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

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by the-arrival - Jam Entry

** don´t use fullscreen mode. The latest Unityversion is bugged on this **

Updated Version 1.6 with some little bugfixes and tweaks...

This is Bloat Blaster, a Growing theme entry!
In this top down shooter, you fight inflating aliens that grow bigger and more dangerous with every hit. Watch out, if you shoot too quickly, the alien will multiply, so manage your damage!

If you liked the game (or hated it) please let us know what you think!


wasd to move
left-click to shoot

shoot the ALIENS until they die!
the more you hit them, the BIGGER they get!
big things are SLOW but hit like a truck!
small things are FAST and annoying!
highscore and DONT DIE!

DON´T shoot too quickly, or the aliens MULTIPLY!!!

If you like what you played, get in touch with our other projects:

Marcus Ambichl: Programming(Gameplay and Engine), MechnicsDesign, SoundDesign
MainProject (Updates will come soon, promise!):

Kriechgebüsch - Programming(UI, weapons), ParticleEffects, PlayerAnimation

Alden Reynolds - All the Art Shenanigans

!!! Leave us your survialtime and kills in the comments and get your Place in the Highscores List !!!


1: Kills: 47, Time: 179 - Alvaro_as
2: Kills: 41, Time: 146 - gladers
3: Kills: 31, Time: 136 - Taffaz
4: Kills: 28, Time: 130 - Elit3dGaming
5: Kills: 27, Time: 238 - the-arrival(Marcus)
6: Kills: 10, Time: 175 - Guard 13007
7: Kills: 14, Time: 100 - fabrizio
8: Kills: 6, Time: 86 - TheGypsyKing
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Downloads and Links




Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:57am

Nice Dig Dug quality to it with the inflatable baddies. It's fun and looks and sound great. Well Done!

zaniarm says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:56am

This game was fun to play. I just love the graphics and sounds. Great job.

gladers says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:54pm

Superb game, the graphics quality and polished gameplay in such a short time is incredible!

ss64games says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:52pm

I think the mechanic of gauging how much I should fire depending on the enemy's size wasn't that fun and hard to read. It was a bit too hard to strategize around that element while also dodging and firing at enemies for me. The graphics and lighting of the arena were well put together. Well polished entry.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:24pm

Great presentation but I didn't really get what I was supposed to do to play well in the game - like it says in the instructions - big things are slow and do big damage, small things are fast but less, shooting often means you spawn stuff so no matter what I do something bad negative is triggered. Would have been great to have something to do that would feel effective.

Elit3dGaming says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:27pm

28 kills 130 time really fun game, great music and great art used

the-arrival says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:35pm

Thanks for the Feedback so far and your kind comments! On the mechanics i agree that we could have told them better. The Idea is to WAIT when stuff gets too big (blinking red, shaking) until they shrink again, before continue shooting. What was pretty clear for us, seems to confuse a lot of people. Lesson learned how much you lack objectivity, when you are the creator :)

_benhumphries says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:53am

Great job! I found pretty much every aspect of the game great! The graphics stand out among other games, and I like the idea of the "inflatable baddies!"

alvarop says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:12am

Being the highscore holder in the World, I have to say I enjoyed this game quite a bit. The main mechanic isn't quite as clear as the developers intended it to be, but not understanding it - killing the enemies at a slow pace - does not hinder gameplay experience.

All in all, it's a fun game, with a cool world and gameplay. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

luke says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:25pm

excellent job! at times the character just stopped, I even pressing to move and sometimes the window hindered me, consider having full screen, again excellent job

Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:08am

Very well done. Impressive entry. Fun gameplay

OttersDen says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:52am

The polish in this game! So good. Nicely done!

MintArcade says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 7:51pm

Great fun. They really hitting like a truck. ;D

CremaGames says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 1:09pm

Wow! Great game! :D

DustyStylus says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 6:27pm

"shoot the ALIENS until they die! " -- these are the BESTEST games. :P Nice game, excellent graphics, runs perfectly in WINE on OSX. Thanks for reviewing my game.

Dietrich Epp says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 8:34pm

There's a lot of polish here, and it's fun, but the gameplay is a bit frustrating and the camera is hard to work with. I can't shoot the aliens until they die because I have to wait until they get smaller first, but it took me a while to figure that out. It looks like it's the big aliens that split? But from the instructions, it seems like it's how fast you shoot. It would make a big difference if the aliens communicated more information about their status. For example, it would be nice to be able to tell at a glance exactly how many shots an alien could take before splitting. One of the more fun games I've played this round.

Taffaz says ...
Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:56am

31 Kills and 136s survival time. Enjoyed the game and the audio was cool.

Guard13007 says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 9:39pm

10 kills, 175.06 time

Pretty fun, but a little confusing as to when it's safe to shoot (to keep them from multiplying).

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