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Pluto's Tears

by kestrelgames - Jam Entry

Poor little Pluto's been absolutely miserable ever since being demoted to a mere planetoid. O humiliation! O shame!

The entire solar system (accursed Earthlings!) is laughing at you, or so you feel--nay, know, in your sad planetoidary mind.

What will become of you, Pluto? Where will you go?


Slingshot yourself out of orbit and out into deep space.

Absorb the energies of space junk such as space potatoes, astrocats, the Hubble Space Telescope and both Voyager missions!

Avoid energy-draining waste fired by a legion of strange toupee-headed robots that seem to be polluting the universe with negative energy.

The solar system mocks you.

Take it. It's yours.


Left-click+drag with mouse to operate the space slingshot
(Pull back the directional circle in the opposite direction that you want to go! Sounds about ten times more complicated than it is.)

Small movements will make Pluto feel more agile.

Works even better on a touchscreen! Just pull and release.



Awesome music by danheff available on soundcloud: (

NOTE: Since it was requested that we open the audio category for voting, and Mike seems to be okay with this, we have added it -- just vote on the music instead of the SFX, although half our SFX were composed and the use of Soundsnap SFX is really marginal anyway (the horn instrument, and cat's meow, maybe a thunk. So they probably count as 'instruments'.)

Thanks to everyone who's commented so far!

Font: Indie Queen

There are a few things we'd like to tweak, obviously, but they'll have to wait till the post-jam version. :)

Android version also available, though there might be some quirks! <-- Double-tapping or tapping the tear to start will work, swiping doesn't start the game for now. Sorry about that!

If anyone is having trouble running the Android apk (Parsing Error), please enable 'Unknown Sources' in your security settings as otherwise Android won't really download the app.

Thanks for playing! :)

Downloads and Links




bwalter says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:03am

I Love everything about this game! My favorite so far!

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:47am

whoa, @bwalter, thanks a tonne! :) we're all exhausted now :)

falloneus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:06am

It so lived up to the hype I was giving it! haha Really great game, a pleasant casual experience with funny dialogue, really nice visuals, and a surprising amount of moodiness (the music really amped that end up!). Great work, Kestrel :)

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:07am

@falloneus so glad you liked it! thanks for the kind words! :)

Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:54am

Nice. Very nice.

luquio says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:07am

have to say that this look really amazing! im impress of what u did in such a short time! cheers

andyman404 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:23am

I love this game. Beautiful and cute aesthetics, interesting gameplay, the yucky trumpbot 3000s, and planets with a smile on them. Well done!

jcmonkey says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:25am

This was a pretty well thought out game. and it was nicely developed.

RttStudio says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:29am

One of my favorite entry, amazing game. Like the sad feeling to it. Music is on point. Really good job guys.

SgtBursk says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:31am

Great music. Graphics were amazing, and I loved all the faces. Could've stuck with the theme more though.

okoto says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:32am

Amazing , I liked especially the mechanics and art. Tip: probably a minimap would be useful.

BrainSlugs83 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:38am

I liked this game, it wasn't bad. Some constructive criticisim: It would have been nicer if it ran in full screen, and if the game zoomed out as you got bigger. -- When you got so big that you took up half the screen, it became really hard to play.

BrainSlugs83 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:39am

By the way, the meme faces were great. :-)

huminaboz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:24am

Love the story aspect, I was just chomping at the bit for the next piece. Art is great too.

GertJohnny says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:14am

Nice game, I like the art and music. I think the movement/controls could have used a bit more polish - some easing might have been nice.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:24am

Great mood in this one, I thought the music was excellent. I did wish I could've played full screen, but the mac version wouldn't allow me to unfortunately. Also really wanted a way to be able to zoom out a bit to see my surroundings, but other than that enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done guys!

Id love your thoughts on my entry 'Titos Revenge'-

Draft says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:45am

Really great game. Nice job.

simon says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:59am

good idea - fun to play - good game!

hugheth says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:18am

This is really pretty and an incredibly smooth mechanic. Well don!

coborax says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:50am

Very good game i really like it

jollyserpent says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:49pm

Superb for a jam game. The gameplay is simple, but very addicting, the visuals are adorable, it was such a pleasure to play. Thanks a lot!

sndr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:29pm

I loved the graphics, the gameplay, the characters... amazing entry! :) Thanks for the play!

zenmumbler says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:06pm

Hi, thanks for rating and commenting on Squirm, since responding on the same page is as useful as shouting at a lake: I've now enabled the innovation category.

Rafos Games says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:18pm

Now you need to make a game with my tears ;-;
I loved this game, it's one of my favorites on this moment =D

Le_Sarus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:57pm

Cute game with a nice theme, nice job!

medidog says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:57pm

It was so fun, I could not stop playing until the end. Well done! And it made me sad about Pluto, again..

tentacode says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:59pm

Build android did not work (cannot wipe the tear at the start then Runtime error in game.lua:290) looks really cute though

blinry says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:00pm

Wow, I had a lot of fun playing through this. Awesome concept and nice writing :) Sooo much atomic waste :(

ratking says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:05pm

Pretty much the best entry I played so far. Thanks for making this!

