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Wax Attack

by lkpridgeon - Compo Entry

A small compact game consisting of two simple components. Cotton buds and ear wax. Enjoy this heartbreaking war of time consuming chores such as cleaning your ears then feel free to comment below and tell me your score.


Up/Down Arrows to toggle the cotton bud.
Left Arrow to extend the cotton bud.

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remmy says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:56pm

It's neat but it gets a bit boring after a while… made it to 120. does it get harder when you're over 100 or was that just the RNG? if yes, it would've been a bit cooler to have a quicker rising difficulty-curve.

lkpridgeon says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:57pm

Yeah just RNG... I also got bored with it myself after a few minutes. Thank-you for playing.

suppi says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:19pm

Funny idea :) would benefit from some bg music and sound effects :)

killako says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 8:04pm

If you were to go further, maybe explore ways to translate that rewarding feeling of cleaning earwax... Audio would help make clearing earwax feel more rewarding.

May 2, 2015 @ 1:42pm

I like the sense of humour in this work, though some sound effects could really go a long way there. The gameplay is solid, though basic, and the graphics are functional.

I did find what seems to be a bug though: if you hold down left and then push up or down, the bud you were holding stays out, and switching to it again lets it be pushed further out (making it harder to protect).

trappytrap92 says ...
May 6, 2015 @ 6:47pm

Well it's a good idea and prepared for a smartwatch! jajaja, good job. Just it should have a dificulty increase.

lkpridgeon says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 7:42pm

RockhopperGames, Yeah I noticed that after some key mashing... It is the retraction method failing to fire.

lkpridgeon says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 7:44pm

suppi, probably would...

lkpridgeon says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 7:45pm

trappytrap92, Would you play it if I released compatible for one?

lkpridgeon says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 7:46pm

killako, Add some ears into the mix maybe...

tompudding says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 8:59pm

Neat idea! I agree with what others have said about additions, it would also be nice if the buds got dirtier the more they cleaned :)

Alistesios says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 9:37pm

Far too easy, but great idea and great game however the graphics are simple. Would need some sound. I think it's boring because of that.

lkpridgeon says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 12:15am

tompudding, All the things suggested could be easily added at a later date. I am not sure if I am going to develop this any further but I may mess around with a few things...

lkpridgeon says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 12:17am

Alistesios, I understand. I meant for the graphics to be simple and agree with the lack of audio however was not feasible at that point in time.

freeholdgames says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 3:06am

This is a great idea, though the pace is too slow and I found it effectively impossible to lose. If it ramped up quickly, ore even had an audio-rhythm component, I could see this being a highly effective little game!

lkpridgeon says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 3:18pm

freeholdgames, Thank-you for the ideas and I understand where you are coming from.

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