Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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The Protagonist

by Big Cow - Jam Entry


Take The Protagonist on a journey of self-discovery through the world of television!

Game design, narrative design, writing, development and art by Daniel Black. Music, SFX, additional narrative design and QA by Robert Shaffer.

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pavel_insight says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:41am

Kind interactive story with сheerful moody music.
Great humor, as always!
"Me or the painting?" :D

Fabraz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Absolutely hilarious, both in execution and adaption of the theme.

JALgames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:59pm

Definitvely the best story I came across so far!

JefePapaya says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:03pm

Lovely game.

Awesome adoption of the theme.

Great story.

Love those graphics (only the high definition font looked a bit odd to me).


Multiplexor says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:09pm

Liked it a lot!! A very inspiring story! And i have a weak spot for happy endings :)!

Great Mood and Humor! Keep up the good work! :D

Mekuri says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:11pm

Quite a fun little story. I loved the graphic style.
Well done.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:33pm

That was a very sweet little game. You guys said a whole lot with a little. Well done!

Skruffye says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:36pm

Nice little interactive narrative. Shame there isn't a category for narrative, or I'd have rated you highly in that.
Not much gameplay, but it was a nice, uplifting take on the theme.
Good job! ^^

katorovitalo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:49pm

This was a great little story. I had fun clicking on all the little objects. It made me chuckle a couple times too, so you guys get props for that. I think if you wanted to you could extend this idea and publish it if you wanted!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:19pm

Great story! Enjoyed it! :)

CaptainPilot says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:22pm

Nice entry :) No issues, and a few minutes of good fun! Not the most innovative game, but a solid fun one

ChatPion says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:51pm

Aww, that was lovely !

HawkSandwich says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:53pm

It was more of a comic than a game, but still a good.. Erm, thing

Mieeh says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:59pm

Wow, that was amazing, emotional and fun! Great job! And good take on the theme.

Xanjos says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Well it ain't a Big Cow Studios game without some of that trademark Big Cow Studios humour ;) Anyway, I loved the subtle tv/film references and the ending was rather sweet.

Khallane says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:42pm

Nice story! good game

terryg says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:59am

It kept my attention, but I don't think this was my kind of humor. It was a sweet enough narrative, but the player didn't have to struggle at all as much as just turn the next page. Thus, the protagonist's eventual victory did not feel well-earned either. It had all the arc of a good story, circling back to the beginning, ending in a hug ... the story just didn't do it for me.

Big Cow says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:10am

Wow thats great feedback terryg! You are right the payoff is greater if the player/protagonist has to struggle more. And Im sorry that we didnt make it feel like enough of a struggle for the payoff to work for you. Effectively the struggle is elicited by the father in the basement and the first round of scenes where he keeps failing before he gains the strength to fight back. We'll make sure to incorporate your feedback into our next project. Anyway glad it at least kept your attention :) Thanks for playing.

Linus123xbb says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:45am

Great game, and the ending was sweet. It could've been a bit longer but still a very enjoyable experience.

Llucile says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:16am

Really nice interactive story !
I wished there was a bit more interactivity though.

celia14 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:20pm

Oh man, what an enjoyable game. The art and writing are both full of great humor, and I really like the structure of working you way back through the different TV shows and kicking butt. :D

leo_p_mahon says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:13pm

Excellent game, really enjoyed the narrative. Now if you will excuse me I need to call my dad.

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 3:31pm

The best story, one of the best mood... I'm crying...
Thank you for this entry, really <3

axoona says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 2:24pm

so sweet :)
great audio and very nice graphics, I liked the story as well, could be just a little bit more interactive but I'm just trying to find a weak spot ;)

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 9:52pm

nice looking and plenty of fun, i just wish to not hug my dad at the end and hug the model instead :p

Knowledge says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 10:04am

Quite funny game, although not my type of game.

shatley123 says ...
Aug 24, 2016 @ 5:18pm

Really nice game. My only criticism is that maybe there should have been a bit more interactivity.

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