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

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Pogo Dojo

by Danman9914 - Compo Entry

Pogo Dojo is 2D radical sports game. The sport is stomping on shadow creatures with your pogo-katana.


Controls are provided in game but are also listed as follows:

A,D - Move left and right
W - Jump
Spacebar - Slash
Down Arrow - Pogo
Other arrows - Do tricks while Pogo'ing


Your score increases when you are in the air. You get 100 points for killing a monster.

Your multiplier increases by 0.5 if you do a "stale" trick (same one in succession), by 1 if you do a new trick, and by 2 if you perform an "Aerial" (slashing an enemy while in the air).

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Park says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:02am

I'm pretty confident that this will turn out to be one of the most unconventional weapons I experience today. :D

The zoom effect while doing tricks is very cool, I struggled to land where I wanted to between the zoom, timescale, and fast gravity & enemy speeds though. If any one of those factors were adjusted down I think it would handle better.

Well done!

Cheshyr says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:05am

haha, love it. really nicely done.

haveric says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:08am

Took me a while to figure out the movement, but it's a pretty fun game that could easily be expanded upon.

LTPATS says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:31am

Loved this, very funny and fun to play! The slow-mo tricks were very entertaining :)!

micahcowan says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:36am

Solid game. Mechanics seem to work well, and it's undeniably an unconventional weapon. ;)

ChrisGaudino says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:51am

Love it. Fits the theme perfectly. I also loved the slow motion animations when doing tricks.

Modoc73 says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:54am

It's actually quite fun. Very nice unconventional weapon and the added tricks in the air was quite cool!

pythong says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:32am

took a bit, but then i was RADICAL! nice entry!

BraindeadGeo says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:00am

This is great! Nice controls and trying to keep hitting all the spiders works good! I would've preferred to skip the trick part and focus on building the combo meter by continually hitting spiders.

Naphier says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:08am

Pretty cool, nice effects. Wish the ninja would jump just a little higher though. Nice work.

Figglewatts says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:49am

I love this. Especially the "SICK", and "WICKED" quotes when doing tricks, haha.

Sheepolution says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:14pm

Funny idea. It got kinda boring after a while though, because of the limited options you have. I would have liked some more variety. Overall okay game!

Havacore says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:40pm

This is fantastic! Fits the theme perfectly, and had me laughing out loud the first 'sick' move I did.

Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:52pm

That was really awesome, I'm really impressed that you were able to do this for the compo.

GAFBlizzard says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:08pm

The jump sound effect was a little annoying and loud.

Besides that, awesome job! I cracked up when I saw the first "SICK" popup, and the slow motion was pretty fun. I even found out you could aerial slash during the slow motion, which helped a lot. I ended up getting the ultimate victory. :D

You could probably make this sort of thing into a more complete game if you wanted. I was a bit reminded of Guacamelee -- I loved the forgiving combo system in that.

Danman9914 says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 1:02am

@GAFBlizzard I am so happy to see someone who reached the "Ultimate Victory"! I had no time to playtest the scores and create a proper tutorial so a lot of people don't make it that far.

joppiesaus says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 11:48am

Great game! Very polished, very complete, neat graphics and sounds. The mood and arcade feel are real. The theme implementation is just perfect. Maybe a few more enemies, and it will be even more fun!
Probably one of the best games so far!

IDidGame says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 12:03pm


yuigoto says ...
May 12, 2015 @ 12:54am

Nice and interesting concept! :3

Doing tricks, attacking and pogoing is a little bit tricky, but challenging! Gotta love this pogo-katana thing! :3

Graphic style is pretty nice and well done, the game felt like some kind of puppet theater.

The jump sound starts to hurt my ears after a while, though. :P But I think it's just the volume of my phones! :3

Nice Entry!

Xanjos says ...
May 12, 2015 @ 1:05am

This is like the platforming in the old NES Ducktales games but on steroids. Extremely fun mechanics and definitely worth replaying over and over.

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