Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting ldjam.com working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Live to Die Again

by FisherG - Compo Entry

Live to Die Again is a small, and simple game.
You start out in a randomly generated room, with nothing but a pistol
to save you from an onslaught of enemies, that, and various loot chests.

The catch is, when you die the room you previously have gotten used to,
has now been removed, and anew room takes it's place. this forces you to
learn the layout and have a new experience each time you play. You could
have little to no chests, or an abundance. Many enemies or very little.

NOTE: Each round is only in one room, that's how I kept in theme.
Also, If I get Top 100-300, I may make see how it would be
developing it into a full game. Test development for a week
or two, if I like it, I'll go for 2 months.

Each time a room is generated the game picks from three themes.
(Jungle Cave, and Hell). This so the game has more variety,
and content to offer.

Here's a little funny thing. When submission hour started, the game was
originally called "Live to Die Another Day", but that was a bit of a
mouthful, and when people googled my game, they'd get a bunch of
websites rating the old James Bond movie. I changed it later, to the
current name, "Live to Die Again". But now people get Mad Max Fury
Road.. But, you can still see this in-game. Where? The window. I forgot
to change the name! I can't update tho. It IS a compo entry. So sorry
about that.


===============================UPDATE==================================
Ayup, I've done some post-jam stuff. Please judge the original version
below. But if anyone is interested and wants to see if their suggestions
could've made it into this update, feel free to download the updated
version by scrolling down to "Downloads"(On itch.io) and selecting "LTDA(NEW)". If
this goes well, I'll probably make bi-weekly updates. Wouldn't that be neat?

Things added:
- Tommy Gun! (Takes a-lot of ammo, use wisely!)
- Chests now don't disapear and stay open.
- Chests don't automatically give ammo, now there's an actual ammo
drop that pops out.
- Weapons can now be thrown further. (and deal damage).
- Improvements to enemy sprites. (They have noses now!)
- Player now flashes when hit.
- A hurt sound is played when Player is hit.
- A crappy rain effect in the jungle level. (I wonder why that's
there?)


- HEY! that stuff was from 2 days ago, NOW there's a Christmas update! Feel
free to check it out! (Still JUDGE the original version).
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I did a lot of crunching(don't we all?), so I hope it was worth it.
Let's see how far 5 months of programming knowledge can get me.

CONTROLS -
Up, Left, Down, Right = W, A, S, D. (Sorry Non-QWERTY users)
Space = Throw Gun (Unfinished feature).
Left Mouse = Shoot
E = Swap Gun. (When over a pickup gun, it will add pickup to inv.)

CREDITS
It's a compo. I made everything. Neato.

CONTACT
Twitter - @TheFish523

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#67Fun3.82
#156Overall3.61
#171Audio3.26
#232Humor2.77
#243Mood3.25
#272Graphics3.26
#515Innovation2.51
#550Theme2.80

Comments

Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:45am

I'm loving the art, but the levels are a little plain in comparison. The controls are tight and the gameplay is fun, all it could really use are some win/lose conditions or a scoring system. Overall, great submission. :D

Shockk says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:19am

I really liked this game. It reminds me quite a bit of Hotline Miami actually, but it's not the same game, it's unique in its own way. The music really added to it and I also very much loved finding the swinging axe weapon :)

I actually think this is one of my favourite games so far, and it's such a simple one. I do agree with some of the other comments in that winning/losing conditions would go that bit further.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:24am

Really well put together and smooth!

djfariel says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:29am

Gold-tier game. Fantastic. No negative critique. Make it more.

dobnarr says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:34am

This was fun! A little hard to play on the touchpad on my laptop, but I got it worked out. Got to 56 kills, but it was getting old at that point so I switched to hammer and died. The music is energetic but repetitive. The art is simple but charming and fun. Gameplay is smooth and worked well, and I like the extras like the corpses and shell casings and tears in the floor.

freyby says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:42am

I dunno what others thinking, but me as a big fan of Nuclear Throne was shoked with how cool your game was! Keep it up!

ZQMony says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:43am

The game is well made and attacking is very easy and fun to do. Good job!

