Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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Player Rush

by HotBoxGames - Jam Entry

You are the final boss in a newly released RAID dungeon.
Players from across the globe are partying up take you down and steal your loot.
Stop them!

WASD/↑←↓→ - Movement
Space - Attack

We're quite happy with the end result of this game, we had planned to add more features / attacks / objectives but, as always, all of our ideas can't be done in 72 hours!

We also had a new member join in this LD, Ollie, who spent his time doing all the character art & learning how to create sprite sheets for animations etc.

We had a few issues when trying to submit our game, issues which caused the built version to crash instantly (when it all worked in the Unity editor!). We managed to identify this as an issue with our sound files, so we reimported these corrupted sounds and everything appears to work OK *fingers crossed*.

If we had more time (or decide to do a post-compo version), we'd love to add in the following:
- More boss attacks & abilities (either unlocking over time or with hp decrease)
- More hero types (mage, rogue, etc)
- More playable boss types
- More levels
- More player objectives
- More character barks / names
- Fancy particle effects / lighting tweaks
- Smarter AI (with pathfinding)
- Environmental traps / interactive objects
- Balancing

We hope you enjoy playing what we did manage to create, as always Ludum Dare has been a blast! :D

Time to play + rate!


We spent some time after the LD33 competition improving, tweaking & adding a few new features to the game.

This includes:
– One new hero types (mage, ranged attack)
– Two new boss attacks (twin lazor & mega lazor)
– A new RAGE MODE ability (when low HP, player gets 1.5x movement and attack speed + unlocks mega lazor)
– One new music track (for rage mode)
– More character barks
– More character names
– Fancy particle effects / lighting tweaks
– Smarter AI
– Balancing

We hope you enjoy these improvements, obviously we’d love to add a load more – but as the base code was all written within 72 hours on very little sleep, we’d be better off making it again from scratch :)

Downloads and Links




Hjalte500 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:27am

Awesome game. Makes me a little jealous knowing you made all this in 3 days.

Grahhhhh says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:14am

I had no idea it felt this good to be a raid boss, also, how annoying healers are from the enemy's perspective.

Would like the controls to be a little more smooth, if you do that, add some different abilities, and a couple of features, I think you'd have a REAL tight game for serious submission.

BTW, I'm boots ranked #2 :D

danialias says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:23am

What!? I'm third in the rank! :D Wait, it even have leaderboards! Wow.

Great game! Beautiful graphics and sound, nice concept (last boss on a MMO!) and really fun to play. It has been really satisfying to squash Sir Buttface and company. Good job!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:00am

Neat. I like it. However I think that the gameplay could be more complex, but it's good enough. Beautiful graphics and sound, nice concept. Controls are amazing. Thank you for this cool entry ++

CheesyRamen says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:24am

This is probably the most pretty-looking game I've played so far. Great job!

DruhinM says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:20pm


SeaMonster131 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:24pm

Cool graphics effects and lighting, a lot of fun :)

jordinuco says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:33pm

Great graphics and great music! And only 72 hours. Congratulations, and go on developing this one, it can grow as a great game.

Reccy says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:42pm

The pixel art is fantastic! The game felt really good to play and the sound snippets and usernames were funny too!
I would love to play a post-LD version!

OberynMartell says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:41pm

Very nice graphics, but it got a little boring after a few waves because of the repetitive gameplay.
With the additions you intend to add, I'm sure it can become a lot better.
Nice job!

sydream says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:28pm

Gorgeous art/audio, nice gameplay and the idea of a reversed RAID it's awesome. Would have loved to have different abilities as Raid Bosses do, and perhaps the player could have done with more visual feedback when attacking. Loved it anyway and I'm also second in the leaderboard :)

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:36pm

Well done Hot Box, Really think it's one of the best I've tried, the graphics are great, the audio too, the gameplay is simply fun especially since you can see the healers tanks and dps from the other perspective. And there's even a rank system! good job overall!

voidstar33 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:15pm

Nice art and robot animation. Gameplay could have been more interesting.

