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A jam entry

A ball's hard fought battle against some devious space fiends in: Space Ball!View game page »

Use pinball mechanics to ward off an ever increasing onslaught of descending space fiends in this GMTK jam entry!
Submitted by Fraser with 5 hours, 8 minutes before the deadline

Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw score
Innovation#474.1824.182
Theme#1623.6363.636
Overall#1683.4913.491
Overall#2133.3643.364
Aesthetics#2343.3643.364
Feel#2542.9092.909

Ranked from 11 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

How does your submission match the theme?
The ball can be used either in the pinball fashion or as a projectile from a cannon. These ways must be combined to achieve victory.

Third-party resources
Java (https://www.java.com/)
bfxr
Adobe Illustrator


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(Windows Version)
Launch4j

Contributors
All of this game (music, code, physics engine, etc) was made in 48 hours by Fraser Lee for the 2017 GMTK game jam.

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Comments

Very cool idea! But the pinball didn't feel very reliable. Would be cooler if the enemies were also pinballs then you'd have a multiball frenzy.

Ha ha this is actually really fun ! The idea works well, nice job !

Maybe it needs something more to make the "shots" more punchy, more juicy. Sometimes I didn't know if I was shooting correctly. 

I like the music by the way.

That's probably one of the most unusual ideas I've seen made for this jam. Really cool!

I really, really love the idea. My only complaint is that the flippers don't feel quite right. A little fine tuning, and I think you have an excellent game on your hands!

I really don't know what to say other than Glorious!

I love the idea of the combination of pinball mechanics with a classic arcade game and the instrument theme is interesting but works well. I found my self playing quite a few games.

The gap between the flipper and the bumper being big enough for the ball is really quite annoying though, in pinball I'd usual rest the ball there with the flipper up to line up a shot. 

A great idea with solid execution.

I get "a java exception has occurred" when I try to run this (windows 10)! let me know if you figure out a fix. i'd like to try it

Developer

Thanks so much for the info! Could you send me the whole error message so I can figure out what's not working?

Sure, no problem. I get this right away on launch:

probably not super helpful, haha.

Developer

Actually that's really helpful! Right now I'm working on a version to counter that issue for windows but for now I think upgrading java would do the trick. Thanks so much for your help.

Oh, great! glad to lend a hand.

Developer

I've uploaded the fixed version, give that a try.