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

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A Big Freakin' Ball O' Hurt

by LMT - Jam Entry

I didn't have the weekend I wanted for the Ludum Dare. Instead I only had 3 hours on Monday evening. This is what I came up with - nothing innovating - arrows to move.

I had time to implement few of the things i wanted - but I find it reasonably fun and hopefully it won't do too badly (no way I will beat my premier 25th from last LD)

You really don't want to be touching those spinning blue things - perhaps use the spiked ball you control.

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diiq says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:02pm

I love this idea. Challenging, but in the same way as a yo-yo or poi -- it's the kind of timing game that forces you into a flow. Super simple, but great work.

omaha says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:50pm

This is cool! This is very similar to the effect I tried to achieve in my game. I'd be interested to see what yours plays like with mouse controls :)

FistBumpGames says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:04pm

really nice litte game (:

vandriver says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:07pm

i'd also suggest mouse controls - as well as trying it on a touchscreen. some audio feedback would go a long way to making it more enjoyable as well.

at some point does the screen just get instantly filled with blue blocks? i always mess up my flow when they spawn in my spot

ElectroYak says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:08pm

Nice little game, I really enjoy small focused gameplay like this

Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:17pm

An awesome entry for only three hours! It's a shame you didn't have more time than that. The graphics are really cute, and the gameplay feels well polished. I love how the ball's momentum pulls you along when you swing it around.

On a side note, it would be awesome if you could implement a Newgrounds leaderboard! :)

Raiyumi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:35pm

I think mouse controls would suit this a lot better, but overall nice job! :)

torcado194 says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 1:11am

pretty neat! swinging a big weapon like this is pretty fun. though a few things: there should be more feedback when you kill and enemy, and there should be more reason to kill them. right now theres no reward for killing them, and all it really helps for is keeping the screen clear. another thing is you can just sit in the ball and never get hurt (unless one spawns inside you and kills you before it detects the ball)
pretty fun though

lody says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:12am

fun and addicting simple game! it works really well :3

Jakob37 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 4:08pm

Very enjoyable to play, and music and graphics blend together well. I missed having some kind of squashing sound-effect when killing of the blue squares. Impressive to finish this in one evening!

Shimone says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 4:08pm

Really fun and challenging game!

Travis Root ! says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 4:27am

This is good! Those rope physics are FANTASTIC.

It could be better if the contacts (hitting enemies, getting hit) weren't just dissolves; they need to be sharp and punchy. Sound would help. Also, the hatboxes are a little oversized.

All in all, though, pretty darn fun!

May 7, 2015 @ 9:33pm

You undersell yourself in the description, this is an awesome prototype! Even though it's a weird, challenging concept, it's immediately intuitive because it's physics based. I played your game for entirely too long - started thinking of lots of ways it could be used in a bigger game.

Jajo says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 8:17am

I enjoyed it. As you said, nothing new, but it fitted the theme well. The simple graphics certainly added to the effect. Good game for just 3 hours.

creative630 says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 8:22am

Pretty fun! Simple and challenging. I think the only thing that bothers me is not knowing when the enemies become threatening(damaging).

leffe108 says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 11:56am

It is fun but quite challenging, but not in a way it becomes a problem.

On my previous LD I was also short in time and it drives you to really focus on making things simple as there is no way spending hours on tracing down bugs. I think for using only 3 hours, you managed very well.

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