Xanjos says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:33pm

Wooo 2nd place on the leaderboards (at the moment)!! It's a shame you didn't have time to add more enemy attacks (something like ranged attack from mage/ranger-like classes would have been cool) but I liked the idea of playing as a dungeon raid boss plus I loved the attack animations.

paruthidotexe says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:46am

Art,audio and game concept are superb.. could have more addictive game play..

jackrugile says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:17am

Well done you guys! I love the art and the concept. This would be such a cool project to expand on, where you control different bosses and attack in different ways. I see you have a big list of possible developments, hope you guys continue with it.

Oh yeah, nice Leeroy reference ;)

lemer says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:24pm

Miss some waves or leveling structure, but very entertaining and goog graphics, congrats!

dickpoelen says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:12pm

Awesome entry. Very polished! Love the lightning effects, and Ollie did a great job on those sprites

jstclair13 says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:37am

I really enjoyed this game! Also, good luck removing me for the leaderboards! :D

wg_phancock says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:27am

I will never look at a raid boss the same way again!

The art and sound were pretty awesome, and the overall concept is pretty good. With a bunch more character types and better AI, and probably an unlock system for your boss to upgrade and choose attack types or defenses, you'd have a pretty solid final product I think. It would be pretty cool if you could truly be the "boss" and change the dungeon around as well to add traps or minions or something like that.

I felt as though the boss character could use a little more visual feedback when he gets hit. Some screenshake/flashing sounds or particle effects, etc would "sell" the hits better.

BoyWithStick says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:19am

Loved the sprites and the lighting effects. A really good amount of polish put on this game within 72 hours. The game was fun to play as a raid boss defending its treasure. Way to go!

AtkinsSJ says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:13pm

Feel really polished! Would have liked more abilities, but it looks and sounds great, and it's pretty fun too. :) It's a solid idea, and I can see it being really good if you developed it further.

Jakob37 says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 8:09pm

Nice look and feeling! Feels very polished and has interesting game mechanics. Really felt like I was a raid boss. Became a bit repetitive after a while, would be very interesting to have some kind of power-up secondary weapon. Nevertheless, liked this a lot. Well done :)

SamH says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:02pm

Nice little game, could become something very interesting with more moves and levels, and maybe some healing mechanics?

PS: I can confirm the Linux version works!

UrbanHelsing says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:46pm

Fantastic pixel art and animation! The AI was a bit stupid though, kept running into walls. Loved the scan line filter, really made the graphics stand out.

congusbongus says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:17pm

This is certainly a gorgeous game, but I kept getting hit randomly, I'm not sure what was happening. The gameplay is too simple to do this game justice. Very good overall.

OS X version works by the way.

dpisarcik says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:19pm

This is a great game! The leaderboard makes for a very good competitive touch, and I wanted to keep playing. I got to #5 at the time of this comment.

Wonderful work!

Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:21pm

Good fun, and nice art and audio.
If you continue with this post-jam, in addition to the things you have already planned, it might be interesting to have a fake 'aggro' mechanic, where you get new attacks the lower your health is - might be a nice risk / reward mechanic.

Ryusui says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 5:59pm

Woo, I'm freakin' Twintania! Or The Manipulator!

That might be an interesting direction to go in the future - additional bosses/characters with different mechanics (it would be HILARIOUS if I could Divebomb the daylights out of the players, or maybe summon adds to fight alongside me).

The one problem I had is that it's not clear you can't attack while moving - I kept pressing space and wondering why I wasn't doing anything until I tried it while I was standing still.

That said, if you need any extra names to include among your players, I suggest looking into .hack and Sword Art Online. I'll admit I was a LITTLE disappointed I didn't see a Kirito trying to hack his way through me. XD

panda says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:58pm

Great graphics, cool concept! I like the sound, too. It's impressive you were able to make all this so quickly!

SpringCabal says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:59pm

The idea is beautiful and art is solid, however I'm disappointed you didn't include spells or any ranged attacks (healing too -> as long as there are particles and spells flying around!). The controlled robot is way too simplistic, wish he had some other attacks/abilities.

I'm still really impressed, great job. I'd love to play a polished version that I hope you'll be making.

Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:01pm

not bad. I felt like having movement limited to the cardinal directions was a bit strange considering that there were frames of animation where the boss faces diagonally, but it was easy enough to get used to.
I have to say that my favorite part of this game is the hero characters, though. They each feel like they have a lot of personality to them, between their randomly generated names and the surprisingly large pool of sprites that they seem to pull from.

