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

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You Can't Stop Christmas

by Milktoast - Jam Entry

CREDITS

Artwork: Jason Z. B. Dean -- http://www.jasonzdean.com/
Music: Adam "Pants" Grant
"Coding": Milktoast Johnson

VICTORY CONDITIONS

Beating level 13 should be considered a VICTORY. Levels 1 through 9 are, admittedly, very easy.

CONTROLS

Point and click to build and upgrade towers.
Point to pick up snowflakes.

STORY

A Christmas-themed "tower defense." Aliens have attacked the North Pole and have mutated Santa and his helpers into horrible monsters. As a Snowborg (half snowman, half robot), you are immune to the alien infestation. It is up to you to defend the last gift depot adjacent to Santa's workshop! Your only remaining defense is a stockpile of horse chestnut cannons left over from Christmas '78. Use them to stop the aliens from stealing the remaining gifts and save Christmas!!

OVERVIEW

Waves of mutants will march from the top of the screen to the bottom.
If they reach the bottom of the screen, they will steal gifts.
When you run out of gifts, the game is over.
Build turrets to destroy the mutants.

INSTRUCTIONS

Build and upgrade your towers by clicking.
Building a new tower costs 1 snowflake.
Upgrading a tower costs 1 snowflake per level (upgrading from level 8 to level 9 costs 9 snowflakes).
Towers may be upgraded to level 9.
At level 7 and above, towers also freeze (temporarily immobilize) enemies.
When killed, enemies will sometimes drop snowflakes.
Pick up snowflakes by mousing over them.

You start with 125 snowflakes (spend them) and 100 gifts (defend them).
You may only build towers in the bottom two-thirds of the screen.
Towers will always attack the closest enemy.

PRO TIP

"Paint" with the mouse button down to build and upgrade many towers quickly.
Try to pick up as many snowflakes as you can, especially during later waves when they're worth more.
Upgrading towers increases DPS linearly.
Monster health increases exponentially every wave. By level 13, the Santa mutants have over 1.2 billion hit points (and there are 13 of them!)

FUN TIP

It's actually more entertaining to draw pictures with turrets than to play the game. =)

UPDATES

December 9, 2014: Applied a patch to the libGDX Timer class to fix a bug where timers would stop firing after the window lost and regained focus. Added Windows, Mac, and Linux distributions (basically the JAR + JRE). The Mac and Linux packages haven't been tested. Added Web version, so the JAR, Windows, Mac, and Linux versions are probably unnecessary. =) Your browser must support WebGL. Tested with Firefox and Chrome.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#338Humor(Jam)2.91
#561Audio(Jam)2.52
#583Theme(Jam)3.47
#615Fun(Jam)2.90
#697Graphics(Jam)2.83
#759Overall(Jam)2.90
#863Mood(Jam)2.46
#961Innovation(Jam)2.03
#1414Coolness48%

Comments

Rnd says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:35am

nice game, you need to limit the shooter / make shooter vanish in x seconds, it will make player thinking about the strategy

fuzzalicious says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:53pm

Nice tower defense game but gets a bit repetetive gets a bit repetetive repetetive.

sputnik says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:56pm

Love the christmas elfs. Get repetitive though.

Neil says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:59pm

Hahaha, the art made me smile! A bit too easy, but a nice quick diversion.

Milktoast says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:53pm

Once again, time got away from me. The result: horrible gameplay. We had plans for multiple turret types and upgrades, maze building, and more. I just didn't deliver (again).

I feel really bad that the scaling I chose for the game, and the overall mechanics, didn't highlight the tremendous artwork that Jason created... the stuff he made is incredible. You just can't see it 'cause I scrunched it down and all detail was obliterated.

I also feel bad for the people who play this game. You are heroes in my book. I salute you. I will do better next time!

AMS says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:55am

At first i got greedy, it seemed too easy
and then i got stomped by an army of angry santas hahahahaha, hilarious
it was funny overall :D

maybeimelias says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:08am

Honestly had a lot of potential, and I enjoyed playing what you got done, the graphics were very funny and the sounds were entertaining.

BUNN1E5 says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:10am

love it!

PapaCheech says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:36am

I enjoyed the holiday theme you went for!

insane66 says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:42am

is like planets vs zombies. brainsss.....

Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:46am

I had a blast playing, it was a strategyless tower defense game, but I really enjoyed just barfing out turrets!

snickersnacks says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:00am

Exceedingly easy to beat, from what I can tell. You should find a way to limit the number of turrets that can be placed, either through economy or available placement tiles. Nice entry!

Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:05am

Nice game overall. Nothing like starting the holiday season with shooting some elves!

lase says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:09am

Seems pretty easy, if you just spam a bunch of turrets & upgrade them, you can't really lose. It also seemed like the music cut out after a bit.

Although, it seems like there is potential! You've got a solid base, and it would be great with maze building & whatnot.

goodbadokay says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 6:02am

хорошая игра

madlee says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 6:31am

Pretty fun, though in the late game i had a hard time doing anything but sit back and watch. Made it to wave 13 but got cruuussshed :P

kipelovets says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 7:52pm

I filled the field almost completely with cannons and when they all fired I got like 3 FPS. That was cool)

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