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

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What do you mean "brought it bowling"?

by jrserjeant - Jam Entry

What do you mean "brought it bowling"? - A "The Big Lebowski" themed game.

EDIT: Uploaded a version that doesn't require installation.

The weapon is a bowling ball and your fighting off attacking Pomeranian's. Your White Russians will be knocked off by the Pomeranian's when all five are gone its game over.

This was going to be entered onto the Compo but my girlfriend helped out by doing the art work so we entered it into the Jam instead.

This is my first game jam and first complete(ish) game. I would welcome feedback particularly on the structure of my code if anyone takes the time to look at it.

- Visual Studio 2013
- C# / MonoGame / XNA
- MS Paint
- Paint.NET

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Qui says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:30pm

Classic but well made. It works well and it's rather fun. I don't like Pomeranians either. :)

Jared Sartin says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:37pm

LOL! Funny idea :D Dogs should come down the lanes only.

furriKira says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:42pm

This is quite good. The only downside for me is that I had to install it and it is such a hassle to remove.

CiderPunk says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:44pm

nice job on the character graphics!

Aaranos says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:59pm

I like how smooth it plays and it has a difficulty increase the longer the round. Bowling ball is pretty unconventional as a weapon, so that's great.

The graphics were decent, better than the 2 pixel thin quickly made sprites, but I also couldn't tell what the thing was that you are hitting with bowling balls.

I think it would of been more enjoyable with some sound.

Docjekyll says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:05pm

Nice details with the guy at the bar and standing on the side. Gameplay is simple, but I didn't see any problems/bugs.

(Side note: I will say that having to "install" is a big turn-off for a Ludum Dare game. I understand it considering the tools you used to write it, but maybe consider something that deploys to web for Ludum Dare)

srakowski says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:54am

Hah! I love The Big Lebowski and enjoy the use of it here. :) I agree you should add some audio, sfxr/bfxr is pretty easy and would have added a lot! Otherwise well done!

Coban31 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:21pm

It's like a game and watch game, I like it :)
I made only 42 in the first and 100 in the second. I think I can do better! (I'll see the source code later ;) )

jrserjeant says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Uploaded a version that does not require an install.

jacketsj says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 7:17pm

Although there seemed to be features unfinished (some of the bowling balls on the return platforms disappeared), and a few glitches (balls would disappear the moment they touched the top of the screen, as opposed to the moment they disappeared from the screen), and the fact that the main character could switch from ice-skates to cleats on a whim, this game was enjoyable, and on top of that, it by far had the best 2D graphics I've seen so far.

Andy Gainey says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:03pm

I thought at first that I could only use balls as ammo from near the lane that I was firing at, so I was more cautious about spamming three or four balls down a single lane. Then I discovered that I could instantly use any ball available, so I started launching more. Given that they keep going after eliminating a Pomeranian, it seemed like a good strategy to just fire off a bunch of bowling balls and let them do their work. Not much thinking required. But eventually the speed and frequency of Pomeranians overwhelmed me, naturally. One way to encourage not spamming balls might be to give out bonus points for having more balls in the queue, ready to go.

I had to get used to the fact that the ball launched from the right side of the character. Obvious, given the nature of bowling, but my gamer brain kept expect the ball to emanate from the center of the character. Maybe if the character was actually visibly holding a ball on the right side my brain wouldn't have been so stubborn.

DoItForWilson says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:08pm

Really smooth gameplay and it's really well made ;-)

Boberro says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 10:22pm

Good graphics (say cheers to your missus), and great idea. Too bad it's not complete - I'd really love to play an action bowling game.

jrserjeant says ...
May 5, 2015 @ 6:09pm

Thanks for all the comments. :) My girlfriend is really chuffed with the feedback.

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