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

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by thenoviceengineer - Compo Entry

In Garbarrage you control a cannon which fires random objects to destroy an invading alien force.

This is the first time I've ever taken part in a game jam and the first time I've put something up for other people to download... so if anything goes horribly wrong, please let me know.

I have tested the download and install on another computer and it all seems OK. There was an odd moment where Chrome would complain about the download being malicious but I can't seem to reproduce this now and it works fine for me (if this happens to anyone else and they know how to fix this I would love to know).

Extract the zip, you can find the setup/install inside the publish folder. Source is included as well.

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MJaawa says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:28pm

The game worked perfectly, what a neat little missile-defense style game. I love the use of the theme, aliens being amazed by gabage, building a garbage cannon, hehe. Splendid! Good job :)

EvilTroopa says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:13pm

Not great, but does the job :)

nassi says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:49pm

Installers and game jams are an iffy combination, so if possible a directly executable game would've been better.

The music was good, but the sfx were a bit annoying since only one instance of them could be playing at any given time(?). Fridges op, nerf please.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:35am

@nassi yeah I wasn't sure the best way of distributing the game, so I'll bear this in mind for next time (although next time, I think I'll try making something web-based instead so no downloading/installing required)... I do have an exe, so when I'm home I might try uploading that and see if it runs OK on another computer.

I think the problem with the sfx is that when you're shooting, there's only a sound for when you've shot a tomato/banana (since they are useless)... but it didn't quite sound/work the way I would have liked so it is a bit odd. I just realised now that there is a bug with the explosion sfx as well, so yeah... sfx does need fixing.

Hehe, I think I'd rather buff the enemies (or if I had more time, add more variety of enemies that are stronger/weaker). But yeah, it's really as balanced as I would like, lol.

Apr 21, 2015 @ 6:36am

*not as balanced

RobotParking says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:37pm


Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:49pm

Good graphics, audio, gameplay worked as intended. Would have liked either a little bit more control over what I was firing, or had an endgame come up at some point, but otherwise great entry!

terpin says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:50pm

I love the premise of this game, and with a little more work you could easily turn it into something special. The SFX do get a little annoying though :(

DoItForWilson says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:19pm

Liked the idea. Fridges are waaaay op indeed #FridgesOP #PlaneDoor

I like the idea of the alien discovering us through landfills rather than the rest.

zzForrest says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:49pm

Interesting, but somewhat barebones. The graphics were appealing for the most part, and the gameplay worked. The music felt corny and somewhat annoying, but really any music at all is a huge plus in my book. The sounds for the cannon rarely worked, so I would have opted for no sound instead of just a strange random sound every now and again.

slowfrog says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 7:52pm

For a first time, it's pretty good. It's not very original, and the weapon is more "looking" unconventional than really unconventional, but it's fun to play and works well. Keep on.

Apr 24, 2015 @ 7:52pm

Really good game - played it far longer than I intended to. My only worry is that if they could replicate objects then surely they would replicate objects that would cause more damage than household items. But I can see where you were going with this. Nice implementation of a shoot 'em up.

Nikteddy92 says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 8:16am

I like the idea you got from the theme. But i find the controls a bit odd... BTW great job!

Boberro says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 10:42am

Since afaik this are the only objects that can destroy UFOs, it'd be cooler to name this game "FridgeGun" :)

PS. Obligatory "It's much better to just zip the game, than to make an installer" comment.

Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:26pm

@Boberro All objects except the banana skins and tomatoes do damage. It's just the fridges do the most damage and 1-shot the enemies... which isn't great when there's only one type of enemy :P I did intend to add others originally.

Marcus316 says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 1:26am

This game wasn't bad, but it felt slow. The lack of variety of enemies meant that my mind started to wander around 25 points. I managed 75 points on my second run through and didn't feel like I wanted to try for more.

The audio was ok, but not great.

Criticisms aside, this is a good first entry for LD. :D

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