Ballkeeper by cappelnord

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made by cappelnord for LD28 (COMPO)
You only get one ball, so better don't lose it. You can rotate the field with your mouse after you allowed your Browser to hide the cursor. If you finish a ring a new ring will appear, helping you to keep your ball even longer.

Currently only runs in Chrome with WebGL. A bug in Dart prevents PointerLock to work cross-browser. I filed a bug, as soon as this is fixed I'll update the game. It also doesn't seem to run well on older integrated Intel graphic cards.

Please don't rate the game solely on the video. It's about PLAYING the game :)
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Ratings

Coolness 100% 1
Overall 4.08 12
Audio 3.60 53
Fun 4.02 9
Graphics 3.64 184
Humor 1.73 722
Innovation 3.67 92
Mood 3.31 186
Theme 3.09 396

Feedback

Shigor
16. Dec 2013 · 03:25 UTC
Very nice take on the old time classic!
capnramses
16. Dec 2013 · 11:06 UTC
really nicely done variation on the block-destructor type of games. also webgl was a nice choice!
DanielVF
16. Dec 2013 · 12:39 UTC
The funnest game I've played in the competition yet. Easy to pick up, easy to keep playing, and a the gameplay gives a nice strategic goal in that you have to work on picking out the smallest ring pieces.
xgeovanni
16. Dec 2013 · 12:51 UTC
Had three tries at this, got 113 on my last. Lovely game, very aesthetically solid.
ovenchips
16. Dec 2013 · 16:24 UTC
Very nice, well done. You should work on getting this up and running on mobile - would be cool to see how a touch interface would feel. Smart choice to use WebGL!
oldmanbiles
17. Dec 2013 · 01:24 UTC
Brilliant, I need this on my phone as soon as possible please ;)
goyal
17. Dec 2013 · 04:28 UTC
Nicely done! Everything felt so smooth and fluid. Music is awesome too.
Got up to 173 then I killed myself, wanted to see the ending :)
xrm0
17. Dec 2013 · 12:07 UTC
This is the best entry I've played so far
Gareth Jenkins
17. Dec 2013 · 12:47 UTC
Fantastic stuff -- great work.

First mouse-controlled game that works better with a touchpad IMO.
cappelnord
17. Dec 2013 · 12:56 UTC
Gareth, I agree! It probably would work even better with a touchscreen device!
chardish
17. Dec 2013 · 17:21 UTC
This is a lot of fun! Would be fun to hook up a Beatmania or DJ Hero turntable controller to this game and see how it plays with that. Very well polished.
StMatn
17. Dec 2013 · 18:07 UTC
Wow! Great game!
I first watched the gameplay video and thought this would be way too hard, but I got 193 on my first playthrough :)
The graphics and sound are really fitting and the control couldnt be better in my opinion.
I would love to see a mobile version of this. It would be a really great game for short breaks.
Awesome work!
SiENcE
17. Dec 2013 · 19:12 UTC
Keept me longer playing :) . Very nice adaption!
Pixelulsar
17. Dec 2013 · 21:49 UTC
Its very relaxing, and its a cool spin on brick breaking games.
jdpalmer
17. Dec 2013 · 21:50 UTC
Very nice!
Biv Game Studios
17. Dec 2013 · 22:01 UTC
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robhor
17. Dec 2013 · 23:58 UTC
Awesome game! The others are right, a mobile version would be nice :)
Rixel
18. Dec 2013 · 00:44 UTC
Got to 192 on my third try! :D great game (:
Lipedal
18. Dec 2013 · 00:58 UTC
Easy to learn, easy to play, easy to like.
Awesome job! Really fluid game.
Raiyumi
18. Dec 2013 · 01:44 UTC
Great game, really fun! Would be perfect for mobile.
tcarter
18. Dec 2013 · 02:05 UTC
Amazing!
nicotr014
18. Dec 2013 · 02:43 UTC
This is a really nice spin on Breakout ... got 221
Exclamation Mark
18. Dec 2013 · 02:57 UTC
FUN! everything just clicks and fits together here! the simple design, the sounds, the controls. Excellent work! (oh, and it worked perfectly fine on my Intel HD4000)
madlee
18. Dec 2013 · 05:06 UTC
Yeah, this is good stuff. I don't necessarily think its a great use of the theme, but its a lot of fun and well done.
Killswitch
18. Dec 2013 · 05:23 UTC
I got hi-score of 082. :)
ColdBrain
18. Dec 2013 · 05:40 UTC
I really like it!!!
angelk
18. Dec 2013 · 05:40 UTC
I died at 137 every time :) I like the clean visual style and simple to learn, difficult to master gameplay. Good job!
CatskullTeam
18. Dec 2013 · 07:45 UTC
Very funny and innovative game, kepp it up!
junt74
18. Dec 2013 · 09:05 UTC
Really awesome style , and gameplay is very addictive. Congrats!
Sylence
18. Dec 2013 · 09:07 UTC
Could play this for hours :)
acerunox
18. Dec 2013 · 09:28 UTC
Great game! I got 281. :)
joe40001
18. Dec 2013 · 10:09 UTC
Well dang, you won. :P

