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The game is fun! I find it's a bit too much self-service when it comes to difficulty. You can give yourself maximum bombs and then all levels become super easy. I feel level 20 should be challenging no matter what you tweak in the UI.

I see what you mean though I wanted it to be as accessible as possible while offering a good (or brutal!) challenge if you want it to. The easier the game the slower your score increases btw. So the score you could achieve by beating the same level will vary drastically depending on your settings. 

I don't rule out the possibility of further tweaking in the future of course! :)

My highest score is 47500 - can anyone beat that?  Post your high scores

Just destroyed my high score! 61450

I'm sure someone can beat it though...

39850 so far :D

Yay a worthy adversary at last! 

Hmm... just tried this on my laptop, the position of the cursor keys makes it very tricky.  I think I'll add an update to let you use WASD as well / instead (?)

v1.41 with alternate control method now available for Windows users (will include it in a later update for Linux).

First review!

https://www.wraithkal.com/the-ancient-art-of-staying-alive-impressions/

"It’s simple, incredibly easy to pick up and play, while still maintaining a degree of difficulty. A tweakable degree. The best kind."

One of the most fun parts is using your imagination along with it.  Are you a lone survivor running away from a horde of zombies? are you a Rebel space ship escaping a huge empire in space?   The only limit is your imagination. The game it self is charming in a simple way and a good time killer, if you're a lover of old atari style games then this will be perfect for you it's like playing minesweeper along with you being allowed to run the things chasing you into bombs and other traps.  I had a good time with the game and enjoyed how charming it was.

Thanks for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed it. :-) tbh I'd never thought of it in terms of it being like minesweeper with moving mines, but that's actually quite an apt description! 

Planned for future updates:

  • Choose background colour
  • Select number of times teleport can be used
  • Random obstacles
  • Some kind of bomb / push weapon to affect nearby enemies

These updates are now in the game :)

Currently adding:

- High Score system

- Old school digitised speech for the level intros

- Linux version

- Hopefully, Mac Version

High score and synthesized speech added.

Hopefully Linux build later today...