Underbyte by unusualcadence

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made by unusualcadence for LD28 (JAM)
Have you ever wondered where characters end up when they fall down those bottomless pits in platformers? Well, now you can find out, in this shoot-em-up-lovely-jump-othon called Underbyte!

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Arrow keys: Move!
Z/X: Jump and Shoot!
S/D: Jump and Shoot (for non QWERTY people)
P: Activate power-up... but use it wisely, for you only get one (groan).

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Native Windows build has been added! It's in glorious fullscreen and if you ask me, feels loads better than the Flash version. Probably because it's spawning more particles with no slowdown!

Get it beellooowwwww
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Ratings

Coolness 55% 3
Overall(Jam) 4.02 16
Audio(Jam) 4.21 7
Fun(Jam) 4.08 8
Graphics(Jam) 3.79 139
Humor(Jam) 3.59 47
Innovation(Jam) 3.48 68
Mood(Jam) 3.57 70
Theme(Jam) 2.39 387

Feedback

travislucia
17. Dec 2013 · 03:00 UTC
Great game! Excited to see a fellow stencyl game! This game is like a mario cartridge thats been chewed on and never blown out! Great job!
Colorvade
17. Dec 2013 · 03:27 UTC
Solid gameplay and finely polished. The two glitch blocks exploding on collision was really interesting. The only thing holding it back for me were the really loose controls.
phi6
17. Dec 2013 · 14:39 UTC
This is amazing! Love the glitchs, the art, music, sound, everything. One of my favs this LD
phi6
17. Dec 2013 · 15:28 UTC
I've mentioned this in my top 6 games on LD28 so far:
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2013/12/17/my-top-six-ld28-games-so-far/
ResonantCraft
17. Dec 2013 · 15:45 UTC
I love it ! The controls are slick and the gameplay is really solid here. Special mention to the soundtrack which is very well produced and rousing !

Cheers,
Nathan
SpellingPhailer
17. Dec 2013 · 15:58 UTC
Really good platforming here. I also love the sounds and feel of the gun!
GravityScore
17. Dec 2013 · 15:59 UTC
Awesome!!
methamphetabear
17. Dec 2013 · 16:05 UTC
Wow this was supafun! But bro, you definitely need a glitchhop soundtrack ;)
Senevri
17. Dec 2013 · 16:10 UTC
Tight controls, lots of fun. Not sure how much it relates to the theme, though. only one life? One character model? :D
ob6160
17. Dec 2013 · 16:24 UTC
I actually love this, the gun and the sound and the exploding blocks are amazing :D You should win :)
unusualcadence
17. Dec 2013 · 16:30 UTC
@phi6: wow, thanks for the mention! :D

@Senevri: yeah it's a bit tenuous but... you get one invincibility power-up which you can use at will once it's unlocked. I really wish I'd found a better way to communicate it in-game but I totally messed up my original plans to put in more power-ups that You Only Get One of. Time limits, aah! (You also only get one life, one enemy type, one weapon, one love)
headchant
17. Dec 2013 · 17:00 UTC
So juicy, it drips.
Strangelander
17. Dec 2013 · 17:30 UTC
Fun, but lacked variety. Blowing stuff up felt good.
Coblynau
17. Dec 2013 · 18:11 UTC
Great classic arcade style with a twist. :)
Dmitrix
17. Dec 2013 · 18:57 UTC
Actually a pretty awesome platformer! :D
mortus
17. Dec 2013 · 19:10 UTC
Amazingly fun! The exploding cubes mechanic is just perfect, a great find! It's just too bad sometimes they reset too soon.
Lipedal
17. Dec 2013 · 20:26 UTC
Hahahah, great concept! The Underbyte, glitchburbia, where the fallen souls wander and try to keep the fun flowing. Weapon, deaths and explosions all provide great feedback. I had some trouble with the explosion cubes, sometimes they fall from a great height and won't explode what they were supposed to, sometimes it was hard to get them in the right place to shoot a way out. Apart from that, loved the quintuple jump and the upgraded gun :D Great job!
MrTedders
17. Dec 2013 · 21:53 UTC
Excellent work! Your game is a very creative game in art, sound, design, just all around. Very well done.
Lorenzo Maierú
17. Dec 2013 · 23:43 UTC
Amazing!
this game feels really good to play! the music is great too!
stvr
18. Dec 2013 · 02:01 UTC
Really great interpretation of the theme; I don't think I've seen a single-use invincibility yet! Burning Tiger (my son) says: "your game is amazing and I like the idea of invincibility."
igoramendola
18. Dec 2013 · 07:46 UTC
awesome!!! sooo intense! and very nice music :D
havana24
18. Dec 2013 · 07:59 UTC
Great old-style platformer! It's addicting!
nka
18. Dec 2013 · 10:19 UTC
Love it. Great controls and narrative. And I like how you utilized game mechanics to give that awesome retro super mario bros impression.
raarlac
18. Dec 2013 · 16:07 UTC
Definitely the most original entry I played so far! Really good, everything
Raiyumi
18. Dec 2013 · 17:02 UTC
Awesome game. :) Lovely sounds and gameplay.
GFM
18. Dec 2013 · 22:56 UTC
Wooow. A game about bugs!
You got mean when I first saw those glitching tiles. xD That reminded me of the debug mode on Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (after you spawned thousand of things xD)

It's really fun and the music was great! I didn't got tired of it even after playing for a while!.
The graphics were pretty cool. And the glitching effect was amazing!

