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rated 3.87 / 5 stars
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Action - Shooter - Multidirectional

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Jan 10, 2013 | 1:12 AM EST

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Chaos 5 Points Survive 1 minute in chaos mode
Evasive 5 Points Survive 20 seconds in shrapnel mode
Make A Choice 5 Points Enter secret mode in any difficulty
Savior? 5 Points Complete story mode
Weaponmaster 5 Points Reach 20% upgrade status
Blessed 10 Points Survive 40 seconds in shrapnel mode
Gift of Life 10 Points Obtain the secret ending on story mode
Guardian 10 Points Complete story+ mode
Skilled 10 Points Survive 2 minutes in chaos mode
Starship 10 Points Reach 50% upgrade status
Without Fear 10 Points Complete story+ mode in under 3:40
Flawless 25 Points Survive 1 minute in shrapnel mode
Judgement Call 25 Points Obtain the secret ending on story+ mode
Master 25 Points Survive 2 minutes and 45 seconds in chaos mode
Power Overwhelming 25 Points Grab 8 powerups while time is distorted before it returns to normal
Quick And Dirty 25 Points Complete story mode in under 2:30
Shameless 25 Points Complete story++ mode in under 4:30
Star Power 25 Points Survive 3 and a half minutes in chaos mode
Super Starship 25 Points Reach 75% upgrade status
Survivor 25 Points Survive 1 minute and 20 seconds in shrapnel mode
Unscathed 25 Points Complete story mode without taking any damage on any difficulty
Upgrade Complete 25 Points Reach 100% upgrade status
You Shall Not Pass 25 Points Complete story++ mode
Savior 100 Points Obtain the secret ending on story++ mode

Author Comments

An epic space battle in an effort to defend your home colonies from an onslaught of starships.

Created in under 48 hours for Ludum Dare 25. for more information.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

[Me playing the game]: Whoo! Yeah, die you motherfuckers!
[Me at the end of the game]: Well, shit... 3':

All in all, pretty stellar game. Not unlike a danmaku shooter; it can be intense, but with the upgrades, it only took a few minutes to outgun everything. By the end, I felt really bad for the boss, who only lasted about five seconds, poor guy. I kind of saw the ending coming, but I'm not gonna post any spoilers. ;]

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

Controls seem very unresponsive and laggy. I found myself often going one direction while pressing another and sometimes had to press two or three times before my ship would alter course.

Music is decent, but gets annoying quickly. Sound effects need work.

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Rated 2 / 5 stars

very laggy controls were vey messed up and i die almost instantly


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

As a shooter, it works. I've been playing Touhou recently, so that helped me. As others have said, there is virtually no lag, so any time you get hit, it's probably going to be your fault.

That said, I have some criticisms:
1. Upgrades felt bland, and it would be nice if you could pick from different weapons rather than being stuck with 'shot' 'spread' and 'missile'. I'd also like to see some color in my own shots, not just gray everything.
2. Upgrades to the ship seemed insufficient to deal with enemies, especially when one goes the secret route. It's rather difficult, and while it is understandable that the secret path be harder, I have not as of this point beaten the boss in the secret path. More health, please!
3. The story really doesn't make much sense, as far as I have seen. Obviously, it would be no fun if there were no shooting in a shooter, but why send attack drones out? Of course people will take that as hostile and respond in kind. Even the boss ship shoots you in the secret path. Maybe the people on-board thought the drones were being destroyed? That's the only explanation I can come up with at this time.

Now, I don't want this to seem excessively negative: you made the game in 48 hours, which is extremely impressive given the high quality overall, but would it be impossible to update it?
If an update isn't necessary, and I'm just not a good player, someone tell me, please.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty lame but addictive.