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

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Arkan'em Up

by yanisvieilly - Jam Entry

This is a mix of Arkanoid, Pong, air hockey, and shoot'em up games.

Arkan'em Up was made to be played with a friend in local co-op. Each player has its ball and paddle. The goal is to reduce the other player health to zero. Making your ball cross the enemy line is one way to do so... Break the wall to reach the enemy! But be aware that the bricks respawn after a certain amount of time.


*** Controls ***

Blue player
- Move up: E
- Move down: D
- Launch ball/Shoot: Space

Red player
- Move up: Up arrow
- Move down: Down arrow
- Launch ball/Shoot: Enter

*** Items ***

Weapon (yellow square): allows you to shoot lasers to damage the enemy.
The others are yours to discover!

*** Team ***


And a big thank you to Kenney ( who shares all these awesome sprites for free!

Downloads and Links




Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:20pm

Playing 2 balls by myself kind of hard :) i dont hear sound....bug?

Harsay says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:53pm

This game just lacks of some juiciness.
Add some speed and it will look and play great.

oh_andrej says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:02pm

Good mashup of classic games! Graphics are clean (Kenney does some great stuff), physics work well and the power ups make battles even more intense. Loads of fun if you have a friend over!

Alendro says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:37pm

Nice twist on a classic. Needs something to make it more unique though.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:20am

love it, solid gameplay, very fun if you have anyone to play with. Well done.

Mr.Greenhat says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:23pm

Nice game! Played it with my bro. It's pretty hard to make the opponent lose any health. So it could be a bit more intense imho.

Crosstales says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 12:37am

Fun game and good graphics. I would suggest using the keys W and S instead of E and D.

Well done!

MjSpeCter says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 6:02pm

Omg, I love this concept! Well made, looks great and it's more fun then it's normal varient!
I would add some more gloom and spark but The core game seems finished!

HotBoxGames says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 6:06pm

Not bad, got pretty competitive near the end!
Good job!

Gread72 says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 1:53pm

Very inventive ... Sound would make this even better but the game play makes up for that. Good Job

Dec 14, 2014 @ 11:32pm

This goes on much, much too long-- it's like playing Pong to 30, but the screen is three times larger and there are powerups that restart the level. I think that if I actively tried to lose this game, I would have to wait seven minutes; if you're actually trying to win this game it can take upwards of thirty minutes. I would rank this game much, much higher if you had three lives as opposed to the easily recoverable, very long lifebar you currently have.

Dec 16, 2014 @ 4:25pm

I don't really think this changes up the gameplay of either pong or arkanoid as much as you were hoping it would.
As a breakout game, this struggles with a very familiar problem - waiting. You spend more time hoping that your ball will land in an advantageous spot than you do actually getting it there. What's worse, if your ball gets onto the enemy side without your opponent getting their ball over to you, the game becomes even *more* boring, as you don't even have to worry about managing a ball on your side. It's just stuck over on the far end for the opponent to worry about.
As a game of pong, I feel like this lacks a really critical feature - the ability to affect the trajectory of the ball based on where it hits your paddle. I was able to identify a very little bit of this in Arkan'em up, but not enough to be significant. Much of the strategy in pong comes from fooling your opponent into thinking you'll lead the ball one way, and then quickly shifting your paddle at the last second to send the ball flying in the opposite direction. That strategy isn't viable here, because the amount of variation that you can put on ball angle by using careful positioning is extremely limited, which cuts out a lot of the tactics and head-games from the pong element of the game.

nkling says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 4:46pm

Pretty cool idea! Putting all of these mechanics in one game turned out pretty cool.

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