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

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Online Retro Shooter

by Animated - Jam Entry

Online Retro Shooter is a fast-paced online multiplayer Geometry-Wars-esque retro shooter! Compete with and against friends (err... random strangers) to stave off hordes of killer geometric figures. The game oscillates between periods of chaos and cooperation -- work with your comrades on coop, but be ready to fight them in chaos. Experiment with a gun which shoots bouncy bullets! Explore a huge map!

Download ld32_client*.jar from the link provided, and open the file with the java runtime (graphical approach on Windows/Mac or java -jar ld32_client*.jar). Requires support for OpenGL shaders.




Since we didn't have time to make a main menu screen, here's the instructions:

-- Move your character around with WASD, and shoot by clicking or holding down the left mouse button.
-- Being shot or hit by one of the enemies will drain a shield. If you lose all three shields, you will die and re-spawn elsewhere on the map (PRO TIP: DON'T DIE. THE AFTERLIFE IS BUGGY).
-- The game oscillates between chaos and coop modes. In chaos mode, friendly fire is enabled, and the turrets become hostile as well.

The client will automatically connect to our server, but you can run your own server if you want. Just download and run the ld32_server*.jar file from the google drive link. To connect a client to your server, open the jar file (using WinRar or 7zip or your preferred archiving tool) and edit config/serversettings.txt to include your IP address.

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Red_Fan games says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:26pm

I don't have time to start a server, multiplayer games are cool in ludum dare but it's hard to find players

Animated says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:32pm

You don't need to host your own server. We're hosting one during the dare. Just run the client without any modification of the jar file, and you'll automatically connect to our server.

ajayajayaj says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:34pm

The server is not working

Animated says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:35pm

Is it offline?

ajayajayaj says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:35pm

It did before but it was lagging so I closed and reopened and now it is broken.

ajayajayaj says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:35pm

It is working now thanks

Animated says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:36pm

Well, I just restarted it; so you shouldn't have any issues now.

Animated says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:38pm

If for some reason the server happens to be down, just run the server on your own machine and connect the client to "localhost" (change config/serversettings.txt in the jar file; you can open it using winrar or 7zip).

reiknight says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:39pm

Hi there! I think is my poor connection but the game is lagging a lot :S. It's ironic because we made a game called Lagman for the JAM xD.
The game seems good to me but I think it's not very original based on the theme.

RoryD says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:40pm

I'm going to look beyond the terrible frame rate and bugs and say that this could be a pretty fun game. The game kept showing me the respawn text even though I was still alive. I realised pretty quickly that there's no incentive to do anything but hold the shoot button down.

It's definitely very hectic and confusing when you get thrown in. I didn't know what was going on for a while.

HotBoxGames says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Nice :) Looks and feels pretty good. Singleplayer would be nice!

Ranmara says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:47pm

Awesome! I played a little while on your server and it was fun, but the lag was causing me to glitch about. Couldn't get my own server to work, so now I am just jamming to the music in the background

Animated says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:47pm

The frame rate shouldn't be too low -- the bigger issue is network updates. My Internet sorta sucks, and the client doesn't get updates fast enough. That's why stuff teleports around a lot.

It's those annoying little follower enemies that make the game laggy. We've serious issues with UDP packet loss because of them. Hopefully I can push out a bugfix once I finish up some of my other work.

SowiHowl says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 10:48am

Game wasn't working for me...

Halleflux says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 6:22am

Currently I'm unable to connect. It would be great to do so, though, it looks like a sweet game! I also really like the idea of it alternating between FFA and coop mode.

myachin says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:49am

Networking: Client initialized
Networking: Client failed to bind to port
Unable to connect to: /

May 8, 2015 @ 1:14am

I run the client, but it crashes within seconds.

May 8, 2015 @ 2:56am

Slick, like the minimalism

Red_Fan games says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 10:14pm

Alright, not bad. Just a note tho, multiplayer is pretty rare on ludum dare and most people dont have time to host a server

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