Seriously though, make a few tweaks and put this on the google play store. It's the perfect kind of game like that. Good job.
Lizzip
18. Dec 2013 · 10:26 UTC
Very nicely made, feels polished and interesting
Diptoman
18. Dec 2013 · 10:26 UTC
LOADS of fun, impressive stuff!
glovecat
18. Dec 2013 · 10:55 UTC
wow! It stucked me playing and got 250 the last time :)
really good work!
raarlac
18. Dec 2013 · 11:23 UTC
298 on first try. online highscores would be a nice add
cappelnord
18. Dec 2013 · 11:30 UTC
@raarlac I agree! But it was out of scope for the 48h comp and it's hard to make it in a way you can't cheat.
peacegiverman
18. Dec 2013 · 11:54 UTC
Very nice and well polished!
Thecoolestnerdguys
18. Dec 2013 · 13:26 UTC
Very very cool game!
My highscore is currently 143 =P
It took me a while to figure out how to control the game. Using the mouse kinda sucks. Maybe the arrow keys would be better?
Also, why it doesn't work on other browsers? It should work on Opera, at least, as it uses the same rendering engine as Chrome and the same Javascript engine (V8).
cappelnord
18. Dec 2013 · 13:45 UTC
@Thecoolestnerdguys V8 isn't the reason why it currently only works in Chrome, it's PointerLock. More specifically, that one of the external libraries I use only knows about the webkit prefixed version of PointerLock. As porting to other platforms is OK I might try to fix the library, then it should work great in Opera, and probably Firefox as well.
cappelnord
18. Dec 2013 · 14:20 UTC
I actually filed a bug against Dart now. As soon as this gets fixed I'll see that I update the game.
Ras Lyon
18. Dec 2013 · 14:37 UTC
Wow... 48 hours? This is excellent. Solid, all the way around. Thanks for the game!
xk
18. Dec 2013 · 16:38 UTC
Great gameplay! Got me hooked for half an hour!
occash
18. Dec 2013 · 17:14 UTC
I ike it!Very good graphics! Thanks for good mood)
JackBid
18. Dec 2013 · 17:47 UTC
one of the best games in the competition that I have played so far! I love the graphics, audio and game play, well done!
sekaru
18. Dec 2013 · 17:55 UTC
Nice and simplistic, great atmosphere too.
Ashedragon
18. Dec 2013 · 17:58 UTC
Wow, I really enjoyed this! Great job.
polux
18. Dec 2013 · 17:59 UTC
Nice variation!
daredevildave
18. Dec 2013 · 18:08 UTC
Super fun. It's got a breakout and super hexagon-type feel to it. Agree that it would be great on a touch device too. Well Done.
gamepopper
18. Dec 2013 · 18:31 UTC
Shame you couldn't make this game work on other web browsers. I've given up on Chrome as it keeps freezing on me on certain pages.
jomomomo
18. Dec 2013 · 18:40 UTC
262! Nice job, this might be really fun on a mobile device...
Tyu
18. Dec 2013 · 18:46 UTC
I like this one! A simple game yet nice looking and addictive.
rnlf
18. Dec 2013 · 18:54 UTC
Ha, great game. Actually really playable and addictive!
Dynad
18. Dec 2013 · 19:45 UTC
Very cool game, graphics and sound are very well made ;)
Arkrothe
18. Dec 2013 · 20:04 UTC
Such an awesome game ^_^ Love it!!!
garygreen
18. Dec 2013 · 20:29 UTC
Really liked this innovative twist on breakout, the simple but stylish graphics and the music.
FrozenCow
18. Dec 2013 · 20:33 UTC
Such a nice concept. It gets harder as you go as a result of the concept. It also looks and sounds pretty awesome. With the simple controls this could be a good mobile game too.
Jhelle
18. Dec 2013 · 20:51 UTC
Simple, enjoyable and polished. Ball seemed to have some weird trajectories while rotating.
Sytech
18. Dec 2013 · 21:02 UTC
Really interesting take on Break out and nice music!
Aaants
18. Dec 2013 · 21:25 UTC
Loved this one. Had a classroom full of students have a pop at it today too :)
Carduus
18. Dec 2013 · 21:33 UTC
Impressive, i really like the game concept, nice job buddy !
lasagnegames
18. Dec 2013 · 22:15 UTC
Very polished, minimalistic, sophisticated graphic style, and the game is simply addictive, you should make a Ios/Android version.
Ithildin
18. Dec 2013 · 22:19 UTC
Brilliant variation on a classic. Great job :)
lennaert
18. Dec 2013 · 23:16 UTC
Pretty solid and enjoyable. I felt reasonably challenged and it was easy to just pick up and play.
OriginalBigDan
18. Dec 2013 · 23:55 UTC
Please port this to mobile and make millions. Really addictive and came back for a few more goes!

