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

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Choo Choo

by Madball - Jam Entry

Control a train and pick up passengers.
However, you can't control your speed, you can only turn left or right.

...will it be my first entry that doesn't require explaining?

Source code via right-click.

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ianh says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:18pm

Neat use of the theme!

Zarkith says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:21pm

Final Score: 2610

Dang, that was tough. This is the part where I'd complain about it being too fast, if the speed and challenge weren't super fun that is. ;)

ondrejbalas says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:56am

Very fun game, and hard too. It's tough getting the timing on some of those turns. Nice job!

mukult says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:35am

Wow!! nice game .... neat concept! Love how intense it gets later on!

Steven Miller says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:43am

Really good game, and very intuitive. I really like the visuals, the train looks awesome!

David Cookie says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:08pm

Really tough to see where we can turn at each intersection but very good concept! Cute visual and rewarding combo are the main strength imo. With audio and feedbacks, it could become a great game!

Janacek says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Great game, but turning is hard haha

Jesse Freeman says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Interesting use of the theme. Really like the idea here and could see it being a deeper game. I'd suggestion allowing the player to hit left or right ahead of a turn and flip the signal switch to make it easier to move. Felt like I wasn't able to get the turns correctly when I tried. Great job!

richardboegli says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 7:21am

Nice Game, snake on rails.

"I like trains!"

ChromeWisp says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:29pm

A very solid use of the theme. The game could probably have benefited from having better visuals at intersections, but overall a very well-rounded, intuitive game that, as you surmised, doesn't need any explaining.

scorched says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:58pm

Not bad! Would be awesome if the turning could be decided before the crossing, just like real railway switches :-)

LeReveur says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:46pm

I really like trains games. Nothing more to say ! :D

YinYin says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 5:17pm

Arr too bad the little wagons didn't start growing and bursting with passengers as you pick up more and more.

A temporary slow down via holding left and right would've been really helpful on the more complex levels - could've rewarded not using it by adding bonus points for clearing it fast.

gallerdude says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 5:25pm

Fun and to the point!

Sir Magic says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 5:29pm

I liked it but music would've been nice, also maybe something to end the game? like lava pits would be cool for the extra hardcore.

Jan 2, 2016 @ 6:51pm

I think my brain just melt.
You have to be in perfect timing for turn and this make the game very hard.
Nice entry.

simon.parzer says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 7:09pm

Nice use of the two button theme. It feels solid, didn't find any bugs. Congratulations on keeping the gameplay simple so you could do a good amount of different levels.

acotis says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 8:11pm

Ohh, cool. The train was going a little too fast for me but I did beat all the levels in the end. I think the game would benefit from a tutorial or explanatory text at the beginning :P

Aurel Bílý says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 8:12pm

Ah, that was harder than I expected.

Foofanoo42 says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 2:16am

Very fun and cool. You could have made some enemies or just places where you crash, but that would probably have reduced the simple fun-ness of the game. There was something soothing about watching the little carriages whip around the curves.

Drury says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 6:03am

ANOTHER frantic train game? I'm up for this, totally am.

Dude - we take your game, we take my game, we fuse them, we win GOTY three times in a row.

Nobody will ever dare to pick on trains ever again. Trains are the future of gaming.

Nega Drive says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 4:49pm

Cute little game. Deceptively tricky too. Gives me flashbacks to an old C64 game called Locomotion.

Mar 30, 2016 @ 1:55pm

Simple, challenging, and well made! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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