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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The Cranks

by DemiPixel - Compo Entry

Are you prepared for this over-the-top, mega-awesome, insanely graphicalized, particle-inducing, mind-exploding soundified game?

What do you do, you may ask? In fact, it's quite simple, you just place a few drones and let them shoot for you. THEY DON'T EVEN BLINK!

Well, I must admit, they don't have eyes. But the aliens don't either, and that's surely not an oversight (no pun intended)! I mean, they have hats. HATS.

And if you come from the magical world of Hat Simulator™ or Topper Simulator™, you know good things come to those who wear hats.

Now, do you really think hats are enough? Of course not. That's why we had to implement our state-of-the-art, supersonic, nano-robotic powered hoverboards! HOVERBOARDS! We have 1400 nano robots just sitting in there making the thing fly, which might not sound like a lot until you realize that these nano bots are the SIZE OF YOUR CAR! No idea how those buggers fit in there, but it works like a charm!

Oh, and don't forget the cranks will help crush you if the aliens (or brains (or apples (we don't know what they are either))) get to them!

Super-Secret-Tip-That's-Not-Mentioned-In-The-Tutorial: Your anti-stick metallic frame body will help uncrank the cranks if you push into them...

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d3uced says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:52am

Cool game, the movement and shooting were surprisingly satisfying. screen told me to buy an upgrade but i didn't have enough money yet, feelsbadman.
nice work.

ZQMony says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:53am

Really cool and well-designed game. The pixels graphics look very nice and the concept is pretty unique. Good job!

DragonFyZex says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:53am


hermetic says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:47am

Nice concept. Instead of hit points, failure to protect the base results in less time/space to protect the base. The graphics were pretty well done. Movement felt correct for a helicopter-tomato-thing. Sounds were good. Music good.

Good job.

Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:16am

Good game! I'd recommend putting the controls on your LD page. Also I got the game into a state where I was no longer able to upgrade or buy anything regardless of how much money I had.

nick.bota says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:11am

Love the concept, graphics are very nice and the difficulty curve is just right. Overall a very fun game, great job!

mpe3us says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:55pm

Nice game and really cool concept. I especially like the graphics and music. Very well done!

Remicy says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:02pm

The pixels are really cute! Love the controls, and game is very fun. Overall it's a great game!

phoenix1987 says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 3:00am

Well designed game, I was only able to get a highscore of 210 it gets very overwhelming very quickly, although i may just not be good at finding a nice balance. The graphics and sound effects are well placed and look great. Overall well done and keep up the great work

fafastudio says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 3:20am

Very nice take on the theme, and very cool version of tower defense !
As i'm bad with these games i wasn't able to see very much more than the upgrade thing, but i loved it anyway =)

seano says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 9:22am

Great game, it looks good and play nicely.

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 25, 2016 @ 6:23pm

Pretty good! Controls felt pretty nice, graphics are very cute, music suited it all.

At first I couldn't figure out that the cranks were meant to be protected. (I really should read entries completely before playing. :D) But after my failure it became pretty clear.

Only negative thing I can think of (I'm scraping the barrel for constructive criticism here) is that each play through felt kind of the same. I couldn't apply upgrades to get radically different results.

Very strong entry, good job!

mar3k says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:49pm

Nice game, the art is nice and I love the music and sfx! Also I thought it will be really easy, but in fact it was quite difficult after some time. Just one thing I would like to see is more enemies or drone time. Good job!

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