Crawlers

Crawlers is a multiplayer game where 2-4 players battle against each other with bug-like tanks! Equip your tank with the weapons and equipment that best suits your playstyle.

The best results when fighting in the ruined city-zones of the near future is to deploy walking robots called "Crawlers".
These machines can be equipped with almost every weapon imaginable and can sustain tremendous damage before incapacitated.
Of course it didn't take long for everybody else to realize this, so now it's robot versus robot. Crawler versus crawler!

In this game two or more players can battle each other with mechanical bug-like robots in a post-war setting.
The first part of the game is the building phase. Here each player has a limited amount of cash to spend on weapons. Weapons can be rotated in any direction and placed anywhere on your crawler. A key mechanic is your ability to bind every weapon to any button on your controller. Simply use whatever button to place the weapon and that same button will be the trigger for that (or those) weapon(s).
When all players are done buying weapons it's time to duke it out in the street! Weapons can be destroyed, but the goal is to destroy all enemy crawlers. When their cores start fading they are almost done for!

Crawlers was made in 72 hours during Danish game jam "INDIEJAM Summer Edition" in August 2014. We used the jam as a chance to try out the new version of our "Bismuth Engine". A lot of time went into programming the legs of the crawlers to make them move automatically in whatever direction the player wants the crawler to move.

“War does not determine who is right - only who is left.” -Bertrand Russell

Game Info

  • A game by: Bismuth
  • Programmer: Mads Dancker-Jensen
  • Artist: Jan Jensen, Mads Dancker-Jensen
  • Music: Jan Jensen, Mads Dancker-Jensen
  • Sound FX: Jan Jensen
  • First version: 2014
  • Latest version: 2016
  • Genre: 2D topdown/Arena
  • Platform: Windows, Mac

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Awards

This game was voted "Best Game Mechanic" at "INDIEJAM Summer Edition" Aug. 2014 for the incredible movement of the Crawlers' legs.