Disclaimer: I’m also competing in the cup, I’m not a judge!
This is a Single / Multi Player Shoot’em Up / Bullet Hell game made in C++. Compiling it was as simple as typing “make” on the “splashouille” folder, then moving the libsplashouille.so to /usr/lib/, the typing ‘make’ on the “tomatoes” folder, and executing “tomatoes”. I’ll probably package a Fedora RPM after I’m done with the reviews.
One of the lesser known art entries during the art part of the LPC was a collection of Shoot’em up Sprites. Graphically, they stood out as being different from the art style otherwise provided at the contest. One developer, however, decided to be different.
This game features a GNU, a Penguin(Tux!) and a Fox, flying in airplanes, shooting down Rotten Zombie Tomatoes. Each character has different attributes, like Life and Weight (Which affects your speed), as well as the strenght of the bullets you shoot out. This game is impossibly hard, but also very fun. It took me quite a while to get past the first few seconds of the game, and after more than a dozen tries, I only made it to the Wheat Farm.
You can also grab a buddy and play cooperative against the tomatoes, the second player is controlled with the unusual keys: RDFG as the arrows, and E to shoot. This was kind of uncomfortable, but its functional, I guess. My brother and I had a lot of fun playing (and being killed by) tomatoes. He said this game reminded him of Aerofighters, one of our favorite SNES shoot’em up games though this one was “a lot harder”.
I set up a Wii Remote using cwiid and we played using that. I found using a gamepad a lot easier than using the Arrows / Spacebar combination. For fun & kicks, I even modified the game’s source code to grant the GNU 12 HP which was about 3x as much as the default one. We made it a bit farther, but still died to hundreds of bullets flying in the air.
The game’s music is pretty good, the graphics are very shiny, the game is very challenging. I highly recommend this game.
My one wish is that we could get extra lives (Besides the hearts), so that we can continue on the game and see what lies above and beyond.