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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Space Captive

by negativice - Compo Entry

You are stranded in space, and the only thing keeping you alive is the space module that you are tethered to.

Gather resources and bring them back to your capsule to survive.
Get enough parts to fix your capsule and escape the cruel death in space.

Arrow keys to float around
Enter to grab/drop/store items(you have to store items in their respective storage)
Enter while above the hatch to get in or out of capsule
Hold enter while hovering over broken parts to fix them.(computer and thrusters)
Basically Enter does it all :)

Have fun!

Added bugfix version.Changed thumbnail.

Controls(bugfix version):
Arrow keys to float around
Enter/Space to grab/drop/store items(you have to store items in their respective storage)
Enter/Space while above the hatch to get in or out of capsule
Enter/Space to interact
Hold Ctrl while hovering over broken parts to fix them.(computer and thrusters)

*If your capsule would get hit by a fast debris while you were inside you would get stuck to the walls because they didn't transfer the momentum correctly, now this shouldn't be such a big problem.
*Made it so you can't exit while holding an item. (minor annoyance)
*Made all the interaction zones very slightly larger.
*You can now also use space bar instead of enter.
*Changed repair key from enter to control.

Downloads and Links




fishbrain says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:38pm

Brilliant! Love the idea, took a little while to get the hang of the controls. Quite hard - but it seemed to suit the style of game. Damn... played a 10 minute game, got close, but died... might have to try again later.

FiloGC says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:08pm

Loving the idea, The controls are really awkward though.

piwicode says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:10pm

Captivating, good idea.
The graphics are fun, minimalist sound and enough difficulty to start playing again.
Very good athmosphere
Thank you

eruiz00 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:44pm

Hey interesting and not so conventional as others. Well done!

nikitapash says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:34pm


wscones says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:42pm

pretty difficult, but really cool; I think one of the most interesting parts of the game for me was trying to enter the capsule at high speeds, as well as trying to enter the capsule after running out of fuel

timgarbos says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:44pm

Nice premise. I always wanted to go to space... :)

LDP says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:54pm

Wow, it's cool, the idea is super cool, the controls are pretty hard to master but the concept have so much potential. Very good job.

pcmxms says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:59pm

I liked the "old PC visual style".

NuSan says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:12pm

Great idea. I love the mood and how you character is thrown away by collisions. I had a lot of trouble with recharging things inside the room, maybe I dont understand the controls. I will replay it soon. Keep up the good work !

randdir says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:45pm

Nice gameplay and good idea !

jusw85 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:08pm

Interesting game, I liked the space physics. Wasn't sure how to actually fix the station though, I think it was too hard for me.

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:26pm

Fun soundtrack and cool idea!

RttStudio says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Really entertaining project.
Getting hit by a bunch of rocks/trash made it quite hard.
But it's a really fun and interesting concept. Would definitely see something like that as a full game.

sfje-team says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:39pm

Briliant Idea.
You could still improve on the controlls and Graphycs a little.
Still very nice Game.

skorpyo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:28pm

Coll and interesting idea, but controll is realy difficult :)

blaster391 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:28pm

Controls are a bit floaty (pardon the pun). The game concept is great, and I like the idea. Maybe a bit too hard for me, or maybe I am just bad, but I was so occupied with staying alive I hardly had chance to repair the ship

leondryaso says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:24pm

It was hard at first, but then i got the hang of it. The gameplay was quite innovative and fun!

Dogeveloper says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:26pm

Interesting and original but hard gameplay. The controls are a bit hard to get used to. Otherwise its good!

negativice says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:48pm

Thanks everybody for playing and rating!
I agree there should have been some markers to indicate where/how to repair stuff and as for the hard controls, i did want them to be hard but i could have definitely balanced them a bit to make them feel a bit better :)

Tkachov says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:18am

DAMN THIS IS HARD! I tried a few times, but it's difficult to navigate, so I kept running out of fuel or oxygen. Yet it's some kind of challenge, so it doesn't feel bad to lose, but makes you want to keep running.

elmoGames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:36pm

WOW best idea ever and well done ineed! TOP

Megalink says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:24pm

I find it hard to control where the character is going

Skruffye says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:36pm

Okay, so for starters, I liked the concept of the game--it was really cool and definitely made me want to keep playing.

The art and sound were good, but I would have to say that there were a few problems in the execution, at least from my point of view. I spent about 90% of my time either stuck outside the capsule, holding a vital resource but unable to get inside because things kept hitting it away from me or stuck inside the capsule desperate to get back outside but unable to because something had hit it and the inertia kept me from moving.

There were also a couple of spelling mistakes in the intro, but that's nothing that can't be fixed easily.

Overall, really cool game, just needs a little tweaking to make it more playable imo! Good job! :)

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:04pm

Oh man. This game is hard as nails, I felt like Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Loved being able to use oxygen as propulsion (that didn't save me, of course).

Ygogo says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:26pm

Super idea but controlls are so unhandy :( I wish to play more with fixed controlls.

spacedoubt says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 2:03am

Really cool concept. The controls take some getting used to, as they should. I love how as you're playing, you're just constantly getting better at it. At first it seems almost impossible, but once you get going, it's really fun!

GarethIW says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:35pm

My best run was 6:56. Really great idea for the theme, and a fun game once you get used to the controls.

One big frustration was trying to move about inside the capsule then accidentally exiting the hatch when what I wanted to do was store something. A few small interface refinements and this would be really good!

negativice says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 2:06pm

Again thanks everyone for feedback! I released update which fixes some minor control problems, including accidentally exiting the capsule. I should have really released this update like 2 weeks ago, but i was very busy :/

Miziziziz says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 10:30pm

Really great idea, but needs to be easier.
The mechanics are a little too finicky and imprecise. Also, the hatch is too small, would be better if you could enter anywhere over the space station.
Otherwise, liked the visuals, and the audio was informative without getting in the way.

hellfridge says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 10:34pm

This look so brilliant, I want to play it! LINUX or MAC version PLEASE!

Minato4th says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:26pm

This is very interesting Concept and good Idea, but it is very hard to do something..

Awpteamoose says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 3:15pm

Actually pretty fun, but I wish I could see the thursters as well as maybe regulate the intensity somehow.
Not sure what medicine was for, never ended up needing it.

ijzm says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 8:23am

Nice concept, really fun game! The controls are really awkward, and took a while to get used to them... but then again, it was in space so it kinda adds to the game. The sounds are minimalistic, but okay.
I encountered a bug, when trying to repair the computer, it always teleported me back to the middle of the station, so it was a pain to get that fixed. But i finally finished in like 14 minutes!
Again, really fun game!

Dec 28, 2016 @ 6:03pm

Unlike lots of people here, I enjoyed the propulsion based controls. I felt it added a lot to the experience of being an astronaut. I also enjoyed the difficulty the game presented. It's a bit harder than most games, but surviving an accident like this should be hard, to represent the dangers of being alone in deep space. Some more ambient sounds could have done wonders, though, since it was a little sparce audio-wise.

Overall, I rate this at least as bad as Gravity~

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