But I got stuck in one level... I'll probably come back to finish this game later.
Great job! =D
JohnnySix
19. Dec 2013 · 00:36 UTC
This was hilarious! Really loved the graphics and music especially.
syawqy
19. Dec 2013 · 02:49 UTC
this is really fun...
tchem
19. Dec 2013 · 12:19 UTC
Awesome, everything!!!!!
rnlf
19. Dec 2013 · 17:33 UTC
Amazing game. The camera feels a bit to shaky to me, but all in all great. I like how the gun feels like POW block in Super Mario :D
JoeProgram
19. Dec 2013 · 19:14 UTC
There's so many cool things here. I love the cannibalistic nature of the beings, all trying to steal each others bits despite being the same people. Getting the blocks to smash together was really satisfying too. I found it was a little too easy to push the blocks into a corner repeatedly - would have loved some move to get easily get them away from the wall.
soy_yuma
19. Dec 2013 · 21:49 UTC
Excellent game! It's fun. It's solid. The gameplay feels right. The theme is a bit forced... But still a great game! Good job!
kalth.streil
20. Dec 2013 · 01:55 UTC
Great game :)

The theme isn't really there much, but the rest is awesome. Love how the grass and the clouds share the sprite, just like in Mario XD

The glitch part is very unique and funny :)
KunoNoOni
20. Dec 2013 · 03:14 UTC
I really cool idea. Loved the mixture of themes and those glitched blocks looked awesome. Reminded me of the original super mario when it glitched in the NES. Solid entry even if the overall theme was a little week.
TeamFlare
20. Dec 2013 · 15:02 UTC
Dont know how that relates to the theme, but wow this was fun..probably the LD game I played for the longest time this LD. Good action,plays very smooth :) Great music and visuals.
NightShadow0
20. Dec 2013 · 18:08 UTC
This is awesome, the cube explosions are particularly satisfying.
Katamori
21. Dec 2013 · 04:17 UTC
I swear I couldn't even feel myself in a LD game!
moop
21. Dec 2013 · 16:24 UTC
Great game, will probably end up playing again since I didn't have time to finish it.
bitslap_
22. Dec 2013 · 00:39 UTC
A really cool take on the glitchness. Awesome art direction.
Jgpicatoste
22. Dec 2013 · 11:07 UTC
Innovative, addictive and well executed. Top 10 for sure, if not higher. Congratulations.
fluffypillow
22. Dec 2013 · 16:47 UTC
One of the best entries, and one of the rare games that support non-QWERTY keyboards. Great work!
jsspiegel
22. Dec 2013 · 21:32 UTC
One of the best games I've played so far! Love the glitch aesthetic, and the whole concept is so unique :)
nyrrrr
23. Dec 2013 · 02:22 UTC
all in all a close-to-perfect game :) good job!
Husky
26. Dec 2013 · 06:14 UTC
SO MUCH GLITCH lol.
I love this game, it's pretty fun.
Good job :D
Xavier
27. Dec 2013 · 10:47 UTC
Glitch, glitch, please, more glitch!!!!
Christian S.
30. Dec 2013 · 08:39 UTC
I really enjoyed this one. Great opening.
FrederickK
01. Jan 2014 · 23:33 UTC
Great mechanics! Just think it doesn't fits the theme very well.
Other than that, the graphics, sound and gameplay are great!
Tom 7
02. Jan 2014 · 02:54 UTC
This one was really fun! The physics and enemy behavior are not that tight, but the glitchfest made it make sense. I loved the music too. It was maybe a little too cruel to make your score persist between rooms, because I entered the last one with like 60 health, which made it extra hard. But I completed the game. :)
mcapraro
02. Jan 2014 · 07:00 UTC
really fun and fast and fluid!
patrickgh3
03. Jan 2014 · 07:00 UTC
I love this game, it feels so magical exploring the secret underworld. Awesome glitch graphics and the exploding blocks fit in perfectly. The music was spot on too. I had to quit after a while because I kept getting swarmed by enemies and it felt unfair. But overall really great.
Xanjos
03. Jan 2014 · 14:51 UTC
Amazing game. Absolutely loved the retro/glitchy visuals and the mechanics were just spot on.
mmickyman
03. Jan 2014 · 15:59 UTC
That a great game, waoh. I want to play it with a controller during a insanely number of hours.

Just one thing : the scrolling feels weird when you go back and forth too fast.
anvoz
03. Jan 2014 · 16:18 UTC
Really nice idea. I enjoyed this game so much. Some parts were hilarious. The sound was also really good.
Jishenaz
03. Jan 2014 · 22:08 UTC
Very nostalgic! The music is fantastic. Is there anyway we can get it?
rincewind_cz
04. Jan 2014 · 23:13 UTC
Nice shooting mechanics, but after few levels the fun was over for me.. :-) The actual game is good, mechanics too but I somehow prefer more puzzle than action based platformers. Good job.
Giovanni Cappellotto
05. Jan 2014 · 08:58 UTC
Really nice game, well done.
Muciojad
05. Jan 2014 · 16:47 UTC
Fantastic! I love audio and amazing mechanic, shot dynamic is really awesome! Veery nice!
Waynetron
06. Jan 2014 · 04:37 UTC
To tie it to the theme: I like to think that Mario only really has one life. But there are actually many clones that die and end up in the Underbyte. Tragic, really.
BluShine
06. Jan 2014 · 05:46 UTC
Awesome idea, solid gameplay, cool graphics, catchy music. Didn't really go with the theme very well, but no big deal!
Ditto
07. Jan 2014 · 16:12 UTC
Love this to bits, really hard in places, and feels messed up all the time! Flawless execution!