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

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Bottle Toss

by RedSorrel - Jam Entry

Not my first jam, but my first submission!
Made in GameMaker Studio

Controls:
Left and Right arrows to move
Space to jump
Z to throw bottles

Goal: hit each of the sea creatures with the bottle to score points

Other tools:
Manga Studio 5: making sprites and background
Game Maker sprite editor: to fine tune some of the sprites
Bfxr: sound effects
PtCollage: Background music ( I created this for another jam, that's why I'm opting out on scoring for sound but critique welcomed!)
Audacity: Pitch the background music down for the end theme.

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Ratings

#159Theme(Jam)3.85
#484Humor(Jam)2.93
#573Innovation(Jam)3.00
#631Graphics(Jam)3.05
#665Overall(Jam)3.05
#674Mood(Jam)2.85
#680Fun(Jam)2.80
#1856Coolness35%

Comments

jacketsj says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:38am

Killing sea creatures with plastic bottles... I'm not sure if this game is a statement against littering, or a parody of one.

Sim00n says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:41am

I like the idea of bottles and the graphics are well made. However aming is very unpredictable and once I killed all the enemies there was nothing else to do. Nice submission.

Supernovadx says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:44am

Here is my assessment of your game. Top down.
Innovation: Not much. The gravity could have been tuned up a bit I felt. The jumping was slow, while I get that it's underwater it tones down the fun factor. Also the bottles are hard to aim.
Fun: Refer to innovation on this one. Little slow, but I enjoyed the atmosphere.
Theme:I felt like it fit the theme. The bottle picking up mechanic was cool.
Graphics: Pretty good, I don't know what that first creature was, but I liked the crab and the seaweed and stuff.
Humor: None that I can find.
Mood: Good, but the audio got repetitive breaking the immersion.

pikmin4000 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:53am

Congratulations on finishing your first entry! Your game had a sweet methodical mood, though you need to work on adding more content.

Nkoo says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:04pm

Nice concept, I like the hard aim that is given in the game. It can be a really nice working ground for some intense gameplay with a more mobile character !

smikulcik says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:12am

Great Idea. Cool way to advocate on littering!

OnlySlightly says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 1:02am

Cute idea. Kind of funny the comment it's making about the damage plastic bottles do to the environment while being the protagonist using them to its advantage. I liked the aesthetic :)

cdrch says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:27pm

Short but fun! Some way to aim and visualize the arc of the throws would have been nice. Pretty good concept too!

Feyd_Rautha says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:58pm

Ha, throwing bottles was fun, although it was so short by the time I got the hang of it the game was over!

mildmojo says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 4:25am

Congrats on your first submission!

This is a pretty solid level. The bottle ammo reuse is a nice feature. Given that everything in the game is pretty slow moving, it could be difficult to aim well.

This is a pretty solid first level that introduces a few creature types. There's plenty of vertical real estate if you wanted to add reefs to climb or something.

The audio did the job. The music loop was pretty short and a little obtrusive.

Hope you had fun. Keep it up!

gnx says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 8:33pm

I liked the controls a lot, I think they'd be a good basis for a longer game. Playwise only thing that bothered me was a lack of direction indicator for the player, which resulted in me throwing bottles in the wrong directions.

Graphics and sound are also nice, so even though the game is very short, there is nothing wrong with the fundamentals here :)

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