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

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Gun Growers

by thomz12 - Compo Entry

My Ludum Dare 34 entry!

Theme: Growing

Control the growth of your gun, and shoot all the zombies you can find with it!


A / D : Walk
Space : Jump
Left Mouse: Shoot
F : Enter Gun Grow Mode
R : Reset Gun Growth
Esc : 1x = reset, 2x = quit

Thanks for playing!

Note: OSX and Linux version are untested

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Dinomode says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 12:49am

I like the music. The controls being a and d are pretty hard to use with little floor friction. But I like it.

MorseAmalgam says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:30am

Interesting setup! Having the bullets actually delayed by the amount of travel time through the extended chambers was a nice touch. Only problem I ran into was that even the base source of fire was further out than a zombie in melee range, so I usually died because 2-3 zombies swarmed me and I had no way to put distance between them or get them off me.

Elenesski says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:09am

Good music and idea. I agree with dinomode that it is a little hard to control with little friction.

Ethan Allwood says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:04pm

Love it

Anshul Goyal says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:12pm

Kinda hard to control, especially the jump. It took me a minute to clear the first cluster of boxes.

propter_ludus says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:38am

Very neat concept!

Tuism says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:20pm

So the controls were too drifty for me to feel like I was in control.

Then, I don't think I got to the point of the game because the enemies were basically too strong - or I wasn't equipped to kill them. It would have been nice to be able to turn around!!! I was stuck facing right. Which sucked. Then when I landed ON a bunch of zombies, they killed me and I couldn't do anything about it because I can't shoot down or fall through or anything. And I couldn't kill them earlier because I couldn't turn around.

Frustrating. Not sure what "gun seeds" were for :/

thomz12 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:41pm

Did you check out the tutorial Tuism? That will explain why you can't turn or shoot down.
If you press F, you'll be able to grow the gun, in different directions. Also, I agree that the movement is a bit drifty, I'll have to fix that :)

Skruffye says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:52am

Went for the "long gun shoots through boxes approach". It didn't work out. :P Very interesting idea, slick animation. The realisation of the core mechanic could have been more central to the level design, but overall, a good game. :)

Weeping Rupee says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:28pm

I had an interesting moment in this one-- I was surrounded by zombies on both sides they were closing in and I jumped just to find that I was crowd surfing on them. It made me happy. I was less happy to find I couldn't jump off of the crowd of zombies and more and more just kept adding to the pile. Finally, I died and my gun fell on top of them while I was still firing and managed to kill a couple. It was entertaining, certainly... but I felt like the theme was shoe-horned in on this one.

kanatohodets says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:33pm

Cool game! The platformer bit of the tutorial took me longer than you probably intended (echoing the 'slightly float-y/disorienting physics comments from others) but the mechanic is very cool :) I had lots of fun building up my gun in goofy ways, and seeing the bullets pulse through my contraption made me chuckle. Good work!

fxtagn says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:44pm

Fun, but control is too hard: inertia and keymap A/D/Space + mouse is not comfortable.

sonelliot says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:39am

Really cool idea. It took me a while to figure out that you need to build a gun that fires backwards because you can't turn around. That might've been because I glossed over the tutorial a bit.

I found myself getting stuck at the first big zombie bunch. I think I probably could have killed him by queuing up a bunch of shots before jumping down to their level.

I think it would be cool to have a diagonal barrel attachment, so you can fire at angles. Or maybe different starting weapons, like shotguns or machine guns.

I really enjoyed this game. Great job! :-)

Techblogogy says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 6:16pm

This game is very fun and quite nice looking, but as many people pointed out, controls are a bit iffy. Great job!

gallerdude says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 5:12pm

Good music and fun game idea.

Jan 2, 2016 @ 6:45pm

Was full of bug when running full screen but in windosed it was much better.
Fun concept, still a lot of elements to adjust but it's a nice base.

flakoflak says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 6:51pm

Fun Game!

gelisam says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 10:36pm

Great use of the theme! At first I assumed I'd find the optimal gun configuration and stick with it, but it turns out it's easier (and more fun, and more thematically-appropriate!) to constantly reconfigure the gun according to changing circumstances.

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