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

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by Cryotube - Compo Entry

As the Drill Knight, you must punish those who would use their drills for evil! Survive an oncoming swarm of drill skeletons in this physics-based top fighting game. The difficulty ramps up as you grow closer to your goal!

This was my first time doing a Ludum Dare, and the first time developing a game on my own. Hope you enjoy!

Gameplay tips:
-Hit stunned enemies into other enemies to clear multiple at once
-Position yourself between enemies to prevent yourself being knocked out

If you're playing in the embedded webplayer, there is a toggle fullscreen button directly below it.

Note: No html5 version for now, simply because it's way too laggy to enjoy at all

Patched 4/21/15:
-Fixed an issue with AI stunning each other if they spawned too close
-Fixed an issue with AI getting perma-broke if smacked by player on the way down
-Fixed an issue with AI spawning past the 100 mark

Downloads and Links




Matsuki says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:45am

It is fun, reminds me of bayblades or whatever that was called. Interesting concept, and I love the art.

jbasinger says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:46am

Wow awesome concept. I wish I wasn't terrible at it.

omgnoseat says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:46am

Slick graphics and the sfx is spot on :p

handkor says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:46am

This is fun. Very good idea and concept.

nurabsal says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:47am

art is great. needs to be less ricochet =O

Cherrymochi says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:47am

Great art and mood.

Neonlare says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:47am

Music drove me CRAZY. The midi instrumentation is kind of wild, erratic and just not composed well, which is a shame, because the art style, presentation and general simple to pick up but fun to do gameplay was really sweet. Definitely enjoyed my time on it, the art is really something else, good stuff all around~

shyupuff says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:50am

I love this! Awesome graphics, music, animations. A very original idea and I feel like I could play this for hours (:

ehtd says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:13am

Fun idea, nice graphics and music

bnhw says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 4:46am

I really like the art style, but the controls felt really unresponsive and I found it hard to reliably land on an enemy.

Valon says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:28am


retrophantom says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:26am

let it rip!

syawqy says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:54am

this is great
I really like it

DragonXVI says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:58am

Nifty! Don't see many spinning top type games. Love the visuals too. The physics seem a bit crazy fast when getting launched, found it difficult to recover if I made a mistake :p

Figglewatts says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:53am

This was pretty fun. Difficult too, but that's not a bad thing.

fullmontis says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:27pm

Whoa, that's hard! I can't go past 15 kills before I get swarmed ad die.

Lovely graphics, music and sound effects are a little underwhelming to be honest.

All in all I like it :)

Cherrymochi says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:39pm

It is very fun! It reminded me of bayblades!!

dalbinblue says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 3:42pm

Pretty hard game. My best after a dozen or so plays was 10 enemies defeated. The stun is good but doesn't last long enough if there is more than one enemy on the screen for me to get much further. Despite this I had a really good time playing it. A two player mode would be awesome.

EwChap says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:13pm

Great entry. I love the control of the player. the bounce is a bit aggressive but once you get the hang of it its not bad.

Hyoga-3D says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:50pm

haha really nice beyblade style game, but playing in the ludum dare embeded game were difficult, because the window is smaller than the game.

anokta says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:28am

wow i think it's the very first time i've seen a game on these guys! awesome idea, well put! :)

nov1kk says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:52pm

Funny game, i really enjoy playing.

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:40am

I really enjoyed this, even though I'm apparently terrible at it. The art is really nice, and it's satisfying to send enemies flying! Nice work.

Taldius says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:42am

This look like a Dark souls mini game, really well made and challenging ! love it !

ruerob says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:38am

very nice entry! It reminds me of a game from mario party, but there wasn't the head jump thing in it I think. Thank you for reminding me of these good old memories.

Lynx says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:37am

Being huge Beyblade fan as a kid back in the day, I can say your game brought back really great memories! Would be cool to have changing environments and traps and stuff added in the future!

FuzzyWuzzie says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 2:13am

Awesome game!

nassi says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 3:13pm

Great idea and execution is spot on too. Different enemy types would've added to the experience, but for a Ludum Dare game this was more than enough.

My best score was 28. Still a long way to go :P.

PaperBlurt says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:18am

This is like one the best games with the best concept this jam.
Very impressive and the detail on the avatars are amazing.

Apr 25, 2015 @ 1:58pm

Pretty solid game, getting surrounded and then bouncing about was really fun. The graphics were great, too!

PlasmaErnst says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 11:07pm

Fun to play and sweet music. Good job!

MrShoestore says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 1:21am

fun, reminds me a lot of those mario party/fusion frenzy mini games where you have to knock people out. wish the rate the enemies knock you back ramped up as time went on, making the beginning a little easier to get the hang of.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 10:14pm

Really interesting concept which seems to me too hard, but I need to increase my skill. There is a good potential for this entry. It's your first entry here? Whoaa! Impressive. Thumbs up ++

zimmy87 says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 5:45am

really well done. simple, yet has a nice challenge to it that scales well

Apr 28, 2015 @ 12:33pm

Hard and fun. Well done!

MasterOfNaN says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 9:00pm

I dig (hehe) the overall style and it feels solid. I found it pretty difficult to start with, but I was able to knock enough off over time to feel a bit better about myself :)

randoman says ...
May 7, 2015 @ 2:00pm

It's very fun! Graphics are well done and mechanics are nice. Good entry

FistBumpGames says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 8:54am

Very nive game! Good Visuals, audio and feel, but the gameplay is very hard, owing to the crazy ricochet.

Almost says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 10:41pm

It's hard to tell how far I will knock somebody or be knocked on collision, as sometimes you don't move at all and other times you are knocked a full screen away..

TeamSpatch says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 6:50pm

Good retro style graphics. Good concept, but the physic sometimes behave strangely, what prevents to play too long, sorry.
Nice first entry indeed, go on : )

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