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

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Pong Tank

by kirbytails7 - Compo Entry

Use a game of Pong as your weapon to traverse this Tube of Deadly Trapezoids!

Not my strongest work, but fine for 20 hours and three dimensions. Mostly I like the concept of playing one game as a means of input into another game, or playing two games at once.

Arrow keys to move paddles (each paddle moves in one direction and wraps around), and A/D or L/R click to rotate.

There are bugs. Oopsies. I'll fix anything game-breaking should something come up. I also can't comment on the Mac or Linux builds, as I can't test them.

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stoarch says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:33pm

Good game. And difficult controls. When left and right move all around to right is mind bending.

rattower says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:32am

This is pretty funny. Also pretty hard.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:27am

God I found this difficult, I do like the layering of mechanics though.

rlangewi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:54am

Neat idea, unfortunately the controls made it way too difficult for me. I liked the style and concept though!

alangamebot says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:21am

Interesting. Kinda hurt my head trying to coordinate the paddles. I like that though.

ironleonem says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:33am

I enjoyed the concept behind your game, but it was just a little too busy. If the pong field were only the two paddles, instead of four, it might have been easier to digest.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:17am

Nice man, i loved the mood

Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:04am

interesting. i would have liked a way to move the paddles in both directions. its pretty fun tho!

kikijin says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:19am

Great idea but It would be more fun and ergonomics with inverted control.
When you put right The tank go to the right and when you put up the tank go to the up.
Otherwise it's great concept ^^

ranmaru90 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:20am

I like this. Pretty good!

XtremePrime says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:50am

This is a pretty good game, but you need to practice it to get good at it, it's quite difficult to master. But good game nonetheless :3

Filoox says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:14am

it's a little hard for my brain but I like it.

JoshuaBurr says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:56am

Interesting idea! I found the pong part a bit too hard because the paddles only move in one direction.

chipcaramel says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:22pm

Using a game... as a weapon in another game. Good job. This is, much like Super Hexagon was for me, a very difficult thing to get into first-off. But I see the appeal in the difficulty and love how you've built it. Fantastic work!

Prowler says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:33pm

Arghh!!!! This game is great. I almost smashed my keyboard into my monitor, so full score on the mood :D. I find it very difficult to play but the idea is fantastic!

God Job!

trappytrap92 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:26pm

One of the hardest games here. Love it. Missed the music so much. Keep working on it.

jacketsj says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:52pm

Website is currently down. You should probably fix that. I can't play the web version nor download the windows version.

Chikoness says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 2:05pm

THIS IS SO HARD!!!! But also very entertaining, very very well done!

kirbytails7 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:57am

Wow, so many people! Thanks!
@ironleonem - I do agree about 2 vs. 4 paddles, but I want to test out the 4 paddle idea for another future game.
@Evergreen Games, @JoshuaBurr - Similarly, I want to test having movement in one direction. I suppose I hadn't just tried it both ways...perhaps that would be better.
@kikijin - I won't say that the current controls are great, but it was worse earlier. I had one button per paddle, and that was just awful.
@trappytrap92 - I am sad about having no music! =( I don't like blaming not having time as an excuse, but mid-Saturday I really ran out of motivation. I'm really glad people like it as-is, though!
@jacketsj - Uh-oh! It looks all right now...Thanks for letting me know.

Apr 24, 2015 @ 4:00pm

Really enjoyed this one, one of the most clever uses of the theme I've found so far. Only thing I didn't like about it is that it made me realise how bad my coordination is. Would be interested to see a video of someone with skills play. Also agree with kikijin that the other control order might help. Definitely one of the games I've noted to play again later.

frogcheese says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 9:19am

I really like this concept. Wrapping my head around the controls was a bit difficult, though. I believe this game would benefit greatly if you could control the paddles in both directions. As it is now, I might nudge one paddle a bit too far and then there's no chance of me catching the pong ball anymore because I need to loop the entire way around.

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