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

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Space Defender

by ImYellowFish - Jam Entry

You are a pilot of a spaceship, who needs to protect earth alone against overwhelming alien attacks. However most of the time you must stay in the earth orbit, moving around earth to block the attacks.

Besides regular attacks, you even face burst waves of enemies, as well as a boss fight. To stand a chance, you must use whatever you can.

Simply hold left mouse key and move around, the space ship will follow the cursor.
However, it will be constrained on the earth orbit, and you will need power ups to provide more freedom. You can explore various power ups and find how they work.

Danny Zhu, Li Feng, Zhan Jia and Lu Yu

PS: you may notice you only need one button to play this game. however, there is 'a' keyboard button which immediately calls the boss fight. uh oh I already told you :D

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pvwradtke says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:41am

That's a twisted shoot'em'up, loved the idea of colliding against the objects to destroy the asteroids. I think the ship moves a bit too slow, but thatś a minor complaint. The music made me wish I could crash some kaijus in outer space ;).

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:37am

thx for the comment! I liked the music too :D

CustomPhase says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:20pm

Pretty fun game. Music is great, as people said, but explosion effects are really low quality and ear piercing. Also particle effects could use some work.

monetai says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:29pm

Cool game!! But very difficult.. I can't beat the boss level, those laser... grrr

That was very fun !!

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:54pm

To CustomPhase: Thanks for advice :D ! Indeed they aren't very satisfactory. I guess I have to work harder on my graphics in the future.

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:56pm

To Monetai: Haha indeed! My teammates and I also fail the level quite often. You need a bit of luck to pass the level :D

RARoadkill says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:29am

Really fun game. Fun to smash your ship into stuff. Great work

2pae says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:02am

i Love the concept and music is veryyyyy cool. 5/5 in music and sound effects

tantumgames says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:49am

Good idea. It's fun and difficult. Nice graphics and music.
Great work.

bigbeautiful says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:07am


ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:08am

@bigbeautiful 谁家的孩纸丢这儿了 = =|||

Aerohand says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:29am

i pushed earth out of the screen... not sure if this is right...

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:51am

@Aerohand well that seems to happen quite often... should have added a mechanism to get the earth back. However, sometimes you can win by pushing the earth out at the right time :D

arzi says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:10am

I loved the music!

krashja says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 4:40pm

I Really like when you get all the energy, its really satisfying i like that!

Taldius says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 5:29pm

Really good game! I have to confess, the Pacific Rim soundtrack made the game a little better for me.
However the idea is good, I especially loved the plot twist at the end. The gameplay is smooth too and the graphics and visual effects are very nice.
Excellent job!

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:34am

@krashja I have the same feeling!! :D

ImYellowFish says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:36am

@Taldius Thanks! The plot twist wasn't in our plan actually. pushing the earth was as an accidental bug :D Then we got inspired and added the boss fight.

DustyStylus says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:27pm

Nice take on a classic theme. :)

Quique says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:32am

The game concept is great, but playing the game, the earth disapears from the screen :\

justinooncx says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 6:50am

Pretty difficult game, but definitely interesting and fun! The Earth-pushing mechanics are a tad hard to use, though.

Weeping Rupee says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 6:54am

Nice look, nothing too novel but pretty fun. I wish the area of the map was bigger though. The sounds are a little much at times also.

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