Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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by luke - Jam Entry

Earthward is a action shooter game in which you must defend your planet from waves of alien attacks.

Left Click - Shoot and Select Menu

Right Click - fuel costs and dash for one direction

Art by Rey:
Prog by luuk:

Made with Otter2D []

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Neoludo says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:04am

I really enjoyed the overall aesthetic of the game. The art was charming and the soundtrack suited it perfectly.

It 'felt' really good to play, with the jetpack controls being enjoyable the gun reasonably responsive. I also thought that the variety in enemies was pretty good, I especially enjoyed the shielded enemies. I liked having to worry about both your own health and the health of the Earth, that added a nice extra level of complexity.

All up, a really very impressive game for the short time in which it was made, I really enjoyed the time I spent in it.

redmassacre says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:01pm

very delightful)
responsiveness and aesthetic and fun)

Elit3dGaming says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:05pm

I enjoyed the game. Got harder as it progressed which I liked. Great use of the theme :)

xdigdoug says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:47pm

I loved the constellations, and it seems like Mystery Inc. Ghost made a cameo. Fun game with great audio!

HongerTrollie says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:57pm

Well rounded game. Enjoyed it. Love the music :) Also like the fact that you have fuel you need to worry about. During my first play through I didn't and got punished for it really quickly

angela says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:58pm

Good game. Reminds me of Asteroids. I lolled at "you're homeless now." and "fuck the earth." Great music. Awesome graphics.

Fartenko says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:09pm

I love it! Art is amazing and gameplay is addictive.
Well done! And Fuck the Earth ;D

Gravity Games says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:34pm

I really liked this game, the mouse controls felt nice (and would likely feel even nicer when not using a mousepad), and this game is really, REALLY impressive for 48 hours of work. The graphics and music are well made and charming. All around great job!

Davision says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Nice game with cool pixel style!
Some critic:
- Using rotating with the mouse as another control doesn't appear two button controls to me even though I would take it over any simplification.
- The fuel mechanic is rather annoying and doesn't add much. First I blew all my fuel and was left to only glide constantly in one direction til the end. Very slight auto recharge would have helped.
- The earth doesn't look much like earth, took me a bit that I have protect that blue planet over all the others, the enemies only going for that one gave it away though.

SpecialChef says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:03pm

Very entertaining, easy on the eyes, and wonderful to hear. Great execution.

bakudas says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:06pm

The art is so gorgeous and a really sweet gameplay. Pretty awesome game guys. Good job!

Tacohej says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:59pm

Love the graphics. Sound too! Playing with touchpad wasn't easy though :)

Peekotus says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:16pm

Nice artwork!

Rob_Haines says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:20pm

Impressive work for such a limited timeframe; really enjoyed the art, & the game felt pleasantly responsive.

fabulis says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:48pm

Ouah, nice game, I like it

rkhadder says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:43pm

I really enjoyed playing this game - great job

Krafty says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:50pm

This game was really fun! The music and the graphics were great, and the gameplay was cool too! I think this is the best game I've seen on here so far :)

teamross says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:03pm

"Fuck the Earth" hah nice one.

Astounding graphics and music!

My only complain is the absolute ZERO friction. Yes, I know that's how the space works, but gameplay is real hard. Once you start to move around, you cannot stop!

Maybe holding for a little while makes you accelerate, and holding a bit in the inverse direction can make you stop?

Great job!

Taldius says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:02pm

Really good game. It feel great to play. The graphics looks awesome, especially the explosions!
The fuel mechanic can be a little frustating because you don't find enough item to regain it.
Anyway, great job!

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:21pm

Love the art, really cute! Enjoyed it a lot.

Volatile Dove says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:34pm

I really like the graphics! Also it's responsive and fun. One of my preffered games so far.

Minor flaws: the earth in not very distinguishable from the other planets. Also when no more fuel, the player is doomed.
And it could be better if the game was accelerating, faster and faster, would be even more entertaining.

wavegunner232 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:48pm


Hackbug says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:23pm

Nice game, i love it :D

Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:22am

The music & graphics are great, and the controls are nice. Running out of fuel and getting basically stranded kind of sucks but otherwise the gameplay is cool. Loved the "I'd rather not play again" message - won't spoil it here. xD

Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:23pm

good game

koocachookies says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:57pm

Very nice graphics and gameplay! Great sense of humor! Great work!

nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:26am

Loved the art, music and SFX.

