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    Ludum Dare 25

    December 14th-17th 2012 :: Theme: You are the Villain

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    Somso - Niavlys - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    IMPORTANT : There *is* audio, but only with Chrome or Chromium! See below.

    In order for this game to fit the theme "You Are The Villain", please just picture yourself (the red sphere) as a very bad person, whereas your enemies are the heroes that represent the goodness, the good and the great, otherwise nothing will really make you feel like a "villain" more than in any other game.

    It's ok, you can rate 0 on "Theme". I made this game in less than 20 hours, after starting over three times. I wasn't satisfied with my previous ideas, this one seemed at least interesting to me.

    I know this isn't finished. The only end is when you get tired of the FPS getting lower and lower as you complete phases. There isn't any real challenge either, as you have infinite "lives." I failed at adding goats as well, they may replace the blue balls in the post-compo version though.

    You will have to play with Chrome or Chromium in order for the audio to be working, because other browsers don't support the Web Audio API yet. I would greatly appreciate it if you don't rate 0 in Audio just because you don't hear any audio. The sound is important for other categories as well, so I thank you very much if you make an effort to play in Chrome (assumimg you're not a regular user, that's cool if you are). :)

    Anyway, please play, rate and comment my game, and I will check and rate and comment yours! Thanks :)

    PS: Please don't look at the code too much. Some parts really are awful programming.

    -- 2012-12-19: Fixed a bug where the ball would get stuck when starting too close from the border. Fixed preloading of images as well. (Still lagging under Firefox)

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    Ratings

    Coolness62%
    #229Innovation3.16
    #259Fun3.07
    #385Audio2.35
    #498Mood2.54
    #505Overall2.74
    #640Graphics2.17
    #655Humor1.68
    #760Theme1.56

    Comments

    Agamgad says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 4:10pm

    Niavlys ! Great game just like I said before, I love how the movement feels.

    Pierrec says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 5:44pm

    Haha! This is surprisingly very fun! It's only a sphere and some dots on a screen and still...I can't stop playing! (can't beat level 7 though...)

    Those mechanics are really funny, I can't even understand how it works ^^

    supermaximo93 says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    Fun toy! I could feel my laptop getting warmer and warmer as the game progressed :P

    nitramgc says ...
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 10:08pm

    Nice!

    The louder sounds work great.

    I love the weird gameplay. My favorite combo is to start by moving the mouse slowly to have a great control, and as the time is running out I increase the speed of the cursor, trying to control that thing :)

    Niavlys says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 2:07pm

    @supermaximo93 : Yes, I guess it needs to be optimized⦠Glad you had fun with it!

    Niavlys says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 2:27pm

    @Agamgad : Thanks, I'm happy I started over with this idea, I was totally disliking the previous one.

    @Pierrec : Thanks! The mechanics are conceptually very simple, but very hard to master, it seems! :)

    @nitramgc : Glad you liked the audio and gameplay. I hope I won't get too many bad ratings in Audio because it can't be heard in Firefox (or other browsers)...
    Thanks for your playing tips!

    Dec 18, 2012 @ 2:55pm

    Interesting concept.
    I got to phase 9 by just swinging mouse around at random, then (after 10-12 tries) I wasn't able to get past phase 9.
    Probably it was because I didn't understand how the ball movement actually worked.

    mrspeaker says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 2:56pm

    I'm a sucker for anything with spring mechanics!

    mutuwarejam says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 5:48pm

    I got up to 233! Then my laptop started stuttering :)

    Niavlys says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 5:48pm

    @Muu? (lanoiadimuu) : The mechanics were pretty simple to program. In fact, it's the first thing I came up with, I wanted to change it and actually couldn't make anything better, so it became the difficulty of the game: mastering the controls. The nervosity of the ball movement can also add to its "vilainous" aspect.

    @mrspeaker : It's meant to be incontrollable! If it were too easy you would get to level 20 without any effort and your computer would crash.

    Mythalore says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    A rather different idea!

    Mava says ...
    Dec 18, 2012 @ 7:43pm

    Addictive and simple, once I got the hang of it I came back for more. Well done :)

    kill0u says ...
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 11:58am

    Weird, but fun :)
    It's a little hard to master the ball movements, but still fun.

    Btw, I temporarily voted n/a for audio, 'cause I can't play with sound on atm. But I'll definitely play again tonight and re-vote ;)

    Dec 20, 2012 @ 6:26pm

    Nice flinging-mechanic!

    LTyrosine says ...
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 7:02pm

    This is a real angry red ball. Nice game!

    Niavlys says ...
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 7:16pm

    @LTyrosine: I'm glad you found the theme in my game. Thanks! :)

    CoffeeOnimal says ...
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 12:33pm

    "Four lives and a fucking flamethrower."

    Fantastic.

    CoffeeOnimal says ...
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 1:05pm

    Oops, that comment was meant for a different game.. Move along, nothing to see here...

    CoffeeOnimal says ...
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 1:10pm

    Now for the real comment..
    Neat little physics toy here, hard to see a game in it yet, but it just needs some goals or scoring added.

    aare says ...
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 2:22pm

    Made it to the level 7 :)

    h.attila says ...
    Jan 4, 2013 @ 2:40pm

    The controls are weird, I couldn't really get the hang of them and I think the game is too simple.

    azurenimbus says ...
    Jan 5, 2013 @ 6:00am

    Nicely done, challenging and rewarding experience. :) Love the mechanics.

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