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$1 Hero

by Microfrog - 48 Hour Compo Entry

$1 HERO is a simple little game involving a boy named Bobby.

Bobby keeps getting picked on by bullies in school, and he's decided that he's had enough.
So it's time for him to go through all the bullies and teach them a lesson!
Armed with a stick, Bobby must jump over boxes, avoid rotten eggs, and thwap the bullies
with his trusty stick-weapon.

After a period of time, if you don't get a Game Over that is, you will proceed to
the next level. You start on Level 1, and keep going until Level 7.
You can see what level you're currently on by the number at the top-left of
the bottom screen. If you're at Level 1, it will say 1, if at Level 2, it will say 2, etc..
But watch out! With each level you'll get more points per move/attack, but the
speed of the game will increase.
If you make it through Level 7, you will win and receive a victory bonus of 1000000 Points!

The main controls are shown on the top screen in the main menu.
You can navigate through the main menu with the UP and DOWN buttons,
and select an option with ENTER.
The controls are:

A - Jump
S - Attack
Enter - Restart Game (When Game Over)
Space - Return to the main menu.
Up/Down - Choose option in main menu.
Left/Right - Completely useless.

The game is made in the style of retro handheld games from the
70's, 80's, and 90's. I hope you enjoy the game.

Thanks for playing!

Feel free to check me (and my other games) out at:

Twitter (@TheMicrofrog)

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ObsidianSkin says ...
Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:36pm

Heh, cool game. I liked the simple concept, and retro-style interface. Even it it was hastily put together, I can see the effort you put into it. Good work.

benjih says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:04pm

I love the Game'n'Watch feel the game has to it.

Microfrog says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 8:54pm

@ObsidianSkin: Thanks. I kinda came into Ludum Dare later than other people, because I don't usually pay attention to other comps that aren't on GameJolt. But I changed my mind when I saw the number of people entering it.

@benjih: I was trying to go for a Game & Watch look and feel, but I just didn't have time to really make graphics that really resembled G&W (like the base "shadows" that the sprites appear in, whatever they're called).

zconnelly13 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:58pm

Hmmm, it doesn't seem to be working on my box, the window opens and then crashes. Maybe because I'm on 64 bit?

milugames says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:59pm

The idea and style were awesome. But actually playing it is a bit tedious. Maybe it should react a bit faster.

Great job on the graphics and overall mood though. Nice retro tribute.

ParaPup says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:30pm

Love the retro game here nice job on the project :D

cudabear says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:07pm

I love the art style! Very unique.

Sound got a little repetitive. Some music would have been nice, but a style of which matches your game.

Gameplay is quite fun, but a little slow. It would be nice if it scales faster. Also, there is no penalty for spamming attack until you have to jump. In reality, it defeats the attack mechanic.

I quite like how this fits the theme.

Overall, a fun little game. This is a game I would enjoy playing again.

Calciumtrice says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:06am

This was pretty neat. I could imagine it being one of the little handhelds you styled it after.

I think you could start it off faster as the default speed is a bit slow.

The graphics are cute. The description for page up/down made me chuckle (yeah, I pressed them) and I like the fact you have the arrows in there that respond even though they don't do anything gameplay wise.

A nice little game!

Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:13am

I liked the gameboy aesthetic, but the game went way too slow at the beginning, which was a problem since that's where you went back to whenever you died.

SimonRhys says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:49pm

Lovely cute little game! Well done :)

acp_ld says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 3:42pm

great job recreating the handheld interface and having the buttons animate when pressed was a really nice touch

Dec 20, 2013 @ 12:28am

Cool game, it weirdly doesnt fit on my screen however. I included this game in my Ludum Dare Compilation series, if you'd like to check it out :)

DanielSnd says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 12:35am

I really liked the gameboy-esc look.

shard123 says ...
Dec 24, 2013 @ 7:38pm

Cool concept and design!

Jeremias says ...
Jan 5, 2014 @ 12:21pm

Cool little game. It gets fun if it's faster (the first levels are far too slow and/or too long).

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