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Offline teletubo
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« Posted 2012-12-19 22:57:01 »

Howdy!
I present you my second entry for the competition this year!


Plants 4K Zombies


 


 


It is a demake of a very famous game whose name I won't dare to mention to avoid copyright issues!

I must warn this version is HARD compared to the original game. I wanted to give more challenge since this is something I felt lacked in the original game.  So be warned, your plants will be eaten, your lawnmowers will be used.

You can play it here:

http://java4k.com/index.php?action=games&method=view&gid=447

Offline Apo
« Reply #1 - Posted 2012-12-20 01:05:51 »

Great game and very nice pixelwork!!!
I love pvz and that version is really cool.

What I would like to have:
- a shovel to rebuild something (like in the original)
- some points to compare with other guys ... only "wave 5" doesn't satisfy me
- perhaps a little bit faster, at the moment it is very slow (imho)
Offline Sammidysam
« Reply #2 - Posted 2012-12-20 01:14:41 »

I agree that points would help.  Otherwise, one of the best 4k games I've seen so far!
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Offline ReBirth
« Reply #3 - Posted 2012-12-20 01:59:32 »

Really great! so it's endless. Pretty hard.

Offline Grunnt

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2012-12-20 08:49:32 »

Awesome Grin I like the pixel art (amazed at how you fit all this in), and it's quite fun to play. Good job!

Offline teletubo
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« Reply #5 - Posted 2012-12-20 14:32:53 »

Thank you all for the kind comments!

As per suggestions, just added :
-Shovel (remove a plant) with the right mouse button.
-Score

- perhaps a little bit faster, at the moment it is very slow (imho)

I won't dare to change this anymore since it was a mess to balance things with current speed. And changing this now would mean rebalancing everything again.

Let me know what are your guys score!
 

Offline Mike

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2012-12-20 14:48:59 »

The only thing that is annoying at the moment is the speed, it is really slow so after getting to 70 points I don't want to try again as it will take forever to get to that point again.

Other than that, nice game Smiley

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Offline ra4king

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« Reply #7 - Posted 2012-12-20 20:49:03 »

Ok seriously, make the initial zombies take less damage! T______T

I'm amazed how you fit this into 4K though, really nice job!

Offline Mike

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2012-12-21 09:20:29 »

Ah, just figured out what the sun flowers do, that made the game a lot easier Tongue 170 points and then the frankenstein monsters just ran through everything...

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Offline teletubo
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« Reply #9 - Posted 2012-12-21 12:53:18 »

Ah, just figured out what the sun flowers do, that made the game a lot easier Tongue 170 points and then the frankenstein monsters just ran through everything...

Mike


Well I just assumed everybody in the world played the original game, so I didn't give proper instructions Smiley But I'll be sure to write some instructions when I upload it to java4k site.

 
Ok seriously, make the initial zombies take less damage! T______T

I'm amazed how you fit this into 4K though, really nice job!

It's really not that hard at the beginning... I already dropped a little the HP of the initial zombies.

To fit this is 4k, just a lot of magic, sprite reusing a lot of patience!

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Offline Mike

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2012-12-21 14:20:52 »

Well I just assumed everybody in the world played the original game, so I didn't give proper instructions Smiley But I'll be sure to write some instructions when I upload it to java4k site.

I did, 3 years ago Smiley

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Offline Sammyster

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2012-12-21 15:18:31 »

I died pretty quickly, but was alot of fun.
Cool graphics aswell Smiley
Offline Jens_S
« Reply #12 - Posted 2013-01-12 13:39:38 »

Wow! Really nice game play and graphics. It was a bit hard though - the zombies were almost unstoppable.  Smiley
Offline StephR

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« Reply #13 - Posted 2013-01-19 17:15:47 »

I have heard a lot of good about the original game, but never played it. Your remake seems to be well done, however I regret there is no instruction in or out of the game. You should at least indicate the effect of each article one can buy. For example, what about the sunflower ? Does it just block zombies for a while, or does it damage them too ?
Offline Mike

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« Reply #14 - Posted 2013-01-19 18:25:56 »

Sunflowers generate suns, which give you money when clicking on them.

