About PoV (twitter: @mikekasprzak)

Mike Kasprzak, AKA "PoV" is your fearless leader. He plays this role so the others don't have to. He didn't start Ludum Dare, but has been around since the beginning. Even though it's wrong, he speaks the word "Dare" as it would be spoken in English. He does that with "Euler" too, which should make that guy pretty mad.

Mike is a game industry veteran with more than a decade of experience, and multiple console and mobile games to his name. Currently he owns and operates Sykhronics Entertainment, an Independent Game Developer based out of London, Ontario, Canada. Sykhronics is best known for the iPhone game Smiles, which was a finalist in the 2009 Independent Games Festival Mobile, was the winner of the Intel Atom Developer Challenge's "Most Elegant Design" award in 2010, and won the 2011 Developers Choice Award in Transgaming's GameTree.tv Developer Competition. Also PuffBOMB, a classic Ludum Dare entry of his that went on to be a finalist in the Slamdance Guerrilla Game Making Competition and be named a "Top Dog" on legendary gaming archive Home of the Underdogs.

Mike is currently working on STACHE.

Mike was a contributing author on an iPhone book nobody remembers and used to write for independent games website GameTunnel.

Mike's funny story is that he "won a car" in a compo. He's been a full time independent game developer for too long.

Company: Sykhronics Entertainment
Twitter: mikekasprzak
Blog: TooNormal

Mike's Notable Compo Entries
LD12 - towlr [towlr.com]
72H2 - Zooble [Link]
LD03 - PuffBOMB [puffbomb.com]
LD02 - Sheep Strike
LD01 - Trout!
LD00 - Fun Game (not actually fun)


PoV's Trophies

The "one of the last awards before the website move" Award
Awarded by ajayajayaj
on May 19, 2017
The "I just need to test awards" award
Awarded by pta2002
on April 18, 2016
Badass Admin Award
Awarded by kaype
on December 6, 2015
Help Running and paying for the LD Site Award
Awarded by Donni11
on June 17, 2015
Still Being PoV
Awarded by dylanigan
on August 22, 2014
The "If you got another result than PoV, you are probably wrong" Award
Awarded by klianc09
on August 22, 2013



Morre says ...

Haha. So easy, yet so hard. I love it.
Scarily annoying at times :)
I love how the game actually tries to fool the player to not understand it. It's awesome.

jhauberg says ...

17 tries, lol.

Endurion says ...

I found the cake :)
Score: 8
Are owls food?

Entar says ...

About 16 tries. Just covering all my bases :D

kutani says ...

Pretty fun for a 2 hour game!

Score: 5
I got it on my 6th attempt. : D

Hamumu says ...

Win! Cake in 5 tries. I think the + is a red herring.

Good sounds.

Notch says ...

About 33 tries in total. Sinister.

edwardoka says ...

The cake is a lie...
Took 8 times.

DrPetter says ...

Yay for 2-hour entries! My cake in 7. I wonder if yours is more fair than mine... at least you have enumerable input.

GBGames says ...


dstrysnd says ...

cake in 4, that was easy

demize says ...

Awesome game, but nobody would buy it in a store. I wonder what happens if you get over the white thing...

matrin says ...

My hero.

pansapiens says ...

Great retro sounds. Couldn't figure out what to do (arrow keys and ...?). I guess figuring out what to do was the point ... so I guess I lost.

Codexus says ...

Ok, somebody told me the solution. I hate you PoV!

keeyai says ...

Everyone made such a big deal about it that I think it made it harder. I was messing around with left alt + right alt + space, which locks it up, and all sorts of other combinations... When I finally got it, I was at 17 or something, but I had been slamming into the wall in frustration playing it before, so who knows what the real number is. I wish there was a hype category.

Tenoch says ...

33 tries. But I launched the game a few times too :)
I suck.

Wiering says ...

Cake in 11 tries. I was just about to stop and take a look at the source code to see what keys it uses.

adamzap says ...

For me, this game rates somewhere between the original Half-Life and Chrono Trigger.

nilsf says ...

Arrg, I got it after about half a billion attempts.

Frimkron says ...


Deepflame says ...

Verrrry.... interesting. :P

drZool says ...


wonderwhy-er says ...

Got it in 6 tries. Was not seeing it for some reasons at the beginning :)

lexaloffle says ...

I'm lost. And I feel cold.

Edge says ...

Took me a lot of tries, with exiting the game more then 20)
Really evil how touching the left screen makes you also respawn. Helped a lot in distracting me from the real goal.

Archive for the ‘LD #12 – The Tower – 2008’ Category

Towlr Update

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Monday, August 11th, 2008 1:29 pm

If you’ve already experienced Towlr, you don’t need this.  But if you plan to sacrifice any friends to Towlr, I’ve made some useful fixes and changes.


First off, I’ve removed the ESC and F10 keys, since they’ll just make the player sad (or relieved).  Next, I changed the background color to gradually become more red over time, to add to the “driving you crazy” factor.  Finally, I named the executable correctly, so in the future people can stop asking me if it’s towel-r or t-owl-r.


EDIT: Linux Version (Experimental)
EDIT: MacOS X Version (Intel) (Experimental)

How to Upload an Image

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 7:34 pm

Here’s how to upload an image.  You need to do this for your screenshot to show up in the Image Grid.

Make or edit a post, and click the Add An Image Icon.

Then select “Choose Files to Upload“, and pick your image file.

Leave all the options default, scroll down and click “Insert in to Post“.

Presto!  Your image should appear in your post.

Towlr – 2 Hour Game

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 7:09 pm

It’s here.  PoV’s 2 hour game.  Towlr


Towlr is a puzzle.

I will not explain it.  You will be scarred.  You will be scored.

Share your score in the comments.

Source.  Made using Allegro and my LD11 library.

Audio courtesy of sfxr.

EDIT: Windows Version (Added Background Color Change)
EDIT: Linux Version (Experimental)
EDIT: MacOS X Version (Intel) (Experimental)

2 Hour Game! 30 Minutes Left!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 6:37 pm

Yes.  It’s actually playable.  Finishing touches now…

2 Hour Game! Hour 1!

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008 6:02 pm

Oh my!

Dice Tower

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 8:28 pm

PoV’s totally not doing the compo… however

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 7:46 pm

Yes.  I’m totally not doing the compo…

however… words and drawings are appearing on my paper.

PoV has a deadline that he’s already missed.

Totally not doing the compo.

[scribble scribble scribble… dot dot]


Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 6:39 pm

Same old same old.

You can check out the library here.


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Friday, August 8th, 2008 7:28 am


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Friday, August 8th, 2008 7:25 am


Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 7:17 am

Vector Math

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 7:10 am


Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 7:05 am

Awkward Themes

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 6:55 am

Atomic Owls

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Friday, August 8th, 2008 6:37 am

Here in Spirit

Posted by (twitter: @mikekasprzak)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008 3:17 pm

I’m busily finishing up an important little project (that was supposed to be done last week). So I’m unfortunately going to be unable to enter the compo, or work on the little things I had hoped to (unifying the site look and such).

However I’ll be around IRC as usual, offering my wacky flavor of commentary, and whatever administrative help I usually provide. You’ll probably catch me joining in on the various goof-off extras (Desk photos, food photos, motivational posters).

MINI LD #3 should be interesting.  I’ll release some details after the compo.  Stay tuned.

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