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

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Colour Blaster

by TimtheBo - Compo Entry

Well, I somehow managed to finish this game, despite not being home half the time.

It is quit simple: point, shoot, kill. The twist however is that you constantly have to change your colour to match the critters colour.

I have no idea wether the OSX version will work, since the bundler does not seem to work for my java version.

The jar version should work the most reliably.


Removed java 8 only features, so it should run on 1.7 and probably 1.6 aswell.

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Gwilym says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:00pm

Tried to run it (on ubuntu 14.04) and when I press play I get the following error:

Exception in thread "run" java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: java.lang.Math.floorDiv(II)I
at stateBased.StateBasedGame.render(
at gui.Display.render(
at games.BasicGame.render(


TimtheBo says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:24pm

@Gwilym Thanks for the info. Just checked, that method was added in 1.8. I have removed the call. It now works for java 1.8 and 1.7 guaranteed, but I can't test Java 1.6 atm.

harley77 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:59pm

I tried playing on OSX using the JAR. It started but I had no character. The hearts appeared, and an enemy I think, but I had no controls. It just kept hitting my invisible player till I died.

Domicuc says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:19pm

Nice project x) also check my project if you have some time x)

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:22pm

I downloaded the jar from the web link due to the applet being security, it didn't work. The jar link here "worked" though, except that I lagged so hard I couldn't play the game, or at least any time I shot.

I don't think it's my machine, as it's a pretty high-end desktop computer.. :/

SumGato says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:29pm

After playing for a while, an error appeared and the game closed.

It's not a bad game, but is it me or the 4th color is really similar to the 3rd? Both are different shades of turquoise. If the colors are generated randomly, I would suggest to check if they are similar to the previous colors.

JoshuaBurr says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:34pm

The web version didn't seem to work for me, I just saw a blank screen.

TimtheBo says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:40pm

@harley77 Sorry, no idea wahts going on there
@BarrensZeppelin Hmm, I'm using a potato and it works fine and I have no idea how applet security works :|

Jacksendary says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:31am

The game was very laggy for me everytime I clicked the mouse, a bit annoying but the game was pretty great besides that!

regisRquoi says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:17pm

Yep, Applet doesnt work for me, and .jar is giving me a black screen with no character when I click play.=/
(but the menu was a still a good experience I guess :D )
Hope you'll find a way to make it playable for a lot of people..

01rafael says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:11pm

Amazing graphics! So simple and cute!

AinaSG says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:34am

Thes was weird. I had a lot of lag for such a simple game. Overall original and cute >o<

sfdnetwork says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 1:29am

Very good, It was really fun.

Dec 17, 2014 @ 5:44pm

Can't get the JAR to work well on Linux. The window started too small and only small squares appeared and didn't move. Resizing resulted in NullPointerExceptions. Getting it full-size on another desktop got me through that and into the game, but when I tried to shoot, it froze and gave up with Audio Device Unavailable.

My setup is unusual, but from reading the other comments, I think there might be a few bugs here as well.

Benjamin says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 3:12pm

I had an error ingame "helbeam.png" could not be loaded ( they can heal each others ?! o_O ). The game was fun to play but became boring later because you just spend time dodging and cycling color at regular interval. I like the sfx which give a strong feedback.

Avoiding player position to spawn new bugs would limit the spawn-hit frustration I had often.

Hempuli says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 8:30pm

There seemed to be something weird; I couldn't see anything but what I assume to be blood splatters in different colours? My ship & the enemies were invisible. Windows 7, 32-bit. The idea seems really nice :)

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 2:53am

nice project

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