Wevel says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:04pm

Cool game, would be nice to have different attacks

Sparrow says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:08pm

Haha, well done! Awesome idea and well executed!

jofra says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:10pm

awesome entry, the elemental animation is very good ! i got to rank 4 !! X) very cool feature the online leaderboard. The game could have a bit more depth to it, but this is ludum dare all the games could be better !

Korso says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:12pm

I'm the first! :D

Good game, very well fitted to the theme. Nice graphics & sound too. I miss two things though: something to recover life when you clear some waves and new abilities/mechanics to kill more soldiers.

Anyway, one of the most polished games I've played in this LD, good work all of you!

CodeNMore says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:13pm

This game looked amazing, sounded amazing, controlled well, amazing!

Matzigon says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:21pm

Nice game. The gameplay needs some tactical elements, but good job! :)

Adam Gould says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:48pm

That was fantastic! I loved everything about it.

sonelliot says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:58pm

Nice game. We had this exact same idea when we were brainstorming!

The graphics and sound are really nice. No obvious bugs as well which is good. Feels like it needs more depth. But I'm sure you'll get there as you add different attack types and units. Great proof-of-concept!

intXparts says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:07am

Fantastic game! The body parts and weapons of the fallen heroes littered on the floor gave me a good chuckle. The boss character is really well designed and I like the contrast of an automaton with traditional rpg heroes.

SkullPixel says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:30am

#19 on leader-boards!

Nice art too. And all the people are awesome with all of their comments!

Unept says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:40am

Not bad. The graphics are top notch, as well as the tie in to the theme. Going against a raid, awesome. It felt a little bit like you spent too much time on visual polish and not enough on gameplay, because the gameplay could have used some refinement. Maybe another attack type, or defense, something like that. Overall, great job!

MrTwister says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:41am

Impressive games!
Awesome graphics and nice audio. The leaderboard was a nice touch too.

The game could benefit from different attacks and more varied character types with better AI, but this is definitely a solid entry overall!

I really had fun with this entry and it's one of the few games I actually wanted to keep playing more and more. Congrats!

Resonious says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:51am

Graphics and music are super excellent. Game plays smoothly. Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Aug 30, 2015 @ 3:57am

Nice game play with fantastic art and sound. Really nice job!

namrog84 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 5:35am

that was great. good job all!

Teesquared says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:04pm

Total rush or total mush? Great take on them. Visuals and sound is right on. Moving around seems to just get you in trouble. Leaderboard is awesome too. Verdict... total rush!

Tselmek says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:17pm

Breathtaking graphics and cool audio. The controls were extremely stiff and it was hard to judge where or when we would get hit as the hitbox is not obvious. The animations kick asses but I'll admit are a little too slow, along with the attacks. Great game either way!

CreamyBacon1 says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 3:11am

It was a great game! But it should have had a final form!!!

Aug 31, 2015 @ 4:24am

This game is awesome!! I had lots of fun playing it and it was a very interesting concept. Playing as a boss, really different. I loved this game's graphics and sounds. It was a lot of fun to play. Great job man :D

Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 5:27am

LEEEEERROOOOOY JEEEEN-*squish* This was a really fun game! The gameplay was pretty simple but fun at the same time. The art was probably my favorite part in this game. Everything just looks so polished and colorful. It was just a real treat to the eyes. :D

Erlend Aakre says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 9:38am

Great game, really nice graphics and concept!

mar3k says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 12:53pm

Really fun to play, but gets a bit repetitive after few rounds otherwise it's an amazing game, great graphics, effects, sounds/music and that you can see your global rank is a very nice idea.

r8berto says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 8:25pm

It's the best looking game I've seen this LD. And I love the idea of being a final boss. Awesome entry.

ALobker says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 1:35pm

Wow, this game feels very polished.

Eldan_Knight says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 4:45pm

Superb graphics and gameplay! I love the idea and the fun twist of the players' names xD Really good metagame, also with the competitive incentive of the leaderboards!

Galvesmash says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 12:30am

The graphics are amazing and the hero's names are the best. I didn't like how the boss shots.
Excelent job!

SoloDuoTeam says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 1:04am

This is so professional, with the intro screen, a good looking ai. Can I ask you how did you do the plack pixels being on the screen? Shader?

bossmojoman says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 1:18am

God damn it. That was awesome - freaking well done you guys.

tomhunt says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 4:53am

Very nice!

