Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Old Man's Sky

by Geared Games - Jam Entry

A classic rendition of the game No Man's Sky in wonderful atari 2600 colours.

Much like the real game, you can explore planets and... well that's it basically. Have fun!

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joemid says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Awesome! Near-perfect Atari port of NMS. Infinite jump is cool- Love the ship controls on the planet- tho- a way to call back the ship after you jump out and it sails off into oblivion would be nice... Of course, that'll probably come in the NES port!

kadexus says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Very nice artstyle and sound design! Also surprisingly polished AND you had time left over! Great job :)

FisherG says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 5:45pm

Runs smooth.
Funny Pop culture references.
Entire game is a big joke about No mans sky.
No enemies that I could find.

Dia6lo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:13pm

I want a refund for this D:

Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:19pm

You don't need to put the program debug database in the zip file :D... Great game

CalmKai says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:26pm

Great Game!

StarStorm295 says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:57pm

I love it! Something so cute about it! Great work!

slam_nine says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:59pm

Nice job of remaking (demaking?) NMS in very retro atari-like graphics! The game runs smooth too.

chriiis88 says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 8:08pm

That's actually pretty damn cool. You could post this to the NoMansSkyTheGame subreddit, too. I bet they'd be interested in the game.

SmallPhil says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:05am

It tickles.
It tickles.
It tickles.

This game is awsome !

Loyance says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:38am

Better than original. Great job!

NinjaNic says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:36am

Nothing can give me an authentic No Man's Sky experience better than Old Man's Sky!! I love it! Countless hours of so much fun! I can't believe this was only made in a few days, it's amazing. Nice work!

By far my favorite game of the jam/compo so far. (Even though it doesn't have anything to do with ancient technology.)

Azlen says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:08am

Disappointed that planets don't wrap around, I was hoping to find my ship eventually.

Amazing work!

asteryz says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:51am

Great atmosphere, well done :)

pi_pi3 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:23am

No aliens. I.e. noone to be found. Noone to be found in the universe. Noone to be found in the sky... No Man in the Sky... This game does No Man's Sky better than No Man's Sky.

colapolka says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:28pm

Controlls and overall look and feel enchant with remarkable smoothness. Well done!

Ib1s says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:30pm

The best possible No man's sky pixel game which could be done in one weekend. It has a great atmosphere and is fun to play for a while.

Oh and btw: my name is George ._.

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:57pm

Amazing parody (?) of No Man's Sky. The art is really pretty. If only there were music...

Overall the game is really well polished and very much so cleverly made. Great job. Is everything procedural?

Geared Games says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:44pm

There should be music in the game though?

But to answer your question:
The planets, stars, planet surfaces, organisms and alien bases are procedural.

cortica says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:50pm

Great work!

PlanetHoward says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Not much gameplay, but I have to point out the controls are better than most games I've tried, it's responsive, fast and just feels really good to use

Mr.Chippy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:29pm

It feels very smooth and polished.

Thank you for saving me 60 dollars on No Man Sky.

SbstnC says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:54pm

Very cool graphics, sound. The joke, on No man's sky is cool.
It's fun to move around in the ship, but you better make sure you have no momentum while getting off the ship, unless you want to see it glide awayyyyyyyyyy ^^

josephblt says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:10am

Come on bro? No multiplayer?!?!?! Hehe just kidding nice submission. Nice idea.

Crown Games says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:33am

Wow! Great game! Exactly what No Man's Sky is like

UltraRat says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:09am

I understand that reference dot gif

I like the variety of the text, made me laugh as well as the punny title.

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:48am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! the title remembers me no man's sky :D coincidence ? XD Simple mechanics that still offered a decent amount of challenge.We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

colozz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:59am

What a relaxing game, 60$-worth!

onyon says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:49am

Cool retro vibe, better than NMS :D

eott says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:59am

This is just amazing. Perfect capture. However you're doing this, keep doing it, because it's awesome.

novotmike says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:24pm

Expected someone to make a game with "No Man's Sky" reference, but not in my wildest dreams did I see this coming! Oh snap! I like everything about this game!

mat1er says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:00pm

So close of no man sky, I nearly asked for a refund!

blinry says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:23pm

Smooth and fluid controls, well done! Getting in and out of the spacecraft was fun! We were disappointed that some of the small planets had no thingies on them. Nice take on the original. Fun flavor text on the plants (the bushes especially). Would have been nice to have some hills on the planets, but them being bland was probably kind of the point :P

Dimatt says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:43pm

Haha, funny game! I can't actually afford No Man's Sky, nor would i buy it anyway, so this was a cool little thingo.

David Cookie says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:46pm

aha ok.. it looks like No Man's Sky got quite a few parodies xD It could be a really good game with some new mechanics! The feeling is already satisfying as is, and you have quite a sweet humor :) Well done!

mlho7 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:53pm

I can run it with my graphic card, awesome.
This retro version maybe is more punchy that the original one, well done, George is a good name for anything. Good job on music.

Pickens Inc. says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:24pm

Lovely atmosphere, and I ADORE the parallax stars. Best
part of the game. Had to look up to make sure the 2600 could handle Parallax, and it could so well done. More variety is my only qualm. Great!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:04pm

I like the biomes, color style and that ground gradient.
Ship looks like a fly insect to me.

Elit3dGaming says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:24am

Very relaxing and visually appealing. Great game, loved it.

xirion11 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:58am

I really liked this game, the music was relaxing, I liked piloting the ship, I liked the moving stars, I liked George. Really nice game!

blubberquark says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:15am

Short and sweet!

WERT Studio says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 8:41pm

like the orginal nothing to do makes fun for 2 min and looks fine

randomhuman says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:31am

The comments on all your discoveries are pretty funny. Not the best NMS parody I've played this jam, but it fit the theme much better than the other one.

lordedwin says ...
Sep 12, 2016 @ 3:01pm

Very good game ! The concept is awesome, I think that it will be important to add puzzles to the game !!!

csanyk says ...
Sep 14, 2016 @ 2:27am

Awesome parody/demake of NMS. I thought it captured the look of the Atari 2600 quite well, though not the sound obviously. Some really harsh random noise and buzzing would have made it for me. Although the music is nice. A bit more purpose and variety would have been even better, but then it wouldn't have skewered NMS so perfectly.

rad1c says ...
Sep 23, 2016 @ 9:24pm

Better gfx and more content delivered than in the original, great job.

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