Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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by Robber - Jam Entry

'taking back the galaxy'

a planetairy platform game

code & graphics & soundfx: Rob Bothof
music: Anna Mikhailova & Rob Bothof

hope you enjoy this little one level galaxy take-back
and thank you for playing, comments / critiques are very welcome

CONTROLS: WASD + K + L or arrowkeys + Z + X


In the post-government corporation dominated future of 2215,
space mining is the next big thing.

"Welcome back Commander Johnson!" shouts a vague familiar
voice out of the speakerbox of your deployment pod. "We hope
you had a pleasant hypersleep. We're sending you back to the
Epsilon System, as part of your corporate punishment, stated
in case file #e3278273."

"The Epsilon System has been taken over by rebel forces of
the Green Universe United Group, a useless attempt to stop
our production of neodymium in this area. Nevertheless they
have tampered with our defence systems and even let a couple
of rogue robots loose on some of the small planets in this
microgalaxy. Right now we can't even connect directly with
this world via any space-time bending principles!"

"Your Mission is to destroy all rogue forces and secure the
wormhole initiation tower so we can resume our mining
activities in this sector."

"Good Luck Commander.."

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Jellycakes says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:41am

Really good! I liked the walking sound effects, and the movements was really fun, good work!

Chris_E says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 2:38am

I enjoyed the way you gain velocity going around the planet, but it was difficult to control.

voxel says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:09am

This was right up my alley. Lots of fun, short and succinct, cool gravity fun. Thought I was stuck in Lagrange a couple of times but I slowly fell back down the well. Love it

pighead10 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:40pm

Nice gameplay, the jumping can feel a little delayed and clunky. Nice atmosphere too.

RawboSaurX says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:24pm

Very original idea! Artwork and gameplay are both outstanding. A little hard to hit the enemies with the laser, but whatever, I like a good challenge. Also when I landed upside down on a planet, I kept walking around upside down until I used the jetpack to flip back. Just nitpicking tho ;)

RFMTeam says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:28pm

running and jumping between planets felt alien and
great. I culdn't kill anny evil eyes though.

porglezomp says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:20pm

I loved the running and jumping, moving around was just so much fun. The aliens seemed a bit hard though, the only way I could beat them was to hide right on the edge of a planet and snipe from outside their range.

zkenshin says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:38pm

Although I feel like the combat could have been improved, this was a really good entry. Really thought the planet walking and jumping felt good, and enjoyed the art. Well done. :)

capsizedmoose says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:43pm

wasn't able to kill any eyes but the jumping between planets was pretty cool :)

BuffaloPhil says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:20pm

This was fun!

Takashy87 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:22pm

Love what you did with the gameplay and mood Most certianly worth investing some more time in this to release a full version :)

ponk says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:38pm

Great and good game !
I had some trouble finding controls, but then really liked the space floating sensation

ATTA Games says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:47am

Amazing stuff! For the time being it's the best game I play on LD30. Great work!

liquidminduk says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:50am

Great feeling of motion on this game with the gravity. easy to control, however i didn't know the key for using the laser and jetpack at first

Great work

Robber says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:48pm

thanx for all the wonderfull comments, i hope to make time in the coming to weeks to finetune the combat-system en complete the level with some rogue robots, working blackhole initition tower etc, thanx for playing

KeyMaster says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:46pm

Movement and sound were really nice, however I could really figure out what to do with the laser and what exactly I had to do. Still quite nice and the movement has potential.

CoderDozer says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:56pm

Fun gravity game, i did find the controls a little awkward though, other than that, nice job.

Aug 30, 2014 @ 5:38pm

The movement controls are really cool, gaining momentum and jumping to another little planetoid, I even managed to reach the smaller planet beyond the last giant one with some frantic thrust maneuvering.

Aiming on the other hand could really do with a makeover. I strongly suggest mouse control here. I killed several enemies by just standing off the edge of a planet and shooting over it, moving until the laser lined up. Standing nearby and aiming was kinda useless and got me killed quickly.

For some though, I ran until I gained enough velocity to jump straight up, so I was shooting at the enemy straight ahead, and that worked well and was a fun "discovery" of how to use the mechanics to my advantage.

The sounds are pretty good, but I feel the graphics are a little dull. The minimap and hud are nice, but there's something about the 3d models.. I don't know.

Overall though, this is a great entry and definitely worth expanding on.

I imagine more enemy variety, maybe new weapons (missiles affected by gravity too, perhaps?) and even some kind of jumping puzzles/challenges that take advantage of the planet physics you have going on.

DragonInstall says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 1:42am

Like the ambiance of the game and graphics. Good concept but a bit hard though. Good job overall.

harko12 says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 4:34am

Great work. The controls are a little odd, but it's very well done

SteveSalmond says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 8:11am

Sweet! I'm a sucker for anything involving planets and gravity, so you've got my vote :) I loved the whole 'build up velocity by running round the planet' thing. Nice work dude!

the says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 8:14am

O no, another game that looks like my own.

goffmog says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 12:21pm

Great presentation and gameplay but I thought the controls slightly let down the amount of fun available. Overall a top entry though! Happy you posted a port-mortem or I wouldn't have found it.

Aug 31, 2014 @ 7:15pm

Cool mechanics, enemies are really hard to kill though.

sandbaydev says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 7:52pm

That was fun!

Would have wanted to see enemies... or at least have better view/knowledge where exactly they are and how much I gotta shoot em.

I think mouse aiming would have been perhaps good to have? Throttle system was bit tricky.

HayManMarc says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 8:34pm

Very cool graphics and idea, but a little glitchy. When on a planet and run into a asteroid that is close to planet, I get stuck running and can't move. Also, jumped off into space and ended up trapped floating in space - no gravity pulled me back. Otherwise, the game felt and played really cool.

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