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To be clear this is a prototype and it may or may not be worked on in the future.  It is i nowhere near the quality of tapeworm. 

This is my entry for the playdate playjam1 game jam contest 

The theme of the jam was "somethings missing"
My initial thought was i wana make a shmup where the thing that is missing is hopefully the enemies. As development went on i had the idea to add more arms and that became the main thing thats missing in regards to matching the theme. Missing arms but you find them.
If there was a full game id like to have sections where you have no arms Attal and have to just avoid things and navigate tunnel mazes.
I chose a pistol shrimp as Im not a big fan of gunz and this is a natural defense mechanism.

It dosnt run at the best framerate on the playdate device. I did make a bunch of optimisations but still not the very best.

pdx out now

Play as a pistol shirimp who is missing his arms, collect them through the level to power up. 

d-pad to move
a , b or crank to shoot your sonic booms

I am not a coder and I'm really surprised how much iv managed to get done in these 3 days. Im a copy paste coder, finding examples of things I want to do and copying and tweeking them, then comenting out enough stuff till it works. 
I programed in lua using the playdate sdk. I started with the shmup 2020 example project , swapped out the art and switched it from vertical to horizontal.

playable on playdate and simulator.
link to jam page

Heres the dev blog on playdate  dev forum.

All sounds are from freesound.org

Updated 12 minutes ago
Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
(4 total ratings)
Tagsfish, Fishing, Pixel Art, Playdate, sea, Shoot 'Em Up, shrimp, Top down shooter


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shrimpboom004finaljambuild.pdx.zip 2 MB


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Was it intentional to leave all your PSD files in the pdx?

nope,  :P i did wonder weather these were getting copied over the other day.  il try and make sure to add a build step that ignores them or move them out in future.

Really enjoyed this despite the fps dips. Loved the art, aesthetic and just overall look and feel of this. If I emulate it does it run at a high fps?

thanks, ye it runs faster in the sim

I'll have to revisit it that way!

For Windows , Linux ??


Love the graphics, looks very cool :)