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

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by TerraCottaFrog - Compo Entry

Made in 48 hours for Ludum Dare 34. Theme: Two Button Controls

Use only two buttons to control your fast moving craft around an abstract obstacle course of moving spikes. Collect prizes for points, and survive for as long as you can.

Use Z to move outwards from the center of the circles, and X to move inwards. Play for the highscore! Highscores are saved from play to play.

**Download for Windows for High Resolution Mode!**

Downloads and Links




timtipgames says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:17am

those links don't work :(
just a 404 on

Borodar says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:23am

Looks like web-link is broken...

schizoid2k says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:26am

Link not working

xWarZonex says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:33am

Game not found

Jakylgamer says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:34am

yup links are broken

mukult says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:35am

The links are broken! Please fix it asap mate... The screenshots are pretty interesting! :)

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:40am

Sorry about that. It should be working now.

jcmonkey says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:41am

was a interesting game.

Mithreindeir says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:41am

Interesting idea, it started out slow but got better.

Crafting4U says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:44am

Mildly addictive game. Use of simple graphics and audio was well.

emmes says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:44am

Web Link was working for me...

amras0000 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:47am

Overall, a fun little game; difficult but very nice-looking and easy to grasp, fits with the theme.

There were a handful of times I really don't feel like I should have survived when I did. The spikes sometimes line up perfectly and the only way to avoid them is to use the invulnerability of the movement animation, which doesn't feel terribly fair or intended. I feel like the game would've worked much better with clearer deliniations of where the player should be at a given point. I'm mostly nitpicking here, though. The system works and isn't hard to learn.

Only other complaint is that the sound effects are a bit grating.

cxsquared says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:49am

Really like the idea of it. It's quite hard but I kinda like that. It was rough getting above 3. Nice work.

tuben999 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:11am

Pretty good game! :) bit confusing at first what and where is the player?

nonetheless says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:38pm

Nice, challenging entry :)

midgard says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:10pm

I find it impossible :/ but well fitting the Two Button controls theme.

AlexaCol says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:10pm

Love the artstyle, the game is quite fun. 9/10

sputnik says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:21am

Nice game! simple but addictive. love it! I think w and s or up and down arrow would have been more intuitive for controls.

Akhera says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:41am

Good concept, although it feels like you can get into situations it's impossible to get from a bit too often.

Personally, I'd prefer if the controls were up and down arrows instead, because this way I sometimes forget which button is inwards and which is outwards.

OrangeeZ says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:26pm

Real hardcore...

ethankennerly says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 3:31pm

When I dodged the spikes by shifting orbits, picked up a blue square and saw my score increase, I felt excited! If you continue to develop this, for a while I sometimes reversed thinking of the Z key as Move Out and the X key as Move In. Have you considered how the spikes rotations could ramp difficulty over time to onboard a casual player like me?

aemiliu5 says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 2:00pm

it's a bit too hard for me but i liked it!

Blobo says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 4:28pm

Really cool concept. i really enjoyed this game, high score of 8. it's pretty hard, but i liked the challenge.

Hot Box Games says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 4:29pm

Good idea, good execution, challenging and addictive!
Overall pretty neat entry!

rjhelms says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 4:47am

Solid take on the theme, and good addictive game play. Really hard, but that suits a game like this well.

freaknarf says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 5:35pm

Nice simple, and hard game ! I thought your last game was easy but this one is super difficult !
I can't beat for now :) and i'm not talking about manic mode, really for ... manics :p
Very simple and enjoyable aestetics and mechanics, i was a bit frustrated when i died almost as soon as i started the game ...
Good job !

Diel Mormac says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 12:38am

Nice game!

I think you should improve the level generator, because many times I did born died...

Overall, it's a really cool idea!


Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 7:43pm

Mildly addictive game. Use of simple graphics and audio was well. Addictive. Neat ++

LittleThor says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 10:09am

Simple but efficient game.
Be careful with the procedural level design, it builds some impossible or very frustrating situations like "starting directly in a spike"
Good job!

ranmaru90 says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 2:37pm

I love games like this. Small and simple, yet fun and challenging.

Jan 2, 2016 @ 3:00pm

Fun, simple game play and great use of the theme.

Jan 5, 2016 @ 1:14am

A simple but interesting game. Really lenient in terms of when the game decides you hit a spike it seems.

Solifuge says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 1:29am

Solid game! I rather preferred the pacing on Manic better than Normal; it made it feel exciting, and let you quickly put an end to the frustrations of bad RNG giving you an impossible layout (only happened a few times). No advice here, other than to consider generation algorithms that didn't make impossible levels, or hand design the layout for consistency.

Thanks for putting this together!

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