Megalink says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:58am

The art and music is badass, but the gameplay gets boring quite easily. Good job, dude! :)

Swordbrella says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:59am

This plays a lot like Nuclear Throne. That's good, cause I love Nuclear Throne :D. Great entry, gameplay is tight and it's great to have a random factor, so the replay value extends. The characters look really nice, but the levels not really. I guess you had to make lots of cuts due to the short time. Anyways, congrats :D

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:00am

Very simple graphics yet looks really nice, and I love the music too. Great entry! c:

sollinxp says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:03am

nice game, good background music and nice graphics, good job!

zeoxo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:03am

Super fast and fun to play! 5/5

nlbi21 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:08am

This game reminds me of "Enter the Gungeon", I love the controls, the music and the graphics. Very accomplished the game. :D Good work.

Piscythe says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:12am

This game feels really nice. It has good music, a good range of available weapons, and a solid art style. However, the gameplay gets stagnant quickly. I made it to 120 kills without noticing an appreciable increase in difficulty. I like the idea with the different environments, but they really just felt like reskins of the same mechanics. I would like to see a version of this with a harder difficulty curve and more enemy variants. That said, this is certainly an impressive level of polish for LD.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:38am

I liked the procedural generation aspect of this but perhaps a bit more variety could be put in the gameplay and the GUI could be refined a bit. Impressive for 72 hours though!

srakowski says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:47am

Very awesome! Music matched up to gameplay well. The graphics were great. Lots of juiciness. Well done!

Artsicle says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:51am

Liked it.

FisherG says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:00am

@pieceofcheese87 It was 42.

BoneDaddy says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:23am

I see someone's been following their art of the camera shake ;)


Had a bit of difficulty switching weapons occaisionally. Think it could use more punch with the sound effects. Would be interesting to see what unique features you could add to this style of game.

Tkachov says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:07am

Fun game, but it isn't really clear whether one can even beat the level: is there an exit or should I kill everyone or something. I think it's not "kill everyone", as enemies kept spawning right in front of me.

This also is a maze by my standards, not a room :D

xiaolee92 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:50pm

Looks simple but plays amazingly smooth. Music is great. Loving the gameplay. Most of the weapons feels good to use, I feel like the hammer could use some knockback.

Overall a fun game.

negativice says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:46pm

Looks very similar to nuclear throne

Jyrkface says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:47pm

Great entry.
I'll admit that it seems you've worked around the theme more than work with it, but it's such a solid game it doesn't matter. This would be a solid project for someone with 5 month's experience if it took them 5 months to make it.
Graphics are great, music is great, sound effects are solid sounding and have character. As djfariel said, just make it more. please :)

matthewpalaje says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:52pm

That was a ton of fun!! I'm really impressed by the weapon, room and enemy variety. Great job!! :)

andyman404 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:01pm

Fun intense game! It reminds me of Nuclear Throne. Well done.

Doomdad says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:36am

Very similiar to other games of the genre (Enter the Gungeon/Nuclear Throne etc.) but you managed to keep it fresh I can't pinpoint why it felt fresh but it did, huge props for that. Had one minor "bug" with the shotgun in small corridors the projectiles hit the wall and disappeared also one time I spawned with 3 monsters really close and instantly lost 2 hp as I couldn't kill em fast enough. Really nice polish for Compo Game! Keep it going! For future variety is the key more guns / enemies!

KBF123 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:51am

Very nice game! I can definitely see the Nuclear Throne inspiration!

FisherG says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:07am

==================== NOTE FROM DEVELOPER ===================

It's funny that every other comment mentions Nuclear Throne.
I don't have a problem with it. It's actually kind of great to have your game compared to such a fantastic game like N.T. I may add to or maybe even complete my game in the future. But I'm getting to far in the rabbit whole. Tell ya' what. If enough people enjoy the game, or it gets in the top 100, I PROMISE to make it a full project. But, the end goal I have in mind, wouldn't be enough to justify me charging money. So if it does get completed and released on steam, it will most likely be FREE.

================= END NOTE FROM DEVELOPER ==================

Quaternius says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:50am

The game looks and feels really cool but the levels need some work!

RetroSpecter says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:06am

It's alright. The controls, and especially the aiming feel a little bit clunky, but I like the concept.

PickleCrew says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:25am

Fun little game.

Stylo21 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:25am

Reminds me of Nuclear Throne, very cool game, well done c:

FisherG says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:59am

@RetroSpecter ,
Can I get a little bit more than just "Dunky"?
When I want feed back I do want criticism, but how am I supposed to improve from "Dunky"?

WarmLemon says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:56pm

well made!

