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

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Tiny Thermopylae

by Waschtl - Jam Entry

2500 years ago, 151 (300 are a lie!) Spartans faced the forces of Xerxes at Thermopylae.
Now you take control of those Spartans. With no victory in sight, you have to kill as many soldiers as possible. Use ultra advanced tactics like "Shield Down" or "Spear Throw" to kill those pathetic Xerxenian worms!

(They are repeated in the game, just follow the tutorial!)

Use your mouse to select your Spartans (you know, like in the good old RTS-days)
Use "A" and "D" to move them left or right.
Use "1" to switch your shield stance. (Shields up against arrows, shields down against meele)
Use "2" to go into charge mode.
Use "3" to throw your javelins. (Don't forget to collect them afterwards!)
Use "4" to go into a defensive position (Good against those god damn horseriders!)

Made by Philipp Haderdauer (@vanHadedane), Thomas Terebesi (@ThomasTerebesi) and Sebastian Reuther (@Sebi_Reu).
Also a big thanks to Paul Redetzky (@PaulRdy) for the music!

Tweet us a screenshot if you are able to achieve more than 650 kills, because we doubt that is possible. :D

PLEASE NOTE: The HTML5 version has a few problems, so if you run Windows we recommend the .exe-file. ;)

Downloads and Links




Domicuc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:54am

OMG I LOVE THIS ! I LOVE SPARTA ! Thanks mate ! :) check my game too x) if you have time.

Hellequin says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:54am

Nice entry! I love graphics and the game is really fun to play! Good job!

majorcrampas says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:56am

gameplay ruthless like 300, faces like hotline miami, music @PaulRdy style - love it! :)

Krunoslav says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:06am

I really like the game, ver fun and good system.
I am not sure, but in some minuts playing the movements became slower.

wer2chosen says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:22am

Really interesting game, unique mechanic, loved the historical references(I love me some Spartans). If I could esc past the instructions, I would book mark it and play it past the challenge. One of my favorites so far.

the-arrival says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:23am

It would be better if the dead bodies despawn faster because it gets hard to see anything at the end.
The game itself feels like a nice little reaction game.
Maybe for later development you could implement levels and upgrades for the units.

davient says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:04am

Loved it, but struggled a bit with controls. Maybe moving to 1234QE would help? I think I'm too LD-lagged to play this properly still ;)

eruditespirit says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:48am

fantastic game; nice graphics, funny dialogue and fun gameplay to boot!

allurious says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:16pm

Neat idea, I love mythological games. It's pretty fun but the controls were a bit difficult for me, as was the fact that the spears didn't despawn so I couldn't see much. It was really fun though and I liked Xerxes' trashtalk. :p

ilikescifi says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:24pm

Ok this is really good! Yes!

andreaswitzen says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:43am

Quite innovative! The game ran really slow for me towards the end. Probably from all the bodies staying on screen?

Waschtl says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:06pm

About perfomance: Yea, HTML5 does not run great with this, the windows client works better. (not great either)
Thx for all the comments and tips for improvement, lots of usefull stuff!

Threstle says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 4:52pm

Super fun, and super simple to play. I love it!

pancakecity says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:30pm

I liked shooting all the spears at once, quite satisfying!

nov1kk says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:31pm

really nice and funny

runvs says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:18am

Love the idea!

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