Alien Ark [WIP]
This is a WIP for my new project "Alien Ark". I've been working on this a bit in the background while finishing off Dare Devil.
This is an early WIP, no playable binary yet, but i've posted some screen grabs and a video at the bottom.
Once I have more substance to the game, binaries will be posted as always, as I'm very keen to get feedback from the community on the gameplay and ideas/themes in the game.
There are a lot of shooters where you are saving the world or some other place from imminent invasion or some such. One of my favourites is Super Space invaders and there is a level where the invaders come down and try to steal the cattle, a play on the cattle mutilation stories that did the rounds. I always thought it would make a fun game to be the aliens trying to steal the cattle and avoid getting shot down, so that's kind the inspiration behind Alien Ark.
However the twist in the story is maybe you aren't stealing the animals to do experiments, but maybe you are some sort of intergalactic preservation group saving species from all over the galaxy. Not sure yet, maybe flesh that out more later.
Working title was Bovine Botherer, Cow Catcher, settled on "Alien Ark".
in AA, you only get 1 life, but you do get a rechargeable battery that runs all of your systems.
The idea is to use your tractor beam to capture/rescue animals from a number of different environments.
Using your beam slowly drains your battery. Getting hit by enemy forces bombs and bullets will drain your battery.
Battery hits zero, you crash and burn, game over.
Left, right, up, down = control the ship
Fire = deploy the beam.
An air defence tank patrols the bottom of the screen and will try to lock on to you and shoot you down. Higher levels, the tanks get faster, shoots more accurately and more quickly, launches homing missiles. - maybe a way to stun the tank.
Sometimes animals are fake and are really soldiers who will try to shoot you when you knock off their disguise.
Super defence beam on later levels will track you and try to incinerate you (left to right on the playfield)
Maybe some other traps and challenges tbd.
Maybe a back to the mothership bonus level avoiding space junk and stuff
Quite a lot! i'm sure this list will grow
determine number of levels and environments / animals -
so far 5 distinct "biomes" Grassy, Savannah, Desert, Arctic, Water
so far initial sprites for cow, pig, moose, camel, snake, elephant, rhino, kangaroo, snake, sea horse
planning sprites for polar bear, penguin, fish, dolphin, monkey, chicken, horse/zebra, large cat/ tiger
more background variety instead of just hills.
beam capture logic
inertia on the UFO, a little slip and slide.