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

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by FireSlash - Compo Entry

What's better than shooting bullets?
Shooting bullets that shoot more bullets!


Expando-ship is a fairly basic shmup where you pilot a ship that will grow every few seconds. The larger it grows, the more weapons and armor you have. If you get hit, a segment pops off. If you run out of segments... Well you don't want to do that.

The sides of the ship are bulletproof, so you can use them to clear out otherwise impassable walls of bullets. They will also reduce collision damage, but not entirely prevent it.

Z/W/Y/Space to shoot. (Spacebar may prevent diagonal movement in some keyboard/browser combinations)
Arrow keys to arrow.
C forces your ship to collapse (Turns off extra guns but you keep the armor still). This is useful to quickly shrink if you think you're going to take a hit.
M mutes the awful music loop.

== Known browser issues ===
IE11: No audio (Won't fix)
IE<10: Broken. (Can't fix)
Firefox Mac: Some reports of poor audio quality. (Can't test)
tl;dr use Chrome or Safari for best results, else your warranty is void

Source link is unminified and not CDN backed, so please use it for browsing source only~

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yumaikas says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:19am

Music was not as bad as advertised.

FireSlash says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:27am

I will try harder next time.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:56am

I bit too easy for my tastes, but then again, playing shoot-em-ups is probably one of my main hobbies :P

blohod says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:21am

very fun, too hard for me:P

FuzzyWuzzie says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:35pm

Great game, too bad I'm terrible at bullet hells!

tanjent says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:12pm

A very tight feeling in this one. Plays super smooth on my PC/Firefox. Good work on the in game tutorial and really good music as well - which provides a good pulse and spacey feeling. Nice work.

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 5:27pm

I think I just filled the entire universe with my bullets lol! Loved the game, animations and FX were super fluid even though I had so many things on screen. Music was pretty good!! Bonus points for the background story and usage of the theme. My only concern is that things start to get hard to distinguish after a while. Wonderful job otherwise!

Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:48am

Pretty tough game, but it's fun! :D

zulman says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:31am

Love 3 kind of bullet hell weapons, music is fit perfectly with picture. Hope you will polish the game and release for mobile!

P.S. Little bit uncomfortable key mapping ZWY

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:45am

I think I shot stuff and then I exploded, or imploded. For all the bullets I was firing it felt like most of them just went off and had a drink with their mates instead of going after my enemies. L'enfer, c'est les bullets.

Tight presentation. Music was bearable. Good.

Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:51am

Too dam hard for me, but I had fun trying :)

ambocclusion says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 7:32pm

Really awesome concept! Fun to play but a little confusing. Would love to see more!

miwuc says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 1:23pm

Awesome concept, and bullets *everywhere* make it very satisfying to play. I'm also impressed there's a funny, well written story to go with it (ok I'm terrible at this sort of game so I cheated I just read level.js) Great job!

Os_Reboot says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 8:24pm

Fun game, awesome music, incredible graphics. Well done, incredible entry overall.

Adreqi says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 12:32pm

"Great game, too bad I'm terrible at bullet hells!" -- me, as well :p

also music is not that bad, just becomes a little annoying in the long term ^^

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