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

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Fun with Vacuums

by dcRfj15 - Jam Entry

Update (4/22/15 at 9:15PM EST):
Renamed the downloadable file from "LD32 -- Fixed_Version" to "Fun with

Update (4/20/15 at 11:25PM EST):
Original file that I uploaded was broken because I forgot to include images
in the download (*facepalm*), added a fixed version which isn't broken.


Fun with Vacuums, my first LD entry, is a game about defeating ants by sucking them up with a vacuum. I started this Sunday morning ~10AM and worked up to 9 PM Monday.

The goal of the game is to defend your picnic against ants which are trying to devour it.

- Mouse Click : Turn on the vacuum (Hold click to keep the vacuum on)

Tools Used:
- Java SE w/ Eclipse
- Paint.NET
- Audacity, a vacuum and Bfxr for sound

Downloads and Links




Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:13pm

Simple and fun, and surprisingly difficult. Things could maybe have been improved with ants spawning on the top half of the screen, or maybe some enemy variety, but otherwise a nice little time waster :)

Muffin says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 9:22pm

You should probably remove the jar option, since it doesnt work :) Managed to kill 232 ants before they got my cereal, had some fun with it. Its a bit simple though, it could use more vacuum modes, or use vacuum strength as a resource. It's also really hard to catch the ants coming from below if they're fast. Also, the vacuum image isnt on my mouse after I resize, but that's a small thing. Good job.

Sakuyan says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:29am

Neat! I'm was surprised to see a pretty distinct rise in difficulty. Good job on your first LD submission :D

smikulcik says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 1:04am

Great Job. It was harder than I expected it to be. The vacuum makes a pretty cool game mechanic. says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:58am

Cool and simple, but hard. I have managed to kill only 90 ants(

TeamCalcium says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 7:14am

Nice Game! The picnic isnt much of a picnic since its just a box of cereal, but that didnt bother me at all. Solid entry!

resty says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 2:45pm

Interesting sound effects~. Good job for a 1st time entry.
The game is difficult. Got lost quickly, but fun.

If I had to suggest something that could be improved, I would say the red-white background could be changed to sth more suitable, it makes me seeing illusions and feeling dizzy (especially when ant running on it).

Keep on and make more better games!

LD_LAN_Party says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:13pm

Sounds like a supercharged ant sucker! Gets quite difficult.

dcRfj15 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:31am

Thanks for all the great advice! I am planning on making a Post-Jam version over the next few weeks, and I will try to listen to all the feedback I get.

So the difficulty of the game is partially due to a major bug in the game, every successive restart makes the game harder because the initial speed of the ants is greater every round (over the course of a game the speed of the ants increases, however I forgot to reset this speed increase, and so it rolls into the next game). I am planning on balancing the game a lot and making it easier.

Pix3M says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 1:53am

Apparently when I tried to run it, the level isn't rendered properly so I watched the health bar on top lower and lower as I stare into a blank white screen. Eh.

dcRfj15 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 2:23am

@Pix3M -- Yeah, sorry that happened. I looked into it, and I think it is fixed.

Apr 24, 2015 @ 8:09pm

Very nice use of the theme. It's funny. Well done :D

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