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

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TrainWrecker

by TheMessiah - Compo Entry

Defend your train while trying to grow as big as possible. The more carts you have the more score you get.

Controls:
A and D to turn
Space to shoot
Mouse to aim

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Ratings

Coolness64%
#320Innovation3.41
#320Overall3.44
#324Fun3.36
#470Humor2.38
#481Audio2.63
#526Graphics3.00
#625Mood2.77
#664Theme3.50

Comments

qwetro says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:25pm

Crashed, couldn't even start. :(

AranHase says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:12pm

Cool idea! It's like Snake, but with less apples and more bullets =D

Had lots of fun with it. The graphics are simple, but I liked it a lot. Sound is fitting, and seems like a solid game. Good job!

Azor1 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:12pm

I extracted it with 7-zip, but it wouldn't do anything when ran.

Peekotus says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:14pm

A very intense version of snake!

bushmango says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:53am

It took me a while to figure out that your TRAIN IS MOVING! (There's no reference to see that it's moving) Very cool once I figured it out. Those squares are jerks.

AdamsMcCall says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:28pm

Nice game, but it was hard to understand how to play, whats the point of shooting, what is this little arrow... A little tutorial would be perfect :D

Jimbly says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:28pm

Fun! A little background or particles or trail behind your train would have helped a lot to give the impression of motion of the train, I thought I was just standing still to start with.

Drury says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:47pm

Tried unzipping with winrar and 7zip, no dice. Won't run once unpacked.

Windows 10 might be the issue here?

crucknuk says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:59pm

This is a good compo, I like the concept. Nice work!

Benjamin says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:12pm

Shooting from chariots is a very clever idea. It makes your game unique. I had a lot of fun playing it.I think you could improve it this way :
- Changing shape is not enough to make monsters different from bonus. I often make mistakes. Maybe choose a different color for bonus or if you want to keep black&white style just make bonus way bigger.
- You dont have to add another key for shoot if your game need mouse and left clic is unused.
- Draw a simple grid or anything giving the player the feeling of moving. At first I was looking for a key to move forward because I didnt understood I was already moving.

TheMessiah says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:19pm

For people experiences crashes, installing .NET 4.5.2 might solve it. Had the same kinds of problems with my last entry. Probably going to be switching to LÖVE next LD.

Catblocker says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:27pm

I didn't have a programme to open the file!

Dohxis says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:01pm

Very cool idea, couldn't get too big of a score though (2550). Overall, I think it fits the theme very good, though It's pretty much snake with a twist. The audio is okayish and the graphics isn't much to look at but it serves the purpose well! Good job :)

Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:26pm

Love it!

timeshapers says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:31pm

I'm so glad I read the comments. Funny that saying it's a train was not enough to make me realize the train is moving.
Absolutely love the bullet charing mechanic on the train cars, brilliant. And the different delay in each slot makes it very satisfying to shoot.
Excellent job.

Darkflint says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:41pm

Couldnt start either :(

Drury says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:26am

Already had .NET 4.5.2, didnt help.

Oh well.

yokcos700 says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 4:57am

Really needs to be more clear that the train is moving where you point it. Before I realised that, the game was very unfun and confusing. After I realised that (which I only found out from the comments), it was quite enjoyable. Having space as the shoot button is weird. It's probably be better to click to shoot. Great visual style, nice audio unless you're shooting constantly, at which point it gets a bit grating. No music, but it doesn't really need music.

Steven Miller says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:02pm

Amazing game, really fun!

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:17pm

Took a small while to figure out how to play it properly but it was quite enjoyable when I did! Could have done with some visuals/ui to give the player some more info but fun nonetheless.
Btw, installing .NET 4.5.2 fixed the crash at startup for me.

SaintHeiser says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 1:02pm

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Trainwrecker.exe
Application Version: 1.0.0.0
Application Timestamp: 566e0825
Fault Module Name: KERNELBASE.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.1.7601.18869
Fault Module Timestamp: 556363bc
Exception Code: e0434352
Exception Offset: 0000c42d
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1049
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

Budi says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 2:37pm

I really like this game. :-) Simple graphics, great concept with shooting chariots. I like that you grow, but you become easier target for enemies, so they destroy some of your chariots and then again. Nice loop. :-)

Gordy says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 6:39pm

No comment ... :o Very nice ...

Rogod says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 12:07am

Hah, I initially thought "wow, this is stupidly difficult" But I got the hang of it after a couple more tries. Got a few carriages and pwned some squares with my laz0rs or something xD
Shame the graphics weren't top-down city-scape with cowboys or something, that would have made it a lot more entertaining.
The concept was kinda fun and it sorta follows the 2 button controls (except having 3 buttons and a mouse) and follows the growing theme so the only low vote this gets is on graphics. :)

Jan 3, 2016 @ 5:16pm

Really interesting, challenging game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :) https://youtu.be/6QI1ZQ7v1fA

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