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

chromenopePSA: As of Chrome 42 (Released April 14th), NPAPI plugins are disabled by default! That means Unity Player, Java, and Silverlight games will not work in the Chrome browser! That said, Flash in the Chrome browser continues to work fine (PPAPI).

To Developers: Consider using HTML5 and WebGL instead. Having troubles with the export? Don’t worry. See Ports below.

To Players: A workaround is to enable NPAPI plugins in your Chrome settings. Click or Copy+Paste this URL in to a tab:

chrome://flags/#enable-npapi

As of September 2015 however, this option will no longer be available.

Other browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and Flash are unaffected, but FWIW there is no Unity Player or Silverlight for Linux.X

Back to Browse Entries

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.

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

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#223Humor(Jam)3.45
#409Theme(Jam)3.50
#490Mood(Jam)3.11
#522Fun(Jam)3.05
#561Graphics(Jam)3.19
#665Overall(Jam)3.05
#842Innovation(Jam)2.45
#1713Coolness39%

Comments

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.

You must sign in to comment.


Mini Submission FAQ

TEAMS: Teams entering the Jam should pick a single representative to submit your game, or create a team specific account you can share. We currently do not support Team Voting, but sharing an account and together playing and rating games is acceptable.

CAN I ENTER BOTH EVENTS?: You should pick 1 event, whichever you think it’ll do better in. If the idea is strong, and everything plays well enough, you can go Compo. If you’re a perfectionist, and would prefer people to play a more polished game, do the Jam. Historically, more games are entered in the Compo, but with more people and more time, Jam games have the potential to be better (that doesn’t mean they are). Many solo participants do enter the Jam.

If you made 2 games, unfortunately, the website doesn’t support multiple submissions per user. To submit your 2nd game, you will have to make a 2nd account. Only do this if you made 2 games. Alternatively, if one game is better than the other, then consider just entering the better game.

CAN I KEEP WORKING UNTIL THE DEADLINE?: Yes! Immediately after the 48 or 72 hours, we do something called Submission Hour. As the name suggests, it’s an extra hour for you to package, upload, and submit your games. If there were catastrophic issues trying submitting your game, or you misunderstood how submissions work, that’s okay. It happens. We’re flexible. If you need advice, check with the folks on IRC. If you need an admin, get in touch.

CAN I KEEP WORKING ON MY GAME?: Oh definitely! You should! But for the sake of judging, keep the Compo or Jam version around. You can include a link to the Post-Compo/Post-Jam version of your game on your games page, but sure your main links are the original version.

PORTS: Ports to other platforms can be done after the deadline. That said, the sooner you finish your port, the sooner people can play your game, improving your chances of placing in the final results. For best results, provide a Web version of your game, or a Windows version with no dependencies. Also be sure to rate at least 20 games to improve your visibility (Coolness).

MY GAME CRASHES, IS UNBEATABLE, OR I MADE A TYPO: We allow you to fix crashes, win condition, or tiny bugs after the deadline. In a sense, this is like “porting” to support more players. We leave this open to interpretation, but generally speaking your game should be identical to the game you submitted. No new features, just fixing mistakes you should have caught had you been better rested.

MY GAME DOESN’T SHOW UP: If you can’t find your game, it’s usually because the URL to your downloads are missing ‘http://‘. Fix your URLs (http://mysite.com/mygame.zip) and you will show up. Alternatively, if you just posted it, wait a minute. The cache may not have refreshed yet.

NOT LOGGED IN?: If you get a message about not being logged in, even though you are, it’s because your web browser cached the non-logged in page. You can fix this by either refreshing your cache or clearing your cache. CTRL+F5 in many browsers. Chrome is a bit more work. Press F12 to enable Developer Mode, then you can right click on the refresh button and select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”. This option is unavailable if you are not in Developer Mode.


[cache: storing page]