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A jam submission

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Tow truck harpooning-recycling action
Submitted by Tom Arnold (@ragintombo) — 3 hours, 2 minutes before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
IDEA | Was this game innovative, or did it use interesting mechanics?#34.3004.300
FUN | Was this game satisfying to play or did it bring you joy?#283.5003.500
MOOD | Did this game have atmosphere, or did it make you feel something?#323.4003.400
AUDIO | Did this game have great music or sound design?#363.1003.100
VISUALS | Did this game have nice graphics, art or design?#632.8002.800

Ranked from 10 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

How long has this Project been going?
This was an idea that came up last summer with my friend about a tow truck that harpoons and flings cars. I started work on it finally at the beginning of December and finished this working version of it on February 3rd.

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Quite nice game! I would just add a few enemies or maybe a time limit? Otherwise, once you get the hang of the controls, become somewhat easy. 

Keep working on it! This is a very good idea with a good execution so far!


Thanks for playing!  Good idea at a time limit or fewer enemies at a time to mix things up. I'll have to start thinking about how to ramp up the difficulty during longer gameplay rounds.


This is a very unique and awesome game! I was able to pick it up immediately without hesitation, and it was very fun. It has a couple issues, however. The truck turns very slowly for one. It makes the game feel difficult to control. Also, it will get stuck on the cars it is harpooning sometimes. Also, the harpoon does not move with the truck. What I mean by this is that if I am moving forward and fire the harpoon, the harpoon will actually be going slower than I am, and be behind me. Other than these tiny issues, this game is very cool. Keep it up!


Thanks for the kind words! And just to check about the harpoon speed - were you playing the newer version with the fuel gauge at the bottom? I had tried to incorporate the truck speed with the harpoon in that version whereas previously it definitely was an issue. I'll look into a quicker truck rotation too - originally I had slowed it down to encourage using the harpoon to grapple around corners, but that's not in the game presently.


I also found the controls a bit touchy.  I eventually gave up fighting them and sat in the middle spearing cars that came close.  Even playing that way was still fun though.


Thanks for playing! Definitely seeing a controls trend here so I'll work on that. And that's good to know about different play styles - I had not envisioned players waiting in the middle at first.


I love the concept and the name.  Its got just the right amount of silliness.  I felt like I was fighting the controls a bit, maybe if the wasd input was fixed rather than relative to the trucks rotation it would be more intuitive.  This could be a great game with some polish.


Thanks! I'm going to try adding in controller support shortly to see if that improves controls...if it does I might do away with 'w' being tied to forwards.  As for fighting, there has to be a bit when towing (currently too much sometimes) but not otherwise. 


Cool idea and easy to understand. I didn't even have to move the first time. The controls would benefit from softer transitions by adding acceleration and drag instead of just straight out velocity (seems to be the case).


You are correct! I'll look into that, thank you.


the game is fun :)


Funny and engaging! And the mechanic seems original ad intuitive. I had expected  the controls for the car to be more like a proper car - being able to steer it while it's stationary felt awkward, and in my opinion it turned too quickly for me to be able to control it with precision, especially while towing.


Thanks! I can definitely stop steering while stationary, while I'll look into steering long term. Maybe adding controller support will help on that one, to avoid W + S being forwards and backwards.


Looks interesting. Looking forward to playing it tomorrow!

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Haha the idea is great. Especially with that sound, it felt nice to catch the cars. Also it was easily clear to me what to do. 


Thanks for trying it. Glad to hear you could figure out what to do, I was actually thinking that wasn't so clear without too much explanation.


Nice game, my only complaint is the controls for driving the truck were quite difficult. It's a pretty crazy idea though and good fun.


Thanks. I think if I try mapping them to a controller at some point, that could be easier. And I'll agree that towing's a finicky beast at times!


Simple but fun game! It make me release my stress.Good job!