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GapeJaw McGraw

by biscuitdough - Compo Entry

Keep Gapejaw hydrated while he eats for his life in this fight to the death.


-Eat-em-up action


-Eat-em-up action

(I'd recommend you try without instructions at first, hoped part of the game would be figuring it out....but providing more detailed instructions below, since after a couple play-tests I've come to realize nothing in this is clear at all:
GapeJaw is in constant need of hydration, as the shrinking bar on the left shows. To rehydrate you need to drag the wine above his mouth, which refills the bar. If the bar empties it's game over. At the same time food approaches GapeJaw, you need to drag his mouth open with your mouse to make it fit around the food's shape. If you are unable to get it around the incoming edible in time GapeJaw will start to choke, which blocks any attempts to drink wine until you clear out the obstruction with butter. Similar to the wine you just need to drag the butter squeezer above his head to clear up your throat.If you succeed in eating an item without choking you'll get the chance to spit out the uneaten remains. If the remains land in the bucket, you get a point. Repeat as necessary.)

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Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:25am

THIS IS THE BEST GAME OF THE JAM. Good mechanics, it was a bit unclear at first, but I agree with your description, half the fun is figuring out wtf is going on. :P Despite the unconventional-ness of this game, it's really fun and unique. :)

aegypticus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:42am

Wow. The best part of this game was the Eat-Em-Up action. A truly unique game!

Jordan says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:50am

Didn't take me long to figure out how to play. Cool mechanic and artstyle.

ougrouk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:05am

Hahaha, the game is the best. It was so happy when I figured out new stuff I can do. Thank you

lanestp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:42am

This thing is WEIRD!!!! Awesome but weird. You have to give it a couple chances but it's really neat!

monkeybit29 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:24am

mouth kept breaking, i would definitely change the font. otherwise this was a pretty funny game lol

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:25am

Definitely a unique game, haven't seen anything else like it.

jelch says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:28am

Thrilling masterpiece.

joemid says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:31am

Love this. Great little game- Love the art style and feel!

nicotuason says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:00am


I lol'ed when he started choking. The sound effects are perfect. Delightfully silly concept.

SHLFStudios says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:10pm

such a weird little thing. I liked it. Didn't hear any audio. also, wasn't sure what would get me to eat something

KappaIX says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:12pm

Very likeable and silly! Well done!

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:54am

Haha, that was weird. But funny! It wasn't too hard to figure out, what was to be done.

Graphics is fine, too. But maybe you should change the font style. It is illegible.

By the way. He died at the end but didn't choke. That means, I win, doesn't it? Or did I lose? I'm not sure. Maybe make that a little clearer.

Yazara says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 10:44pm

Really funny game! :D And an innovative mechanic!
I missed a sense of progression or variety after some time though.

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