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

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Ludum Bark Beams

by CullenCoyote - Jam Entry

Play as a dog who shoots bark beams at all the enemies on the one screen!

Note: This game is meant to be difficult! The style is meant to represent arcade, wave-based classics, and thus, you will die a lot! The game is very forgiving however with a score based off of total death counts and therefore, infinite lives. Have fun, and thanks for playing!

Gameplay video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0vACUVIXSs

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#104Theme(Jam)4.06
#232Fun(Jam)3.41
#274Overall(Jam)3.48
#319Humor(Jam)2.95
#364Audio(Jam)3.08
#454Innovation(Jam)3.11
#547Mood(Jam)2.98
#612Graphics(Jam)3.05

Comments

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:58am

Charming little game. Quite difficult, but entertaining, nonetheless!

sharp911 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:59am

Interesting concept. Would have like to be able shoot in all directions. Just being able to shoot left and right makes it very diffecult.

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:03am

I gave this game a very high score. I know that there are games out there that looks like it has much more effort put into them. But, the thing is, this style is so well done! So I can't score this game low on any aspect. I adore the sound. The style of the game is simplistic and retro. Worked great with the theme. I would only like some music, and this would've been quite a nice game for an old computer, haha!

LandoSystems says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:04am

That was a strangely enjoyable game. Liked the style, very atari-esque in both art and sound. Great that the player doesn't lose progress after being killed. Loved the interpretation of the theme with the zoom-out zone changes. Great work!

Gigawicket says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:05am

Very addictive! Great use of the theme. No up/down attacks took some getting used to but overall a fun game. Had to keep going to see what the next screen was, but ultimately gave up after 9.

rjhelms says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:07am

Great graphical style, cool interpretation of the theme - good fun.

The first round was a little frustrating because the tiny playfield made getting a good shot on the enemies hard.

TheGreenTie says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:08am

Oh golly. How long is this? I played 'till stage 11. Pretty, pretty fun.
The barks are oddly amazing.

HotBoxGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:09am

This made me lol, good bark sounds

CullenCoyote says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:34am

@TheGreenTie
So close! At 12 is the boss!
@Everyone
Thanks so much for the input! For a post-jam version I will be cleaning up the things that were rushed, adding the music, potentially four direction attacks, and local multiplayer.

sorlok says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:05am

First game I saw that actually had a clever take on the theme! Very fun, very balanced, very clever! Great job!

gmaker says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:28am

really really hard game for me! but simple and cool idea! great job!

Demy says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:33am

Cool game play idea and nice theme realization.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:49pm

Hard and beautiful, a great game indeed. Keep it up!

hbocao says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:52pm

I liked it from the very beginning where I must input the controls to progress. Kudos for that. And the game is simple yet very addictive and challenging. The way you played with the theme was pretty clever. Awesome job!

lukepilgrim says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:54pm

haha wow! challenging, much fun and nice theme interpretation! I really enjoy playling this, because its so simple, but yet challenging. guess this makes it one of my favourites now :)

caryoscelus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:58pm

Simple, straightforward, working, fun.

lonely2012

egooze says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:02pm

Very nice idea and great sounds + graphics :)

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:14pm

A nice game, quite difficult but with a very forgiving death. I was able to stay behind the last boss and just kill him easily. Missing some music!

lexi says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:26pm

I thought this was a great game! I liked the simplistic graphics and sounds quite a lot. I thought the restriction of the shooting direction just added to the game.

ViKing Games says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:43pm

The gameplay is good, I was fine with only shooting left and right and it was fun to see the stage expand as I beat levels, even if I died a lot at first. The variation in enemies was fantastic. The sound is good, it's too bad you didn't get music in. The graphics were alright, but the background and tiles needed some work.

Oh, and the final boss was hilarious, but too easy. It's hard to be hit by him if you're in the center.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:10am

Fear rainbow dog, destroyer of the world! Only being able to fire left/right felt artificially constricting. I liked how the screen got bigger and you never lost your sense of progression. I loved when you got the player to put his fingers on the controls at the start. Fun game!

mahu says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:29am

Addictive! =) great! the bark sounds hahahha!

eerongal says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:50am

Love the dog "barking"

Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:25am

this was pretty hard. it reminded me of an atari with mode 7 graphics. haha

Magicolo says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:26am

-Excellent way to cope with the theme :)
-The controls could be more responsive :(
-No music :(
-SFX :)

Flying Jester says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:34am

Why can't you bark up?

CullenCoyote says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:35am

@Flying Jester
I was trying to emulate a certain breed (no pun intended heh) of old school games

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

I like it how when you progress the level grows but it's still one one screen great idea!, Audio could do with improving, graphics are nice and i enjoy the gameplay. Nice entry!

MrShoestore says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:37am

really like. and my dog approves as well. love the zoom out.

bushmango says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:44am

Thanks for commenting on my game, Four Seasons!

I shoudn't like your game, because yours is about a dog and mine is about a cat, but I really do like it! I love how the screen slowly zooms out. I'd love to see more variation to the map as it zooms out though. Great sounds.

CullenCoyote says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:27am

@Thanks everyone!

Mixer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:00am

Interesting little game! I really didn't like the fact that you couldn't look up or down.. made it very difficult. Good game though.

p1x3lruckus says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:07am

I really enjoyed playing this game, the dfficulty was satisfying, the graphics where simply but adequate and the harsh audio added to the mood. The only improvement I could make is more enemy variety, I think fighting only a few kinds of enemy got tiring, but still, a great little game.

Ossi says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:12am

This game is great! Simple graphics and gameplay but it goes a long way. It's very challenging and the slow zoomout after every round is a really good use of the theme, as it not only adds more places for you to escape danger but more places for danger to find you! I like the subtle details of the dog stopping for a second to bark, feels like he's putting a lot of energy into the bark beams! The level with a lot of dog enemies is really hard though, that one took a while to get through since their barks seem to cancel your own when they collide. Great work, I really like this a lot!

Jaenis says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:17am

Nice game, cool idea of dog protecting it's territory and expanding it :)

Mase says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:31am

I played until level 11... now I see in the comments that level 12 is the boss. Alas.

The zoom is a clever way of handling the theme. The, uh, calibration bit at the beginning was nice as well.

mathias234 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:28pm

Annyoingly hard... atleast since you only got two directions

badlydrawnrod says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:43pm

Apparently my dog can't bark up and down. I enjoyed the early 80s sounds. It reminded me of some of the early games on the original IBM PC, back when I was still dodging dinosaurs.

ehtd says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:55am

I had my doubts at first with the incredibly small canvas, but was amazed when it grew. What I didn't liked was the sliding of the dog, you can have the precision required to fight when you only can shoot in two directions.

I suggest to make the movement more response or add shooting directions.

Great job.

hazryder says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 8:26pm

Pretty fun little arena shooter, very challenging but I found myself quite hooked. The player movement is a little slidey but apart from that this is a great game.

Dec 14, 2014 @ 9:05pm

Fun game! The old Atari style graphics and audio were great, and I felt the difficulty was fine considering that you got right back into the game after death. Also, the Mega-robo-rainbow dog boss was a nice touch :D

Dir3kt says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 8:25am

Good use of the theme!

Dec 21, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Challenging but cool game! I Included it in part 13 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :) http://youtu.be/yuPvpTdD-O8

Dec 26, 2014 @ 2:30pm

Nice game. Well done! :)

redoxkun says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 11:30am

Very fun to play. Love that sound effects. Nice!

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