Some velocity-based/combo based SFX modifiers might be nice? It felt like the rotation skewed the direction of the ball, although that may have been a visual trick?
cappelnord
19. Dec 2013 · 00:19 UTC
@OriginalBigDan yeah, it's just an illusion, I was confused myself several times about that :)
ThatGuy
19. Dec 2013 · 06:36 UTC
Very well done and very solid game. Great work! I hope you're planning on porting it to mobile.
Dir3kt
19. Dec 2013 · 12:43 UTC
Very neat this on an old idea! I like minimalist design (graphic and mechanic) and this game didn't disappoint. I enjoyed a lot playing. The only thing I didn't liked has been the slow difficulty curve. I would have preferred a more brutal game otherwise beginning feel like a farm.
TheSnide
19. Dec 2013 · 12:48 UTC
Well done Minimalism.
SecondDimension
19. Dec 2013 · 12:53 UTC
Very slick presentation, nice work. The twist of just having one ball worked well, this is a really good entry
_zulli
19. Dec 2013 · 12:57 UTC
Great game! Really really addictive! :O I' loved the way you can make different strategies!

If you have time, please consider rating my game! I would really appreciate it :)
ResonantCraft
19. Dec 2013 · 13:22 UTC
Well done, this is a very pleasant, polished game.
Threef
19. Dec 2013 · 14:15 UTC
Wow
Fadobo
19. Dec 2013 · 14:55 UTC
Genius twist of the breakout formula! If you ever make a mobile version, I'd pay money for it!
natpat
19. Dec 2013 · 15:33 UTC
That was really good fun. I got a bit conufsed about when the ball was going up and when it was going down, but I got it figured out eventually.
brogrammers
19. Dec 2013 · 16:21 UTC
Wow, wow, wow, wow, super fun and ultra original
dinos
19. Dec 2013 · 16:49 UTC
The best game I have played so far for Ludum Dare 28.
Mago
19. Dec 2013 · 18:03 UTC
Awesome game. great idea and very polished game.
Dixum
19. Dec 2013 · 18:23 UTC
Simplistic but great fun! Some more variation would have been nice but overall a polished game :)
GFM
19. Dec 2013 · 21:16 UTC
Amazing game!
It's a lot polished and fun, I'm really amazed!
You took an old game and made something really great and new out of it!

