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

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Defender

by MatejaS - Compo Entry

This is my game for LD31!
I'm very pleased with how I made it because I'm 13, so I'm still practising! :)
EDIT: Fixed bug when some of the variables don't reset when game played multiple times without exiting.

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Ratings

Coolness94%
#716Humor2.28
#793Graphics2.72
#829Mood2.61
#833Audio2.13
#850Fun2.77
#911Overall2.85
#913Innovation2.57
#1005Theme3.13

Comments

Mixer says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:01am

Hey dude! I am 13 too :D Fellow game dev right here :) Great job with your game, it's pretty cool!

Louisload says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:33am

Hey friend, I can't play your game ):
When I open it, it says "A Java Exception has occurred"

hadesfury says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:33am

How to reload?

MatejaS says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:53am

Thanks, @Mixer! :)
@Louisload, what version of JDK are you using?
@hadesfurry, you can't :D...I haven't realised that until it was too late :(

Louisload says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:11pm

@MatejaS I just updated my JDK and the game opened :D thank you!

Jayson says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:22pm

I love defense games. Thank you this was fun.

Would have loved some gun sounds.

Keep up the good work.

Merixx says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:54pm

It's great! I can't stop playing it :D

Eponesh says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:00pm

Nice concept! Greate controlls!

MatejaS says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:48pm

Thanks guys :)

Emkani says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:52am

Audio can add a lot to the game, for you next game try looking up Vlambeer and juicyness if you havent yet.

Skills641 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:51pm

can't run game. Java exception error

MatejaS says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:13pm

@Emkani thanks, I will.
@Skills641 try to update your JDK :)

abdurrahmankh says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:16pm

this is actually really cool. the lack of sounds and Music was disappointing. I liked how there is modes for firing. I wish the tower was in the middle to increase the challenge. but good work.

Omer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:12am

Hey now a bad game! Better than mine I'd say. Great job buddy!

floorman says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:51pm

Like the graphics, but I couldn't figure out how to reload or anything like that. I ran out of ammo really quickly.

Otherwise it's a really fun game. =)

Wilson says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:33pm

I really liked the ammo resupply mechanic, made me have to think carefully about shooting which makes a change in these sorts of games :)

MatejaS says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:59pm

Thank you very much everyone :D

Jed T. says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 10:38am

I love the cute pixel graphics and the defense gameplay mechanics. The artwork is consistent (except for the grass) I wish you had time for sound and music so I would be immersed with your game longer. I got bored quickly though after 3-4 tries because it got repetitive. Good luck and keep on shipping games!

Crushenator says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:19am

I made my first game when I was 13. Glad you are using Java . Cool game.

MatejaS says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 9:07pm

Thanks :)

ramonparaiba says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:01pm

11/09??? (Joke)
Congrats, dude!

pjimmy says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:31pm

nice game, it's a great accomplishment considering how young you are, looking forward for your next games, well done :)

scias says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 2:08pm

I think I'm the only one here, but I can't get it to run. Win7 64bit.

MatejaS says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 3:28pm

@scias if it says "Java exception has occurred" or something similar please update your JDK :)

oh_andrej says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 10:43pm

Very solid entry! I appreciate the added complexity of being able to avoid fire and blowing up TNT with the right timing. Graphics are nice too, I especially like how your tower actually gets destroyed bit by bit. I only have two quibbles and one issue with this game:

1) The bullets seem a bit slow, making it hard to hit TNT or ammo boxes when they are far away; making them faster however could potentially make them too hard to dodge and the gameplay too chaotic. Maybe make it so you can shoot the parachute as well and not just the box? That way things would be a bit easier to hit. (Maybe I just suck at aiming though.)

2) The gun seems to fire a bit higher than the mouse cursor. You can get used to it after a while, but coupled with the slow bullets and small targets this can lead to some problems early on :P

The only real issue I ran into is running out of bullets...at that point you have basically lost the game, since you need to shoot the ammo crates to get more bullets, which you can't do when you're out of bullets :D

All in all a very fun game with a solid execution and nice attention to detail. Good job!

MatejaS says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 1:40pm

Thank you very much, @oh_andrej :)
You are right about the quibbles, but I think they make the game what it is :) (I could have made it better, though).

About the running out of bullets, I wanted to make the plane drop a box with ammo just above you when it happens, but didn't have time :(

OttersDen says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 9:04pm

This is good, great effort on your part. Keep practicing, and don't stop!

Hellequin says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 8:47pm

Awesome game! I found it really fun to play! Congrat

cxsquared says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 8:52pm

Nice work. I liked the sprites. The game was quite fun. Good work.

MatejaS says ...
Dec 23, 2014 @ 4:09pm

Thank you :)

rd127p77 says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 6:02pm

Great Game, though it could be for mac and linux not just windows

rd127p77 says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 6:02pm

Loved it

el-pepi says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 9:57pm

Pretty nice for your age! Quite challenging and fun.
I really wish you had added some sound.

Dans17 says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 11:34pm

Very nice game. However, I found the shooting to be very slow and inaccurate.

MatejaS says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 4:12pm

Thank you all :D
@Dans17, what do you mean by inaccurate?

lxd1 says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 4:31pm

Fun

01rafael says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 5:38pm

Awesome graphics!

MatejaS says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 11:19pm

Thanks @lxd1 and @01rafael :)

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 30, 2014 @ 12:26am

nice work

AMS says ...
Dec 30, 2014 @ 12:42am

Nice game, simple but fun ^^

mohammad says ...
Dec 30, 2014 @ 1:18am

Pretty addicting gameplay! I liked the variaty the game had roboffer

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