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    April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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    No Space - Jeremias - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    IMPORTANT: Disconnect your gamepad before starting the game, please :)

    In NO SPACE you play an astronaut who is kept enclosed by his own space ship. It travels to small planets and forces you to gather resources like helium and water. Both, the ship and you, need these resources to survive.

    Dig your way through the planets and build conveyors to transport found resources to the ship. Luckily, the space ship creates a gravitation field so you can walk on the planet's surface.

    Back in the ship, in your tiny room and prison, you upgrade your tools to better your mining skills - and maybe you will find a way to escape.


    This is a XNA game.
    If you haven't installed the XNA framework, here you can download it:
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=20914


    If something won't work (installing, starting, playing) please leave a comment here.

    And please post feedback, too - here as comment or via email: gamedev@stevencolling.de :)

    If you got trouble with the game's difficulty, post here which resource was to rare (maybe I want to go on with this game).

    Thanks for playing and have fun!

    View Jeremias's journal. | View all entries by Jeremias

    Ratings

    Coolness74%
    #86Mood3.42
    #126Innovation3.62
    #181Overall3.41
    #216Humor2.72
    #264Audio2.89
    #348Graphics3.05
    #361Fun2.95
    #373Theme3.15

    Comments

    FrankTheTank says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:57pm

    Really good game, the gameplay is easy and great! I also like how the space ship is talking with the player.

    JustinMullin says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:00pm

    Neat! I like the conveyor system, it works pretty well. I keep stranding myself or dying on the planet though...guess I'm not cautious enough. xD

    jeroenimooo says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:09pm

    Cool game, lots of stuff to do, also has the right difficulty.

    Dakota says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:25pm

    Nice game. Needed a little bit more jetpack energy at the start

    crazyheckman says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:37pm

    Good game, I ran out of helium and now I have to wait centuries to do anything. That should probably be a little less rare considering you need so many conveyors to gather resources. Nice graphics though and really neat concept.

    Mago says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:09pm

    Claustrophobic atmosphere and computer like in movies "Moon" or "Space odyssey" gives nice mood. Game itself very interesting

    the8donut says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:31am

    Really interesting game. Good job on every aspect!

    Zamando says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:22am

    Great game! Took a while for me to understand how to play though.

    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:06pm

    Really nice! Pretty hard but the mining and crafting are done very well and it's fun when one gets hang of it.

    Jeremias says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:23pm

    Thank you all for rating and commenting! Yes, the difficulty is high and on your first travel, you will die very soon. But if you know that you must manage your energy very wise, you'll get into the expected "flow" (I hope :)).

    vilya says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:05pm

    I think a tutorial that guided you through exploring, managing energy and the rest would make this game a lot more accessible. (I do understand how hard it is to find time for that as well as everything else though)

    Milo says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:35pm

    This game kept my interest for quite a while. The mechanics of mining and crafting are interesting, and there's a good level of challenge. The mood of the game is also impressive.

    derrickdool says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:40am

    Liked this a lot. Died more times than not, but always had me starting a new game pretty quick.

    Nidjo123 says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:22pm

    Wow! Really good game. I like the idea behind it. It's balanced pretty well, sounds are very good. Great work!

    Pitoum says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:26pm

    Very cool stuff ! Neat and polish ! E pleasur to play :)

    invaderJim says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:28pm

    Really nice job. Love the concept and the ship interactions. Took me a while to figure out my mouse wasn't working, because I had my xbox controller plugged in :P Works great with the controller though.

    Jeremias says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:30pm

    Oh sorry, I started to implement gamepad, but I didn't finished it.

    namuol says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:08pm

    Great game! There's a good deal of balance. The in-ship music is very nice, and the in-game control cheat-sheet was all I really needed to get started with the game. I love the conveyor system as well; perhaps if you added indestructible tiles, you could force the user to be more careful with how they use conveyors.

    If you had more time, I'd suggest adding a handful of tilesets for the planets to emphasize the progress the user is making.

    Norgg says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 9:46pm

    Really nice, loved the balance of it, I like how well it punishes being that little bit too greedy.

    demonpants says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 9:52pm

    Mac please!

    kasarun says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:31pm

    Wow, i start the game 3 times and i really enjoy it.I was so disapointed by the fatal error when i try to buy "Speed Substance" :( (Maybe because my wireless gamepad was connected?)

    jwolf says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 2:23am

    Very nice game! Quite thematic, and when you screw up trying to push things too far, you're pretty much doomed.

    Jeremias says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:24am

    Thank you for the feedback!

    @kasarun: Perhaps just a last minute bug. If I have the time, I'll fix it and post a post-compo version.

    Ranoka says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 3:17pm

    Congrats on making this game in 48 hours, I think it's quite an accomplishment! I like the presentation with the computer talking to the player, the game mechanic is quite unique too! I found it hard to play at first because I didn't realise using the jetpack while carrying minerals had a huge penalty! This game is hard because I either ran out of time or energy and the game has permadeath! An improvement you could make is making the planets more round, currently they're square. Great job!

    scoopsy says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 8:06pm

    Sorry, I can't play since I'm on a Mac.

    Apr 29, 2012 @ 10:01am

    I thought the difficulty seemed about right. Really enjoyed it and it's a great little idea

    Scott Baker says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 8:56pm

    Good mood and great fit to theme. What do the little arrows do? Looks like it sends resources back up to the ship but I cannot get it to work.

    Jeremias says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 9:51pm

    Here is a gameplay video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Hnd-xHB9E

    The little arrows work.
    You can press Q to show the controls. Have fun :)

    demonpants says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 6:26pm

    I'd love to play this but I have a Mac. Any chance for a port?

    marudziik says ...
    May 8, 2012 @ 8:19am

    Doesn't look astonishing, but the gameplay is quite deep and fun. Theme-wise it's a little stretch, but it's so entertaining, I didn't really care. I really like the general idea, the Kubrick's film reference, and the overall feel to it. Really impressive for 48hours of work. Good job!

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