Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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A viking game

by quentinus60 - Competition Entry

Your village is attack and you need to protect your totem.

AD or QD to move
space to throw your weapon
left click to attack
right click to use shield

this my first time doing a ludum dare.

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videogreg93 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:51am

A lot of fun! Got up to 21. Throwing spears are fun.

bFusion says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:35am

Nice and simple concept and execution. Great balance between the melee and ranged enemies. It really makes you manage your spear :D

PetterBergmar says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:39am

Hahaha those totems are hilarious!

Mirgle says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:46am

That was cute and neat game. I liked the ms paint art style alot xD. Would have loved more decorations to make it seem more like a village, but it is decent as-is. Overall a solid game. Does the job it's meant to, no more, no less.

zhtroy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:47am

simple but fun, the drawings are good

Pix3M says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:00am

It is a really simple game, but for what little it provides, it is well-designed to give you many options for how to play the game. Shame my playthroughs only last for about 15 seconds though

Xinelu says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:51am

It's fun at all, keep the good work!

KevKevOnFire says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:11am

Hey, damn good for a first time. My first Ludum Dare I didn't even make anything playable! The risk/reward on the spear throws was a really good addition that got me trouble more than once.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:15am

Very good first entry. Seems too short to me though. Some sound would have helped alot.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:27am

This game is incredibly simple but a very good game for it. There consequence of throwing the spear makes strategy surprisingly complicated. In terms of gameplay, I'm not sure exactly what could be done to make it better - this works really well as a simple game. The only thing I would suggest is trying to add sound.

manabreak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:28am

Nice work on your first jam! And feel free to fix the bug, it's allowed if you don't change the gameplay. :)

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:38am

Neat! Great job on a first entry. Hope you enter again!

For Graphics, I'd recommend sticking to simple shapes and sprites if you're not an expert on making assets in photoshop. A little can go a long way. Here, for instance, I think the game could actually be improved with some really simple boxes and shapes instead of some of the higher-res assets you used.

I would definitely definitely recommend trying to add sound for your next entry. If you haven't done sound effects before, it's actually really fun to try and get sounds in, and they go a long way in making a real time game feel more polished.

Gameplay is really solid and feels smooth. Good job!

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:13am

Got to score 13 :D

Lacks audio but I like the concept.

burnedkirby says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:21am

simple, a little difficult to fight as the spear throwing makes you lose your spear (until you pick it up again) and the attack has a long cooldown. neat game. Too bad there's no end to the bad guys and realistically, one-man-armies don't last long.

TheMightySice says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:31am

:D the game is fun and you did a really good job for your first comp. But without sound it feels unfinished try adding some to your next game ;)

Sakaki says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:50am

Besides the lack of sounds, the game is fun. I'm feelling like a warcraft-ish troll! Add sounds and make this game great <3

QwaKlak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:58pm

Funy simply game

Efmi_ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:24pm

Very funny and simple game :D Like it!!

KLegacy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:05pm

Game was simple but most importantly it was fun and entertaining.

rjhelms says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:34pm

Good, simple fun! The ability to throw the spear around added a nice dimension to the game play, because you had to manage when you needed it vs when you could afford to throw it.

Uploading a version to fix that crash would be fine - you're allowed to fix things like that after the 48 hours, so long as it's not adding any game play etc. It's good to update your game description to say you'd done that, though.

A few other suggestions, specifically about packaging up your game:

1. You should give your game (the download/executable) a different name - something like "ludum dare" is fine when you're developing, but isn't so great a name for someone who's downloading it along side a lot of other LD entries.

2. I'd recommend against packaging up the game in an installer. I don't know about Gamemaker specifically, but there should be a way you can package it so it's just something you unzip and run - again, makes things a bit easier for people who are going to be running and playing a whole bunch of different games.

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:45am

Very Nice i love your Game Good Works )=

Diz Three says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:54pm

I've got a score of 19.

Graphics were simple, the controls are hard (for me), but is still fun though...

Totems were funny XD and you cannot let them die :P
Good luck on your next entry!

gonutz says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 7:03pm

Oh man, this game is tough. And awesome! I got a score of 58. This is one of those games that make you addicted. That is even without sound effects or music this game is a lot of fun!
Keep up the good work!

Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:15pm

~21 points. Pretty challenging to me but still fun. Nice start, keep making games.

gonutz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:41pm

135! This game is so awesome! I keep coming back to it :)

Sep 9, 2016 @ 6:24pm

Simple, but good game. I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

gonutz says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 3:37pm

121. Trying again! This really is addictive! :)

gonutz says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 3:54pm

164. That's a wrap for today :)

gonutz says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 11:28am

Now I found a problem, when you go all the way to the left or right and press space, killing a guy, you cannot get your spear back!

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