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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Tail Arena

by kernel panic - Compo Entry

I choose to interpret "room" as an arena full of things that want you dead.

Score points by eating blue-orange balls.
Avoid bullets and "black holes".
Use your tail as a shield or tool.

Game includes basic help diagram.

Turtle up if things get crazy.

Scroll down for additional controls.

Includes basic touch and keyboard controls, but I seriously recommend using a mouse.


Update only adds keyboard support, alt graphics mode, and pitch tweeking. Gameplay unaltered. You could consider these changes as fixes.

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impbox says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:29am

I thought it was quite innovative with the tail and being able to shape your body to deflect bullets, otherwise it was quite difficult to play and memorise which things did what.

antishow says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:40pm

Nice job with the sound! Kinda reminded me of Snake, but without the "your body is lethal to yourself" concept. A little more effort in the graphics would have been nice; I couldn't really remember what did what once the game started.

Hamsternator says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:46pm

It doesn't look like much but it's surprisingly fun to play ^^
Managed to get 12 points but that was really hard. Could probably have used a little tweak on the difficulty curve but it's really fun to play already. Good job =)

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:20pm

Cool casual game. I had fun playing it. I have no sounds? You wait an evaluation for them? Well done ++

jotson says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 6:59pm

Nice take on Snake... Got a little crazy with the shooting... but fun.

animanegra says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:01pm

I love it ^^

Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:47pm

Distracting text FTW!

Swingularity says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:48pm

I really like this game. Fun :)

Neowedge says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:59pm

This is an original concept and it is funny to play. I can turn around myself and protect the "vital core" forever. Things colors are not intuitive (green should be good, but it shoot you :(, and yellow usually is warning and gives you points). Good job!

manax says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 9:17pm

Nicely done. Good plinking sounds. Agree with others more symbolic shapes would have been helpful, but didn't take long to figure out either.

menip says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:49pm

Amazing twist to a classic! Took a bit to figure out what was what though

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