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

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Nuclear Space Buckets

by oranebeast - Compo Entry

Nuclear Space Buckets is a highly experimental two-player arcade reaction based shooter.

The goal is to annihilate & destroy your enemy (aswell as everything past him).
The starting positions of the players are random for balance; And the win text is also random; For comedic reasons.

Thanks to boredDev for the web port.

Controls :
Player 1 (Blue):
Left and right for movement

Player 2 (Red)
A and D for movement

Game-play :
Playing the game is the only way to find out.

Source :
I don't want you to copy my game, But I'm fine with you exploring and learning my lazy methods things from it. I mean really lazy. All rights reserved to me.

WARNING : If the game is told to be malicious by chrome or browser, its not. I would never harm you. Although... Screenshot 4...

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Super Hamster says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:32am

I had a very intense 1 player match. Anyways, that will not inflict your rating or your feedback. I'm a little upset that you can fire the laser forever, maybe a cooldown would be nice instead. Anyways, the flow is very nice and graphics/audio fit well to the game. I really wish there was a single player version though. Good job and may the judging ever be in your favor.

kaype says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:25am

Oh my GOD

This game


This game helped me find the meaning of life.


hissssssssss says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:46am

Do you know what happens when the two destroy each other simultaneously? I do!
This is a pretty simple multiplayer game, but it's fun to watch how people adapt to each others' strategies over time.

qapn says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:41am

yessssssss, I liked this one when you showed it on IRC, and I like how it has turned out

jontturi says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:50pm

Aww I can't name this because osx :c but cheers for the name :D the red one is a happy bucket! Or evil, depending how you look at it...

PaperBlurt says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:58pm

Oh yeah shmup ftw!

Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:26pm

Simple game but very well made. I enjoyed playing it! I included it in part 1 of my Ludum Dare 32 compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

flummox3d says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:21pm

That's like silver age comic book material right there. :D Nice music, simple but awesome gameplay. Loved it :)

Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:43pm

I can't rate this since I only played it solo, but the laser beam looked pretty sweet.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:22am

Very polished game! also lots of fun if you have someone to play against! Very simple idea too! LOVE IT!

DaGamesta says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:40am

Interesting concept, although eventually my friend just started spamming his laser at one point until I ran into it, haha. The witty remarks at the end of each round added a lot to the game.

P.S. Sorry for making your arm tired. XD

Mekuri says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:46pm

I had my brother over so played this game with him. We had a lot of fun, for short while. It quickly gets repetitive, but we had some good laughs.. well done :-)

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:39pm

Fantastic little game you got here. It isn't complicated, but what you have works very well. Had a great time playing with a friend, it's quite intense. It's almost like a standoff, deciding whether or not you should make the first move, or wait for your opponent too

pythong says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 5:40pm

if you don't want ppl to copy your game, you can always enter as JAM entry

DesignerNap says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 8:09pm

simple but fun game. Good job.

Crowbeak says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 1:35pm

I can't rate this one because I don't have anyone to play with. :/ I mean, I COULD rate it, but that wouldn't be right. Sorry. Downside of living in middle of nowhere Japan.

oranebeast says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 5:24am

Thats okay @Crowbeak. I understand your troubles.

WetDesertRock says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 5:47am

Played this with someone else!
I liked it, however the game play got a bit repetitious. Couple hints on how to break that up:
- Maybe break it out of the 1 dimension and make it two dimension?
- Add time to move between spots. This may slow it down but induce more strategy

Another thing you could add would be the "Best 4 out of 5" or some sort of score keeping thing. It makes these sorts of games much more competitive.

I have to say I was a bit confused as why your music didn't play throughout the whole game. I thought it was pretty neat but couldn't hear a ton of it. With custom composed music, let it shine!

Another suggestion, perhaps make a 1 frame moving animation for the buckets?

Anyways, I liked it, and had fun playing it.

Techblogogy says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 7:07am

This is quite a nice game, although 1 player mode would be nice, but I enjoyed it never the less. Great job!

SledKnight says ...
May 7, 2015 @ 2:42am

Interesting little game. Probably more fun with another player... lol

Zeriver says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 12:18pm

Simplistic but fun, nice adio and graphics.

LukeZaz says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 6:08pm

"Blue destroyed Red
And several pizza portals"
What have I done?!

Anyway, great game! I couldn't play it with a friend unfortunately, but it's surprisingly playable despite this. Great small idea. Only thing I can suggest is a delay on firing and music during the game.

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