Congrats! =D
iiechapman
19. Dec 2013 · 23:17 UTC
Solid entry. Mouse is a little floaty but the music is great, gameplay is fun. title slide, and game over slide great. Even better if there where more colors, or if they changed while your score went up! Great Job!
dsoft20
20. Dec 2013 · 12:58 UTC
Very nice and solid gameplay :D I think that it will be a great mobile title :D
Nelien
20. Dec 2013 · 16:09 UTC
Great entry! My girlfriend would like a fully featured version of this if you develop it further :P
Symmeteer
20. Dec 2013 · 23:10 UTC
Fun and polished! Well done. My only critique is that the mouse input was a bit unintuitive. It's not always clear when how much you need to move your mouse to keep the circle rotating in a certain direction.
IHateATMFees
21. Dec 2013 · 01:14 UTC
This looks and feels as good as a number of commercial releases, the polish is excellent!
timtipgames
21. Dec 2013 · 18:35 UTC
Great concept, just steal some breaktout powerup ideas and this will be even better! Would also be great on mobile devices I think!
lordjosephdeburg
21. Dec 2013 · 20:44 UTC
Excellent game and very addicting. I expect this one will do well! nice one cappelnord
Noah Ratcliff
22. Dec 2013 · 22:18 UTC
Very awesome! I'm a huge sucker for minimalistic and simplistic graphics like that, combined with the soft ping of the ball and the very smooth control scheme this game makes for one of my LD favorites. Bookmarked!
Benjamin
24. Dec 2013 · 12:16 UTC
Wow great gameplay... Sometime the ball get stuck into the bricks and behave strangely if you turn too fast but apart of that the collision engine works great.
oxysoft
27. Dec 2013 · 00:17 UTC
Very nice game, got 190!
van noctar
28. Dec 2013 · 11:24 UTC
Amazing!!!!
Jupiter_Hadley
29. Dec 2013 · 19:18 UTC
Love these kinds of games! Well done! I included it in my Ludum Dare 28 compilation video series, if you'd like to take a look :) http://youtu.be/IHhkgdPuakc
Xaychru04
03. Jan 2014 · 22:07 UTC
Whoa, cool concept. The game is really dynamic, a bit hard to control at first, but I had a lot of fun, my best score is 117!
rxi
05. Jan 2014 · 16:06 UTC
Really fun and simple concept -- the score text and the background did not show for me, but I think I got a good feel for what the game was going for and had a lot of fun playing it.

In a way it may be fortunate that the score was not visible on my computer. If it were I could easily see this game becoming a thief of my time; I imagine I'd sit down for a quick play of it and before I know it realise the room is dark and I've lost an entire evening. The pleasant music and "tap" sound of the ball hitting a block, and the satisfaction of trapping the ball between two rings and trying to keep it under control as it bounced in a crazed fit between them, happily destroying blocks at a furious pace made this a joy to play.

If this game were expanded on with things like powerups and combos, a few different songs, a main menu, and a highscore board, I could see it easily becoming a hit. This is definitely something that should be made into a post competition version if you have the time and the will!

Overall really nice work!
aviktorov
05. Jan 2014 · 16:18 UTC
Nice graphics! Got 192 on my second try. If you'll move the level fast enough you can get bigger scores. Well done!
BradleySmith
06. Jan 2014 · 16:42 UTC
Really neat idea. Rated highly. :)
Optimus6128
05. Jun 2014 · 12:01 UTC
Wow, really great idea!!!