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

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Taylor Vance

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Your pointer revolves around the player. Hold any key to lock direction, and the pointer will start sliding back and forth from the player. Release the key to zoom in the direction and magnitude of the pointer. Collect the pickups and try to beat your score!

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trozen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:04pm

I've got a Windows Machine, and cannot run OS/X only programs.

Stuntddude says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:57pm

Will play and rate this when I have access to an OS/X machine in a few days.

jayitinc says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:17pm

An OS X only game... wow thanks...

crucknuk says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 12:38am

Can't test it, I don't have an OS/X device ^^

OctoStudio says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:17pm

It's a bit poor, but something can be done with this concept of moving.

Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:57pm

@jayitinc please get off your high horse for a second and try to understand that this is the first game I've ever built. I would have loved to build for web but I didn't have the tools or the time to get them and learn how to use them. Don't have a mac? Ok, there are thousands of submissions for windows. Move on.

danbolt says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:02pm

Oh, yeah, I have an OS X machine!

Cool idea. I like how the controls were minimized to only a click. This sort of thing could be made into the kind of mobile games that Ketchapp does well. If you polished the gameplay up, it would make a great app.

During gamelplay, I found moving around a bit difficult. Or, sometimes I felt as though the circle didn't go in the direction I always thought it was going to. Being able to change the velocity is smart, although maybe a bit difficult to get going fast. To be honest, I spent a lot of time trying to line up my shots in the same direction, so I wouldn't have minded if the circle moved at a fixed speed.

Overall, cool idea with such a minimal control scheme! Thanks for uploading!

Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:03pm

@crucknuk, same to you. I know the game is nothing fancy. I didn't make it to win. I didn't even make it for lots of people to play. I made it simply to make it.

@Stuntddude, thank you for your interest.
@OctoStudio, thank you for the honest criticism.
Everyone else, your comments are pointless.

Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:08pm

Thanks @danbolt! (yes, I realize this @username thing doesn't work ;)

"circle didn't go in the direction I always thought it was going to"
I wanted to experiment with physics but I realize it's tricky to get the hang of. You have momentum, so you can't turn on a dime. Thanks for the feedback. I had fun making it and would love to polish it someday.

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