What would look good is to make the map small and make it faster action paced.

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:12pm

I enjoyed the gameplay mechanics of this game a lot.

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 7:28pm

Great Art! I love me some pixels!

Loved the game overall,I played a good dozen rounds before I came to rate/comment, I was never sure how much fuel I had left though - UI could have been clearer perhaps?

Weeping Rupee says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:49am

This is a very neat concept-- wrapping screen, limited fuel, always in motion, something at the center to protect against waves of enemies. Excellent combination of mechanics very novel.

I loved the triforce in the constellations too.

My only suggestion would be to have a little box-y map to show you where you are when you cross the edge of teh screen because sometimes I was disoriented as to where the earth was but... maybe that was intentional?

Rodaja says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:03pm

Lovely game. The Earth having different sprites for it's "health" is great (and not having a little bar for it, too).

Movement could've used some acceleration, allowing for more nuanced control.

Good job!

Neil says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:37pm

Very nice, controls well, good art and catchy music! Well done!

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 11:25pm

This is so good! Probably the best music I've heard in this jam. Great artwork, too, and the game is just really fun.

It's a little jarring when the character loops from one edge of the screen to the opposite site -- if you could make the background loop instead of the character, it would be less jarring.

Also, when I ran out of fuel, I just had to float around hoping to find more fuel, which was odd -- I'd either make it easier to refill fuel when you're out, or make it a game over when you're out. One solution might be to make it so shooting propels you slightly backwards.

Anyway, terrific work, congratulations!

vitorlanna says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 5:27am

Nice! And there's even a winning cutscene xD

mar3k says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 7:03pm

I love the art and the music, though quite unfortunate was that until those guys with deflector shield came I could have just sat at the spawn and not move at all, because the moving and not being able to stop makes it really hard to destroy the enemies. But nice game nonetheless.

TajamSoft says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 12:40pm

Really cool game!
The pixel perfection in it is amazing

crucknuk says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 7:16pm

Nice entry Graphics and audio are great! Just to let you know, the music was muted once I restarted after dying. Anyway, good job ;)

napoleon says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 1:23pm


Claire1605 says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 2:04pm

Really fun game with lovely graphics and music. Mechanics were great and the controls easy to use, awesome game!

Solifuge says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 12:06am

I like the movement/aiming scheme; very Newtonian, how you kept drifting! Solid sprites and audio too, and some nice alien designs; did I catch a Day of the Tentacle reference in there?

For gameplay nitpicks, the UFOs seemed to leave a hitbox that could damage you after they were destroyed. Also, my fuel never really seemed to go down enough to need pickups or a fuel mechanic, but I might've been lucky with item drops.

This was a fun and very stylish game. Thanks for putting it together!

guoboism says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 1:23am

Nicely done! I love the pixel art!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 5:57am

Really cool game!
I love this aesthetic. Well done ++

Bering says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 11:08pm

Nice art! Only problem I had was sometimes aiming. Having a white reticule would help. I had fun exploring around just looking at the planets and constellations in the background :-)

Haokarlos says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 3:13pm

Cool aesthetics,good job!

ViKing Games says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 1:09am

The graphics were all well-made and kept to a good style, and the music complemented its style very well. I found it interesting how you were able to get more use out of the fuel bar by making the end darker, nice idea. The only complaint I have about the graphics (although it's very minor) is how choppy the intro cutscene is compared to the rest of the game.

The controls worked very well and made good use of the theme. The enemies were interesting, especially how the shielded one could reflect shots back at the Earth. I would have liked to have an on-screen health bar for the Earth, since everything else was already there to see. I'm not sure why you chose to make a fuel bar at all, if you lose all your fuel it's incredibly hard to get it back, so you basically have to restart.

Jan 15, 2016 @ 2:30pm

Lovely graphics! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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