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Deathwish Dan

by JHollands - Jam Entry



This is my first game and my first Ludum Dare - a lovely stressful challenge. Deathwish Dan tends to die after 10 seconds in different places unless he does things. Yeah that's about it.

You might lose a couple of times if you're determined to win - press F3 on the first level to skip it if you're tired of the animation at the start - didn't have time to create an alternative. Nor did I have time to add any sound at all. You'll also notice that the game clearly gets more buggy/less attractive/more crude as you get closer to the unfinished, buggy ending - my bad.

Also it got a bit weird somewhere around the all-nighter area. I'm still not quite sure how the ending ended up that way.

Still, I achieved my main goals and am pretty happy with some of the art assets and animations. Looking forward to playing some other people's games now!

EDIT: Ha yeah ending is pretty screwed. Oh well it didn't make sense anyway!

Downloads and Links




Blupsy says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:15am

My computer said that the file was damaged and unreadable, might just be my machine though.

Aug 27, 2013 @ 8:29am

Oh whaaaat... the baby is flying though the air along with the lower half of my wife..
The game had me hooked the moment he started moonwalking to the closet.

flamecow says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:00pm

Pretty fun game. Insanely good art style, too.

immanuela says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:05pm

I've been looking forward to playing your game after your blog post about it. The graphics are amazing! I love the bus scene too, very reminiscent of London! What happened to the wife? Did I cut her in half?

Kwrky says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:10pm

I am not really sure what is going on, but I know I enjoyed it =D

xk says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:27pm

Too bad its not really finished, your art is absolutely awesome! I would trade my stupid coding skills to be able to draw like that! Good job for your first game, keep it up!

wine says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 4:28pm

Even in this unfinished form it's very nice work! Look forward to update

Jimanzium says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 5:02pm

Very nice looking, but it's a bit bugged at the end. Still, was awesome to play and I hope you finish it!

Zer0Kelvin says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:55am

Kept getting killed without knowing why? I guess I was too slow? I like the consistent graphic style :)

JHollands says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:25pm

@blupsy: no idea why that's happening sorry. Redownload perhaps

@theholychicken: haha yeah the bottom of the wife thing is a bug - no idea why it exists. Thanks though!

JHollands says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:28pm

@immanuela: How did you know that it's London?! Glad you noticed ha. No the wife getting cut in half was a bug - your first-born was just meant to float away to space and perhaps become the fella from 2001? I don't know. Not like I'm the dev or anything :L.

@Zer0Kelvin: Yeah I guess that I should have communicated the dying after 10 seconds thing a little better!

About an update: not 100% it'll happen - I'll see if I can find the time!

Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:37pm

A-we-so-me :D This game was great, art style was a bit McPixel-ish, as was the random humour/death/actions. And that ending... Very well done, good sir!

GreyShock says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:46pm

Very good art and weird ending haha Nice work!

ezolotko says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 12:46pm

Great graphics

pereubu says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 1:02pm

omfg I just love this game in every aspects :
- great pixel art
- awesome and immersive gameplay
- awesome animations

love <3
PS : the bugs I got playing it were awesomely funny too

klianc09 says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 2:22pm

I'm not sure what was going on, but I liked every second of it. (Except always having to restart from the beginning, but it wasn't that long anyways.) Too bad there was no audio.

deepnight says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:15pm

Really funny game :) I totally loved the moonwalk idea.

loxo says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:46pm

Fun to play game with great graphics. After a few deaths the game slowed down and I had to restart.

MinionStudios says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:46pm

Hilarious and clever. love the moonwalk

JHollands says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:52pm

@loxo: Wasn't aware of that issue! Thanks.

zatyka says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 5:14pm

Dude, that was awesome. Great art, and very funny. One of my favorites... I just wish it was longer.

esayitch says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 5:33pm

Very very stylish game :P

psychomonster says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 8:56pm

This is nice... Donnie Darko like beginning :D

psychomonster says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 8:57pm

This is nice... Donnie Darko like beginning, with scrubs flavor :D

bnhw says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 9:18pm

Your first game? A sterling effort, chap! Excellent job on the visuals.

Aug 28, 2013 @ 10:27pm

Very good art :D

Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:26am

Loved the art style. Very excellent.

naufr4g0 says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:41am

Awesome pixel-art. I love it! :)
Really fun, too! :)

Aug 29, 2013 @ 7:19am

Great game, but very difficult! :)

PeaCe says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 7:39am

Nice Graphic a humorous! ;)

rxi says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 10:35am

Really nice visuals!

Aug 29, 2013 @ 1:04pm

It has a cat! 5 STARS GOTY

Seriously, this is great. The first room had me in shambles, with the timing, the moonwalk, and the sudden death :D

Amazing work!

Almax27 says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 6:22pm

Awesome game, loved the Zak McKrakken feels. Only thing that stood out for me was the font choice. It was cool graphic design studio, where the art was quirky pixelart. But that's just be being weird. :)


JHollands says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 6:45pm

@Almax27: Totally agreed - terrible choice of typeface. It's something that I really wanted to pay attention to, but with the limited time just had to slap on there last minute.

Brassawiking says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 5:39pm

Awesome pixel art and animation! Impressive that you manage to make all that art within 48 hours.

JHollands says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 6:09pm

@Brassawiking: Thanks! Was doing the Jam though - 72 hours.

Diogo Muller says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 3:54pm

Very nice work! :) I really like this game's humor.

blackotus says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 7:47pm

The graphics and animations are great!

I absolutely love the premise too! But I wish the game had a quick rset button, starting over and over again can get tiring.

Nice job!

Codexus says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 8:48pm

Nice but I couldn't get passed the second screen and it takes too much time to retry. Good art though.

JHollands says ...
Sep 1, 2013 @ 1:56am

@blackotus & Codexus as mentioned, hit F3 to skip the first level.

Linusson says ...
Sep 1, 2013 @ 10:27pm

Really nice graphics. :) Unfortunately I didn't get very far so I didn't see much of it. But well done, especially the gfx. :)

Sep 6, 2013 @ 8:48pm

Wasn't sure where the baby went at the end but really enjoyed it. Looked great and always enjoy a Donnie Darko reference.

Sep 15, 2013 @ 1:25am

interesting game, I really like the pixel art style

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