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The Road

by GeorgeBroussard - 48 Hour Compo Entry

As you age you get larger making it harder to avoid the obstacles of life. How far down the road can you get?


p.s. Thanks for looking and playing. Would appreciate any tweets pointing to the game.

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xstargirl says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:50am

ahh it's kinda hard but very interesting. I enjoyed the music and the causes of death :]

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:52am

Cute! This game is really all about reading the death messages. Did you really need to use Unity for this? xD You could have made the difficulty ramp up a little more slowly, but it's fine.

deathray says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:28am

I died from an alien invasion of Earth before I turned 1. :)
I like your music and your block animation. I think the art style fits perfectly with the theme. The concept of life choices is a good one - reminds me a little of my own mini-LD entry from a few months back - but way more fun.

FuzzyWuzzie says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:57am

Really fun! Music fits nicely, and deaths are hilarious! (Maybe too much so as I found myself trying to die just to see "how" it happened!)

flarb says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 5:46am

HARD! But hilarious death messages.

Loren says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 5:51am

Awesome job George! Loved the challenge, design, music and writing :)

karsyf says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 7:11am

Was very funny =D So far best is 15

Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:38am

Got up to 35 and then my height made me fall off a ladder while cleaning gutters. Music is great!

Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:43am

Ok, 35 is the current Internet record. Great score! Thanks for the comments and rating.

Benjamin says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:11am

The screen is to big for my netbook, and the game is also a bit laggy which make the control difficult. It's a pity because those death sentences seems hilarious I think I took time to check a lot of them but can't go through... well 1 yr. Maybe a smaller screensize would make the game faster ?

Apr 29, 2013 @ 9:14am

Benjamin, I never though about screen size. I just did it at 1138x640 which is iphone 5 rez. My bad. I suppose max size should be 800 or something for web games? re: lag, no idea there. The game should be 60fps pretty much on anything. It's not drawing anything, or running a lot of code. Thanks for looking at it.

Sos says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 1:23pm

Haha, this is great :) I love how the silly sum-ups help you not get frustrated when running into spikes! I got to 9!

mnb11 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:55pm

I died at age 41 from a heart attack :D Great game, made me smile! :D

Split82 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:44pm

Nice one, really like the controls and overal feel. And another square main character as in my game :)

dray says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:50pm

nice little game, very simple, but with a tight gameplay, good difficulty and nice aesthetic.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:59pm

Ha, this is great. The text makes it. Physics are also quite punchy.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:00pm

Nice game! Good pacing, controls and audio! Congrats!

deepnight says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 4:18pm

I couldn't go past 3 years old, I've always sucked at this kind of game. Anyway the random death reasons made me laugh and I ended up running into obstacles just to read them :)

Do they vary according to the age?

mnb11 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:23pm

I've got it to 49 now ^^

FredericRP says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:06pm

quite hard, the death thing is fun

Husky says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:23am

So many deaths lol.
Simple yet brilliant!
Goo job :)

Spierek says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:42am

29 here: http://i.imgur.com/TiDIVYi.png

oatsbarley says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:48am

"You died of waiting for Firefly to come back to TV." ...too real, man. Too real. This is great, but I'm terrible at it. The music is really good too. It's obviously literally repetitive but it doesn't feel that way, it just sort of fits in the background. Nice job!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 12:40pm

9 years...I may have died young, but it was cool B-)

Nice job! :D

tonic says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 1:21pm

Nice ideas there, but hey, it is quite challengine!

Masadow says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:14pm

Very challenging game. I loved the way you animated this little square. It brings a kind of life to it. Well done !

PsenFilip says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:27pm

Very hard game. But wait... Life is no easy task, right.
I can certainly live longer if I play slow, but it ain't no fun right? I need the speed! So I just keep my right arrow key button down and try my best. Too bad I died when I was 10 by laughing too hard watching Louis CK.

I like it the way you kind of animated the character walking and jumping. Adds up to the cool and fun factor.

Pretty humorous game as well

Conve says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:01pm

the idea is not new, but i like this game and the death messages.