AceyT says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:05pm

Excellent game, I love it, and I'll probably show it to some friends as a exemple of what can be done during LDJam with humor and fun :D

"Slingshot yourself out of orbit and out into deep space. " -> That's a perfect description, and as fun to picture it as your game

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:07pm

thanks for the kind comments all! Really appreciate it. Agreed on a lot of suggestions, we'll release another build post-jam :)
@tentacode: Sorry about that. Maybe try tapping the tear instead? What kind of device did you use? It runs on a few devices as I've been told so far, I promise. :)

Ryusui says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:33pm

Cute Katamari-like. It took me a while to realize time paused while I'm aiming - maybe you should add some kind of visual indicator of which direction objects are moving?

psychonull says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:32pm

nice entry, liked the specially the audio and dialogues. the ending was awesome. great job!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:39pm

Super innovative!!! I love that I could play the game on my phone. The game looks very professional! Nice work

nextreality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:10am

I really liked this game. The satisfaction from eating everything (including the jab at Trump, very nice ;) plus the pretty graphic aesthetic and pleasant music combined to make a very entertaining game! Plus the controls were nice ( i was using a mouse) just had to flick pluto around for a bit! Good job!

Ghust1995 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:49am

Great mood, almost made me cry

Monklet80 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:31am

Very solid work, guys. I had a little trouble running the android version, but I made it to the end. Funny, enjoyable, and cute. Hope to see more from you guys.

Danoli3 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:19am

I absolutely loved every part of this game! Well done 5 stars all categories for me

EdoCreate says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:30am

Wonderful game! Poor Pluto )

tentacode says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:28am

I tried again on android and it works all good ! Fantastic game, cool gameplay, long enough. Only criticism I got is that it's hard to find planets as I don't know my solar system, perhaps order them by position in solar system rather than sizes ?

apalade says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:53pm

Amazing! Really innovative idea and I loved the story. Graphics and sound are great too. I just loved everything about this one.

Horsed says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:06pm

Funny idea and well done. I ate a lot of trump.

2Bit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:21pm

So politically charged. :p Really liked the atmosphere and the dialogue. Nice work.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:30pm

thanks all! :) we had to choose between size of planets and order of planets for the HUD because of time constraints (ie, panic) and went with size so that people could see which planet they should aim to eat next. kinda figured people would be less likely to know sizes than positions -- not sure :) minimap was going to go in, but ... ran out of time :) POST-JAM VERSION! :D

Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:39pm

I had fun playing it and those planets are so cute!

Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:28pm

This is amazing. The art is beautiful, as is the sound. And the writing just kept making me laugh so much. The Trump robot... Everything about this game is incredible, thank you for making it.

WojtaW says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:46pm

Lovely :)

Dyn says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:23pm

Sooo cure graphics. I love it!

David Cookie says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:38pm

One of the few entries with some storytelling from I've played. Love how you make Pluto get revenge, even though the tone is quite sad :(
The gameplay is not that exciting, but it's like Flow and Katamari. We play mostly for their graphics and atmosphere, and that works for you entry! I really wanted to see how it will end :) Well done!

Llucile says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:53pm

Really good gameplay idea ! I liked the music and the graphics too :)

PeachTreeOath says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:45am

I am the god of war now! Too good!

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:21am

When I first tried this game I hated the controls. Then I really got the hang of it and it became quite addictive.

The idea here is great-- what with pluto not being a planet anymore (actually I heard they might change thier mind on that again) but this really would have fit best with the 'grow' theme in LD34 than the shape-shift theme.

Still this was alot of fun and very outside the box thinking.

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:37am

Really fun and addictive with great music and graphics! Awesome job!

Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:14am

Great entry! I found myself hooked pretty quickly as I hungered after more space junk. The moment I could eat other planets, I squeed. Nice take on the theme!

DuckTieTeam says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:24am

Wow, amazing game, and it made me sad a little) I felt bad for pluto, as it seemed that all his actions were motivated by mockery from other planets, so he turned crazy and started eating them all =) Nothing to improve here, it's perfect)

gogo199432 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:25am

Very fun little game, loved the graphics and the comments :D I had sometimes some kind of bug where my planet teleported to my cursor however.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:33pm

This game is simply fantastic. Assessing idea!!!! And i loved soundtrack!!!

randomhuman says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Cute and really fun, good job!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:32pm

Wow, really good work! I love a lot of parts of your game: the music, the controls, the mechanic... Very nice!

taviandir says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:36pm

Nice game, I liked the design and humor.

The text could've stayed longer (didn't have time to read it most of the time). Also some kind of zoom out would have been nice to find other planets.

some more gameplay mechanic would be good.

Nice game.

josemorval says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:47pm

Love the graphics, love the story, love the mood...very good job guy! :)

Togimaro says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:07pm

Fantastics assets and cool gameplay! The end is sad :(
Great work! One of my favorite

MementoGames says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:16pm

Everything is great about this entry. Really! Loved it!
Maybe zoom out a little bit while Pluto gets bigger.

siryakko says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:01pm

Where is the "Cuteness" category?

