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

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Nuke 'Em Ants

by cmayhem - Compo Entry

Nuke 'Em Ants

Super-giant radioactive ants are destroying humanity.
Nuke them from the orbit!

Left mouse button: clean radioactivity
Right mouse button: rotate globe
Left + Right mouse buttons: launch nuke at mouse cursor.
Escape: exit

Avoid nuking population centers, prefer nuking over oceans.
Ants spawn from radioactive zones, remove them asap.
Nuking creates new radioactive zones, clean them before moving on or more ants will spawn.

Good luck saving humanity!

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bradur says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:23am

[+] Cool render of Earth!
[+] Intuitive controls that feel responsive
[+] Easy to understand gameplay
[+] Fun and original idea
[+] The fact that by blowing up an ant you risk spawning more is a clever gameplay element

[-] No sounds / music

Managed to save the world!

el_kloklo says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:12pm

I don't understand why sometimes when I clean radioactivity it pops up elsewhere?

Finn says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:15pm

An ok idea that I feel was let down by lack of polish and wonky controls. Using left and right click in conjunction isn't very tight. I would've made it so that holding left click rotates the Earth and removes radiation, so that the player can rotate the Earth while they're clicking on a radiation symbol. It removes thinking time and frees the right mouse button to be the launch nuke button.

jhell says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:19pm

Really cool graphics, simple gameplay (a bit too simple maybe?), loving the nuke effect. A bit off-theme maybe?

repstyle says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:41pm

That could be fun but there is some things that don't work IMO.

I would recommend using right click to nuke, and left click to move earth, this is usually done like that.

Also, the game could be fun if it was well balanced, here stuff happen randomly and in seconds you understand that you will lose anyway.
Paramaters that are doing this are condition and frequency of enemies generation.

Last thing, when the game finish, you can still play and it's kind of weird.

Jaenis says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 8:59am

Cool graphics, but I really missed some audio... :)

Apr 25, 2015 @ 8:18am

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

Demy says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 9:17am

Fun game. I'm too slow to win it, but I had a nice time playing it.

SpringCabal says ...
May 4, 2015 @ 12:08pm

The explosions look nice although the flash is a bit too bright. Didn't have a lot of fun (there are no clear goals or even points). No sound/music ruins the mood.

panurge says ...
May 4, 2015 @ 12:10pm

Nice gameplay mechanic which could easily be expanded on in a full game. Lovely smooth controls and visuals too. It's a shame you didn't get to add sounds as I think a few effects would have gone a long way. Good work!

Anti says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 11:12am

Really good graphics and a very fun game. The controls feels very good.

Fabraz says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 1:57pm

Nuking is not a very unconventional weapon. Giant ants are certainly unconventional enemies though! You should check out "First Strike", it's a game with similar ideas to yours, it might inspire you to continue on this game.

KaiseanGames says ...
May 6, 2015 @ 12:38pm

The ants in my kitchen don't go into water. Just sayin' :)

I like the Earth :)

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