KunoNoOni says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 11:53pm

Good use of theme. Music and visuals were awesome. what do you use to make your music? Loved the death messages :)

May 1, 2013 @ 12:14am

I really enjoyed this! I made it to 30, but my favorite death was at the age of 1, when I died laughing too hard at Louis C.K.

That's how I'd wanna go. At least I'd have diapers to contain everything... *cough*

jhrrsn says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:34am

The death messages are fantastic. The game is very hard but worth the dying purely for the comedy.

Entity2D says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:43am

Very hard game, but very cool. The death messages are hilarious!

robotality says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:44pm

my personal best was 9 after like 50 tries! very funny death messages kept me going and running into spikes XD

Dohan says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:45pm

After a lot of gruesome deaths I've finally reached the old age of... 17 :( Awesome simple game!

d_durham says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:49pm

Good fun! Simple game mechanic and nice ambient music.

xdegtyarev says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:00pm

Fun and hilarious! Like it.

Zener says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:25pm

Simple and fun. The music is quite good and the death sentences are very original

allinlabs says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:26pm

"You died from playing with your dad's gun" oh my god George xD
Liked the age concept (dying was both horrible and pretty funny) and the music too. Congrats !

Diventurer says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 5:53pm

Lol, nice. 6 on my best try ._.

Dragi says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:23pm

26 so far... so minimalistic and so funny - great job :)

errorage says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 6:27pm

I like it! A creative concept. I like games which are not 'winnable', where you can't undo mistakes. And this is definitely one of them.

Clavus says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 7:51pm

Pretty hard, but the death messages were fun.

kill0u says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:09pm

Comment by Gnux:
Nice concept. Simple and effective.

Dir3kt says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 8:09pm

Nice take on the endless runner. "you died from the spanking you got for spending 1000$ of free to play games" so so true :)

Puzzlem00n says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:53pm

Very nice. I've been playing for 20 minutes, and I only got to 16 so far. Criticisms:
-I like all the death messages, but they're a little bit all over the place. The pure comedy ones take away from the part of the game about realizing how many people die at young ages and how ripped off they are. Then again, without them, the game isn't funny. My point is, you may want to pick one or the other.
-I don't really like having to wait a few seconds to watch the instructions every new round.

May 1, 2013 @ 9:59pm

@Puzzlem00n - yeah valid point on the messages, but i wanted to have a balance and not be depressing. Also a few messages are age inappropriate and in the wrong age range array. I may update that soon. Perhaps on a retry/restart I could just start you off a few feet before year 1. Good idea. Thanks for playing!

marnaouf says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:03pm

Really fun and hilarious game.

Tsuki_Usagi says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:14am

the game is hard but wow, I really enjoyed playing, good job! *keeps playing*

tacograveyard says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:15am

Genius! You almost want to die to see all the causes.

patrickward says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:25am

Fun and enjoyable game. The humorous messages make dying a little sweeter; makes you want to keep trying.

whilefun says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:36am

I couldn't make it past age 5. Good use of humor, and theme! :) I died a lot, but each time was fun and usually good for a chuckle when I died of [something]. Music was nice too. Good job!

ddionisio says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 4:04am

"You died from the hands of a priest"...I don't know what to say.

Good use of animations on the box, it really felt like I truly died from the hands of a priest.

cwilloughby says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 4:43am

Hard, but interesting. Very cool. Liked the style and subtle animations on the box. Loved the feel of death. Music and audio great. Good work!

By the way, you landed on a similar theme to me! Check my game out to compare notes! :)

Misael.K says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 6:55am

I died at 32 from HIV/AIDS. Tough. Would've preferred to die from a bad case of the 80s.
Great job!

finefin says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:16am

I died from a natural desaster. At least it wasn't my fault :P
awesome game!

Tiago says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 11:27am

Awesome game! Really enjoyed the challenge and the humor, it created a great mood! To me you nailed the graphics and theme! nice job!

MaxSzlagor says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:16pm

Nice death messages and fitting music. Thanks for sharing!

