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

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Escape from Alcatraz

by Skully - Jam Entry

Escape from alcatraz! By using the tried and true ancient technology of: A catapult!
At the start, you will launch a mattress over the prison wall. After that, try to launch as many prisoners over the wall as you can; help them escape by getting them over to the nearby island. You will get bonus points if you manage to land them on the mattress that you placed (*except maybe you won't, see below).
Try to help as many escape as you can before the guards come to stop you (in about 2 minutes).
Meant to be a short, simple, fun game to play around with, we hope you enjoy!
*sadly, there are bugs present where sometimes the collision detection for whether you landed on a mattress is incorrect. Sometimes this means you'll get screwed (sorry!) and other times it seems overly generous in counting how many people landed on it.
I (Skully) have been too busy to have the time to try to track down and fix the bug, so will try to do this post jam.

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Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:19am

Simple yet entertaining

Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:20pm

I loved the art and ragdoll animations

Skully says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:01pm

Thank you for your kind words!

gonutz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:37pm

I like that you have short instructions on your start screen.
I did not get the swing to throw prisoners beyond a certain point, no matter the angle at which I released it.
Also the graphics are not instantly recognizable.
By the way, you say on the web site you are linking to that you used Unit3D. Did you mean Unity?

Lojchin says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:17am

Nice Game!

Mordokay says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:49am

If Humor counted this game would definitly be on top ... the idea was simply hilarious. The ragdoll animations when hitting the ground and the catapult loading prisioners were very good. Just wish there was a scoring system of some kind since I didn't feel any kind of reward for geting the prisioners out of Alcatraz.
Also without seeing the target its a bit hard to know where to hit.
Overall I liked it! Congratz :)

Skully says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:56pm

@gonutz - Good spot on the typo! Fixed, thank you
I'm not quite sure what you mean about the swing. It will only be able to thrown prisoners a certain distance, but that's just the physical limit of the catapult. Also not sure what you mean about the graphics not being recognisable, but one thing I'm aware of is the mattress is a little difficult to see, so will be trying to fix that post-jam.
@Lojchin - Thank you!
@Mordokay - I believe humour is actually one of the marks that you can give a game during judging! Glad you enjoy the ragdoll, it was fun to create.
There actually is a scoring system (check the end of the newspaper!) but we might consider making it more obvious while you play. We've other things that we'd like to do to improve the game, just need to find the time!
Thanks again for your kind words, we're really glad people are getting enjoyment from playing

Sep 3, 2016 @ 7:26pm

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

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