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

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Winter Blast

by sirival - Compo Entry

The Winter is here and the angry snowmen have awoken from their sleep.

Your hero has dealt with them in the past. Can you survive their endless attacks once more?

Your goal in Winter Blast is to kill the enemy snowmen for as long as you can. You move around the arena with WASD or the arrow keys, and you aim with your mouse and Left Click to fire.

The game gets progressively harder and you can unlock a shotgun-type weapon later on.

Post Mortem:
- I wanted to do more weapons but ran out of time.
- I wanted to make more power-ups but ran out of time.
- I wanted to make more enemies but guess what? I changed my mind.

I made the game using the PlayCanvas WebGL engine, PhotoShop for the UI and textures, NanoStudio and Audacity for the music.

Follow me on Twitter: @vkalpias

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness67%
#174Audio3.39
#275Overall3.49
#334Graphics3.44
#342Fun3.32
#385Theme3.73
#446Humor2.64
#464Mood3.02
#1093Innovation2.20

Comments

Felladrin says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:29am

Great game for 48 h! It's fun and all thematic! Good use of the screen space.

Kulomin says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:52pm

Nice to play!

Yrasin says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:52pm

Cool game with nice graphics. It's very challenging and fun to play!

sirival says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:58pm

NOTE: Game will look / play better if you go full screen by clicking on the full screen button on the bottom or by playing here: apps.playcanvas.com/vaios/ld31/winterblast

lisac says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:23pm

Great game! I was very impressed by the smooth controls and gameplay. The audio is nice too.

Dohxis says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:24pm

Really great game!

yodamaster says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:25pm

Hm, opens a site and then nothing happens. When I click the logo, their website with a lot of games opens. Where's your game?

wooltech says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:25pm

Nice, runs smoothly and looks the part.

I just can't help wondering how jet propelled snowmen don't melt :)

bazld says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:26pm

Fun game - gets nice and challenging.

sirival says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:27pm

Hey @yodamaster - if that happens maybe the game didn't load for you. Try again here: http://apps.playcanvas.com/vaios/ld31/winterblast

sirival says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:29pm

Haha @wooltech yeah that's a good point! Magic snowmen I guess?? I was just looking for an excuse to use particles!

Kim says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:54pm

Looks good, nice music and effects. Good challange! Smooth controls/movement. I enjoyed it!

unnamed1334 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:12pm

The game is fun if playing as intended. The audio is great. My biggest problem with the game is that by using total time as a score system, the best strategy is to not shoot anything and stay on level 1.

sirival says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:52pm

@unnamed1334 thanks for the helpful comments! Yeah that's true I didn't think about that. To be honest the score system was very last minute. The good thing is that I could easily change it to be your total xp or level :D

aare says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:30am

Good enemy variety. Really like the snowman propellers - hilarious :P

Rocketship says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:30am

Haha very addictive game, I would've wanted to see some kind of a leveling up-thing here but in any case very fun!

bobombe says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:30am

I really like the snowmen with reactors ^^.
It's pretty polish and fun. I just would have like an higher fire rate ...

hectorhon says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:35am

Level progression somewhat uneven, but otherwise, it's totally playable for a game made in such a short time. Keep up the good work!

sirival says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:44am

Hey @Rocketship thanks for the comments! Yeah there is XP and Levels and I wanted to do perks and skills per level but just didn't have the time :D

sirival says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:45am

@hectorhon yeah each level requires 20% more xp than the last level (totally arbitrary percentage).

sirival says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:45am

@bobombe did you get the shotgun? Spawns at level 5 :)

pixzleone says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:08pm

Very cool!

Poupi says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:45pm

Nice work! We made an arena too ^^

S0rax says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:50pm

Great music and I like this type of gameplay, the atmosphere is very cool

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:28am

Hi there. Really nice presentation. Fairly generous until about 90 seconds in when gets pretty impossible quickly, reached 120 seconds in the end. Like the music as well as little touches like the jet exhaust on the player character. Good job!

chakitp says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:36pm

Game is Nice to Play. But I would Liked it More, if would get Some score or bonus on killing enemies..

JavadocMD says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 4:43pm

This is a solid game: I like that there's a progression of enemies, wave arrangements, power ups, and so on. This kept the game fun for longer. Well done! I'd like to see a bit more gameplay innovation and a stronger application of the theme.

MintArcade says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 2:15pm

Really nice. Like your approach on the snowman theme ;)

Crosstales says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 12:59pm

Funny and challenging game. Graphics and sound are nice too.

Well done!

erik says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 9:39pm

This is a pretty solid little shooter. A couple of areas to improve: The bullets being fired were hard to see, and the results of shooting felt insubstantial. It's also hard to tell what the upgrades and collectibles are doing.

asobitech says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 4:28pm

Snowman wasn't the theme, no matter, you can make a single screen game with a snowman in it ;)
Nice one.

sirival says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 9:09am

Hey @asobitech! Yeah I know but the snowman was the theme on everyone's hearts I think :P

ovenchips says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 1:14pm

This is definitely my favourite LD game made with PlayCanvas. Very cool!! So polished.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 5:20pm

nice game there - more powerups would be nice - great job

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