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

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Space Mashers

by jcsirron - Jam Entry

Space Mashers backstory

It seemed like a great gig: you slip into Worfin space, grab the first ship you find, and return it home for a big bonus. Sure, Worfin are big and scary, but they are surprisingly lax about security. Probably something to do with their reputation for eating criminals. Anyway, you were able to get into a Worfin corvette, and activate the automated launch sequence. That’s when you noticed just how difficult is is to read the controls on this ship. You’ve put your AIssistant to work on figuring them out, but so far the information is still coming out at a trickle. At any given time, you have two controls that are responding in (mostly­) comprehensible ways. Between fighting off pursuing Worfin fighters, dodging asteroids, and fixing the finicky hyperdrive, you’ve been kept too busy to tease anything more out of the computers.

Game Play

You will be presented with a series of challenges as you attempt to escape back to your homeworld. For each one, your AIssistant will display the working keys in the lower left portion of your helmet HUD. On occasion, it will even be able to predict what keys will be working for your next challenge. If it can do so, those keys will be displayed in the lower right hand corner of your HUD.

What to do with these keys is sometimes difficult to decipher. Moving the weapons turret or steering the ship involves single­ or double­striking the keys. Repairing systems will require looking at the biggest blinky lights on the interface, and figuring out what key presses are required to guide the repair process. If you can keep the ship going long enough, you’ll make it back home to fame and fortune. Well, fortune, anyway: laying low for a little bit might be a good idea. If you fail one or two challenges, that’s OK: you started out with a bit of a head start on your pursuit. But fail enough challenges, and you’ll be killed in some variety of unfriendly way.

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MercuryXGames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:16am

nice game!

kostak says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:56am

This is a fun little game. Nicely done.

JamesTanm says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 3:47am

I lost, in space!

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:01am

Nice concept. It is not easy to do double taps. I need to press it really quickly

SirJavaGaming says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 3:21pm

Chrome prevented download due to a malware found.

jcsirron says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:58pm

I'm not sure what Chrome thinks it's finding, but I just did another scan with AVG to make sure that there aren't any viruses in the .zip file. It found nothing. If you find anything hiding in it, please let me know!

Yvanor says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 7:01pm

It's quite hard to figure out what to do at first, because when we press the right button there is not sound or visual effect. Anyway, interesting game with a nice concept. Good job ^^

eruiz00 says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 8:52pm

Nice game and fun graphics. Well done!

nihilaleph says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 1:41pm

+ Cool concept
+ Fun mechanics
- Took some time to figure out how to play, even with instructions
- Some BGM would be nice, but I know it's hard on the time frame

Great job!

klianc09 says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 10:06pm

Please note: dark blue text on black background is VERY hard to read.

I am really bad at this, some better feedback on WHAT exactly I did wrong would have been cool. I wasn't always entirely sure what I did wrong or what I was supposed to do.
Still, switching up the two buttons required offered an unique challenge, I like that.

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