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

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Hippie Horde

by Spinach_Chicken - Competition Entry

Hippie Horde is a fast paced, fun, and short game about surviving a hippie horde that is determined to tear down your steampunk generator, which you built 200 years ago. They believe that this will solve all of the world's environmental problems, and so they steal a time machine and travel back in time to try to tear down your machine. The goal is to shoot the hippies with your cannon before they reach your generator.

Space to shoot

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quentinus60 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:55am

i don't know if i'm bad but i think it's pretty difficult.
but the the game is still good. good graphics and it's fun for a few minutes

videogreg93 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:58am

Love the graphics, amazing for 48 hours! With an upgrade system and some more stuff, this could be like a modern defend your castle. Love the whole rotating canon thing.

zhtroy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:15am

Nice graphics and music, I especially like the sound effect when the hippie is killed. The game is a little humorous bundle.

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:19pm

Let's be honest here; you were going to blast hippies no matter what the theme was.

owndbyu says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:26pm

Very funny! Loved it, fun little game to play. The movement of the cannon makes it difficult to get the hang of, I only got 50 in the end, the music made it a very comfortable game.

zulman says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:29pm

Oh maaan! This music and story makes me feel California's wind :) Amazing plot and Tardis :) From the gameplay side - it's pretty hard to understand the right strategy, bacause i'm unable to control hippi's frequency and gun rotation speed. So, as i understand, at high scores i just can't miss the shot time :)

In any case very atmospheric

SetTheBet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:38pm

Kinda hard and basic game. I'm confused that it takes 14Mb zipped when using retro pixel art (or are you actually storing the textures in that size instead of rescaling them?) Good that you completed a game .

Aun says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:21pm

Sometimes, it is very hard to touch the car, especially when it gets out of the box just after you move too high to touch it. I love the guitar for the music, it goes quite well with the graphismes and the story :) Maybe with different level it would be better. It would also be nice to say how to shoot (even if it is quite intuitive to find it).

DiegoCTorguet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:32pm

Funny art and cool music!
Maybe the player should have more control over the rotation speed or something like that to be more challenging and fun.
Anyway, good job!

RafaCP says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:52pm

Nice art and music.
Good joke on Tardis + hippies + van.
Wasn't crazy about the mechanics. The lack of control and punishing difficulty made the game super hard and not rewarding enough. Maybe if you added some level of control, maybe a slow motion power, that would make the game a lot more fun.

Multitudes22 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:15pm

I love it! I don't know if it's the tardis joke, the hippie joke, or the art, but even though it's a really simple game, I just had a great time playing it! Really fantastic job!

v3nevergod says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:28pm

PLOT HOLE: The generator is a fixed point in time.

More difficult than it seems at first! cool concept and very nice graphics, I'd love some animations of the generator being destroyed, though. Also, I feel that if everything moved a little faster(the hippies and the gun alike) the whole thing would be more fun and have a little more replay value. Think about a mobile port, this sort of game could do really well on Android or iOS. Well done!

g_o says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:35pm

Haha kinda funny
If I liked the music does that mean I'm hippie?
Uh who am I kidding I listened to Sufjen Stevens before playing this XD

Anyway pretty simple and repetitive game so I guess the gameplay is kinda lacking here but well it was funny and looked pretty well =]

I got 305 on first try :P

asteryz says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:04pm

I'm so bad at this! Nice style and surprisingly fun for something so simple!

Good job!

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:38pm

Nice difficulty level, I love the challenge! Simple, fun, pretty and with a nice music! Can't say anything else than good job man :)

PlanetHoward says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:50pm

Solid Game, I could see this being ported to mobile platforms :P

publicidadeba says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:45am

ueheuheueh the music and the theme are really fitting. You really hate hippies don't you? Loved the van

johnbjuice says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:36pm

Embed doesn't work for me in Chrome. Oh well, got the download!

Cool mechanic with the spinning gun - feels like this could make a very good mobile game, since it's only got one input!

The text dump at the beginning was ridiculous, but funny. The art is nice, though I would have liked even more different kinds of hippies!

The music was kind of bland, but alright.

Overall, a really solid compo game! Great job!

dos says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 4:57pm

Nice little game that works pretty well!

Love the ability to shoot the bird :3

My nitpick: the sounds are too loud compared to music.

(and as already said here, embed seems to be broken)

Sep 1, 2016 @ 8:42pm

The sound effects are just hilarious XD
And why did they have to kidnap the timelord if they stole his time machine?

and the them coming out of the tardis like that.. you get a 10/10 on the humor score from me :)

The mechanics of the game are fun, and do require getting good at timing the shots, the idea of the bonus crows and their location above the enemy line is a very good idea as it makes the movement flow and doesn't stop you from shooting the enemies as you're already above the shooting line.

The art is good for this game, the concept is funny, and the music fits.
Thanks for making me laugh, well done!

Sep 1, 2016 @ 10:29pm

It looks simple but it's hard. I mean the rotating speed is a constant, but still challenging.
I agree on upgrades suggestion and may be more various hippies?

Btw tried to shoot the cloud multiple times :)

felixsoum says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:53am

Very nice sound effects!

Pickens Inc. says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:27pm

I like the simple mechanics, they make for some quite challenging gameplay. The sound effects are quite amusing as well.

It seems to me that the turret doesn't fire straight, but that's probably my brain.

Overall, nice concept, good humour and quite addicting, though I couldn't get any score higher than 30. Nice job!

Sep 4, 2016 @ 6:10pm

Simple but fun game, I liked the sound effects a lot.

Sep 7, 2016 @ 2:21am

Hey everybody! A big thanks to everyone who has left me feedback so far, it's been really helpful to me, especially since this is my first LD.

I've gotten quite a few compliments on the music. That was kind of funny to me, because I basically googled "hippie music" and composed a simple three chord song based on what I heard. :)

@videogreg93 I've been thinking of adding an upgrade system for a post jam version. I'm thinking about maybe bullet speed, exploding cannon balls, and maybe an ability that would clear enemies.

@SetTheBet I'm not exactly sure either - I know that the music has something to do with it. I was too lazy to export it to a lower quality. I'm not exactly sure what you mean about the textures... I'm pretty new to Unity and I know that there's multiple things that I could have done better on.

@Aun Yeah, it was hard for me to shoot the van too. I discovered that it was basically impossible to get if the gun had just passed, but that was after the Compo submission was over and so I just left it as is. If I make a post-jam version, I'll be sure to add a few instructions on the menu.

@v3nevergod After discussing the plot hole with a friend, we decided that the whole time travel rules were more like BTTF instead of Doctor Who, so now that's fixed. :) I'll have to add some animations of the generator if I make a post-jam version. I would love to port this to a mobile device - that would be a nice challenge for me, and I think that it would turn out pretty cool.

@g_o Wow! That's a really good score - especially for your first try! I definitely agree that the gameplay is repetitive and lacking, but I didn't worry about it too much since I was focusing more on humor.

@Volcanic Giraffe I would love to add some more hippies. I thought of adding one that was hi, and maybe one with a guitar. Originally I had planned to add lightning that would strike the hippies whenever you hit a cloud, but I never got around to adding that. I might add it in a post-jam version, if I make one.

@Pickens Inc. Thanks for playing my game on your stream! I watched it and removed the unnecessary debug files. That was really helpful feedback for me because I don't have a windows computer. The turret does fire straight, but by the time the bullet becomes visible it just looks like it fires down.

Sep 8, 2016 @ 4:47pm

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

Sep 14, 2016 @ 12:11am

You shoot hippies with a cannon. The game is simple but feels complete. It was hard to shoot the targets more than half a screen away.

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