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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by bitslap - Compo Entry

Pop 3 bubbles.

Post your time in the comments.

xbox 360 gamepad:
move: d-pad
shoot: A/Y
Jump: X/B

move: Arrows
shoot: Z/C
jump: X/V

Escape brings you to options

I will update with more info later on. I need to sleep and goto work first.

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d_0o_d says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:59am

It's a lovely game. I know how it is in game dev, that it's always easier to make games harder and this game is hard, but it's also the way it should be. It took me forever to finish, but I wouldn't have liked it any easier.

Graphics are cute and responsive and there was no weapon I didn't use (even the Ion canon, which at first, I thought was rubbish).

Good job on that!

d_0o_d says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:07am

Also, this is how long it took me to finish the game. Beat the record!

Viperfish9 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:44am

10/10 game
11/10 difficulty

Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:27pm

Love the use of theme, Love the audio, love the graphics pretty fun if not difficult to play. But i like that too awesome

rogual says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:39pm

Love this. Stupidly hard, but never feels unfair. And I like how it changes every time.

Neat idea, making a tiny game and spending basically all your time on polish.

Evgiz says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:53am

I love the consistent art style, and the graphics are pretty. Quite innovative with the whole "hitting the roof shoots down a laser" thing. All in all great job though!

Karreg says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:32pm

Pretty good art style, most weapons are fun to use, having to change weapons is a good idea (reminds me of Super Crate Box) but it remains too hard/unfair for my taste. Nevertheless, it's really well polished. Congrats !

martincohen says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:37pm

Love tiny games like this. The difficulty is slightly above my gaming skill (more of a dev myself) so it's perfectly challenging for me. Love the very art! IT'S SOOO CUTE!

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:53pm

Really challenging. I definitely like the different weapons, and how they are dangerous for you and not just the blobs.

fullmontis says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:53pm

Nice spin on the Pang! mechanics! I love the game even though I had to give up in frustration. My main problem is that some weapons make the game too hard.

The sprites are simple but effective and pleasant; same for sound. Overall I really liked this.

panurge says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:18pm

Can... not... stop... playing... This is super hard and super fun. Fantastic aesthetic too. Nothing to fault here!

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:35am

really great game! thanks for putting the contrller controls in. Love the animations, super hard but sooo rewarding to pass a level :) fantastic job

DillonEA says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:24am

Reminds me of some of those old flash games you would see with the bubbles or balloons, that you would have to destroy with like a hook or something. Except this takes that all the way up to 11. Like geez, I was having trouble by intro 3! This is absolutely insane. Love me a hard difficulty game though.

BeardyBard says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:06pm

Beat the hell out of this little beauty!
Just perfect amount of hardcore.
Do want more levels :)

pixzleone says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:38pm

I didn't not die.
Good game, well done! :D

qristofer says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:28am

Awesome gameplay.

jsmars says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:31pm

Great game! Felt almost a bit too crowded in there but I guess that's part of the balance!

madmarcel says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:55am

That is a tough game. Very good.

JoeProgram says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 4:06pm

Nice entry! I liked that you included a tutorial option, but that was also too hard for me ;D

calzep says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 4:22pm

Very challenging! This is a really good game. I really like the art too. This is something I'm showing to my friends so I can watch them fail.

Mr.Chippy says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 5:11pm

This was a fun challenge. I only got to level three because it was way to hard for me, but it was hard in a good way. I really liked the art.

Lesbroufe says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Loved it !
Hard and fair.
Tight control.

Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:32pm

What a beautiful game. Hey bitslap, how are things with One Hour Jam?

Swingularity says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 7:25pm

Great game I really found it to be a lot of fun. And I even beat it! 6023 seconds :P

automatonvx says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:07pm

great game but so hard, couldn't even get past the first room.Had fun dying though

Remicy says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:41pm

I'm really bad in this game, but it's too fun that I can't stop.
I'm so sleepy but I couldn't go to my bed because I want to finish this game toooooo much! And I finally did it! yay!
Thanks for the game, I have a good time with it.

Swordbrella says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:44pm

Lovely game. Great graphics, and for some reason I like games with low resolutions. I didn't finish it by the way, I'm a quitter. But my playtime was enough to five star you

Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:30pm

1812 seconds... well that's addictive.

M2tias says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:51pm

This is so tough. But it's the good kind of tough. It kills you inside but you still keep trying. And then you die again. Had to buy a new monitor because I accidentally slipped my keyboard into the old one while playing this. Finished it eventually in 2431 seconds. That's only 40 minutes for five levels! A really good game, the game play is super tight. The ion cannon wasn't useful at all though :D
Another big nitpick is a bug with ICBMs. If you stood right next to a wall on the left, it killed you x_x

SkullPixel says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:01pm

This game is amazing, albeit really hard. I get that most people like the difficulty, but easing it just a little might be beneficial. Great game though.

Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:22pm

That was so hard ! Barely managed to beat the first room ! XD
But it's a really funny game, realization is well done and controls are perfect, great job !
But that was very hard ! XD (What !? I already said that ?)

skorpyo says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:57pm

Beated in 2190.I liked this game very much. So addictive and so rewarding (when you finish it). You realy tested my skills with that game. Waiting for a certain weapon was a bit annoying but it doesn't really matter cause it's the part of the game. Overall this game is great. Reminds me of 8-bit games that i played a lot. I'll be waiting for the next challenge. Good Luck.

ijzm says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 8:49am

I am not good at this game at all, but I had a good time. :P The graphics are fitting for a game of this difficulty; I like the use of screenwrapping and how the colours of the room change upon a replay. Oh and the fast respawn was a definite plus. This entry offers a good kind of challenge.


Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:57pm

Just awesome. Loved this, even though I couldn't even beat the intro....

mrhill says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 8:15pm

The best game so far :D

David Cookie says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:46pm

I beat it in 834 seconds! Maybe one of the most fun and challenging game of this jam. All weapons are useful due to the great level design. It just needs some music and more sounds to be really effective, but it's already really enjoyable to play! Well done :D

pixelpotions says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:35pm

Very fun and addictive game. Super hard! Awesome work. :)

Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:40pm

I think this one is one of my favourites from you. Really amazing on all points. Had a blast playing it.

menip says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:48pm


Too little control; too much random. I would of enjoyed this a lot more if I could select weapon, instead I just suicided until I got desired weapon.

rnlf says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:45am

I beat it! And it took only an hour or so. I feel proud now.

I don't think I have to lose many words about the style, you know it's great. Controls are tight as usual, the weapons feel awesome to use.

It's hard, but fair. You always have all the information and it looks easy, but then you make a tiny mistake and you're dead.

The only thing missing was a soundtrack, it felt a bit barren without that.

Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:51pm

Nice graphics, challenging game! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :)

Junber says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Somehow I made it. Took me 1965 seconds (and I even quit the first level once to change the resolution resetting my time) The game was really fun but it would have been even better if galaxy would always spin in the same direction (or if I knew how the direction was decided; assuming it isn't random) Also the placement/initial movement of the 'bubbles' often felt too random. Absolutely great game nonetheless.

Chaoslab says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 7:32pm

Nice not quiet retro / spectrum / early console arcade game. Om nom nom those pixels and crunchy sound effects. Thanks for the well rounded entry. :-)

euske says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 10:13am

I beat the first level after 1000 or so seconds. Should I feel proud of myself?

menip says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 7:21pm

My initial impression was that this game is too punishing, but I found myself coming back to play it every couple days.
Maybe full release?

menip says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 7:32pm

Down to 502 seconds :P
Leaderboards would def be cool!

Aurel Bílý says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 2:44pm

This is nice. I wish there was music, and especially more types of weapons. Maybe a level select with a weapon selection as well, to try to beat the levels with each type of weapon. I think there was a lot of randomness to the success (or lack thereof) in a level, based on the enemy spawn points and the weapon you got. Also, the galaxy weapon seemed like genuinely the worst in the game. Part of it was the fact that it would make the game extremely laggy if I spammed a couple of projectiles, maybe that's a wine thing though.

Good job overall though, kept me playing for quite a bit.

runvs says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:34pm

Very nice entry. The game is super hard but also super rewarding! Audio and visuals are super cute retro style, i like that! I hope we will meet for some 1hgjs next year! :)

pkenney says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:08pm

This game is awesome. The graphics have character and the feel is on point. And even though it's super-crazy-hard and you keep having to start over, it very cleverly avoids feeling repetitive by changing up the graphics and the weapons. Those weapons!! It's also slick that it gives the weapons twice before cycling, because that lets me acclimate a bit.

So many nice touches in a strong entry here.

I do want to give my one and only complaint though: I spent what feels like about 20% of my playtime staring at the GAME OVER screen. That would be a fast restart time in most games, but I often died in the first couple of seconds here, so that restart time eventually built up to like hammering-the-keyboard-in-rage slow for me if I caught a few bad deaths in a row. I probably would have played twice as long as I did if the restart was absolutely instantaneous. I wanted the difficulty, but the punishment eventually outweighed the crime when I screwed up (aka every time).

It's fair that I might just not be good enough, though.

Great entry.

dollarone says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:43pm

Very nice. Took me a while to realise I can't change weapons. I like that the weapons are dangerous for the player! Super hard tho, I will have to come back to this one later :)

May 4, 2017 @ 11:29pm

I also included this game in an article of my favorites!

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