Modoc73 says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 6:47am

Great mini game! Fantastic art and lighting! The rage towards the end was cool. Made me feel like that sort of mechanic should have been more in it. Making you feel more like the boss. But still! Awesome. Well Done!

Sep 7, 2015 @ 8:00am

Beautiful game! Being able to move diagonally would be nice though...and didn't really feel like the raid boss with only one attack.

AndyBrown says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 10:18am

Rage mode totally made the whole game for me. The concept was fun and the artwork is gorgeous.

crucknuk says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 11:29am

Awesome game! I really like the art and audio. Even if it lacks some content in the original version, I understand this since you had only 72h, but still it is really good and well polished! Good job! ;)

Sep 7, 2015 @ 3:12pm

Really great job. Loved the visuals/effects, and nice humour. Well done. :)

WizzardMaker says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 4:28pm

Great game ^^! Beautiful game, smooth controls, thanks for showing me how good it feels to be the end boss!

pirate_shell says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 5:39pm

The presentation was fantastic as both the music and graphics were well made. I especially like the old TV sort of effect the whole game had. The voices were amusing mostly due to how generic they sounded xD The gameplay was simple and to the point however I felt it was overly simplistic. One attack just wasn't enough to hold my interest for all too long. That said, this is impressively well made and I congratulate you on a great entry!

pyokoanarogue says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 6:34pm


Ivan Volkov says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 7:16pm

Such a great entry!
This game looks so nice, it's unbelievable you made this in 3 days!
5 stars for every aspect of it

Lukbebalduke says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 7:21pm

Very impressive graphics and music, I also really liked the gameplay, it was very intensive. I had some trouble with the menu buttons, there was a bug making the buttons don't work correctly. Overall, awesome gameplay!

Almax27 says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 7:47pm

Beautiful aesthetics, annoyed me a little that controls were 4 directional but it added more of a challenge. Nice work guys! :D

puppetmaster says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 8:20pm

Love to be the boss and smash the good! :-) Very cool entry!

RovingSquid says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 8:57pm

Great artwork! Cool game too.

dancingmad says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 9:23pm

Nice project !
Gameplay is a little to repetitive but everything else is good, especially graphics !

cbear_wallis says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 9:47pm

i thought this was pretty cool ^_^ its amazing the amount of netcode you guys churned out in 3 days plus the amount of animations! color me impressed xD

radmars says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 11:10pm

Nice! Very pretty art! The game felt fairly flat to me, wasn't much to do and the controls felt sluggish. I haven't played your post-comp version, which may have made some improvements.

Sep 8, 2015 @ 2:23am

Great work, exceptionally polished and well designed.

Jacktheviper says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 3:10am

I must say that this is one of the better games I've played during this jam, while far from perfect in any one aspect, everything was masterfully put together and the end result is a complete and well made game.

peterthehe says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 5:00pm

Amazing graphics. A really cool game overall.

superfreak says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 5:15pm

Amazingly beautiful graphics which compliment a great take on the theme. Really polished effort which was challenging and fun!

Drauthius says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 6:35pm

Would have loved some more attack moves, and a bit more variation. Standing still and holding down space was not very rewarding. The controls were a bit annoying as well (holding down left and up made the boss only go up). Still a very nice entry and a good concept.

abcdef65g says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 12:49am

The game is impressive. If there is a game so far I am impressed was made in 3 days it is this one. It is fun, very finished, very polished, many cool details like the way shooting happens, like how units look, how movement flows. You feel truly like a boss. Seriously for me one of the entries which impressed me the most here. And yay 26'th in the world leader boards in a single playtrough!

Jelinib says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 3:18am

Beautiful art, the controls feel solid--everything feels great! Amaaaaaazing.

I found that it's easy to just kind of dilly-dally-dawdle around and drive my time score up if there are only one or two guys left that are easy to avoid. Perhaps there should be some way to limit the time you can spend on any given wave to deter excessive stalling.

Also walls are easily exploitable, but that should be fixed with the future pathfinding AI, right? Haha.

Fun and satisfying game. I loved all the names too. Awesome job you guys!

Slothmachine says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 7:56am

Great atmosphere and polished look. Nice arcade action!

