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

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by Fortyseven - Jam Entry

What's beneath the surface? A chest-burster.

What you've got here is Aliens themed whack-a-mole. That's it. ;)

Arcade gameplay is roughly in place, with bugs of course. Hastily added sound effects. Wrapping this up with a couple hours to spare since I have to be someplace. Will definitely finish it up, since there's a bit more I wanted to do with this.

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Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:54pm

Dropping from ceilings, and chest busting aliens... Most legit I've ever played! If it weren't for all the glitches... It would be freakin awesome.

danbo says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:09am

This is pretty funny. Scream sound effect took me by surprise!

RARoadkill says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:09am

Hard to go wrong with a whack-a-mole game

conormn says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:29am

Might be the best game of the Alien franchise.

Korwegian says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:41am

I love the concept but it's really glitchy and confusing.

SmilingCat says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:44am

Very nice graphics and atmosphere.

Fortyseven says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:46am

Thanks, guys! :D But yes, lots of bugs. Much glitching. I plan to fix up most of that and polish it up in the coming days.

Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:05am


mechabit says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:15am

Nice graphics, don't think I've yet to whack an alien

gene-z says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:28am

Good Work.. really impressive

blockbot says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 7:34pm

Art is pretty sweet.

Gins says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:03pm

Whack-A-Mole :)
The game seems to have gotten stuck after a while, because nothing new happened.

hyouko says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:43am

The scream definitely makes it. Wish there was an easier way to start over than reloading the page, though!

GamerTaters says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:07am

That scream! Nice presentation. Definitely a little buggy though.

urisensei says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:08am

It's all fun and games until a chest burster flies into your face. Wacky idea, and good execution, only bug I came across was after wacking the Medical Hammer tm (great name) a few times in a row, no more patients came down.
Don't do drugs kids

byExclusive says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 7:59am

Great idea!!!

timtipgames says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 7:59am

Very funny. Very bugged. ;)

CMaster says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 11:08am

Kinda funny.
Shame it tends to lock up.

Guessing most of the graphics are pulled from elsewhere?

mrexcessive says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 6:09pm

Hi. Several bugs on mouse tracking. Really good mood.

May 9, 2014 @ 8:34pm

Glitchy, but pretty good for the time. I included it in part 17 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you want to check it out :)

TeamFlare says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 5:02pm

Cool idea.^^ I played several rounds :)

Moosefly says ...
May 15, 2014 @ 10:57pm

The most hardcore whack-a-mole game I've ever played! It's a diamond in the rough :P.


Fortyseven says ...
Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:53pm

I went back and revised the hell out of the game over the last couple weeks; fixed lots of bugs and polished things up. Learned a lot. :) ->

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 5:11am

Came back to link to the final version on GameJolt:

It's still barely a game, but I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. :)

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 5:12am

And I'm just realizing that it's probably the same build. I should have looked first. [Talks to an empty room.]

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