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

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Junk heap

by Dreii - Jam Entry

Oh no, you've fallen to the bottom of a pit of robot junk!

try and survive the angry abandoned robots onslaught for as long as you can!

There's so much missing from this I way over scoped this game for 48 or even 72 hours. I haven't slept all night and still couldn't get audio in haha.

sorry for the block of text tutorial as well. I'm tired. goodnight...morning.

Post sleep edit:

the game ramps up in difficulty slowly starting at round 5 where the rocket fists are added, and after round 10 the zombie like starting enemies start getting bigger and stronger.

also every 10 levels is a boss battle.

portraying growth was the main issue I had(read: main timesuck) Trying to get early interesting game play that slowly eased into a nice fun challenge took allot more testing then I could manage.

Ill just say, being that I wasn't able to hone it in, any levels past 20 are a wild west of OHGODNO.

edit 2: since I had some time before the jam actually ended I changed the controll scheme to a better one.

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dsilvers says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:28pm

This is really fun! The waves of enemies work really well. I can totally sympathize with the lack of sleep problem. Game jamming is tough but rewarding! I think you should be proud of what you were able to accomplish here, it is a great start! If you go forward, I would recommend mouse looking instead of S and D to turn (make them strafe instead), stronger enemies on subsequent waves, and making bonus effects stronger and more visible.

Ozcr says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:10am


lapskaus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:19am

Fun to play. Good clean action and well done retro graphics. I didn't get the powerups in the end though, why are there two boxes and only one labeled? Seems like i'm only getting something random when i don't know what my choices are.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:21am

Great game! Although the using the keys to look is a bit hard though, but that's just a personal opinion. Keep it up!

Dreii says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:24am

@lapskaus Ahh that was a bit unclear wasnt it? The rectangle with the face is the lid of the chest, that you open when you shoot.

And yeah its random rewards each round. the only real choice is when you see a negative value on a chest item, deciding whether its worth it to take.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:07pm

Coulda done with some audio imo :P

Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:05am

Definitely a great job. Cool game, simple but addictive art and game flow.

I don't know if the bonus from the level clear chest is random or set, but I get a negative bonus (regen-2) at level 19, which is interesting. I thought the game lead player in a way that "You should shot and open the chest after the level" but if it is randomly negative or sometime intended negative then that makes people a bit upset.

I think the game difficulty is fine, you don't really need to add stronger enemies because you adjust the spawn speed and that already works well.

Looking forward to your future work!

qristofer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:06am

This is really fun! The speed gets insane, but the upgrades matches it. I miss a good BGM tho. Great job, great game.

Justin Mullin says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:59am

A fun and polished little shooter. =) It seemed very eash to me (though I can see how folks would have had trouble before you added mouse controls). I eventually quit after about level 15 having had my fill. Unfortunately it seems from your comments I was pretty close to when the difficulty ramps up, so I should've stuck with it.

DomNomNom says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 4:27am

nice sprites.
Sound would've made a big improvement

Overall the difficulty curve was fairly good except at the end. There is becomes much easier since once you have the sword you can just stand in the corner and wait for the game to end.

Some UI feedback:
the shadow of the falling enemies should indicate what enemy is going to fall and also should fade in.
The stats at the bottom need units rather than just the format "number (number)"

Dec 14, 2014 @ 12:04am

That was fun to play, nice job!

HolyBlackCat says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 12:15pm

Avast complains about your game. `Win32:Malware-gen`

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 1:34pm

nice man i enjoyed the fun

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