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

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Versus

by Tangible Games - Jam Entry

ATTENTION: THIS GAME IS ONLINE MULTIPLAYER ONLY! YOU MAY NEED TO FIND A FRIEND TO PLAY.
Gameplay Video: http://youtu.be/kBNs1hfmfHY
UPDATE: Added version for Mac OS X!
UPDATE 24.12 - Dear friends! We know it's difficult to check out our entry when no one else is playing. We'll be online to play with you from 5p.m. GMT till 6p.m. GMT.
UPDATE 25.12 - If you want to play and there is no company, drop us a line at play@tangiblegames.com and we'll arrange some time to play! And look for the magic counter in the middle of the page!

Welcome!

We hope you will enjoy our second Ludum Dare entry, "Versus", and hope our servers will hold...
Because "Versus" is a multiplayer-only online action strategy game! Game, where players battle one against the other in the arena (well, it looks more like an island) using cannons and commanding giant monsters!

Each player has a fort with a powerful cannon installed as a means of offence. They also control a monster, a terrible beast, who, strangely, cannot attack, only move across the land.
Monsters are surprisingly useful when it comes to gathering, say, powerups. Regrettably, when monster dies, the game is over, and cannons do serious damage to poor beasts.

So, players have to move their monster in a way that allows them to evade enemy fire, at the same time attacking enemy monster.

Here things get complicated, because, while monsters follow orders precisely, they can't improvise.
To move a monster, player switches to a "walking" mode and clicks the field to set up waypoints. Once waypoints are set, player switches to the "shooting" mode and naturally starts shooting. Monster will follow the path forth and (nice touch) back indefinitely, or before he gets new orders.

And yes, "Versus" is an ONLINE MULTIPLAYER game. Meaning, you have to find friends to play or tweet and share our entry to attract others to our download links.
Matchmaking is automatic, so if there are other people somewhere around the world willing to play, the game will start automatically once you click "Play" (allow 10-20 seconds for connection initiation though).

However, if you want to play with a friend, there just is such an option! Look for the file named "Secret Key" in the game's folder. By default it contains the word "WORLD1", meaning everyone can play with each other.
You can change it to some other name, like, say, "tinfoilcaps". If there are just two people in the world with that secret word on file, our smart server will create a match exclusively for you two! You can play with friends that way, just don't forget to change your secret key back to "WORLD1" if you want to play against everybody else.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness77%
#426Innovation(Jam)3.15
#460Humor(Jam)2.65
#469Graphics(Jam)3.34
#509Audio(Jam)2.67
#511Fun(Jam)3.03
#541Overall(Jam)3.17
#619Mood(Jam)2.89
#827Theme(Jam)3.13

Comments

Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:05pm

looks awesome. No OSX version? :sad_panda:

xTacobaco says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:53pm

Awesome graphics

Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:35am

Mac OS X version coming very very soon!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:04pm

Mac OS X version has been added!

ViliX64 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:30pm

No Linux version? :(

Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:43pm

Sorry, Linux version will be a bit more difficult to make. We'll have to port our engine to Linux first, which we have planned, but later...
Chances are higher to get an Android or iOS version, but there we may need to work on assets to save some RAM.

Snuux says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:05pm

Nice GUI (I really like it) and gameplay super too!

Knowledge says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:27pm

LD 31 have problem and need to close, on Windows XP Professional 32 bit.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:49pm

> LD 31 have problem and need to close, on Windows XP Professional 32 bit.

Did you install everything that is inside the "Install first" folder? It could help. Regrettably, we did not test the game on Windows XP... And 32 bits.

TeamQuadratic says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:05am

Pretty cool concept! I'd love to see this expanded on!

Demy says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 5:42am

I can'y start that game, after pressing start button only button with "X" appears and nothing happens

Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:17am

Hi Demy, "Versus" is an online-only game, there should be at least two players with the game open at the same time to start a match.
If you have a friend who can start the game simultaneously with you, challenge him/her, it's actually fun!

ramyaanudeep says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 1:09am

great game play

01rafael says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 10:16pm

Graphics is awesome! a super lovely! Also the concept is great!

Poupi says ...
Dec 25, 2014 @ 1:57am

Very nice ;)

Kaijuu says ...
Dec 25, 2014 @ 10:07am

Awesome mechanics!

aare says ...
Dec 25, 2014 @ 2:01pm

Nice to meet fellow LD attempting to make a multiplayer game :P You did really well, it looks a bit like a more tactical and thrilling spin on the battleship formula. I like it a lot :)

b2 says ...
Dec 25, 2014 @ 8:30pm

OSx didn't work. Cant start playing. But i got the menu...

Dec 26, 2014 @ 5:12pm

OS X version should work. If you get the menu and can press "Play", it works :)
You just need another player who will press "Play" on his side. So, if you are all alone in the world who wants to play "Versus" at the current moment (and we don't have /that/ many players), you are out of luck. Find a friend and try again or drop us a line at play@tangiblegames.com and we'll set up a match just for you!

Appocket says ...
Dec 27, 2014 @ 4:01pm

Great game, for such a short amount of time...

RHY3756547 says ...
Dec 27, 2014 @ 5:09pm

Really cool, but it was near impossible to kill the other player as you'd just be able to pick up a heal or armor powerup and undo any damage the other player did, even when hotswapping the shoot and walk modes when necessary. Art was cool and online functionality was very stable, nice work!

Mach60KAS says ...
Dec 27, 2014 @ 5:10pm

Interesting dynamic in a multiplayer game, my brother and I found it really hard to actually kill the other monster though, due to the high amount of health packs. Some music would have suited this nicely, but I loved the art style you went for. Always a pleasure to see other multiplayer games, keep up the good work! :)

Dec 27, 2014 @ 5:18pm

Just played 3 nice matches at 17:15-17 GMT. Thanks for playing, wish we had an in-game chat...

Dec 27, 2014 @ 5:24pm

@Appocket
Thanks, we again tried to get a 'complete' game, and lots of stuff that we planned didn't get into it.

@RHY3756547
@Mach60KAS

Thanks!
Yes, there is that problem with matches getting too long because of the powerups, but often they end very soon - max damage of the well-placed hit is 25HP, so 5 straight hits kill unarmored monster.
Music and more sounds - wish we had a few more hours to add them!

StejkRobot says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 12:31am

PRETTYYYYYYY NICE!!!!

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 2:50am

lookng awesome

Valeour says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 12:33pm

Unfortunately I haven't got anyone to play with online at the moment. I'll leave the tab open and try to remember to come back and play.
(I haven't rated) Sorry!

Dec 29, 2014 @ 3:13pm

@Valeour

We'll be playing online pretty soon, watch the counter ;)
Also, we can play at any (well, quite often) given time if you drop us a line at play@tangiblegames.com

lxd1 says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 4:30pm

Fun

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