CaptainPilot says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:51pm

Fun but the game feels way too zoomed in!

celia14 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:44pm

Wow, this is awesome! The gameplay's really fun (even when I was wandering around trying to remember where different planets are, it was super engaging :D) and the aesthetics are great. I liked the bittersweet ending for poor lonely Pluto!

avinashd says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:14am


Fabraz says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:47pm

Absolutely phenomenal! Beautiful visuals, adorable designs, great take on the theme, humorous and fun gameplay to boot. Great job!

Arvydas says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:24pm

Very fun and cute game! Loved the mechanics, music, sounds, implementation, and characters. This would be a great game to have young ones play to teach about the planets and space debris. Good work on this one!

mahalis says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:09am

This is really nicely put together. Love the art - the gameplay is a little repetitive, but it doesn't wear out its welcome. Great attention to detail too; I liked Charon and the other particles circling around Pluto.

dcolgan says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:26am

This was pretty cool. Really good idea,it gets a bit chopply sometimes when you slingshot. Kind of an evolution of Angry Birds, but so much more fulfilling. I am become Might Pluto Ruler of Worlds.

SteveSalmond says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:51am

Wow, didn't expect such an emotional rollercoaster haha! Great job :) The dialogue snippets were great btw.

Garazbolg says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:56pm

Love it !!! Just so you i did have a runtime error on android. Restart the game fixed it, I got the error when i touched the screen during the speech at the beginning.
Other then that : Your game is definitely on of my favorite !

Naca says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:35pm

Awesome work, fun to play and love the Solar System theme :) Your song is fantastic, it's a pity you can't enter the audio category. Indeed, I've seen a couple of entries with 3rd party music entering that category... so not everybody is taking the rules correctly... You're very honest by making that sacrifice.

Sabina Lis says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:44pm

That was beautiful, and really comfortable to play

ekkiiiii says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:28am

Insanely polished for a three day jam. :) Very nice artwork, the music fits perfectly and the gameplay is unique and fun.
I tried to install it on my Nexus 5 but I got a "Parsing Error" (no more info) when trying to open the .apk. I have a touchscreen laptop so I could still play the game as it was clearly meant to be. :)

APantaloni says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:39pm

Very enjoyable experience. It also has educational value in teaching the planets of the solar system and that eating radioactive waste is bad for your health. Nice graphics, the controls work well, relaxing to play. Nicely done!

Apr 24, 2016 @ 2:58pm

Ah! i love everything about it :) good job sir

Julxzs says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:48pm

A truly beautiful game! It reminds me very much of Solar 2

derr says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:43am

Hahaha. Awesome entry. I love the contrast between the mildly melancholic soundtrack and the humor of the game.

ZYXer says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:02pm

My favorite game so far! I especially love Charon! :D

I ran into a bug several times where Pluto would jump back to the position I last clicked, kind of weird.

Naca says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 12:37am

Glad to hear you've finally entered the audio category! Scoring it 5/5 right now! :D

Also, I'd like to thank you for your comments. "Unconventional" and "original" are the best words anyone can say about my tiny game :) I will take into account all your constructive suggestions. It's for people like you that this first LD is being extremely enriching for me.

Apr 29, 2016 @ 9:02pm


Actually, we made a similar game (eat-everything-to-get-bigger-until-you-eat-the-Sun) for LD33 last August. It's called Have a Cow. You should check it out.

One feature I would really like here is for the camera to zoom out whenever you level up. It might help movement be easier at bigger sizes, and add to the satisfaction of growth.

The writing and mood make this one of best entries I've played yet. Great game!

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 8:45pm

very well polished game, everything is so cute, its a pleasure to play

May 5, 2016 @ 5:43pm

I ran the game on Android and completed it. Good, polished and finished looking entry! Gameplay itself is not very challenging though. As Pluto got bigger, it was no longer possible to see the crosshairs, which was a bit disorienting.

CliffracerX says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 8:40pm

Beautiful but dark. I don't think I can say anything else about it.

lightsoda says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 11:18am

Well that was sad, but very well made.

May 6, 2016 @ 10:31pm

Lovely graphics, well made game. I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

Skruffye says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Really cool little game! Poor Pluto, he's still at the end of my list of planets--couldn't forget him if I wanted to! XD
Everything was really good (though Donald Trump invading almost every form of media at the moment is getting a little bit annoying) and my only criticism is that, after you get bigger than the guiding circle around Pluto (the one that shows up when you click and the game pauses), it can throw you off that the game pauses and the circle is hidden. Perhaps make it grow along with Pluto?

Overall, great job! :)

Aaranos says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 12:13am

Feel like there's a message in it and it is open to interpretation. Or maybe I'm reading into it more than I should. Well made.

Marius says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 11:04am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several winners of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

Molpe says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 12:25pm

Cool little game x) Great idea, nice concept, nice!

I've made a let's play video, if you want to check it out:

kestrelgames says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 5:09pm

whoa, thanks very much for all the support! Really appreciated :) We'll add it on indiexpo :) Also, thanks for the let's play!

kestrelgames says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 5:39pm

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