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

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Take out the Trash in Space

by Ult - Jam Entry

It's a long long time in the future and space has been polluted. As a mere garbage ship, you must match 3 garbage blocks of the same color in a row before they overrun and destroy you! You are humanity's last hope probably! Go do something!

Move with mouse, shoot with left click, pause with right click.

Overall there are a few glitches still abound (mostly of the "was that block supposed to disappear?" variety), but it's essentially still playable.

I did the code, gfx, and sfx, while KFaraday did the various tunes.

To have seen the development of this game in action, check out http://ultdev.tumblr.com/ and http://the-ult.tumblr.com/

and check out KFaraday at https://soundcloud.com/kayfaraday

UPDATE: Fixed a couple things people were complaining about.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness60%
#104Audio(Jam)3.71
#201Fun(Jam)3.46
#414Overall(Jam)3.31
#453Theme(Jam)3.60
#467Innovation(Jam)3.09
#486Humor(Jam)2.62
#590Graphics(Jam)3.09
#609Mood(Jam)2.90

Comments

acidave says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:56am

Felt like back in 1988, great music + graphics!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:47am

This was cute. It's like sideways tetris or columns.
IN SPACE.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:15pm

Hey fellow dev, very fun game!
It might have been more "smoother" visually if the ship also snapped to a grid like the blocks.

Empyrealhell says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 7:31am

That was bizarre. It was definitely the strangest match-three game I think I've played. It could have used a bit more refinement on the gameplay, the movement was a little clunky to line up with the tiles and there seemed to me something triggering sound effects that I couldn't see. The sound effects were good though, and the music was a perfect fit.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:26pm

cool, love it, love the retro style, very creative tetris style game, well done

torcado194 says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:30pm

pretty interesting. i loved the music, but the gameplay was pretty bland. good job though!

EthanWebster says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:33pm

I enjoyed the retro style graphics and sound. Nicely done.

khahem says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:35pm

I liked the graphics and audio but I think there's a problem with the balance, most of it is too easy to play, except for the instadeath when touching a block, which is very brutal.

Still fun to play though :)

Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:36pm

cool, like 8bit music

Valeour says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:50pm

Very fun, excellent assets and game idea. Did enjoy, maybe an option to go faster would be nice!

Ult says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:52pm

This just in: the game now speeds up over time, adding much more of a challenge.

sprawl says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 11:11pm

The game feels great ! I'd be nice if the ship had a better visually represented hitbox howevere. The music is spot on and the sounds effects works well.

Good job !

masterhyjinx says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 1:32am

The ad before your game never loaded so I didn't play it. Bummer.

HotBoxGames says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 2:16am

Loved "You are humanity's last hope probably!" - hilarious! Great little tetris game, first time I've moved along the vertical axis on this style of game :D Great little compo entry - good job!

ianh says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:37pm

Fun game, but I wish there were something more to the mechanics, like a way to combo or something. As it is, there's no real strategy -- you just match with the closest available tile.

DonovanWu says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:50pm

Nice topic, in that space trash IS some kind of problem that is attracting more and more attention nowadays.
The audio is awesome. The background music somewhat reminds me of Touhou game series' music... I don't know if you have heard of them?

Ult says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 7:12pm

@DonovanWu actually, the background music was originally composed as a parody of ZUN's style known as "Fantastical Brain Injury: Writing the same song for 15 years"

RonnyEGT says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 12:17pm

Awesome game, probably one of my favorite so far! :D included it in my random LD31 gameplay video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei_gJeG5cgM

fancypants says ...
Dec 23, 2014 @ 4:20pm

Fun game, I think it would be better if the blocks self destroy after they detach from the group.

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