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

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by refreshgames - Compo Entry

Novascape pits you deep inside the planet Novatron armed with your rather fuel hungry jetpack and trusty sidearm at your disposal. Can you escape the planet alive? Or will you fall foul to the planets denizens?

Instructions are within the game, just wait a few seconds on the title screen, or just try tapping the A and B buttons on your Gameboy Handheld / Emulator and try to pick up the controls.

Looking for a handy dandy Emulator to play this game on? Might I recommend to you the Rather Dazzling BGB Available Here:

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cppchriscpp says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:51am

Pretty fun, though it's really hard to adjust your speed to dodge some of the fireballs in time.

Graphics look great for a gb game, and the controls manage to feel completely natural. Great entry.

cppchriscpp says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:58am

ps: Works on real hardware:

Riftpoint says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:22pm

Pretty good game! I really liked the art style

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:44pm

It looks awesome, but it is really hard to play. I didn't had the feeling I was in control, instead it was based on luck if I survived for more than 10 seconds.

Red_Fan games says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Great! I loved it. What did you use to create a game boy game?

Zarkith says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:56pm

Always love to seem ROM entries, and this is the most fun out of any I've played from any LD. <3

Also I found a bug that let me fly straight upwards at max speed without pressing anything by instantly pressing and releasing both A and B at the start. (Not sure about the exact input, I kinda spammed 'em. But I have been able to replicate it consistently)

antonuklein says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:33pm

Really fun little thing, and awesome that it's a GB game too!

Eshford says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:02pm

Really enjoyed playing this. Well done!

gallerdude says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:03pm

Gameboy ROM, this is amazing. Very fun, very complex gameplay.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:58am

Great game, kept me coming back for more :)

redmassacre says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:36am

In best tradions of River Raid and Downwell - but without left-right maneuvres - and it was hard for me on easy level :)
Perhaps making shooting sound low-pitched would make me more happy - moreover i like 8bit sound schemas and i like space theme.
So, it's a taste of childhood - thanks :)

rjhelms says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:51am

I can't even imagine making something that will run on real hardware in 48 hours - great job!

The fact that only one bullet could be on screen at once, combined with the fact that thrust and fire were on the same button, made this really challenging - at first it felt like I wasn't in control, but when it clicked I had some good fun.

ianh says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:40am

This is an impressive achievement! The controls are kinda frustrating at first, but I ended up having fun anyway.

Jakylgamer says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:47am

dang hard as balls but pretty cool :).

Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:54pm

Challenging game! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

DesignerNap says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:01pm

Saw this on Jupi's playthrough. Really love the style. STrong entry.

Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:53am

Fun game :D

danbolt says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:04pm

So cool to see that you're running a submission on real GB hardware!

Would you give any advice to aspiring Game Boy programmers?

SSJMetroid says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 3:29am

LMFAO a god damn gameboy game?? That was great man.. I mean it's not the best game, but the achievement is awesome. Mad props, you get bonus street cred.

SiENcE says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:59pm

Theme top! Graphic top! Sound=Gameboy! It's challenging and fun.

Love it.

You should also add an link to instantly play the game on web emulators. Here is one.

Solifuge says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 11:47pm

Liked the simple input, though I'll second that it was Old Nintendo Hard to dodge, shoot, and control yourself. Really impressed with the technical challenge of making a Gameboy ROM for LD. Very cool that you got audio working too! Thanks for sharing this.

brainstorm says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 12:16pm

Wow! Great gameboy ROM! The only flaw is the difficult, and that's not exactly a flaw! The best ROM I've seen in this Jam!


drludos says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Impressive entry! It's the 3rd Gameboy game i'm playing during this LD, and I'm still impressed at the technical achievement to create such a game on GameBoy in 48h only!

The game itself is quite cool and fun to play. Easy to pick up, but very challenging. I like how your shots make you move forward, and this is the only way to move right or left. If you continue developing this game, you should increase the recoil to make it more fun/challenging for the player, because this great idea seems currently a little "less important" compared to the enemies and lava floor to avoid :)

Aurel Bílý says ...
Dec 29, 2015 @ 8:51pm

Well done! Very easy on either mode though :>

Jan 4, 2016 @ 7:54pm

I've always wanted to learn how to make a GB or NES ROM. Great entry.

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