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

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neon fall

by dlowe - Jam Entry

Neon Fall

Test your reflexes with this arcade-style game! Can you beat our high score of 9 points?

The game was a close collaboration between my 8-year-old son Micah and myself. He designed the basic gameplay & mechanics, and chose the sound effects. I chose the visual style and did all the coding. The whole family helped with playtesting :)

The code is pure javascript, written from scratch without a framework. It seems to run reasonably well in both Firefox and Chrome on my computer (but not Safari, and almost certainly not IE :/).

One known bug: the green "bumper" physics are a big janky, especially if there's a huge size delta, or if you collide with them while growing. Consider it an extra challenge ;)

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pjimmy says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:33pm

nice visuals, well done

SineGlitch says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:36pm

this is a good game I like the idea. Very fast game play, would have liked to have heard a slamming tune I feel that would really help.

Ka-Wiz says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:24am

a fun little game. impressive for being pure javascript done over a weekend. liked the bumper physics! i agree with SineGlitch though, a little music would go a long way.

Strike says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:35am

Very talented and young game designer ;)

shadow64 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:36am

My first time through I didn't know WHAT was going on. Haha. It was moving crazy fast and I wasn't getting bigger. The second time through I was more prepared. I really had a lot of fun and went from a high score of three to NINE! I definitely enjoyed myself and congrats to you and your son on building a fun game together!

piper82 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:36am

congrats on family effort. fun to play.

TheFumelgo says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:36am

Nice ! Just starts to freeze when to large

dustyroom says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:16am

Nice gameplay mechanics! Sound effects are on spot!

Jelinib says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:30am

I got to 8 points. So close!

The graphics are simple but slick and effective, and the sound effects yummy. :)

A couple of times I had a red one hit me from above the screen, I think. Didn't even see it coming!

Really satisfying and fun game. Nicely done!

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:13am

nice idea for a game - nice job working with the family - this might be a fun mobile game

Neonlare says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 4:46am

Ratta Ratta Ratta Ratta.

Fun little micro game, the bumping's pretty cool, I feel like the fall rate is a little too fast and it was kind of lacking difficulty when I got large enough. Definitely a cool parent-son collaboration though, looking forward to seeing more in the future ;).

suppi says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:12am

pretty fun game! I like the mechanics and the bumpy feeling from the green circle. I also looks pretty good visually. I was only able to get up to 7 though :)

loxo says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:12pm

Addictive game concept. The first time I couldn't remember the different types of bumpers, but it got easier after that. I managed to get only to 8.

ztiromoritz says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:30pm

That was fun!

Xanjos says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:42pm

No idea how scoring works but the mechanics were pretty interesting.

dlowe says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 8:05pm

I just got to 10 points! I wasn't 100% certain that it was possible. The scoring scales logarithmically, while the difficulty ramps linearly.

Scipio Xaos says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 11:16pm

Nice game! I was a little disappointed that my score seemed so low.. and then I noticed that apparently 10 is the highest anyone's gotten.. so my 6 seems a little less cruddy now. :P

The only thing I'd say is the homing physics of the yellow and red objects seem a little too overpowered.. It's far easier to get crushed by five yellows (and a soul-crushing red :P ) then it is to dodge them... eventually I figured out just holding left or right is the solution. :P

Still, it was quite fun to play... and runs great in Firefox on Linux! :D

Shurty says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 5:42pm

Nice addictive game ! It was not very clear at the beginning but then I get it and its clearly fun to play ! good job :)

dmecke says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 5:46pm

Nice gameplay, at first I struggled a bit to understand what color does what. Maybe you could introduce the different tiles one after another. That will especially be useful if you decide to add more and more types of tiles.

yuigoto says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Whoa! Thank You for the game! :P

Your son created a quite challenging concept for the game, and the minimalistic visuals are really great!

Congrats to the both of you for making this game! :D

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