View Game: Meltdown


By Erik Byström, submitted on Feb 27, 2013
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This game was submitted in the Java4K 2013 Competition.

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In the wake of ‘Peak Oil’ in 2143, factions struggle to claim their share of the world's trickling reserve. But deep beneath the melting ice of Antarctica a new oil deposit has been discovered; the likes of which have never been seen. As private prospectors flock to the site like vultures to a corpse, you are the only thing standing between them and the fate of an entire world. Should you claim the oil and receive riches beyond your wildest dreams, or make sure it remains buried and maybe save a dying planet?

Code: Erik Byström
Design: Daniel Frostberg



Steer: Mouse
Fire: Mouse Button
Boost: W
Brake: S


Orange: Heat
Red: Life
Blue: Oxygen


The Antarctic is an inhospitable place – especially with prospectors around, determined to eliminate all opposing competition. Luckily, your Black Gannet subcraft comes equipped with a fully automatic JLF3950 Chain Gun, an M1-R14M self-repairing hull and, of course, the ability to move through water as swiftly as through air.

However, to fit such advanced technology into such a small craft, its manufacturer was forced to compromise in two key areas; engine cooling and oxygen supply. Effectively, this means that operating above the surface builds up heat which must be cooled down by entering the water. Reversely, operating below the surface uses up oxygen which in turn must be replenished by reemerging from the depths.

This cycle can be used to your advantage, though, as enemies are bound to the same conditions and easily lose track of you when you switch elements. So check your gauges regularly and move between water and air to maximize your chance of survival.


While airborne, the booster gives you extra speed, while the brakes make you sit perfectly still underwater.

Using the booster and firing your gun in the air generates extra heat, so watch your gauges carefully.

While underwater, the generators are always kept cool, so move and shoot as much as you desire.

Breaking effectively shuts down the engines, so use it in emergencies on high altitudes to avoid overheating.

Use the speed and altitude of the air to scout, the stillness and free shots of the water to camp, and both to escape troublesome enemies on your tail.

Good luck!

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