Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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Moon Witch

by Brightstar - Jam Entry

A side Scrolling Shooter starring a witch.

The first link leads to the post Jam version of the game.

The Second link leads to what I had done at submission time.

Thanks for playing.

Downloads and Links




tigerrenko says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:51pm

Thanx for sharing with us

SKT says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:43pm

You put your link in teh Web category but it's an exe (you should put in in the Windows catagory). That's a nice little engine you have done here, it just need some graphics and sound, and some more level to play but really, if you keep at it, you should end up with a nice game. Good work !

CreamyBacon1 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:34am

You win! (Enter) Short sweet to the point that's how I like it!

Brightstar says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:03am

Thanks very much for the heads up on which category I should put it under. I changed it to windows. And thank you for the feedback. I've been working on adding sound and graphics. A new version will be posted tomorrow. ^_^

Pantoufle says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 11:22am

Really simple but it's working great!
Graphics and sounds are minimalistic but I found the gameplay quite good. Lots of games are hard to play because their difficulty is not balanced. I think your game is well balanced and actually enjoyable.
I'd like to see it with more polished art and music.
Great job!

DruhinM says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 3:41am

Simple game but well done. Good work

Jezzamon says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 10:02am

Please label the post-jam game appropriate in the download link by calling it something like "Windows (Post-Jam)

Jezzamon says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 10:16am


The game is fairly minimal, but good job with it anyway! I can see this is your first Ludum Dare, so good job. I managed to beat it without too much difficulty. There are a few things that are lacking in the jam version, but I think the most significant is some type of interesting game mechanic. Obviously there are things like graphics and sound that need fixing, but you can miss those and still have a fairly fun game without it.
Other things you could add that make a difference is visual effects and polish. A good example of what effect they make is this game here:

I played the post jam version as well, and the graphics and sound effect did make a big difference, even if they were pretty basic. I think the bats' wings were flapping too fast as far as the animation goes.

Hope you do Ludum Dare next time!

Brightstar says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 10:34am

Thank you. I fixed the link.

Brightstar says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 10:41am

Very helpful advice. Thanks for playing both versions. juicy breakout is very helpful. Thank you.

Brightstar says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 10:44am

The links included with juicy breakout are helpful too to anyone else that might visit it.

Good stuff.

Sep 2, 2015 @ 11:20am

I played the Jam version. Definitely a good start to a game (despite the placeholder graphics, missing audio, and err... lack of levels, it's fun), and I think you should work on it a bit more... oh wait, you have!

ChrisFagan says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 11:32am

Fun little game, polish those graphics and sound and it would be even better.

Aaranos says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 9:05pm

I think with time it could turn into a nice bullet hell game, just need to find something to make it stand out above the others. You have the bare bones just needs the polish.

nassi says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 9:49am

Tried both versions, although I could've done with standalone exes instead of installers. The jam version was indeed pretty barebones but the post jam version already expanded the game pretty nicely. I pretty much agree with @Jezzamon here.

DeepBlueJeer says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:17am

Very nice!

Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:28pm

Nice little shooter , graphics looks good would though consider maybe adding a couple more frames to the bats and slowing your image_speed a notch :)

reiknight says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 9:33pm

The post jam version is way better than the jam version, it is simple but I have a nice time so take my like sir and I like it that you finish the game :P

Sep 6, 2015 @ 1:30pm

the gameplay is very good - but maybe the sound of bats' shots are a little ennoying =P
Some more polishment will make it better. but it's a nice entry anyway! good job

Brightstar says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:32pm

Yeah the bat's sonic scream is a bit ear piercing I agree.

crucknuk says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 7:27am

This is hardcore....
I really was thinking about when this level would end until i reach the giant bat and couldn't take hime down, geez :D

It is quite fun! well done!

HellBlazer says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 1:27am

The jam version is very bare-bones, obviously. The post-jam one is already much improved, keep it up.

Agreed that the sound effects are a bit grating though, especially since they seem pretty loud at default volume.

nihilaleph says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 2:57am

Title [enter]
Though it was minimalist it was very fun to play! Controls and mechanics were nicely implemented.
For the post-jam version, the graphical and audio addition was good, but the level got too long I think. It's also a kinda hard to track the hitbox. Bat animation was a bit too fast too.
Although I really liked the setting, I found the theme usage a bit weak...

Anyway great job!

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