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

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by Fortyseven - Jam Entry

The War on Christmas just got stupider.

Bucking the theme, I wanted to create a tank battle game inspired by the original 'Battle Zone' arcade game.

It started out that way, and got...christmassy early on.

You should be able to figure it out pretty fast. You're a tank in a pit of abandoned Christmas crap. Are those rocks? Are they coal? Doesn't matter: everyone is naughty in the pit, and the Snowmen are about to judge you harder than an anonymous teenager on the internet.


Plenty of bugs: snowmen vanish and get confused. You can flip yourself somewhat easily, if you're determined.

I'll spend the next day or two finishing up. Lots of ideas not added to hit the Jam deadline that will make this a bit more fun: planned for the tank to hold a limited supply of snowballs, and be able to reload from supplies that will spawn around the map. And more.

Also missing: MUSIC. Hopefully I'll get that in before I submit.

Downloads and Links




LuisGuimaraes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:22am

Ha, cool concept! Died to snowmans spawning right behind me though :(

MintArcade says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:28am

Wow fantastic! Cool game!

jarry says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:56am

Very nice game. The voive scared me the first time!

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

nice graphics and monster sounds

Ozcr says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:11am


hd_ says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:12am

Really cool graphics and otherwise decent game.

jfreax says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:13am

Great looking game. Really good. I like it. Well done!

TriSquare says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:34am

Cool Game. . .I guess someone was hoping for the snowman theme.

pontooncity says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:37am

Fun. The audio left/right balance was a bit extreme when turning.

frenzyasii says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:37am


Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:39am

pon: It's literally at max panning on both sides; I'll tweak it so it's about 50% closer to center and see how that feels.

raincole says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:50am

Cool game! Why no WASD control tho :(

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:55am

rain: Good call; originally this was meant to be a twin-stick tank game like the original arcade game, but after finding that wasn't quite a fun, I remapped the controls...and forgot to add WASD. I'll fix that later tonight. *adds to his list*

GAFBlizzard says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:12am

Great sound and nice graphics. I kept wanting to aim the tank gun up, but I did not find a way to do it.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:03am

Its very nice to play and I love the visual effects done on the camera.

PoQA Games says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:46am

Some really cool visual effects!

andrewkennedy says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:47am

Oh my goodness, I played SO MUCH BATTLEZONE when I was a kid! The graphics were pretty nice, and it was the first time I've seen the fisheye lens used that really helped out the game!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:48am

Pretty! The sounds felt a bit repetitive, but I really liked the tilty nature of the movement. Good choice not entering in the "theme" category.

zillix says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:48am

neat game! the snowmen were deliciously horrifying

pixelspirit says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:57am

Voice scared me at first too! A fun game, really stands out because of the visuals especially - it's beautiful for being so silly.

Sharky says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:58am

cool(or frosty) game, but the enemies can spawn too close to you or under you and there needs to be a range around the player that enemies can't spawn in

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:59am

@andrewk: It's still working as a two-stick tank under the hood; it feels REALLY NICE with the sticks on a 360 pad, so I'll probably put out a Windows version in a day or two to take advantage of that. (Shame the web player can't access the gamepad. Sigh.)

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:00am

Any new versions, I'll link here and on the GameJolt page, if anyone is interested. Just click 'follow' on there for updates.

LordKawaii says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:08am

The snowmen made me happy, I really like the voice work.

jthistle says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:39am

Sorry, there's an error with link 2: Failed to create Unity loader.

AlSweigart says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:40am

Bwhahaha, awesome.

Kim says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:42am

Really nice graphics. Tight controls/feel. Those snowmen are real creepy once they get up right behind and you turn around!

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:44am

@Kim: I actually just made myself jump from hearing one spawn immediately to my left. As the dev and the guy that did the frickin' voice, it's such a weird experience. :)

Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:45am

Awesome 3d graphics and the visual effects of the camera lens! & loved the sound effects, gave a chilly vibe atmosphere. 6000! would have gone further but i felt bad cause i was exploiting the system ahaha, i stood on top of a rock where the snow men couldnt get to me! Overall cool game!

pcmaster says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:45am

Really awesome, easy to play, I actually like the snowman death sound plus graphics looks very neat!

Ossi says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:52am

I could say this game is very... cool. But seriously, this game is really well done. I like the graphical style and the saturation of the colors. And there is something about the POV and the sounds that make the snowmen really creepy. The crosshair with the scanning numbers on it looks really good and it feels like I'm in a tank. Well done!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:12am

Nice graphics and mood.

AsixJin says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:23am

Look good, but it got boring quick. I think making the snowmen get faster and/or allowing them to take more hits might make it a little more fun.

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:31am

@Asix: Aye, it's currently just a quick arcade thing -- but at some point I'll be adding a smidge more depth to the gameplay. The snowmen already have a variable bit of speed when they spawn, but it's not that big of a difference, in practice. Still have to tweak it around a bit.

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:25am

Uploaded an update to GameJolt! (The link remains the original LD31 Jam version, as noted.)

Changes for 1.01:
- ADDED: Additional web controls: WASD for movement; LMB fires.
- ADDED: Sound when firing snowballs.
- ADDED: Sound when snowballs impact.
- FIXED: Snowmen no longer float above the ground.
- FIXED: Stereo panning for tank treads adjusted.
- OTHER: Misc minor optimizations (removal of unused debug code, etc.)

Murchurl says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:29am

Graphics are stunning. Gameplay and controls are easy! I like the concept, great job!

CullenCoyote says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:33am


pjimmy says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:42pm

nice shooter, love the opposing holiday season scenery with the creepiness of the snowman, very funny

Mase says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:11pm

It's not very challenging; I wish there was a goal other than destroying as many evil snowmen as possible... maybe you've addressed this already in the post-jam version.
I had to flip myself, just because you said it could be done.
Nice voice work.

goodbadokay says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Well, the game looks awesome no doubts,
but the theme... ;)

Zi says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:04pm

Top notch game! :D I had a lot of fun with it! The snowmen were surprisingly threatening, despite looking like... snowmen.

P.S. Love the use of chromatic aberration.

el-pepi says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 2:09am

Graphics are really good! Simple gameplay, but a little too easy I think.

Teesquared says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 3:40am

I thought it was a very well thought out game. It was like a zombie apocalypse but snowmen which was cool.

Riocide says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 8:55am

hahaha this game! Nice audio lolz

Dec 15, 2014 @ 3:15pm

You definitely get 5 out of 5 for mood! Very creepy and immersive game. Great graphics and audio. I got bored of it before I'd finished my first game though, as it just seemed to go on forever. Still, with some gameplay tweeking, this could be the next Doom!

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aeveis says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 7:57am

Nice art! I wish there was more to the gameplay, but the art and audio are very good.

2HitAdam says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 2:47am

Really cool art and environment going on here! Nice creepy snowman sounds haha. The players turning speed made the game more challenging, but not feel all that fun to play... overall the gameplay was pretty slow! I think if you could make it a bit more exciting, you'd have something pretty novel here :)

Fortyseven says ...
Dec 30, 2014 @ 6:19pm

Thanks for voting, guys! I put up a post-Jam version over on GameJolt, complete with a leaderboard, slightly harder enemies, an overhead radar, and more!

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