December 13th-16th 2013 :: Theme: You Only Get One

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by arrogant.gamer - 48 Hour Compo Entry

*** NEWS: Screen flashing in Chrome fixed ***

Heart is a zelda-like in which you start with 1 heart instead of 3. This makes the game more challenging, but there's more. To win the game, you need the Heart Blade so that you can fight evil. To wield the Master Sword, you need 3 hearts. The only way to get a heart, is for another player to give you theirs.

To play, you need to log in with your twitter account. The rest of the instructions can be found through playing the game. The game is, sadly, extremely short. I consider you a winner if you: get 3 hearts, wield the Heart Blade, and slay all evil.

There is a leader-board, which will display the players
with the most hearts.


Arrows to move, space to attack (when you have the sword), x to give someone your heart.


The screen transition is buggy: don't hold keys down while the screen is sliding, or the game will probably freeze. Who knew that could be so hard!

Once you get the sword, maybe swinging it too much will freeze the game? I've only seen it once.

As discovered by @nicolasdet, you need to use the twitter handle, not the user name, of the person1 to whom you give your heart. For example, my handle is @ArrogantGamer, but my name is arrogant.gamer

Downloads and Links




Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:03pm

What the twitter, man...

Cheshyr says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:05pm

Sorry dude, but I'm not going to authenticate my twitter to play your game. :-( I wont rate it, but you may want to fix that.

postmodestie says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:08pm

interestion idea, but even if i had twitter .. but don't stop the innovations!

Cheshyr says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:10pm

Apologies; I didn't read the full instructions. Didn't realize it was a multiplayer. That's a clever idea.

Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:23pm

I apologize to all the folks who don't have twitter... but listen: not everyone gets to be a hero.

NikinCZ says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:29pm

Good idea! Anyway, can someone please give me a heart? Pleassse! You can find me under this name (or maybe nicolasdet)

Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:49pm

Ha ha! Thanks, you are the first! I will give you MY HEART! (but you need three to get the sword...)

Danman9914 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:05pm

I don't understand the complaints about Twitter; the game only asks to read your tweets and see who you follow, something anyone can do. The real problem is that I could not play the game at all. When I loaded the web version I just got a flickering screen :(

Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:08pm

Oh! What browser and OS?

Cbeed says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:41pm

I tried passing the guys at the top right until I gave up. Then I realized I can go for the sword. So I went there. Tried picking it. Pressed x and I was asked for a name. So I entered another account I own. And then I got "game over" reloaded and were stuck in an "game over"-loop.

So ratings may be better if I could see more of the game.

Maybe you could explain why this game needs twitter.

kewry says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:41pm

Fun idea, great use of theme! the game flashes a lot

Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:43pm

Same here, web version flickers :/

Chrome on osx

NikinCZ says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:46pm

Cbeed: Read description...

Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:49pm

@Cbeed: I agree that the in-game instructions could use work. This game is opaque, but with very little reward for those who appreciate/figure it out. I plan on extending it post-jam to make it more worth the effort. Thanks for playing!

Also, yeah: perma-death! So be careful with your hearts.

Symmeteer says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 8:50pm

Damn I love Zelda-like games. Too bad I don't have a twitter account.

Ted Brown says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:05pm

The concept floors me. Love it. The game needs work, though. But you know that. =)

ThatGuy says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:06pm

Interesting concept, but don't have twitter.

Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:41pm

Hey, it's Ted Brown of Oreganik! We talked about Chess Heroes at SIX. Your words, they fill me with joy! I'm definitely going to spend some hours this/next month trying to add a compelling zelda-like to my high-concept zelda-like. ^o^//

In particular, I want the player to have to keep getting more and more hearts to progress... maybe as many as 20!

Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:48pm

I may have broken it by giving my heart to myself. When it asked for my handle, I was all like "Hmm, maybe this is so that whoever gets my heart can know of my sacrifice." (In this scenario, I guess I thought that the heart would go to someone at random haha.
Nice use of the theme, though!

JohnnySix says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:55pm

I like the idea, would be cool to see it developed beyond what you got here in the 48h with some pixelly zelda style art and more solid movement. Are the red guys swarming around other people? I got a pop-up asking if I wanted to give a heart, just before I died vibrating on the bottom of the screen. :D

Dec 18, 2013 @ 9:51am

Ha ha, don't give your heart to yourself! Careful with that thing, you only get one!

Zuige says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 9:44pm

I don't want to authenticate twitter to play a game. Sorry.

grifdail says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 10:17pm

Unfortunatly, the game is very buggy. (Chromium & ubuntu)

Dec 20, 2013 @ 11:00pm

@anttiviljami, as mentioned above, the game asks for read-only permission which is exactly the same as me reading your twitter account off your LD profile (which I just did).

Blooperly says ...
Dec 21, 2013 @ 3:21am

Read the artists statement, and I love the idea! Sadly it didn't really translate into the game. 5 on innovation and theme.

Gungnir says ...
Dec 21, 2013 @ 3:45am

Great concept, high points on theme. Crashed several times while moving between screens (as you are aware).

Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:06pm

The whole Twitter thing is a barrier to entry. Sorry.

01rafael says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:26am

link for web doesn't work

jacklehamster says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:44am

interesting idea but the game is a bit too glitchy for me. How do I give my heart?

jacklehamster says ...
Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:45am

NVM, I guess a monster ate it

Jod says ...
Jan 2, 2014 @ 2:53pm

Ack, forgot my twitter account's login. Sadly couldn't play it. Maybe it's possible to get my twitter-followers without authenticating?

BradleySmith says ...
Jan 4, 2014 @ 7:55pm

Interesting take on the theme.

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