ThatSnillet says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:42pm

The controls and overall "feel" is great! I also like how it is random-generated. My computer freezes when i try to quit though.

vrojman says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:58pm

I love this kind of games! Good job!

Casevse says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:23pm

So Vlambeer haha. Very nice work, the mechanics are well implemented. The music is catchy. I had some visual problems, like don't see some bullet sprites and very big letters when you have to restart the game. Nice work, keep going!

shnitzhell says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:54pm

the art is niceeee, overall good concept!

KadaDev says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 6:48am

That was really fun, very smooth flow I liked all the weapons, I need to apply this sort of feel to my own games.
Really great game here.

nilead says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 6:22pm

A lot in the line of Nuclear Throne or Enter the gungeon. Smooth gameplay. I'm not sure if its an infinite game or if there's an ending objective but I had a lot of fun. My only critique would be that there is no feedback when you are getting hurt and that ended up killing me a lot. A hurting noise, a screen shake or something would help a lot :)

KobiHawk says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:12pm

Really nice game! I think the enemies got harder the longer you survived but I couldn't really tell.

Tutti Ankka says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:23pm

Amazing entry! Everything in it is just perfect. The best thing in this game has to be the impact nade-launcher gives you!

Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:43pm

Hey that was a lot of fun. Really appreciate the random generation. Maybe a bit of logic to avoid respawning my player right on top of bad guys would help acclimate to the new level. Really like the various weapons and the no repeat level.

nicruo says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:27am

Really fun with cool graphics.

Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:38am

Really fun game !!! Gameplay is really smooth, inspired by Nuclear throne ? Music was pretty funny as well. A pleasant entry ! :D

FisherG says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:57am

===================DEVELOPER MESSAGE========================

This is just to say thanks for 100 downloads!! As small of a bar as this is to hit for most, to me it's really good. With my old game I reached ~20-25~ downloads. I assumed it would be about the same this time, but we quadrupled my goal! Thank you all for playing!

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Alexbrainbox says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:50pm

Nice little arcade shooter :) Really good variety of weapons but the variety of enemies could be increased, as well as adding maybe more enemies that spawn over time?

Good entry!

Gamechoy says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:20pm

Great entry! Reminds me of Nuclear Throne and Super Crate Box, but it plays very nicely. The music gets old after some time, but the gameplay is really solid.

Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:37pm

Hey, I liked your game it was actually fun.
You can improve the audio and the graphics at some point but overall not bad!
And please go and try out my game!

Insality says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:21am

well done LD nuclear-throne like game
the audio and main character pixel art is great (but enviroment is not so good :( )

nice shooting feels and surviving, got a lot of fun from this game

the camera and moving, and shooting done smooth and well, so playing in this game so comfortable and amazing!

nice LD entry!

Broxxar says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:33am

Very Nuclear Throne, I dig it. Though you should check out JW's talk on "the art of screen shake". This game could definitely benefit from some of his lessons!

FisherG says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 2:45pm

@Broxxar I worship that talk.

Ouro17 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:09pm

Good game! Very fun to play and execellent design, both in graphics and gameplay. Sometimes I got stuck(maybe a better word would be sticked) with the walls, probably because the collision system. I hope you get in the 300 first so you continue to develop it. Nice job and congrats.

Omiya Games says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:16am

Hey, this is pretty fun top-down shooter with solid controls, camera, and balanced gameplay. Really like the variety of weapons you've added into the game. Would have liked it if enemies didn't spawn on top of me the moment I spawned in a procedurally generated level. Also, the lack of sound effects for certain events, such as gaining more ammo, or just even opening a treasure chest, made it hard to discern whether your actions were effective or not. Overall, enjoyable entry!

Steven Miller says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:17am

Really great game! It captured the Nuclear Throne feel pretty well. My only suggestion is to make the guns have a lower depth than the bodies, as they were often hard to see or hidden completely. Good job overall!

saucygames says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:15am

I enjoyed how swarming the enemies were! For improvement Id say that it seemed that enemies respawned if I left the area? Not sure! you could easily make this kind of scary by adding a sort of lighting effect with surrounding area dark might be pretty cool!

Dec 19, 2016 @ 2:00pm

Nice Nuclear Throne vibe but I guess it could use some more feedback especially regarding HP and ammo, like more info on the character maybe.
The music is too present for my taste but apart from that, a solid entry.

