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

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by kabutakogames - Jam Entry

Bad situation,
Try to make the best of it,
Fight with haiku.

Construct a sentence,
And then another two more,
Use five, seven, five.

But not always though,
Sometimes you just have small words,
Do your best anyway.

Within the compo rules,
But made by two of us both,
Here's a game we made.

There might be mistakes,
But my eyeballs are dead,
I hope these links work.


W,A,S,D - Move
E - Change destination
Space - Toggle the store


Check out the store to get new phrases, they refresh every time.

Each planet should have one challenge for you, just follow your compass!

I've made an update build that deals with many issues we weren't able to get around to, or that people talked about in the comments! We are looking to post some more updates to this, so keep an eye out ;)

Tweet your favourite haiku's to us @kabutakogames !


Note: For best results, play in 16:9 x720 - the text scales weirdly, and its better looking the higher that you go.

Edits: I've changed the upload because there were gui scaling issues (still are a little bit) and bugs with the store.

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amras0000 says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 1:53am

The game feels pretty surreal, in the best possible way. You've mastered the theme.

LTPATS says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:32am

This was really cool, I ended up playing for a lot longer than I originally expected. The upgrades didn't seem to do anything unless I'm missing something, and the planets were kinda easy to pass up but that wasn't a huge deal. I'd love to see more of this, it was really easy to get into but also very addictive, great work!

texdata says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:00am

GUI is corrupted, but nice setting !

IronM says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:08am

I appreciated the effectiveness of marmots and Spanish rain in this

hunttis says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:33am

Nice idea! Too bad I don't really know english syllable rules, so it was kinda difficult for me :D

For the people experiencing UI problems, use a 16:9 or a 16:10 resolution! If you run with 4:3, then stuff is going to be out of screen (and game will become really hard :D )

pixelballoon says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:15am

The idea is great - I'd have liked to be able to use some of the smaller pieces together to fit the 5/7/5 rule, as it was I mostly used marmots rather than most of the ones in the store.

I think I defeated all of the planets. Nice little concept, one of the most original interpretations of the theme I've seen so far!

surpent says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:24am

Unique battle that use the haiku.
I love spacious mood.

Nilq says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:25am

I'm on a train back home from a Real World Gathering, with silly internet, so I can't download the game.

But the screenshots look awesome!

2R says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:36am


Vulkanmannen says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:43am

Sorry, didn't get it. How do I fight? Pick random sentences? It took a long time for me to understand that I use w,a,s,d to move.

Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:35pm

I feel like this would've done better as a RPG rather than a space shooter, but I love the Haiku mechanic. Great Job

calavera says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:09pm

Awesome use of the theme. How can i get more words? all i have are te same 3 or 4 options over and over.

kabutakogames says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:18pm

For those curious,
Try the shop for new phrases,
A hundred bucks each!

Yamzho says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:54am

Nice game there !

j_peeba says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:04pm

It's a great idea but I don't this this game is really for me, although it could be mostly because I'm not a native English speaker so counting out the syllables can be a chore.

Nevertheless, the presentation of the game is very well put together with a suitably space-y soundtrack :)

rogberth says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:05pm

What did I just play? hahaha, great work. I don't usually get dizzy with games but it was a bit hard to turn the ship without getting a little bit.

nassi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:39pm

Cool idea and I also got a general grasp of the syllables used in English thanks to this. I think I managed to clear all of the planets, some of them with perfect haikus even!

Comment in haiku:
the game was interesting,
thanks for making it.

Cheshyr says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:25pm

hehe, clever. mouse-lock for windowed mode would be nice. :-) felt like fighting weeping angels from dr. who. nice work!

Ossi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:59pm

This is really innovative and the execution on the theme was perfect! I love me some puns and Skyku is great! I did have a lot of trouble battling though, I got close to winning once but the enemies are way better than me at this haha! I like the combination of genres and the planets in the background added a good amount of atmosphere. Great job!

cgmorton says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 5:48pm

Hi, I'm on Linux and there doesn't seem to be a way to change the resolution. Or anything in the game world I can interact with besides the shop.

simon.parzer says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:12pm

This is interesting in a way, and haikus for sure are an unconventional weapon.
The game is more fun than it should be. All you can do is fly around in a sort of overworld space mode, and fight on different planets. The fight itself is not really a challenge. I wonder why there are no 5 syllable phrases though - I was hoping to make a perfect Haiku, but the game won't let me. Not even the shop has them, and why would I buy a one syllable phrase for $100?
It also took me a while to find out that I have to click on my ship to submit the haiku. I guess the game could do that automatically, as there is nothing meaningful I can do after all 3 lines are filled.

lebrokholic says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 10:25am

Very wonderful game! I'm kin on the time that I spent on this product

andrewkennedy says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 3:16am

Huh. Haiku is certainly an unconventional weapon! I really appreciate games that work the menu/ui into the level design. Really nice work!

Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:24am

love the idea! i couldn't seem to string multiple phrases in one line. really cool tho

ruerob says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 8:08am

Nice game! Very well done! Just the fights were a little long! But I like the graphics, the sound and the flying very much!

OrangeeZ says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 9:06am

Hi! In case you're still interested, I've fixed web build link for our Rules of Paradox game.

safran says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:20am

I can't seem to understand.

AinoraZ says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 3:20pm

This game is weird but also fun! What have you done to me > - <? Giving good ratings

madameberry says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:41pm

I feel a kinship.

I don't know why, but "shall we eat all the" never counted as being five syllables even though it is? Also I had a very hard time telling who was winning until I actually won.

Buzzwerd says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 6:28am

Beautiful art, had a good time streaming it. I missed that you could buy more words in the shop and gave up on it too early so I won't count that against you. A really cool idea though.

Frenchie says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 6:59am

Nice game. I like the description you put :)

I felt a huge lack of feedback though. I had no idea when I was getting hurt or doing damage. It took me way too long to understand it.

Mach60KAS says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 12:26pm

Hey, thanks for trying to play my game! I have a primitive events system working now that spams my computer with noise whenever a connection occurs, so if you want to try and play then give me a time and I'll try and have myself or someone I know looking out for it!

Thanks again! :)

Mach60KAS says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:19pm

Fantastic use of the theme, pretty fun to beat your enemies with malformed haikus at the start! Graphics were nice too, my only real issue was that "Reroll" costing health wasn't really explained. Good work, keep it up! :)

Nikteddy92 says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 9:16pm

Lol I like the choice system! Well done!

Apr 26, 2015 @ 9:53pm

Quite unusual, got some time to "proper" play the game (English is not my native language), but I loved it!

coderitual says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 6:49pm

At the beginning I didn't get how to fight, so I think the rules should be explained more precisely. Beside this game is really fun. I also like the graphics. For me it's strong 4/5.

Jasonsumm says ...
Apr 29, 2015 @ 6:58pm

Awesome! Really liked it! Thanks for your feedback also :)

Apr 29, 2015 @ 10:55pm

Very interesting use of theme and mechanics. I like this game! :D

May 1, 2015 @ 4:09pm

The mood of flying through space is really well done on this and the use of haiku was a clever take on the theme.

Fabraz says ...
May 4, 2015 @ 9:42pm

This was very fun
I wish there were more haiku
To add to the fun

I think some of your syllable counts were off... just sayin :)

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