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

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Verutum Aether

by Rother Games - Compo Entry

Let's play the most distinguished game possible, the game of
Mankind vs. the Universe, a story of fail and success,
of victory and deprivation, of life and death.

More Information about Rother UE:

Please remember to unzip it before playing!

Please notice to press any key to remove the Startup Screen, and to press "H" to rush through the tutorial, which pops up automatically after starting the Game.

Have fun :-)

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DigitalQR says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:08pm

When I launch I get the music, but the window is minimized; It crashes when I click into it

Rother Games says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:56pm

Please remember to unzip it before playing!

RedPanda says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:35pm

Couldn't play, there is simply no cursor in game :/
Windows 8 x64

Madball says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:59pm

I don't know where to start in this game! I only have R-1 rockets, and no available contract gives more money than R-1 costs. I couldn't unlock new types of rockets by getting level 2 of each research, and I spent almost all money doing it!
This is sad, because the game is very appealing. Graphics are great, music is catchy, UI is comfortable.
Oh, and you should add a white border to the mouse pointer, I can't see it on black background.

rallebauz says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:08pm

I tried to complete it, but there's just no way to make it with 80000 at the start. It's a cool game and I would like to finish it.

Rother Games says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:34pm

@ Madball
You need a very high level of each Technology to unlock a new rocket.
At first do not spend much money on researching. It is better if you complete contracts first.

paperweight says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:31pm

It's pretty unclear what you can and can't click and the cursor often disappears over objects of the same colour. Like windows does it should have a border ideally. Cool idea but I quickly got bored.

hwinwuzhere says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:31pm

I really like the idea of the game. The first image with the astronaut at the background is really cool and the music is a bit catchy :P

jojocanard says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:41pm

I completed a few contracts but then none of them could be achieved with my R-1 and research didn't unlock any other rocket. => stuck

AlSweigart says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:43pm

Good twist on the basics of Kerbal Space Program. The rocket launch animation got tedious after the first few ones. There were a lot of menus to navigate through, and it wasn't always clear what exactly had to be clicked on. Good game though!

OneMuppet says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:13pm

The game crashes every time: Start => Music => Minimize window => click on it == crash

tried on Windows 64bit

Hellequin says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:33pm

Unique concept! Maybe a bit bugged ? overall well done!

MechanicMoon says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:39pm

I think that the idea is great, and the game has good things, but it needs more time, better design and be less boring. Good try and I'm sure that you next game will be better, I will cheer you ;-)

SusanTheCat says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:48pm

Very ambitious game.
The graphics were cute, but the text is sometimes hard to read in the tutorial because of the background. Maybe put a bubble behind the tutorial text?
I eventually had to stop playing because the mouse cursor was only moving about a pixel a second. Window 7 64 bit

ViliX64 says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:57pm

Any chance of Linux build? It looks very interesting and I'd like to play it. If so, contact me on Twitter (@ViliX64)

Kabukky says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:59pm

Very ambitious :) Radiates coolness somehow.
Still buggy, but hey - that's the spirit of LD.

Wilson says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:04pm

The concept is really cool and I was starting to get into it with the research, but you need a way to refuse contracts so new ones appear, or you shouldn't be offered contracts which you can't complete. I managed one mission, and then never received another contract I could complete with my R1, even after taking 7 contracts randomly to get new options.

Dietrich Epp says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 12:23am

Cool! I had severe problems using the mouse at times, it was very unresponsive on certain screens. Also, I couldn't figure out how to get more powerful rockets.

EthanWebster says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 4:49pm

Great concept, keep adding to it.

pkenney says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 7:24pm

Cool idea for a game. It seemed complex during the tutorial but actually I got the hang of it pretty quick. I took two contracts I could handle at the start, and one was a success but the other crashed. Cool!

After this it got tricky. Without understanding, I accepted a contract to send a rocket to Venus. Then my rockets said "Rocket has not enough power." Then I noticed that they are LEO and the second rocket LEO/GEO. So that made sense.

However, I later accepted contracts for LEO and GEO launches that were within my load capacity. But still it said "rocket has not enough power."

I was never able to conduct another launch for the rest of the game. I spent all of my profits from the first launch and all of my capital and even went negative, and got my research up enough to have R3.

So I had LEO, GEO, and Moon missions. I had the rockets for those orbit types. I had enough carrying capacity. But still the game wouldn't let me launch, always saying "rocket has not enough power." I did not understand and eventually gave up (after running my business into the ground).

Very cool concept but something went wrong, either I didn't understand, or there was a bug that having a Venus contract in my list prevented me from executing any other contracts.

Very interesting concept, though. I liked the approach and it was too bad I couldn't get deeper into this and reach out to the solar system.

(I did play the bugfix version)

Rother Games says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 8:10pm

Thank you for reporting this bug.
I am going to fix it today.

dieblume86 says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 4:13pm

Nice idea

Shivur says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 5:06am

Good concept and deep gameplay. However it need balancing with the contracts available and the amount we need to invest in research to be able to realize them. I tried several times and always get stuck on V2.

Vaclav says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 10:23pm

Oooh very lovely little game. Playing with German rockets is what I always wanted to do :)
Did you write the song (wow)? What tools did you use?

Rother Games says ...
Dec 27, 2014 @ 11:37am


(I generated about 200 songs and listen to it)


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