Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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An Unconventional Weapon

by hypp - Compo Entry

An Unconventional Weapon

FACT: The worlds reserve of fossil fuels is depleting.
FACT: As you most likely have heard, fossil fuels consists of dead dinosaurs.
FACT: The only living relative to the dinosaurs are the birds.
CONCLUSION: Logically, to refill the reserve, you must kill as many birds as possible.

The exhausts from your car will make the birds sick so they fly lower.
When they fly low enough you can run over them with your car.
But if you go to fast you use up more of the worlds fuel reserve.

Use arrow keys to control the car.


This time I decided early on that I wanted to do an Outrun-style racing game,
using techniques from the 8-bit/16-bit era. So that is what I did,
there is no 3d in the game, just the illusion of 3d.

You need a fast computer and a fast browser.

* Tested on Windows with latest Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
(Internet Explorer runs slooooow).

* Tested on OSX with latest Chrome and Safari.

Downloads and Links




dreadzilla says ...
Apr 19, 2015 @ 11:20pm

Nice music and sound effects! Plus it's a car game! Thumbs up!

Mano says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:01pm

Not that unique weapon, but A+ on the humor.

Jakob37 says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:02pm

I really liked the humour in this game. I smiled the whole way through it. The visuals might be the weaker part of the game, but they still made their job well. Nice job, I liked this!

thumbgarden says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:03pm

Funny little game. Nice work

Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:06pm

C64. Outrun. Flashbacks from my childhood. Nice. :)

tanjent says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:53pm

"This sure does look like outrun!" #thingsinmyhead ... Plays one round of the game and reads text below, sure enough there it is!! I thought I should avoid the birds so I only got 3 kills :) For a real clone there should be the "world map" with splitting levels and a goal at the end... probably something oil related :P

Tommislav says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:23pm

I couldn't play the game embedded on this page (if I try to speed up the web page just scrolls away), but the link works fine.

I love the way you managed to capture the feeling of the wind blowing in your hair... only the coughing, the fumes and the bumpy road makes it a bit less glamorous. A bit. =D

Anshul Goyal says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:27am

*cough... cough... cough*... I am such a horrible person... *cough... cough... cough*

suppi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:31pm

you made me kill innocent birds. i hope you are happy with yourself.

fleegle2000 says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:01pm

Bit hard on the birds, no? Funny game, audio is pretty good, though I found the way the birds moved in relation to the road a bit unusual, and I wasn't sure that my accelerating was actually helping me get any closer to the birds. First car game I've played this competition - not sure that a car is all that unconventional a weapon, but hey. Anyway, good work!

Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:20pm

Unconventional weapon indeed. Great voice (cough) acting BTW. :-)

gillyadrien says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 5:53am

Nice music, and fun game! I'm loving the *cough* sounds.
Good work!

celisoft says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:14am

Love the game, it reminds me Lotus / Crazy Cars on my Amiga !!

grillaface says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:55pm

Haha yeah stupid birds come get some!

hunttis says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:56pm

The logic is infallible in the description! Nice work on the road-illusion. Reminded me of outrun!

Cough cough :D

coderitual says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:59pm

Super graphics style but as a bird, I have some doubts about the mechanics :)

OnlySlightly says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 6:15am

The perspective made me nostalgic for old racing games. Even though the subject matter was kind of gruesome it was kind of pleasant driving in the summer day, to no destination in particular. I appreciated all the particle effects, the smoke and blood. And cute touch with the coughing along with the smoke :) Great job!

Nilq says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:30pm

Woah. Nice! It's pretty satisfying, to run the birdish thing over. x3

muumeroinen says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:38pm

Cough cough cough

May 7, 2015 @ 11:17pm

Quite a strange game you have.
The idea is interesting and the programmer art is lovely.
I would critic that the gameplay is quite repetitive and the kill sound feels like someone is knoking on the door.
Anyway nice implementation on the old school racing games map.

Druid says ...
May 8, 2015 @ 10:37am

Really interesting idea!

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