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

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I've Got the World On a String

by kirbytails7 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Connect planets together with a rope! Because...uh...

It's a top-down shooter without shooting. The idea came from the first game I ever tried (and failed horribly) to make.

Made in C# with Unity (you'll need the web player) and Visual Studio, with Garageband/sfxr/Audacity for audio and Paint.NET for art.

WASD or arrows to move. Enjoy!

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dusho says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:48pm

really hard if you want to get points.. I ended up with -1 lives :)

kirbytails7 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:23am

I was certain I fixed the -1 lives thing. Whoops. =) Must've been more sleepy than I thought at the end.

arbiccdheife says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:45am

Very cool game. Pretty simple to get the hang of and enough challenge to keep it interesting. I personally think the bosses should be a little harder but that's just preference..great entry.

Tanser says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:08pm

Great work, i like it! :)

idovingx says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:31pm

pretty charming actually!

Moosefly says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 4:32pm

Died just before the fourth boss with a score of 25.5k or something. The setting is really unique, and it masks the mundane task of basically picking up items as you trying to string together a bunch of planets to form a galaxy. I find that really nice. The mood was also really nice, although the random red scribbles were kinda out of place.


Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:25pm

Yay! Score: 011507 :D
I like this game, it is very simple and very entertaining.
You should work on the audio and the graphics (also a story would be great), but besides that, it is a cool lil game :)

SkyWolf says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:58pm

quite relaxing, really digging the music :)

43iscoding says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:58pm

Good job. Simple and relaxing game ^^

kirbytails7 says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 6:35am


@KrisDevelopment: I feel like any attempt at story, though, has to overcome the whole drilling-through-entire-planets thing, or I suppose it could be silly like Katamari...

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 12:13pm

Really challenging and interesting game! On my second try I got up to level 3 and died :( Would be nice to have a way to restart the game after you lose.

Chaoseiro says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 9:14pm

Nice game! The music is really good, I only think that boss "fights" should have a more tense music, but the main music is great, as well as the sfx. The graphics are well made, but the "void" thing is out of place.

kirbytails7 says ...
Sep 1, 2014 @ 7:19am

@jackyjjc - Yeah, I ran out of time for menus and since I expected to anyway, I didn't put them in initially.
@Chaoseiro - Thanks. I did do a boss theme, but it wasn't any good. And what "void" thing?

Sunflower says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 9:47am

Interesting game, though gameplay wasn't very exciting to me (especially the two bosses I encountered seemed rather... slow? And they were waiting quite long between attacks? I guess I wouldn't mind if the game didn't have these bosses at all...). Audiovisuals were alright, though I didn't like sound effect of stringing the world (it sounded like I did something wrong) and the music instruments were somewhat... screechy? ^^"

kirbytails7 says ...
Sep 3, 2014 @ 7:48am

@Sunflower - Thanks for the honest feedback! I was concerned with the pacing of the game being to quick, since several of my previous games have been seen as rather hard, so I thought to ease into it a bit more. I think it would've been more effective if I had introduced a second boss sooner, personally, but I didn't have time for a fourth boss (and hardly for a third) and wanted to keep some content. And yes, the instruments are a little "bit-crushed" for effect.

Dry Tree says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 8:28pm

Nice game and great audio, I felt the boss fights were boring as there was nothing to do other than wait it out (unless I missed something?!) ... at first I tried 'lassoing' the boss but that didn't do anything. Good game overall though :)

jukimv1986 says ...
Sep 6, 2014 @ 5:43am

GALAXY COMPLETE! Nice game, I had fun playing it. Well done!

Dietrich Epp says ...
Sep 8, 2014 @ 2:52am

Cool, I like the idea of threading worlds together. The music did a lot to contribute, but there was this really annoying piano sound--it sounded like a sample rate conversion gone horribly wrong, I could hear tons of aliasing. Maybe some kind of bitcrusher effect?

kirbytails7 says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 5:00am

@Dietrich Epp - Yes, the bitcrusher effect was intentional.

Hypnohustla says ...
Sep 14, 2014 @ 4:56pm

Nice idea, it was refreshing to play a "shmup" where you don't actually have to shoot anything. Very peaceful :)

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