Rafael Sales says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 5:23pm

Cool game. The concept is very deep. It's very hard too.

tankete says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 6:13pm

Glad I never had a stepfather. Apparently he really wanted me dead (x5). Nice simple game. Gets hard fast. Fun!

madballneek says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:35pm

I really love your entry, extremely smart and great use of the theme. And hilarious! It's one of the few Ludum Dare games I'm actually coming back to play more of.

MinionStudios says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 1:33am

So good. Like a comedy game. How come there aren't more of those? Bulletstorm does NOT count.

saguaro says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 1:45am

"You died from laughing too hard watching Louis C.K."

I consider it a victory.

KevinZuhn says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 2:27am

Only have 20 so far!
It's got an addictive arcade quality. Death messages were really humorous!

kyyninen says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:59am

Damn! Try as I might, never seem to be able to get past 20. (And in the game.)

DarkX2 says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 7:43pm

Wow, pretty hard. Nice comments on death.

Jerm says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 5:44am

Hard game and very addictive, although maybe slightly too punishing sometimes. Very well executed and polished. The best I could get was 18.

TenTonToon says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 6:17am

The game is fun on its own, challenging yet accessible, and an awesome use of the theme. The controls are spot on and it manages to never seem unfair. But, above all, what I like about this game is how it manages to actually send across a couple messages about life.
For one, you have to be patient in this game. You must learn when to move forward, when to wait, and when to take a step back.
Getting bigger as time goes by, making obstacles more difficult to avoid is also a great design decision, both as a gameplay mechanic and as a comment on life.

Some of the death messages are a bit heavyhanded, like "You were beaten to death by your stepfather". Others seemed a little out of place, like "You died from trying to return the One Ring" - but still are funny as hell XD You must have had a blast coming up with all those texts!

All in all, it's impressively profound for a minimalistic game about a square jumping over triangles :)

Best score: 30 :(

Congratulations! :D

Lidfrid says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 8:51am

5 stars for me! Great entry, loved the death message: "I died from a momentary lack of reason" I want to know them all!! Well done

netguy204 says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 2:09pm

Loved it and kept playing and playing. 15 is my best so far.

Lots of great little details in the minimalist graphics that make this work. And the cause-of-death adds a feeling of connection to my abstract character. Fantastic.

KEFIR says ...
May 5, 2013 @ 7:38pm

Nice! I see you like pixel splatter too :)

euwaku says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 5:28am

Classic! I felt like I was controlling meat boy :D

Ooya says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 8:00am

Nice runner !

wademcgillis says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 7:18pm

Silly and difficult. The oldest I got was seven years.

May 11, 2013 @ 9:50pm

Great overall game, some of my funniest reasons for death was spending thousands of pounds on free to play games and dieing from playing this god damn game too long

alwaysinbeta says ...
May 13, 2013 @ 4:50pm

Fun game. The causes of death really make it.

Ryusui says ...
May 16, 2013 @ 9:53pm

22's my highest (gunshot in war). My ONLY issue is that I think the game would've been funnier if it stuck with "silly" ways to die instead of tragic ones.

Sebastian says ...
May 17, 2013 @ 5:24pm

At this point it feels like the only thing I haven't died from is old age XD
Very addictive and funny (in parts) game. Nice job!

psc1997 says ...
May 19, 2013 @ 8:59pm

Excellent game!
Very Good Job ;-)

Alphonsus says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 7:05pm

Pretty cool game! Had fun with this. Keep it up!

CrazyGage says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 7:45pm

Great little game! I quite enjoyed it, couldn't get past age 7 though...

May 20, 2013 @ 7:50pm

Last minute raters! Thanks for checking the game out. I'm busy rating your games, too :)

Xanjos says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 8:51pm

Fun and simple concept that's harder than you think yet compellingly addictive as well. Liked the jumping animation of the square and I loved how the square grows as it ages plus some of the causes of death were quite humorous.

foul says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 9:35pm

Very addicting game! Though ate too much glass :p at least i found my propper ending - the alien invasion. The game is perfectly balanced and the theme is summeried well.

N427 says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 12:28am

Very fun, loved all the death messages. "You died from choking on an action figure"

naufr4g0 says ...
May 21, 2013 @ 12:52am

I've a lot of fun discovering the causes of death. =)

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