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

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by dj_pale - Compo Entry

Had very little time for LD34 - made a Pico-8 in a hurry :) Theme = growing.

* Navigate with [left]/[right]
* Shoot with action buttons [x] or [z]

The aim is to merge and grow the evil boxes in order to have one left - then it will collapse due to it's unbearable mass! (*erm*).

Whenever you hit a box it changes direction. The magnetic field is also activited and shown as a circle. When boxes have an active magnetic field and are close to eachother the bigger box will consume the smaller one.

In Pico-8 the source is embedded in the cart PNG image.

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NuSan says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:56am

The magnetic idea is great. I like how you need to keep some box around by shooting them to invert their velocity.

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

Really nice take on the theme. I had some trouble understanding how the mechanic worked, so I was mostly playing asteroids :P It has a really awesome retro-feel. Good job!

Optimus6128 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:53pm

I got it the second time I played. I was just shooting stuff. You got attract them and make them absorb/grow. Plays very well when you get it.

Red_Fan games says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:16pm

Really great twist on asteroids! Really good "feel" too it.

marod says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:50pm

It's hard as hell, but it fits well with the teme. Nice game!

csanyk says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:37am

Clever twist on Asteroids. I'm having some performance problems after playing for a few seconds in Chrome, so I can't really play it. But it seems like you can't move, only rotate? Makes it pretty difficult if you can't dodge.

dj_pale says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:32pm

@csanyk: Only rotation and shooting - that's right :) If you have performance problems, please check the BBS ( Or if you have Pico-8, you can try the cart directly.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:48pm

I like the idea of putting the 'asteroids' back together, but in practice a bit difficult frustrating. Really wanted to fly the ship around a bit too!

anshulsinghxd says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:28pm

Nice one mate! We did something similar for the theme part! The magnet thing! You should check out our game too! :D

justinooncx says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:57am

Pretty difficult, but also pretty fun! Nice idea!

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 8:29pm

Very nice minimalist game that blends perfectly two game types together to fit the theme. Love the retro art style.

Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:20pm

Tricky gameplay, but nice. I like the sounds.

Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:48pm

I found it very challenging to hit the boxes exactly once to change their direction, it was very hard - it does inspire me to create some asteroids like games with non-standard ways of winning however (e.g. use tractor beam to rescue people while causing asteroids to reverse direction rather than destroying them, something like that).

Frenchie says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 9:53pm

Nice - one of the more unique gameplay ideas I've seen this LD - even if it just "asteroids with a twist." You were able to make something pretty good despite claiming to only spend very little time :)

"Reinforcements have arrived" - pretty great :)

Dec 28, 2015 @ 5:10pm

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

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