Ergo, try to build them as often as possible without leaking Smiley

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Offline ReBirth
« Reply #15 - Posted 2013-01-20 02:50:10 »

And summon peashooter using the suns. If you never played before,

Peashooters = it's shooter, damaging.
Potatoes = blocker, do nothing but buying time for you letting themselves got eaten
Chilies = wild card, kill all zombies in a row.
Sunflowers = money (suns) generator.

There're lot more on the original game, starting from seaweeds, various mushrooms, to modified peashooter with Gatling gun on mouth persecutioncomplex

Offline sproingie

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« Reply #16 - Posted 2013-01-20 06:42:13 »

Potatoes = blocker, do nothing but buying time for you letting themselves got eaten

Wall-Nuts, not Potatoes.
Offline StephR

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« Reply #17 - Posted 2013-01-20 08:33:14 »

Thanks for the tips ; I can't wait to read the complete instructions and then fully appreciate your game.

But wait... What about the original game ? Does it come with some set of instructions, or does it belong to the player to understand what is happening ? In any case, you should stick to that in your final version of the instructions.

And about the sunflowers, it seems they also have a short blocking effect, actually the time it takes for zombies to destroy them. Maybe is it the same for every plant in the game ?
Offline teletubo
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« Reply #18 - Posted 2013-01-20 14:44:55 »

Thanks for the tips ; I can't wait to read the complete instructions and then fully appreciate your game.
 
I'll write some decent instructions when I upload it to java4k site.

But wait... What about the original game ? Does it come with some set of instructions, or does it belong to the player to understand what is happening ? In any case, you should stick to that in your final version of the instructions.
In the original game it begins with some "tutorial" levels, teaching you the basics, and slowly introducing the different types of plants. For obvious reasons I cannot do that in my version.

And about the sunflowers, it seems they also have a short blocking effect, actually the time it takes for zombies to destroy them. Maybe is it the same for every plant in the game ?
Yes, all the plants have the same HP, except for the wallnut and tallnut, which are meant to be used as blockers (although in my version you'll sometimes have to sacrifice some sunflowers to buy some time).

All in all, note that this version is fairly harder than the original. I always thought the original game was way too easy, so that's why I wrote this one thinking about being challengin enough. I prefer you quit playing the game because you died too much, than you quit the game because you got bored because your plantation is unbeatable.
I might reduce the difficult in the final version if I see people are really striving to reach the stronger zombies.

Thank you all for your comments!

Offline teletubo
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« Reply #19 - Posted 2013-01-24 14:53:57 »

Alright, just uploaded it officially to java4k!

You can play it here:

http://java4k.com/index.php?action=games&method=view&gid=447

I've written some decent instructions and have lowered the difficulty a little in the beginning.

Have fun!

Offline sixtyten

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« Reply #20 - Posted 2013-01-24 20:27:25 »

Alright, just uploaded it officially to java4k!

You can play it here:

http://java4k.com/index.php?action=games&method=view&gid=447

I've written some decent instructions and have lowered the difficulty a little in the beginning.

Have fun!

Great game, and the difficulty level is challenging but you have some chance to get some points. I got to wave 3, 102 points. Congrats teletubo!
Offline StephR

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« Reply #21 - Posted 2013-01-26 16:30:17 »

Thanks for adding the instructions. The gameplay is very good. I don't think you need to lower the difficulty level. My best score was 249 on the sixth wave.
Offline Mads

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« Reply #22 - Posted 2013-01-28 09:26:27 »

This is really difficult! I love the game though. Nice work!

Offline bernieberg

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« Reply #23 - Posted 2013-02-07 17:19:49 »

tons of fun and the presentation is great!  Once the pogo stick zombies show up it starts going down hill for me.  The tall nut timer is so long I can't seem to get enough out there to stop them.  My current high score is wave 287 at wave 7.

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Offline bernieberg

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« Reply #24 - Posted 2013-02-13 19:50:08 »

New high score!  Wave 13 and 925 points.



If I can manage to get 3 rows of the double pea shooters I can last quite a while.  I thought i was getting close to being able to last forever... but I'm guessing the code is setup to make it get harder and harder, so forever would be pretty much impossible.  

EDIT: okay, high score is now 1219 points at wave 15.  Time to get back to work now!

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« Reply #25 - Posted 2013-02-13 20:45:23 »

That is pretty impressive!

I myself dont remember how far I got, but I do believe it's possible to get to wave ~20 . Anyway for somebody who does not know how all the variables are incremented, that is amazing, congrats! And thanks for testing!

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