The Last Realm by aviktorov

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made by aviktorov for LD28 (JAM)
You only get one free planet left in the whole Universe and two factions trying to steal it.

Goal: steal the planet.

Rule #0: it's a game about indirect control and strategy.

Rule #1: fighters will easily destroy bombers, bombers will crush frigates and frigates will easily exterminate fighters.

Rule #2: you can play the game with your friend!

Rule #3: beware of mysterious Xenos race.

Rule #4: tractor ships (they can move the planet) will spawn within time interval.

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Controls:

Player 1
a - buy fighter
s - buy bomber
d - buy frigate

Player 2
j - buy fighter
k - buy bomber
l - buy frigate
> NEXT IN RQUEUE

Ratings

Coolness 69% 3
Overall(Jam) 3.71 60
Audio(Jam) 1.73 453
Fun(Jam) 3.77 36
Graphics(Jam) 3.85 126
Humor(Jam) 2.00 363
Innovation(Jam) 3.59 52
Mood(Jam) 3.17 175
Theme(Jam) 2.76 267

Feedback

phi6
17. Dec 2013 · 02:01 UTC
Love the concept and graphics. Reminds me of a simpler more accessible GSB. One day I want to make a 4X game with battles like this. Good job!
aviktorov
17. Dec 2013 · 02:02 UTC
Thank you! :)
code-11
17. Dec 2013 · 02:58 UTC
I played the game versus Easy AI. It would be nice to have the countdown to each wave on the bottom of the screen where the rest of the purchasing information is to make it easier to look for(because I switched back and forth between them a lot). Also, I think there could have been more feedback when purchasing the ships and a way of clearly indicating my budget for each wave. Every unit in the game was clearly identifiable and nicely made. The objective was clear having read your instructions. In terms of game balance, I never won on easy mode and found it hard to develop new strategies to help me achieve victory.
aviktorov
17. Dec 2013 · 03:06 UTC
Yeah, we'll probably fix some UI and gameplay stuff in post-compo version. Thank you for your feedback! :)
GiveMeAllYourCats
17. Dec 2013 · 08:53 UTC
Nice idea, I really enjoyed the game.
Wish I could vote on it, Maybe next time :)!
tobbez
18. Dec 2013 · 13:46 UTC
Game seemed a bit slow. Nice graphics.
sadiquo
18. Dec 2013 · 13:54 UTC
Good time spend on your game, but the button for buy spaceship not work every time...
Ekilibr
18. Dec 2013 · 13:56 UTC
Love concept and graphics. Had a lot of fun playing this, even if it's a bit hard ! Great job !
Poxymyr
18. Dec 2013 · 13:56 UTC
Great concept, the game is looking nice and the goal is clear. I just can't beat the AI on hard mode :p Also, I like the 2 players mode.
Norgg
18. Dec 2013 · 14:00 UTC
Nice game. I played vs an Easy AI and eventually got a strong foothold by just saving up for a few turns and buying mass frigates. Until then it was pretty stalematey even though I was trying to get units which would counter the AI's.
henrykun
18. Dec 2013 · 14:10 UTC
I wooon!! haha it was difficult xD really like your game. I usually don't play this kind of games but I liked yours, very well done.
dqmhose
18. Dec 2013 · 14:11 UTC
Super cool game!! Love the graphics and the concept. It's pretty awesome when these Bombs-Thingies bounce off the planet :D
TBSHRichard
18. Dec 2013 · 14:33 UTC
I'm not quite sure what the game had to do with the theme, but it was a fun and interesting game to play. It's simple enough to know how to play yet complex enough to make it difficult enough so that the player can't just push buttons without thought in order to beat the AI.

The graphics are clean and beautifully crafted. Some of the UI text (like the cost of each ship) was difficult to read, however.

I don't know if I was imagining it, but it felt like whatever direction the Xenos ships decided to orbit in, it helped the player whose ships orbited in that same direction. I only played a few games so it was difficult to tell, but if it is the case then perhaps you could just have the Xenos ships alternate their orbit direction.

Great game and congratulations!
aviktorov
18. Dec 2013 · 15:05 UTC
Thank you guys! The main idea behind this game was 'you only get one planet' so everyone want that planet.

I'm working on a post-compo version with sound & music and some bugfixes. :)
lasagnegames
18. Dec 2013 · 16:21 UTC
well-paced game, and a good challenge.
embero
18. Dec 2013 · 18:10 UTC
Like it! Reminds me of Pax-Britannica.
GiveMeAllYourCats
18. Dec 2013 · 19:50 UTC
"I'm working on a post-compo version with sound & music and some bugfixes. :)"

Can't wait :)
mortus
20. Dec 2013 · 16:31 UTC
The game is very cool and I would play it till my fingers bleed, but the one single disbalance thing ruins it all. The Xenos (I thought they were space police until I read the description actually) were always flying the planet around its left side during my game. I don't know why they do it, because it's just the alien way they are or because the right player was winning all the time for me, but it means they actually help the winning player (or just right player in the first case) by destroying red fleet all the time. It makes game so much unfair in my eyes that I can't play it. If you make a more just post-compo version I would play it more with great pleasure!
TeamFlare
20. Dec 2013 · 17:05 UTC
Awesome game!
CruelMotivator
20. Dec 2013 · 18:35 UTC
Thanks everybody, you're really flattering us *^-^*

@mortus nay, sir, the Xenos only shoot forward, so by orbiting in the counter direction they should come to destroy the winning fleet first. They also prefer to attack those who succeed in stealing the planet. However, you're right, there are just too many of them, which renders them overpowered. That's going to be re-balanced in the post-compo version. Thanks for your comment :)
steamgirl
21. Dec 2013 · 16:59 UTC
Really enjoyable! I agree with code-11, would be nice to see what my budget is for purchasing. Quite a few times I purchased some frigates and then had no money left to spend on other ships. :( You should defo do a post-compo version though - it was fun to play. :)
aviktorov
29. Dec 2013 · 12:32 UTC
Yay! We made a post-compo version! A lot of new stuff such as balance, sounds & music, interface, minor gameplay issues
archaeometrician
01. Jan 2014 · 16:32 UTC
Addicting game ! Really challenging too ! The graphics are well done. Had a good time playing it, great work !
Diptoman
01. Jan 2014 · 17:02 UTC
Wow, this was awesome. Kept playing for a long time. The gfx were really well done. Simple and effective.
Zerkruemler
05. Jan 2014 · 15:49 UTC
Nice idea, but some sound effects would be nice.
joppiesaus
05. Jan 2014 · 17:17 UTC
Really good game. I didn't really get the theme, but that's okay because this game is just awesome.
psc1997
05. Jan 2014 · 19:49 UTC
I love concept and graphics ! Really great entry ;3
Raphy
06. Jan 2014 · 23:10 UTC
Good concept, love the space theme and the battles. Well done !