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

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by brokenbeach - 48 Hour Compo Entry

The NEXUS; A mysterious alien planet shrouded by a thick, impenetrable fog. The worlds surrounding the NEXUS are connected by their beacons; ancient alien artifacts that are the key to unveiling it's secrets.

This game is an arcade shooter/platformer, focused on feel-good gameplay and terrain destruction.

This is my first time taking part in Ludum Dare. In fact, this is the first game I've ever completed. The code's a mess, and there are a couple of small bugs but nothing substantial. The hardest part has just been distributing it. Still working on an OSX and Linux wrapper. In the mean time, the Windows one should work, so long as you 'run anyway' when Windows tries to stop you. Apologies for the inconvenience.

I chose a simple 5-colour palette. And focused on "feel-good" shooting, platforming, and terrain destruction. It's pretty short, but the final level is something very different from the rest. And it's fairly challenging too!

I hope you enjoy it. If you do, feel free to follow me on twitter @brokenbeachuk or on tumblr at

* Someone mentioned being stuck on the menu screen. I can't seem to reproduce the problem after downloading and running the game. I'm still able to run it problem free. For those who may not know, you select a planet with 'ENTER'.

** I'd like to apologise to those experiencing crashes. I'm not entirely sure what could be causing them, but I'm looking into it right now, but I'm having trouble reproducing many of these problems. Please do try both the Windows wrap and executable jar file. Thanks for your patience and most of all, thanks for playing.

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Retr0spectrum says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 4:48pm

I seem to be stuck on this screen:

4sap says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:41pm

Im also stuck on that screen. Running openjdk on debian.

yodamaster says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:43pm

Nice gameboy-style graphics. Game is quite hard to play, at least for me. Very challenging.

SaxonRah says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:44pm

Wow awesome game. I love the look and feel. Great job mate.

Xgor says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Pretty nice game, unfortunately the game crashed when I completed the astroid level so I couldn't finish the game.

slowfrog says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:59pm

Great little shooter/platformer. I've not finished it yet (only excavated three planets) but I'm impressed by its polish. It really feels great.
Graphics are simple but to the point, maybe a little too small.
I'm not too sure about the theme, but not having found 'the nexus', I can't say much.
Very solid entry.

Ramori says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:12pm

Very nice game. Big bullets, lots of particle effects - you know what's good :)
I've also found bug, but I wasn't able to reproduce it. Once on meteor and once on final world (probably doesn't matter where) in the middle of a fight game screen froze. Nothing moved, but when I pressed the arrows I could still hear shooting sound.

Conk says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:25pm

Quite hard, not entirely sure how to finish a level, did excavated mean complete? I don't know how I did that if so. Was very fun and looks awesome, love the style.

Zigsfi says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 9:32pm

Great art, great gameplay. Very hard!

SteveSalmond says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:55am

Challenging, but really fun. Doesn't feel like a first game! Great job :)

ChuiGum says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:37am

Love the pixel art, awesome choice of colors! Cool innovation too

SaintHeiser says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:52am

Like the visuals. But game TOOOO hard for me =(

Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:42am

Wow, this was amazing. I really killed my hand trying to beat that last boss! It took a while to understand what I was supposed to do on the first level, but once I got it... wow. My favorite was definitely the asteroids level. Right when I started feeling really cocky and confident about my skills, the game would wipe the floor with me and make me work a lot harder. Awesome.

gwa says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:08pm

Really cool Game I love the graphics and the generally style and shooting in 4 directions :)

IsaacL.Balogh says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:09pm

Couldn't boot the windows file, it says that the main class is not found

John Drury says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:11pm

Feels great! Love the color palette, FIGGEN HARD!

MunkeeBacon says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:18pm

Looks pretty good but I'm having menu issues.

spotco says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 10:36am

Great game, finished it pretty quick. Controls felt a little floaty+slippery (especially with the bit of precision platforming), but loved the (SPOILER ALERT) boss.

LeafThief says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:11pm

It's really hard, but also really rewarding. This game is so well made. Congrats and thanks for this!

commodoreKid says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 2:31pm

This is awesomely COMPLETE game which made it top on my list until I find a better game among entries.

CodeNMore says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:30pm

Graphics are nice! Neat game!

Jod says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:17pm

Love the gameboy graphics. Retro-time!

Pinqu says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 7:14pm

Love the retro look, but the controls were a little hard to adapt to.

TijmenTio says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 12:11pm

Congratulations on your first LD dude! ^^ For a first time this is really really good! I personally think that it's a bit too difficult. Especially the jump height bugged me out each time I fell into a little gap and got stuck. I can see you tried going for game feel but I think you can still learn a LOT on that part, here maybe this video helps if you haven't seen it yet: Because you know, in your game there isn't too much happening and it can get a bit stale. Add more different elements and exaggerate even more!

azidhouse says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 10:39am

Congratulation, the game is very challenging! BTW the source zip contains only compiled classes and not actual sources... Is it intentional?

Hypnohustla says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 7:25am

Really hard, but the controls were very responsive and the movement and shooting was smooth as hell. Great entry. :)

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