Ygogo says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:05pm

Great shooter! I like it.

darkdaragon77 says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 11:44pm

This game is quite impressiv, especially for a compo entry! Awesome weapon Variety and very well balanced. The Sound also fits perfectly to the game.
Some ideas for improvement: Auto pick up a Weapon and don't make enemy's spawn on you.

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 5:45am

Nice shooter, simple game play, needed more engaging stuff, like cool power ups etc, but overall a good experience.

xesenix says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 6:19pm

Avasta recognized your file as an virus.

Minato4th says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 8:08pm

Excellent gameplay and a very cool and catchy music.. –°ontinue to develop!

terryg says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 9:01pm

Really Addicting. Don't feel like it exactly fit the theme though.

FisherG says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 9:31pm

================ATTENTION AVAST USERS.================

Yeah, I have avast too. It sucks when I have to bypass my-own game. An avast pop-up saying something like "This File is Untrustworthy" or something should pop-up when running the game, and end the LTDA task. There should be a button saying "add to white list" in that pop-up. If you click that, then re-download the file. It should work fine.
=================ATTENTION AVAST USERS================

Blobo says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 5:08pm

Really well done, I'm quite impressed for a compo. Outstanding work.

Palarus says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 10:35pm

Great game!! I think the best part is the audio! For real! It fits very well. I'm amaze for what you achieve in a short period of time! Kind of reminds me to Bind of Isaac. With an upgrade on graphics and level design it could be a great game!
Good work!

masterkrepta says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:51am

nicely polished game. I almost feel that you need a infinite ammo, low power base gun, it was very easy to run out of ammo. the music had a pretty nice beat as well.

FisherG says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 3:00am

My tip is to conserve ammo and use it wisely. Dont spray and pray.. unless you had something like a tommy-gun. But then again a tommy-gun doesnt exist in this game.

ijzm says ...
Dec 25, 2016 @ 7:25am

The audio is a bit hard on the ears, especially having to listen to it over and over when replaying the stages. I like the character art and the random generation of stages. For the first few playthroughs, I wasn't getting any ammunition whatsoever. And once you run out of ammo, it seems you are basically screwed. Still, a variety of enemies would take this so much further. Maybe even boss battles? :P

Skoggy says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 11:31pm

Really dig this! Cool fitting music, hectic and accurate controls. Don't really see the theme here though. Good job!

Green Soda says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:48am

The game feels good to play and it's responsive and fast!
Enjoyed playing it, SOLID ENTRY 5/5!

Dec 29, 2016 @ 2:54am

I am sensing a vague Nuclear Throne influence :)

I'm really impressed with the amount that you were able to complete in just a few days. Seeing the amount of weapon types and character animations was pretty impressive. It would be interested seeing this adapted into a larger game.

Intelli-Gents says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:05am

Loved the juiciness. I liked the details like the corpses sliding around if they encounter an explosion. Nice commitment to style. The audio and animations were spot on. great job!

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:53pm

Pretty fun game, similar to Nuclear Throne and other variants. Not a strong representation of the theme. Picking up weapons with [E] and switching through your weapons with [E] as well was a little confusing. Some weapons were sometimes difficult to see on the background.

Graphics are simple but quite good, though there's a good but to improve in regard to the colour scheme. Music was full of energy and suits the game - didn't like the 8buit explosion being in there, though, as I mistook it for a sound effect. It feels like there are sound effects missing, for example on enemy damaged, enemy death, opening chest, opening chest with a gun popping out, etc.

Overall an enjoyable game!

PixlWalkr says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 6:23pm

Great fast-paced game, I enjoyed playing it :)

Ellian says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 7:38pm

I'm amazed at people able to do something as complex as this in such a short time, solo. Good work; I like that there are multiple levels and enemies, it's cool!

yuigoto says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 9:10pm

Really fun, action-packed and fast-paced! Loved it! It reminded me a lot of Nuclear Throne (don't know if this was the intention), but it's really well-done! :)

The graphics style, together with the soundtrack, fit very well together and the overall result is a great game. Some polish here and there might help the game become even more fun, but it's already a pretty nice entry! :D

Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:14pm

Really neat concept! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/j9hZwCBGmkI

Selzier says ...
Jan 3, 2017 @ 1:49am

Very nice, lots of fun blowing these demons, monkeys, and whoever else that was!

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