The rollercoaster is breaking down. How far can you get before falling down?
The funfair is in town and presents its newest maglev-powered rollercoaster. But they wanted to save money, so they have chosen the cheapest option and now it is starting to break down.
And someone is still on the rollercoaster!!
You are the rollercoaster operator and you control the magnets. You can either turn them on or off and you can accelerate and brake the car on the track only if the magnets are switched on. Sometimes you will be in a dilemma and will have to decide whether or not to disable the magnets to let the car jump over missing tracks.
SPACE - enable/disable maglev/maglock
A/D or left/right - accelerate/brake if the car is on the track and maglev is active
Very funny, with incredibly long jumps (the landing is an other problem…).
Good idea and good realization. If I may give some hints for upgrade :
Clever idea. Rollercoasters, let alone maglevs, didn't even cross my mind! Using themes from another jam? Another clever idea!
The visuals do the part, clean and effective. A rail grinding sound effect would have been enough when it comes to audio… Maybe an impact sound too, and one for the falling track… Ahh, forget it.
It seems deceleration isn't too useful, the destruction will only catch on faster. The randomness of the rail, limited view when jumping, and sometimes deadly ramps (plumets directly after leaving the ramp) hamper both reacting to hazards and planning forward.
Here are a few ideas:
Thanks for the comments.
@TheKillerFly You are probably right. The track is getting generated randomly only based on the previous tile, so it will (at least most of the time) not generate something tricky. You just have to try not to land with your velocity vector perpendicular to the track, as you'll lose all speed.
@psevrain Yeah, the camera isn't perfect. Should have changed position and zoom based on the position of the track, instead I'm only doing it based on position and velocity of the car. I thought about loops when I got the idea for the game, but opted out of it for the sake of finishing the game ;).
@HuvaaKoodia While the rail grinding sound isn't in the game, it was in my head all the time :D. The magnet already pulls the car brack to the track (twice the force of gravity), but its only a vertical acceleration, so no speed up on the horizontal, just getting down faster.