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

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A Robot named Rover

by Hackingroelz - Competition Entry

One hundred years ago, humanity was destroyed by the apocalypse. However, for some reason, all non-human species were left alive. Robots, animals, etc. They were all quite happy about the disappearance of the humans. Except for one little, ancient robot. A robot named Rover.

Use WASD to move and space to progress dialog. (Mac users: use the run.command file, everyone else: run the jar file)

I added an easy version for people who can't complete the regular version (try the regular version first though).

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PetterBergmar says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:29pm

Haha he is the wall-e of ludum dare.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:45am

Doesn't run on my Mac. I get this error in Terminal: run.command ; exit;
Exception in thread "Thread-1" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: com/rgine/Start : Unsupported major.minor version 52.0
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClassCond(
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(
at Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
Saving session...
...copying shared history...
...saving history...truncating history files...
Deleting expired sessions...169 completed.

KevKevOnFire says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:46am

I really struggled to visually understand the map, and I'm not 100% convinced the first level is even possible. Enemies just seemed to walk towards me and I didn't really have a way to deal with them. Just take the hit and run.

Hackingroelz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:05am

@DragonZBW (SparkLight Games) Make sure you've got the newest version of Java.

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:43am

Very Nice i love your Game Good Works )=

Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:04pm

Cool art and music.

The game was extremely hard, I was able to get through the robots and the first wolves. Though game crashed when I lost on the second wolves scenario.

Would've been nice to had a few easier scenarios first before you racked up the difficulty.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:19pm

Oh, I feel so dizzy now.
The third map has a hole so it is possible to move outside the map.

I'd recommend to improve camera control and tweak the difficulty a bit.

Mathiouza says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:47am

Cool game but I think a little bit too difficult in the first levels. And, I think I will remember this game because : "After realized you escaped the wolves, you realize that you did not escape the wolves" x)
The musics are cool too :)

yotam180 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:46pm

Won't run on my Windows 7 machine:

Unrecognized option: -XstartOnFirstThread
Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine.
Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.

Hackingroelz says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:49pm

@yotam180 Make sure you're running the jar file directly on Windows

stenol says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:59pm

Wow ! Thats a nice little game. I love the art style and the music is alright. It's an hard game but I love when a game is hard. Good work.

JK5000 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:40pm

This game is hard * 451, and I played the easy version. Okay the idea is fun and both the music and graphics are great.

AWOL says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:41pm

Wow very challenging and well made. The smoothness of the whole thing makes me what to pick up Java again.

juaxix says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:22pm

This game is soooo fun!, I'm going to show it to my students :)

Hackingroelz says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:40pm

Thanks for your feedback everyone!

@AWOL If you're interested: I might write a post-mortem about the game and I'll probably write about the Java/Lua engine bit as well.

AWOL says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:01pm


Aaranos says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 2:34am

You are kind of rail roaded on to one path that is very hard to dodge enemies on. I found the audio to be nice and was interested in the story but could not progress past the first level due to the difficulty. I imagine there must be some trick to it that I'm not seeing, or just being better at it.

Hackingroelz says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 12:14pm

@Aaranos It's true that some enemies can't be avoided (of course that shouldn't be the case), but it should be doable on at least the easy version. Have you tried that version?

chrisdugne says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 9:07pm

I was about to give up, and read the comments here.
knowing it was actually possible, I found out a way to ruuun ! the 3rd level is not that hard so, but the overall game is definitely a cool game for hard gamers :D

Jelinib says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 11:59pm

Very challenging! I feel like I'm a wet bar of soap, the way I slip around everywhere! :P

The vroom-vroom audio stopped playing in one of the later stages (might've been the last stage?) and never came back, but that problem didn't last long as I reached the end of the game right after that.

The cubic styled graphics look sweet, and the dialog was amusing. Nice job! :)

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