Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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Black Hole Surfer

by tripleVisionGames - Compo Entry

Survive the lure of the black hole.

Inspired by Interstellar, Super Hexagon and the ever lingering dread of time lost.

Press the left or right or right arrow key to rotate or press both at the same time to fly away from the black hole.

Your perception of time may slow down as the black hole gets stronger, as may your frame rate...

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Andynonomous says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:55am

Really cool! I love the visual grain. Is that achieved with shaders? Simple and fun! Oddly similar (and much better presented than my own submission).

Andrea says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:36am

Very agreable to play! ALT+ENTER for the best full-screen, eerie experience!

SolomaZ says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:31am

enjoyed the overall vibe and xperience. well playable immersion.

Andynonomous says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:57am

Enjoyed this one, especially the aesthetic!

Mopz says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:49am

Fun, but I always mix up the directions when moving.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:38am

@Andynonomous - nah, just a screensize animation with additive blend mode, didn't have time for shaders!

@Andrea - I didn't even know you could do that! Oops...

@SolomaZ - thanks

@Andynonomous - hi again

@Mopz - me too!

Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:08pm

Very good game, perfect mood, it gets hard really fast, couldn't survive more than 30-45 seconds.

EthanWebster says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:37pm

A very immersive gameplay experience! I loved the atmosphere, great work!

Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:40pm

nice little game. I love the art style you were going with and the whole old school scanlines thing. It is very colorful. However, why did you go for geometric shapes instead of asteroids and planets? This seems to be more fitting to the vibe and theme. Music is also very well done. Very ambient.

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:46pm

Music and graphics were really nice, like a colourful version of Asteroids. Nice concept as well.

fleegle2000 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:11pm

Great visual effects, challenging gameplay. Great work!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:26am

Awesome game, congrats!

Geti says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:50am

Loved it! Really nice idea and simple controls, pretty presentation and simple to improve at, great work!

talecrafter says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:50am

Great. I love how the sound comes together. I could just sit idly by and listen and be at peace.
Framerate did take a major dive at the end.

Toki Anholmes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:15am

Great visual effect and sounds set the mood ! Well done.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:42pm

good game
i love the vibe

Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:08pm

I like the musicality of it, it's strangely relaxing. Nice work.

Zolkren says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:30pm

I really liked the graphics for some reason hehe.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:45pm

That's an entertaining game with an awesome atmosphere created with the visuals and audio. Nice work!

GarethIW says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:57pm

I liked the minimal graphics and tone/atmosphere.


Meral says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 4:24pm

Great entry for 48h. This is fantastic! Well executed concept, nice design, good attention to detail. I absolutely love the rocket's thrust particles getting sucked into the hole. The only problem is it gets too difficult too quickly.

A little side note: The thing in the middle that you see, or rather do not see, is the event horizon aka. the point of no return.

pkenney says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:34pm

Very cool! I liked the interesting mechanic with the tradeoff between moving sideways and falling into the black hole, and the presentation and challenge were both strong!

I didn't win, but I played a bunch of times. The top from Andrea to Alt-Enter for fullscreen really made an immersive experience.

The sound created by the movement was a nice artistic touch that added to the experience. In fact the whole thing looked and sounded very nice, lots of great small touches coming together to make simple graphics shine.

Well done.

nesis says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 4:28pm

I loved the ambience of the game, and the aesthetic was one of the top few I've seen in this Ludum Dare! Very well made game, and very challenging but fun and mesmerising.

RonnyEGT says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:37pm

It was an amazing experience, worth playing and quite challenging! :D

ramonparaiba says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 9:05pm

Great job

Poupi says ...
Dec 25, 2014 @ 2:26am

Very nice! ;)

01rafael says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 6:08am

Minimalism is awesome!

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