Sep 10, 2015 @ 2:03am

Great game and incredible polish! I played the pre-jam version. Would love to see more content, maybe different environments and attacks. Great job!

nassi says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:05am

Tried both versions. Thought that it would be easier to get a good ranking in the highscores with the improvements of the post jam version, but seems that you restricted them to the original version only. Good call.

Looks and sounds neat, but the gameplay was a bit monotonous. Judging by the post jam version you have a vision on how to make it better though.

Sanju says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:29am

Great entry. Very polished game. Loved the graphics. For saying something, I miss the robot's diagonal movement, but this is a great job.

Sep 10, 2015 @ 2:03pm

This looks so good. Love the art style! The potential for more strategy would be a nice improvement, but for 3 days this is very impressive. Nice work!

egor-idiot says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 2:29pm

Crazy game

Sep 10, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Great game! Enjoyed the animations and the art style was spot on. AI was a bit easily stuck in the walls and the jam version got a bit repetitive after a while - but a great job for 72 hours of work! Post-jam version is awesome, really fun.

Miziziziz says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 6:44pm

Man, super awesome; fantastic entry
It would be nice to have some goals that made the game not endless (e.g. survive 10 waves to win), but otherwise it's superb

bombjack says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 7:26pm

very beautiful game :)

Ithildin says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 11:01am

Very solid entry, I haven't checked the post-jam version yet but I can easily imagine how you could expand the entry into a more solid project. Great job!

Patomkin says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 2:27pm

The gameplay is amazingly fun and looks fantastic!

Sep 11, 2015 @ 4:04pm

Great work! The graphics are great and I like that the arms are so apart, shooting is hard. The four directions movement is a nice choice. Excelent work!

Sep 11, 2015 @ 4:08pm

Psst - you have been featured in todays LUDUM DARE TO BELIEVE!

Larzan says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 5:07pm

Nice one, a bit repetetive the gameplay, not much variation with the waves, they are just trying to kill me and not to get to the loot, a bit more AI would be nice.

shawn42 says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 9:37pm

You should win; this entry is amazing. Great graphics, gameplay, audio, I _love_ the magic missiles ;)

Tanton-H2X says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 5:20am

Woooo~~ I want more my friends come to play this [email protected]
very interesting!
the fireball is so Damnit! Especially when i in the rage-mode~~
aha~ now i am the no.1 of the ranking list~~( I love Rank list~ Especially for a cool game)ಠ౪ಠ

LeoM says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 12:56pm

Very nice,
I played both version, the original one is a bit repetitive, but the post jam really correct all of this.
In both version the graphics are beautiful for pixels.
In both version, the final boss is still a bit slow... But it's ok if you are a giant robot. ;)

stefenism says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 8:09pm

I love this game!

Lianne Booton says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 9:27am

this is gorgeous work. Be proud, and good luck in the rankings :)

Zerkruemler says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:01pm

Very nice sound and graphics. I also like the player names. Simple but cool design. Sometimes a character get stuck, but this is just a minor glitch. I would like to have more feedback which player has hit me, so I can avoid it next time. This would make it less random.
Nice Job! Well done

NikinCZ says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:55pm

Perfect. Graphics? Perfect! Audio? Perfect! Same for fun, theme, mood and overall. Inovation and humor got very good (4*). Good job! I must try postcompo!
I also liked that even if you mash space really hard, you'll still die.

Jan Tuts says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 8:54pm

Very nice. :D
And the post-deadline version is indeed a whole lot better still. :)

Tuism says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 9:28pm

Great little gem! Presentation, gameplay, all pretty good. Rage mode really saved it from being repetitive. Nice one :)

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:39pm

The graphics were very nice, and had a very Tron feel to it. That said, I personally found the limited controls and monotone attack hard to appreciate. I did think the healers was a nice touch to add some strategy behind the game, but it didn't seem to go much deeper than, "hulk smash everything." More variety would be really nice.

Andrew Deem says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:59pm

Finally got the net to check this out and rate it. The graphics are incredible, the gameplay is fun. This is a good idea, guys! You should run with this and make a bigger game (and get some coin).

Overall fun and appealing. Good job!!

Oct 8, 2015 @ 12:56pm

Solid, fun game. I included it in part 31 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

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