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Lunch-Out 3: Waste Disposal 20XX

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By joseph3000 Published on Feb 18th, 2018 Last updated on Mar 11th, 2018

Break me off a piece of that Soylent (TM) bar!

Help Old Ryan travel back to the past in this challenging puzzle game!

You will:

  • Convert tasteless, bland Soylent (TM) rations into energy
  • Void the warranty on your Mr. Disposal (TM) Anti-Matter Reactor
  • Displace time and meet your younger self inĀ Super Lunch-Out 2 Turbo!

Instructions:

Make matching color groups of 4 or more Soylent pieces to annihilate them and expose the reactor core, which you can then use to convert a Soylent bar into energy. Create enough energy to travel back in time!

Controls:

L/R - Move piece left/right
Down - Drop piece
Up - Hard drop piece
X - Rotate piece CCW
O - Rotate piece CW

Note: I designed the game around my USB iBuffalo Famicom controller, which has the buttons as XO from left to right. If it ends up being opposite on other peoples' controllers or expectations, I'm sorry!

Also, keyboard users: Use the arrow keys and x/c to rotate.


My 3rd game! As a big fan of Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Super Puzzle Fighter, I have always wanted to make my own puzzle game. I also always wished Dr. Mario (NES) had a hard drop, so I wanted to make a puzzle game with one. For a while, I had toyed with the idea of making a game set in the future portrayed in the cutscene from Super Lunch-Out 2 Turbo. I also figured if I ever made another game, that it should actually use all the buttons for once. All of these ideas came together one Saturday, which began with studying how Tetris is programmed (since I had no idea how to even start), and which after a couple of weeks led to the game you see before you!

Along with the goals above, I wanted there to be something novel about the game mechanics. I don't like playing for points, and I didn't want clearing just for the sake of clearing. This is where the idea for the "reactor core" started. Instead of just clearing pieces, there is a reason for clearing them, as advancing the level requires you to fit a piece through a small hole at the bottom of the playfield. To prevent the goal from being too one-dimensional, I further incentivized being neat about it by making all the leftovers hurt you in the form of garbage pieces. This turned out to be a fun twist, as now you have the choice of leveling up, balanced between clearing potential garbage and not making more by waiting too long. At higher speeds and later levels, it encourages perfect playing, where clearing before leveling up is essential to avoiding catastrophe.

I also wanted it to make some sense as to why things disappear/appear and what the colored blocks even were. I eventually conceptualized "Mr. Disposal", which uses anti-matter to create energy, a necessary component for time travel, but that doesn't really work well when fed Soylent (not even machines like eating it!).

Having played the best puzzle games ever made, I spent a lot of time playtesting to make sure it was challenging but fair, and making the controls very responsive! I was inspired daily with new ideas, all of which I managed to figure out how to put in the game, so I hope you find all the little details that I hid away (especially for beating it), and enjoy playing! Thank you!