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

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Pre-ARC

by Geruhn - Jam Entry

How to play:
You go on the link or start the embed game, afterwards you and at least another friend go to the airconsole.com site and enter the session number the game gave you. Your phones are now your controllers for the game.
If you don't have a friend readily at your site try the AirConsole Simulator link.
The 'restart' button doesn't work, I don't know why it's still included in this version.

Here's an imgur album to show the correct screens in order: https://imgur.com/gallery/5LjkF

@D_Sostre and I(@derGeruhn) made a game about traveling space as a Pre-Archological Response Command. The task is to visit planets and assess when the civilization of that planet is ready for space travel. Visit them again once the counter is down and welcome them to your alliance to ensure your dominance in this sector.

The first time we made anything with AirConsole so I definitely left a comfort zone there.

Used engines/frameworks while jamming:
PlayCanvas (dumped)
PhaserJS (dumped)
Unity3d
AirConsole

Used languages (all in final game):
JavaScript
HTML
CSS
C#

Team:
@D_Sostre: Graphics
@derGeruhn: Code

Story

Surviving in this world never have been easy.
Especially with the ability to roam the galaxy, many dangers lie ahead of us but also new allies!
Explore the universe and find as much friendly units as you can in order to form a mighty alliance. Each world needs a certain amount of time to be ready. With your first visit, you gain knowledge about their progress of technology, so be there in time before they start setting out!
We can only survive if we stay together...

Downloads and Links


Comments

NEETsoftLD says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:00pm

I really wanted to try this, but the reliance on using a smart phone was a bottleneck for me.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:17pm

Echoing @NEETsoftLD, I would love to play this properly but don't have my phone handy right now. I found the AirConsole simulator quite buggy - it was laggy/unresponsive for a bit, but I got the game open!

I really love the logo designs, art style, and general theme of the game - it does not quite carry across to the actual gameplay screen though.

- Vicky

Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:05pm

Such a shame I wanted to try this but having to rely using a smartphone turned me away.

cushycode says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 7:00am

I like the graphic style (according to the screenshots), but unfortunately, my philips xenium is an ancient technology too.

Geruhn says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:32pm

@NEETsoftLD:
@Whitepot Studios:
@Avalanche Games:
@cushycode:
Sorry for disappointing you :( I had hoped that it would work much better, I'll have to talk to the @AirConsole guys about that
You could try the AirConsoleSimulator link that would at least give a feel for how the game worked

@Whitepot Studios: Do you mean the art of the planet or the ships?

yotam180 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:50pm

Cool game! I like the art style and the music is nice also! The reliance of smartphone is kind of annoying, but it didn't stop me from playing :P
next time better not rely on airconsole xD

juaxix says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:27pm

Interesting game, with a lot of potential. I tested it Chrome in Windows and an iOS + Android devices, green and red. I love the hud, and thanks you, i get to know this network controller. so cool!

Hackingroelz says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:50pm

Nice art style :D

Hero7785 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:29pm

This looked cool but I can't play since it relies on a phone

felixsoum says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:07pm

Very nice concept!

austintradr says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:06pm

I would have liked to play this, but the smart phone requirement was too much. I wonder if this type of gaming will catch on ever?

Josho says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:58pm

The concept is cool and i liked the graphics but i wasnt able to use my smart phone That was just a bit too much,
Is there another way to play this without the smartphone? i hope theres is becuase this seems like an awesome game

RIPPorkins says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 4:36am

Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but both screens (iPhone and Chrome on Mac) are just stuck on Pre-ARC.

Geruhn says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:25am

@RIPPorkins: There's some problems with establishing a connection between the controller and the screen in this version. If that happens, just disconnect, wait a few seconds and reconnect again once the game has finished loading
I have to talk with the guys from AirConsole why that's happening

joemag says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 7:40pm

Doesn't play nice with phones, gets stuck, consider baking the controls into the client rather than using this system.

WERT Studio says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:25pm

Sorry i dont want to play it with this in mind ;(

Geruhn says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 10:08pm

@joemag:
What was stuck? And did you mean AirConsole with 'this system' or the separation of controllers and screen?
@WERT Studio:
With what in mind? That phones are controllers?

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