Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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Land of Curves

by spiffl - Jam Entry

i am point.
i am one of... five?
this place is too curved

arrow keys to move
x to fire
z and c to rotate (not available right away)

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HINTS:
1. you have nine lives, but after the first level simply getting hit does NOT make you lose a life due to a simple mechanic that i think is pretty cool. it should be pretty intuitive to understand.

2. this game is pretty tough, but i actually think it gets a lot more manageable after the first level because of the new mechanics. if you persevere and try your best i will be so happy :)

3. the final boss DOES have multiple pieces with separate health bars. i'd recommend attacking the top piece first!

UPDATE: now available on Mac :)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#68Audio(Jam)3.92
#314Fun(Jam)3.38
#404Mood(Jam)3.27
#418Humor(Jam)2.67
#492Overall(Jam)3.29
#555Innovation(Jam)3.04
#722Theme(Jam)3.09
#956Graphics(Jam)2.52
#1248Coolness47%

Comments

varuns says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:13pm

The whopping 100MB download was worth it! The 3 boss ships are hard to beat but once you get the turning the game gets fun!

IDidGame says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:54pm

when i saw the download size my first thought was, i bet this has a some pretty great music, wasn't wrong :)
the game itself is pretty ruthless.

spiffl says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:42pm

Do y'all really think it's super hard? I'm pretty good at shmups so I guess I don't have a good perspective. The deadline isn't for two more hours so I could maybe make it a little easier...

Llucile says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:48pm

It is really really too hard to play. Maybe you could slow down the pace a little bit ? The big ships appears really fast.
Except from that, it looks like a nice game, but I didn't manage to survive really long. :-/

kleinzach says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:54pm

Great music. The art was simple, but it worked for the most part. The gameplay felt solid throughout. I ended up getting a game over out of nowhere, so maybe some sort of interface about how many lives I have left would be nice.

Sean says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:27am

This was pretty tough; took me a couple tries before I got past the first level, but once I did I managed to get through the whole game.

I felt like the player didn't have enough speed, especially in the weaker stages when you can't really clear the enemies out. Maybe you could make the speed inversely proportional to the bullet output? It'd probably be a good idea to show the player's lives in the UI somewhere too.

The music was great btw!

jshawn111 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:50pm

Hello good people! Music Guy here. I put the soundtrack up on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shawnjohnson111/sets/land-of-curves-soundtrack
Thanks!

Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:03pm

Trippy. The difficulty curve may have been a little sharp, but it was fun and the music was fitting. Well done.

Benjamin says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:37am

Very complete entry. I love it.

If the life system work this way, I think you have a huge difficulty spike on lvl 1, the fact that you can loose life faster on this level should encourage you to make a very easy first level. The problem is this huge ships and the bullet ammount is still pretty impressive for a first level.
The other levels after that have a good balance. I even think the last level + boss battle was the easiest.
The boss battle with different weapons was totally cool.

And finally this level down/up system on hit is smart. I just regret you didn't adapt your leveldesign to it.

Oh and also playing shmup with guitar bgm totally reminded me this old indie : Everyday Shooters. Maybe you should go have a look there if you are not already inspired by this.

spiffl says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 1:12am

I actually haven't heard of it! Thanks for the tip and the detailed feedback :)

davor10105 says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 8:01pm

love it, its engaging and hard

CheesyRamen says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 4:53pm

Fun little bullet hell game; loved the final boss :)

csanyk says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 2:59am

Well that was a lot of bullets.

May 10, 2016 @ 12:12am

Excellent shmup, great work!

I got a 1cc on the first try, losing only one life (although I got hit a lot). Maybe add a loop in a post jam release? I'd love to play it. I do play a lot of shmups, so I have that background going for me there.

The gameplay itself, other than the difficulty, was great. I love the flow of the enemy patterns, and the seeming organization turning into utter chaos was great. The slow movement didn't bother me, and I feel it gave the game a very methodical feel, and it reminded me a little bit of Toaplan games like Flying Shark, where you have to plan ahead and follow through or risk a bullet hitting you while you hesitate.

There was also one moment where an enemy hitbox was outside of the enemy, resulting in unfair damage. The hitboxes most of the time were good, though.

My only major gripes are the lack of score and a life counter. With the strategic element of the player ship rotation finding the best route to score would be great. This and the addition of a high score table to incentivise this play would add so much, and would bring me back for more.

I know that this isn't really what the comments are for but I explained some of the reasons for my mechanics in this post and I thought you might be interested based on your comment on my game: http://ludumdare.com/compo/2016/05/09/some-stuff-about-the-mistakes-and-stuff-i-made-or-something/

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