Lunar Spire


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JamBaconGameJam 08 Millions of them
Submitted4 years ago


A challenging vertical scroller shoot-em-up. Stay on screen, and use upgrades to clear millions of them!

Aria being the happy free spirited mercenary she was, decided that the moon was a quality place to have a small picnic. Compiling together the best ham, cheese, and weaponry she blasted off in her awesome space ship. After landing on the dusty lunar surface she set out to find the perfect picnic spot. After a quick glance she decided that the top of the nearby lunar spire would be a perfect place for sandwich creation. However a nest of "Dahi" had infested the spire, but no big deal Aria grabbed her trusty pistol and got to work. Girl's gotta eat .

Technology used

GCC C++ compiler, SFML, Platypus

GIMP, Adobe Photoshop 6

Pro Tools 9

Help / Controls

The key to completing the game weighs on smart upgrade decisions.

Power - Increase bullet damage

Fire Rate - Increase bullet fire rate

Defense - Reduce damage

Health - Heal and increase maximum life

DISCLAIMER:The game will key ghost on some laptop keyboards, plugging another keyboard will solve the problem, should run fine on desktops.

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User Notes
Average 7.38 7.92 6.23 4.62 7.15 6.46 4.38 7.46
japtar 10 10 6 3 9 9 4 9 As mentioned in the comments, I thought the upgrade system was brilliant. It adds a whole lot more strategy to the game, even if, by strategy, it's mostly trial and error. Great job in creating discovery through this mechanic as well. Well done.
TannerHowell (Tanner Howell) 8 8 2 1 8 3 7 8 Nicely done!
DielMormac (Marcos Antônio Marcon) 7 9 7 7 10 10 8 8
SinisterDol 6 6 5 4 6 6 1 6
Griffablanc 4 7 6 4 5 3 5 6
lindarthebard (Lindar Kelleigh Greenwood) 7 9 9 6 6 6 1 7 Inexplicably this game started working on my Mac and I don't understand why, but I finished the game queue and noticed I still hadn't rated this. It was a little frustrating to me that the enemies rank up faster than I could get money and get better stuff, and the lack of healing made it practically impossible to continue, but the graphics, gameplay, concept, metroidvania-esque nostalgia, the music, the sound effects... it was aesthetically a game I would really love to play more of, and I'm going to give it another shot later, but it could have been balanced much better. Top ten definitely.
ziggidyzag22 (Donovan Violette) 7 7 8 5 8 5 5 7
felixsoum 8 9 6 6 7 8 5 7
iceburg7 8 8 8 6 8 7 5 9
tejon (Theodore Lief Gannon) 7 6 5 4 6 5 1 6
filipz 9 9 7 1 7 9 1 8 Simple jet entertaining upgrade game. One of the best on jam.
eric 8 8 6 7 7 7 9 9
Ninteris 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 7 Great work, enjoyed the game despite it's difficulty.


  • cedega (4 years ago)

    The Linux version should be fixed now, but if someone could test it, that would be great.

  • cedega (4 years ago)


    Thanks for playing the game! However, I did notice in your video that you said 'R' was the upgrade button, and it wasn't implemented. Upgrades are implemented and the button is actually 'S', in case that wasn't discovered after.

    Also with regards to the restart not working, the method does work, but it (stupidly) reloads all the assets again. If you're recording to the disk, I believe the disk I/O will probably slow it down to a complete crawl/freeze.

    I definitely did not consider this, so let this be a lesson to any future developer :P.

  • Jupiter_Hadley (4 years ago)

    Cool game, but it gets really hard. I included it in part 3 of my Bacon Game Jam 08 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out!

  • tauroid (4 years ago)

    Me and the rest of my team love this game! You did a great job balancing the damage output from the upgrades against the increasing number of enemies, gives you a feeling of progress and makes it hard to put down :)

  • cedega (4 years ago)

    Sorry, should be 32 bit. Should work on 64 bit machines though.

  • japtar (4 years ago)

    I really, really like this game. The upgrade system was a clever idea, making the impossibly difficult to difficult, but fair game. Well done!

  • lindarthebard (4 years ago)

    This game looks REALLY cool, but the game won't run on my Mac (nothing happens when running the game) and the Linux version can't find the included libraries.

  • cedega (4 years ago)

    I'm sorry to hear this! would it be possible to give me any sort of errors? It's the first time I've tried porting a game to other platforms.

  • teddy (4 years ago)

    Same here, nothing launches on 10.10. No error messages. and logs seem to indicate successful execution of program:

    20/10/2014 19:28:21.137 Lunar Spire[937]: App did finish launching

    If you want to reach me on Skype I can help you get it running maybe - xoplague

  • cedega (4 years ago)

    Thanks teddy for the assistance. I believe I've fixed the Mac version now, so please try it out.

    As for Linux, it will be fixed as soon as I know which libraries were missing.

    Thanks for the support guys!

  • SneManden (4 years ago)

    Ehh, why do you write 64-bit linux? It seems to be 32-bit.

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