Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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So long, Space Hero.

by factorial - Compo Entry

Even the heroes of video games can get sick, and some illnesses are worse than others. You control a tiny, space-borne virus created by 8-bit Space Hero's nemesis, and your goal is to invade the hero's body, seek out his heart, and kill him. A job's a job, I guess.

Shove Space Hero's body parts aside to infiltrate his pixelated body. Yeah it probably hurts, but you can't hear him screaming in his helmet. Avoid the antibodies between the pixels that will chase you down and swallow you up as they delay their host's inevitable demise.

This is it for Space Hero. If you don't like being the weapon then the least you could do is make it quick -- if you can.

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factorial says ...
Apr 19, 2015 @ 12:42pm

My first game and first Ludum Dare. Had a good time and learned a lot. All criticism welcome!

SadSmile says ...
Apr 19, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Interresting little game you made ;D

misterwalter says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:38am

This is really cool. It's super simple, but it's really fun. I had no idea what I was supposed to do at first, but that was fine, because knocking blocks around was kinda fun. I was able to piece it together bit by bit, and that was fun too.
All in all, this is a tiny game, but it is a great game, and you should be proud.

doitle says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:40am

Now that's an interesting take on Unconventional Weapon. I've never seen a game like this at all. Nice work.

ZQMony says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:41am

Nice game. Good job for your first time.

jsmars says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:31am

Haha wow that was wierd, really fits the theme I guess! Nice job

Phask says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:33am

I really like the idea. Mechanics are simple but fun and kept me playing. Good job! Nicely done.

tomdeal says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:39am

Ok, that was different than what I expected from the screenshots :) Nice work. I'd like to have the camera position in the middle, but thats the only thing that bothers me a bit in this game.

morgondag says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:48am

nice concept!

Muffin says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:49am

Hey this is really cool! The way you squeeze in between the "cells" is a great symbol for real virus infection. Well done.

DesignerNap says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:49am

you know... when it started I thought it was a nice idea, but the more I played and the more the music built up, the more I REALLY enjoyed it! There are some surprising tactics when you move around and trap the other red blobs... so I kept going and I did it! Take that spaceman! :D Love the music :) perfect for the mood. a FIRST ENTRY? excellent job.

ajopart says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:05pm

Surprisingly enjoyable !

kyyrma says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:21pm

Congrats on your first entry! Simple, but pretty original idea. I messed up Space Man pretty bad.

Also thanks for the feedback on my game: I fixed the missing download link, if you want to try it out.

ssiegel2 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:33am

Strange concept, but its novel.

fixedgerald says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:52am

Very unique and strange. Music and graphics could use improving, but the core concept is fun. Also the color of the anti viruses should not be red, as the first play through I thought they were part of the heart.

anokta says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:54am

ha very interesting concept. it was quite fun to play too. well done! :)

mildmojo says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:58am

This is pretty cool. I like the way you get in between the spaceman's "cells" on your way to the heart. I didn't know what the goal was when I started, not knowing what the heart looked like. But I totally found it and eliminated that dude.

It's pretty hard to move inside the body at first since everything's so tightly packed. Maybe that's a tactics issue for the player to solve. Once you're playing, there isn't really any way to get your bearings to the heart. A minimap, even if it didn't actually show the heart's location, would really help when you're zoomed in that far.

edve98 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:25pm

I like the idea! But sadly it was not fun enough to keep me playing after the 1st try

factorial says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:49pm

Really appreciate all the constructive criticism. My friends who've played have said much of the same - the heart and antibodies shouldn't be the same color, finding Space Hero again is hard without a minimap. If I had time to improve it, I'd add a slowly recharging ability that lets you blast cells out away from you very quickly to aid in escape, and I'd make the heart more obvious.

Zak says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:54pm

Good job for your first game !
The concept is good, but it would have been cool to push it further, maybe adding different body parts with different shapes, or even a race between two players to infect the same body...

Prowler says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 3:46pm

Very cool game! The idea is great and it's fun to pierce through the body. Very interesting approach!

mikomic says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:30pm

pretty cool idea, liked it !

GAFBlizzard says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:38am

Creative idea. I'm assuming there is only one level? After reaching the red square, the game zoomed out.

Apr 25, 2015 @ 5:05pm

Holy shit, this game = trypophobia.

Unique idea, even if it does give me the hibigeebies.

factorial says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 3:53am

Hahaha thanks aaronjbaptiste

norwalnate13 says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 9:08pm

This looks like a neat little game, but I can't play it. You've only posted a web version that doesn't run on chrome. Consider posting a webGL or windows/mac version.

ViKing Games says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 11:20pm

Simple and fun, with a very interesting take on the theme. Very enjoyable!

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