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

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

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Techno Party Death Box

by onyon - Compo Entry


sounds like one of "those" games huh?

Last LD I made a hard platformer that nobody could beat and this time I promised myself I won't do another hard platformer.

You know what?

I failed.

TECHNO PARTY DEATH BOX is a boss fight simulator, where you fight the scary, spooky TECHNO PARTY DEATH SPIRIT!

This game contains:
-timer! (wow post your fastest time of beating the boss, if you manage to do that (I[ludum] dare you!))
-more pixels!
-changing colours!
-moving background full of colours! (WOW HOW DID HE DO THAT?!)
-and most importantly... a lot of death!

I'm not too happy with my design, but oh well I spent 2 hours on thinking about what could I make and nothing came to my mind...
"...let's do a hard platformer!" - he said

I hope you enjoy it and don't break your Z button!

Tools used:

-Fruit Loop Studio 12 (music)
-Aseprite (art)
-BFXR (sounds)
-GameMaker: Studio 1.4 (everything else)

Edit: Fixed the lagging and fake information in the pause screen
Edit2: Fixed another lagging problem :(

Downloads and Links




slimabob says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:22am

Such a simple, yet addictive concept. I have a feeling I'll be playing this one trying to beat it long after judging ends.

CMLSC says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:06pm

You know platformers have platforms, right? :3
I actually started to slowly lag more and more. Idk why.
Other than that, it's a cool game.

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:22pm

@CMLSC there's more and more colors happening in the background the longer you play, maybe that's the issue, restarting should help

@slimabob haha thanks for the nice words, good luck!

Tutti Ankka says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:34pm

Only got like 50 hits to the boss but i still enjoyed it. The concept is very cool and I think you should continue working on this. The only problem was that the game started lagging on my computer after playing for a while.

Quaternius says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:41pm

Really addictive! The only problem i found is, i didn't know i could double jump and that i couldn't reset the level on the pause screen, took a while to figure it out!
Really liked the jumping animation.
Good job

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:56pm

@Tutti Ankka @Quaternius
Thanks for the feedback guys, I fixed the lag and the fake "R to restart" on pause :)

Nnnnneeeedddd says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:58pm

This is the best game I've played so far c:


Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:59pm

Two hits is my maximum :(

sn0uk says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:04pm

Very simple, very fun. Very challenging. Got to 25 a few times and gave up.

Avocadosan says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:07pm

I think my computer isnt powerfull enough to play this game without lag Lmao! I really liked the art and the soundtrack!

Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:11pm

Got to 30, this one is really hard :D Love the art stlye and changing colors, you did a great job! (great music also)

fishbrain says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:58pm

Nice visuals. Difficult game!

piwicode says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:43pm

Very nice.
It's dynamic and addictive.
The horizontal movement is too fast and not necessarily useful in the game.
The music is nice.
Fl studio power !:
Thank you !!:))

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:47pm

@piwicode you need horizontal movement to dodge the attacks coming at you after the first phase :D

gdcvdqpl says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:03pm

Amazing work. The boss fight is intense, the music is catchy, the controls are amazing !
Excellent !

Piscythe says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:46pm

I'll start by saying that I beat this, but you might not like how. I really like where you went with this. The tight audio and dodging are cool. The lag issue, however, is very not fixed. Also, the shooting mechanics seem strange and inconsistent, I think the boss should come down a bit more quickly after doing an air pattern, and this could really use an r to restart. I got up to 102 hits the normal way and probably would have won if I'd kept going, but then I found a trick. Apparently pressing down instantly reloads your weapon. Using this I can get 60+ hits before the end of the first phase. The game still isn't a cakewalk if you do this, but it certainly goes much more quickly. I managed to take down the boss in 1 minute exactly. This game may have its flaws, but you still convinced me to spend over an hour figuring out a way to win. Good job.

ohmmus says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:52pm

I only got to 30 and then the raindrops destroyed me. I'm making it my mission in life to beat this game. great job!

I can't really give any good feedback other than the use of non pixel-art for the particle effects. It doesn't detract from the game, I just couldn't find anything wrong with it. =p

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:57pm

@piscythe That's a lot of words! thanks for the feedback, though my best was 87 before he went up for the first time, I don't actually know what you're talking about with the down key :v

I'm never sure if the lag is fixed cause there's no real lag on my pc and I'm just optimizing it not knowing if it works, I've done what I could though.

Piscythe says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:06pm

@onyon I've found that just mashing z gives me a rather sporadic shot pattern, but mashing z and down gives me a rapid-fire attack. My record without doing that was 42 hits before the first up, with 30ish being a more normal amount.

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:33pm

@piscythe sporadic shot pattern happens only if you mash too fast, you can get 5hit on a single jump just by pressing z at the right time

Soundless_dev says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:39am

Good stuff, needs polishing though.

HolyBlackCat says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:38pm

Nice game, but, well, "2hard4me" (c). :P
(Oh by the way, you said that you were stuck on a specific level in my game. You're not the only one, so I added a hint in the description if you wish to try again.)

ethankennerly says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:40am

When I saw the colorful walls and saw the monster, I felt excited. When I got hit by the white rectangles about five times quickly I wasn't confident I had mastered timing to survive longer than a few seconds.

resty says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:19pm

This game is super tense and fun!. I've dead a lot of times.

Feel a bit of confusing: Is reset the only thing i can you when being hit? Seems game continue, only yourself disapearred

Khaktos says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:06pm

Yup extremely hard, but a fun concept.

onyon says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 7:48am

@resty yeah, there's nothing more, I thought that's obvious if I included "reset" in the controls
I tried autoresetting first but it was buggy and I ran out of time :P

rburema says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 10:13am

Feels nicely polished for a compo game.

I died a lot, and as such I'd advise making the shoot/respawn buttons the same. Just have some other obvious indicator that the player has reset.

(Y'know, considering the comment you left on my game, I expected something completely different from the music... I like the tense mood yours' creates! ... but I went from thinking I understood you to being a bit puzzled.)

Broken Matrix says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 4:37pm

Too hard

eemmbbeerr says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 4:40pm

After a few minutes of playing it slows down enough to be beatable :)
Just kidding, I got to about 50 on the first attempt :)
Was fun!

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