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

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Critter Blaster Extreme - Judge and Jury

by Rocketship - Jam Entry

They murdered your father. They murdered your grandfather. They murdered your grand-grandfather. They murdered your..
They basically killed all your ancestors. They are forest critters.

Your job is to finally take revenge on your ancestors and kill the attacking animals! Oh, and they got some new technology. Can you beat the mecha bear or the suicide bombing rabbit?

- KILL! Shoot the invading critters!
- KILL! Defend the five paths leading to your home!
- KILL! Collect experience points to upgrade your weapons!
- KILL!! Hunting has never been easier since the animals are coming to you!

CONTROLS:
W - Move the character up
S - Move the character down
LMB - Shoot
1 - Change weapon to pistol
2 - Change weapon to shotgun
3 - Change weapon to rifle
4 - Change weapon to blaster

CHANGELOG:
- Fixed a game breaking bug with mecha bears not appearing
- Fixed a bug with crosshair not being accurate, making it hard to play the game properly

ISSUES:
- Pause button just freezes the game, you have to reload if you press it

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness79%
#218Humor(Jam)3.20
#359Graphics(Jam)3.57
#515Audio(Jam)2.66
#530Fun(Jam)3.00
#619Mood(Jam)2.89
#648Theme(Jam)3.39
#709Overall(Jam)2.98
#899Innovation(Jam)2.29

Comments

Ryusui says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:47am

My run ended on the 8th wave, where the game bugged and the mecha-bear wouldn't come out of his hiding place off-screen. :(

Not a bad game overall, but it feels like two completely different gameplay styles clumsily merged together. Most games would go for either "lane changing" or "manual targeting" rather than both; maybe there's a clever way of combining the two, but here it just feels clumsy. Also, it would've been nice to see the enemies explode into gibs instead of just getting the same canned bloodspray animation for everything.

Alendro says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:48am

I like the art. Great job !

VictorL says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:10am

Nice art!

Rocketship says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:14am

@Ryusui, thanks for the feedback and the info, that bug is now fixed.

wer2chosen says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:55am

Graphics were good. Game was tough, took m a bit to find out the handgun I should hit the body. The directions made me think to focus on head shots. Tough game.

maxyan says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:58am

Nice graphics. Don't like that you need to aim enemies, just to stand on the same row will be OK

pcmaster says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:17am

Poor animals :)

dieblume86 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:38am

Kill them all^^.

Forge says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:42am

Nice shooter.
Art work is great!
Got very difficult after wave 6, but I prefere games that have a challenge to them!
Only two negative points was the aiming felt a little stiff and I felt some music would have polished the game.
On the whole a very nice entry Good Job.

Murchurl says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:02pm

I'd play it longer but the offset for the crosshair is off. Graphic's are really nice though!

JoshuaBurr says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:03pm

Good job, I really like the art. I had a bug where the crosshair wasn't in the same place as the mouse which made it very hard to hit anything.

Flying Jester says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:03pm

Wow, that is a HUGE resolution! I can't even play because I don't own a monitor with a resolution that high, and zooming out makes clicks go to the wrong places :(

Rocketship says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:19pm

Thank you very much for the feedback everyone, the problem with the crosshair has been fixed now! You should be able to shoot all those nasty little animals in the head now too!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:05pm

Laning feels weird if you still have to aim after that. Feels very Plants vs Zombies like which is cool. (: Missing some feedback on that you actually shoot. Furthermore the game looks good and feels smooth! Well done!

radmars says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:44pm

Characters were fun and themed well. Nice work! Good to see someone try to innovate off of PvZ but I think you could push it even further! Perhaps each weapon allows for different target-able areas on the body? Headshots for rifle, 3 lane damage for shotgun or something?

OctoTeam says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:56pm

I found the game became easier after the first three rounds, then difficulty ramped up again after the 20th round. Really entertaining.
Hilarious art, too :)

kipelovets says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:44pm

It's a pity I can't play it because of my low screen resolution, the game looks pretty good on the screenshot

LeReveur says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:46pm

Nice art, but... Was it so necessary to have a so big screenplay for that kind of game ? I know that it fits perfectly the theme, but... Well, it's a little to much. ^^

bitapps says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:36am

Needs a little bit of more action

Axel_Kay says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:53pm

The game is fun, but we have too much weapon that we can't use that much in the beginning! But it's still interesting to have that option.
I like the weapon audio and art! good job on that.
It's still an interesting game pleasant to play!

hypnoticbytes says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:03pm

Nice game. Resolution too big, but that's not a big issue :) Great art and audio.

blackmagic says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:51pm

Good fun :) Very nice art. But please, think about people not using QWERTY keyboards :P Makes the game a lot harder for me ;)
Also, we can't see the life bar of the bear on the top row. So we don't really know if we're shooting it or not. But the remains remains fun anyway :)

Turp0 says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:53pm

Very nice game! Love the death sounds : )

5k0d says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:04pm

funny game but it was way too easy after i upgraded my pistol...also i couldn't unpause after i paused for a few mins

Rocketship says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:08pm

@5k0d thank you for the feedback and report on the bug! The pistol being unbalanced is known to us, we didn't have time to implement a better upgrade system :)

hogtrick says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 1:20pm

Really nice game. Pretty complete. Awesome that you guys made this in a jam

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

I couldn't hit anything, so critters survived. Not sure i liked the background story. It felt bit grim, didnt feel the need to revenge :D

Good graphics, decent sounds and nice attempt on trying different type of tower defence.

Dec 15, 2014 @ 8:03pm

I thought this was really good fun. It reminded me of Tapper, but obviously a lot more violent! The graphics were excellent, and it was great seeing new characters on each round. I enjoyed the control system. Usually when games ask you to buy weapons and upgrade and all that crap I find it really boring but this was simple, and added a nice amount of depth to the game. The game couldn't fit all on my screen. Also I had real problems clicking back onto this tab.

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 9:24pm

nice work

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