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

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Dino Lazer

by Chaoslab - Jam Entry

2D Pixel Art Space Shooter!

Play a Dinosaur with a Friggin Lazer on it's Head!

Save the Universe from the evil Ancient Technology.

Should auto size to your resolution.

Solo effort, Music, Pixel Art, Coding.

---------------[ Controls ]-------------------------
Movement - Cursor Keys and WASD
Buttons - Z X C V and Enter ' ; L

Game Controller Support for...
XBox and PS4 / PS3 and others?

Button #1 - Fire Small Lazer
Button #2 - Fire Medium Lazer
Button #3 - Fire Big Lazer
Button #4 - Speed Boost

Installation Requirements - Requires Java to run (application only).

#LDJAM #PixelArt #2D #Shooter #DinoLazer #Java #LD36

Links below

Downloads and Links


Garfeild says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 7:55pm

Heyho, I've tried to run game on OS X and received following error:

Sep 4, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Wow this game looks amazing, but I can't get it to run on mac. Nice ninja BTW

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 8:52pm

Thanks for the heads up. Related to detecting any game controllers.

Should no longer fail. Just report the exception and you can use the Keyboard for control.

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 5:45am

Found and fixed the problem with Game Controllers. All should be working now on OS/X and Windows.

Casevse says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 9:28am

Hilarious game. Loved the dinosaur. Interesting music. Good work!

Strike says ...
Sep 9, 2016 @ 10:59am

Damn, this is really fast paced ! Hopefully there is a slow version where I can last more than 10 seconds XD

You mention : "Controls - Keyboard or Gamepad." but that would be nice just to write which keys I am supposed to press ;)

The game is very intense and the music quite relaxed, it doesn't seem to match. But it is still a very good song which I like very much. It would be even more epic with some sounds.

Hilarious game, well executed, really good challenge (and thanks for the slow version). Now it's time to practice and beat records ! Thanks for this excellent game.

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 1:38am

@Strike - It is all in the readme.txt , Keys and Gamepad controls. The slow version of the game can be played by running the following bat/sh file.
run_game_slow.bat /

Sep 11, 2016 @ 5:53pm

Nice one ! You should just add a menu where you explain the main controls (instead of the readme file) but the game is cool anyway (music, difficulty, ...)

Ryusui says ...
Sep 12, 2016 @ 3:30am

I like the general concept of how different weapons consume different amounts of energy. That said, it feels like I get too much thrown at me too fast - it's hard to destroy everything that comes at me before I get overwhelmed. The graphics are actually quite nice, and I love the Amiga imagery you used. XD

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 12, 2016 @ 5:42pm

@Jacqueslelezard - Thanks (Will just make an in game image next time with instructions).

@Ryusui - Was wondering if I tuned it too tightly. The trick is too fire in bursts, even from zero you still get in decent continuous barrages of the high powered laser.

invader says ...
Sep 15, 2016 @ 1:37pm

It wasn't easy to run the game on MacOS X. The shell file contains windows-style LFCR which confuses MacOS and it can't recognise bin/sh as interpreter.

But the java run line didn't work for me either. To run the game I've used:

java -cp jinput.jar:. LD

The game itself is like Gradius with dinosaurs. It can be fun if added some variety in gameplay. And it requires some background story, since I can't imagine how dinosaurs and floppies can coexist.

I like the style - very distinct retro-feel of 80s and 90s shmups.

Chaoslab says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 11:06pm

@invader - Thanks for the critique and info. Corrected the .sh files.

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