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August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution
kinetic dream - mdkess - 48 Hour Compo Entry
Original Java 7 version here: http://ma.rtin.xxx/downloads/kinetic_dream.zip - I updated with a java6 port, hopefully that means that more people can play! The Java 6 version linked above is the exact same code, just compiled for wider compatibility.
A space shooter set in an abstract world. Defend yourself and the bioforge as you slowly change into something... different. Is this all just a dream?
My original intent was to create a game similar to Spore's first stage, but it sort of just morphed into this. I think that in an abstract way, it still sticks to the theme - with gradual change over time, too small to notice any any instant, but noticeably there.
Made possible by Slick2D, LWJGL, Wolfram Alpha, and sfxr.
Install the latest JRE from here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
Then double click the file for your platform - game_windows, game_linux or game_mac (note: I don't have a Mac, so I don't know if that last one works - let me know!)
If that doesn't work, try opening a terminal, cd into the entry directory, and run the jar with:
java -Djava.library.path=native/<platform> -jar data.jar
(for example: "java -Djava.library.path=native/windows -jar data.jar)
If you get an error about unsupported version - update your JRE from Oracle's website!
Fly around, collect coins, kill enemies, become something beautiful
Arrow keys/WASD to move.
Space to shoot.
P to pause.
H to show controls.
1-6 to choose weapons (as you discover them).
E to target the nearest enemy.
Q or ESC to quit.
I wasn't sure about difficulty, so you are pretty much invincible - unless your bioforge dies, you will just keep respawning.
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