The walking pace of the player could be faster. Even the monsters and the shots of your gun are so slow they don't look very dangerous. The elevators take forever to go up/down.

Level design also isn't very rich. There are some blind jumps where you can't see if you'll fall to your death or land on the next platform you have to go.

It would be nice to have checkpoints in such a large game, but instead you have to start from the beginning if you fall. Otherwise the game isn't too hard, because it's so ridiculously slow. I'd like to complete the game for the story, but without checkpoints it'd be such a pain to do so I must refrain from going beyond the sobbing voice recording.

mrbungle says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:18pm

Great graphics, cool music. However I'm finding gameplay not so hot. Sometimes you can't see where you're going and you end up jumping into nothingness and hoping for the best.

javifugitivo says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:21pm

I like the shot! And the music! Looks good

SmilingCat says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:25pm

Pretty solid platforming controls, I never felt frustrated or hindered by them which is a rarity for a LD platformer. I think I got pretty far, but then the game glitched and the blocks stopped spawning though their colliders were still active and I could not continue from there.

dalbinblue says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 3:27am

The music and animation was fantastic, but the pace of the game was very slow, and it honestly felt like you had something much larger in mind for this game but didn't have the time to actually get that vision into the game. Unfortunately a good way through the game I fell off the edge of the level and was stuck at the bottom of the level map with nowhere to go and couldn't complete the game.

CaiusTSM says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 3:38am

The graphics and audio are great, but sometimes I felt like I was doing some leap of faiths because the camera was zoomed in too much so I could not see where I needed to jump to.

pkenney says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 12:43am

Great backing music track that got me in the mood to blast stuff, and you have the graphics and programming here for a nice solid fight into the dark depths.

But I felt that three design decisions held you back, and obviously you might disagree, just my opinion. I hope it's okay if I provide a bit of negative feedback because you *almost* had it:

1. Pace is too slow. Everything should be sped up 4x imo. Player, bullet, enemy.

2. Blind jumps aren't fair. The first thing you taught me player was that it's safe and necessary to do blind jumps. Then you punish harshly for blind jumps, then you make it necessary again. The final moment of playing the game, I had to guess if the correct blind jump was down, or to the right. I guessed wrong and was sent back to the start of the game.

3. No checkpoints is a mistake here, I think. Given the slow pace, and the errors by jumping as players explore, and the way everything is in the same place each time, the from-the-top restart meant most of my experience was repeating already-seen content instead of experiencing new content.

Anyway I don't mean to be harsh, you did a good job putting together a package here. I left critical feedback because you accomplished the hard part of implementing, but the experience fell short because of a few tweaks. Sorry!!

Tomski says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 5:47pm

Like the animation and grapics. Would have been could to have a few more things to shoot but otherwise nice job!

Jacic says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 5:51pm

I like the art, but couldn't help noticing how strange the physics felt. Maybe it was just me.

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