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Orbits

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rated 3.71 / 5 stars
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Skill - Other
Tags:
puzzle
spaceship
physics
orbit

Credits & Info

Uploaded
Dec 26, 2011 | 7:28 PM EST

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Live long and prosper 5 Points Survive for 2 minutes in any level
Mouse Breaker 5 Points Click too many times in under 5 seconds
Unlock Autumn Ship 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 5 coins in the Autumn season.
Unlock Autumn Ship 2 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 10 coins in the Autumn season.
Unlock Spring Ship 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 5 coins in the Spring season.
Unlock Spring Ship 2 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 10 coins in the Spring season
Unlock Summer Ship 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 5 coins in the Summer season.
Unlock Summer Ship 2 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 10 coins in the Summer season
Unlock Winter Ship 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 5 coins in the Winter season
Unlock Winter Ship 2 5 Points Unlocked when you collect 10 coins in the Winter season.
Gravity ship is amused 10 Points Get 3 stars on level 6 of summer in one click
Lucky Shot 10 Points Get 3 stars on level 9 of spring in one click
Orbital 10 Points Keep a ship airborne for 30 seconds in one click
Timing Shmining 10 Points Get 3 stars on level 10 of autumn in one click.
OMGFTWBBQ 25 Points Get 3 stars on level 10 of winter in three clicks.
Unlocked Autumn Challenge 25 Points Unlocked when you get 30 stars in the Autumn season.
Unlocked Spring Challenge 25 Points Unlocked when you get 30 stars in the Spring season.
Unlocked Summer Challenge 25 Points Unlocked when you get 30 stars in the Summer season.
Unlocked Winter Challenge 25 Points Unlocked when you get 30 stars in the Winter season.
Unlocked Bonus Level 50 Points Unlocked when you collect every star in the game

Author Comments

Since it isn't obvious at first to everyone :
It's important to use multiple clicks to change the trajectory of your ships after the initial launch.
Scoring is based on hitting the bulls eye of the target, collecting the coin, and getting par or under clicks for the current level.
There is a downward pull for gravity except on the summer season levels.

I worked a long time on this game with two friends of mine, and had a lot of fun making it and testing it. Hopefully you will all enjoy the game as much as I did making it!

Edit: Oh wow! Thanks for the feature on front page! I'm sorry to those that don't appreciate the gameplay physics, we were trying to make a fun and challenging game, we figured that following physics entirely would have made for boring gameplay- but we will try better next time!

Reviews


pepperpunkpepperpunk

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Leaves. In. Spaaaaace!

Fantastic artwork, colour schemes and menu design.

Gameplay is lacking, though. Adding gravity to the planets would make the game more fun since we'd be able to make slingshot manoeuvres.. and actually orbit the planets as the name suggests. In addition, keeping the predicted trajectory line in place while the ship is in motion for the second and subsequent player clicks would greatly reduce the frustration of playing the game, since it's very hard to send the ship in the right direction without that line to guide you.


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AndyBrown responds:

Thank you for your review, we have plans for a sequel and will consider your feedback while making it! I originally had a version where all of the planets had gravity and there was no downwards gravity, but we thought that the downwards gravity would have been easier for the players and still be fun- since it was a lot harder to guesstimate your trajectories after the first click.


ErichoEricho

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Nice for what it is

I would probably enjoy this a lot more if I had some idea as to how to get ahead in it. The weirdest thing is that you don't have much control over your ship. It would help if you could get a clearer view of what's going on and where your ship will land. I will have to give you credit for creating some fairly good music to go with this. It's very ambitious sounding music and it makes you want to go on. I like how it brings a sweet tone to the overall game.

The graphics weren't bad, but I felt this could have been more detailed. At least this has a fairly fun appeal to it. I guess next time, you could make it so that you didn't have to start all the way from the beginning on the first level if you fail. The colors look fairly nice in this. It really looks like you had a fun time making this with its nice appeal.


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AndyBrown responds:

Thank you for your critique, I've tried it with the trajectory lines always on, and it doesn't work out very well in motion. We are thinking about working on a sequel where you can pause the ships movement to aim your trajectory changing shot.. and offering the standard slingshot type of control like most of these games have as a default option and leaving in this skill click system as an optional gameplay mode. Also you can skip the tutorial in the first level, there is a skip button on the bottom left =)


andoninandonin

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

horrible

Have you ever studied physics at all? the ship's arc is unpredictable, your gravity isn't relative to planets it's only down, even then the gravity physics are wrong. You could claim air resistance but then their is the fact that your in space! Theoretically there should be no air! I feel as though little thought was put into the actual mechanics of the game


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AndyBrown responds:

I actually have not had the opportunity to spend as much time as I would like studying physics, you have me there, but the ships arc felt even more unpredictable when there was planetary gravity on every level and we decided to go with what we thought was fun and easier to play. We did put a lot of thought into the gameplay, but we were not trying for realism, but for fun, I'm sorry that we disappointed you in both categories.


llamamessangerllamamessanger

Rated 3 / 5 stars

I really like the game...

But there are problems. The controls, I agree, are not random; but that doesn't mean they're easy to use. Getting par is very difficult on most levels, because figuring out angles while the ship is in motion is not easy at all. Clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks this, based on the reviews. I'd suggest keeping the estimated trajectory line... I think it would make it a bit easier and more fun.


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AndyBrown responds:

I'm glad you liked the game, and I am sorry the controls felt difficult, we will try better in the future to make our games more accessible to everyone. I have tried it with the trajectory line always on, but it actually felt harder for me as the lines would be constantly moving whenever your mouse was near and was a bit distracting.


RasgrizRasgriz

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Not orbits, brah

You call it orbits, but the planets don't influence your trajectory. Instead, you fall towards the bottom of the screen for no given reason.
Hell of a misnomer.

It's a fun game, though.

And by the way, if you want to test it on a laggy system, just open up windows on a swift system until it lags the hell out. On some of the modern beasts of computers people have nowadays, it might take a LOT of windows, but still.


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AndyBrown responds:

Thank you for your review, and we will try to represent the title of the game with the gameplay better next time! I originally had a version where every planet had gravity, but it made it a lot harder to judge your trajectories after the first click so we figured we would stay with the downwards gravity since it felt easier to feel where the ship would go.