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Life According To Bob

by Ariake81 - Jam Entry

An action puzzle platformer that spans an entire lifetime of a man and his one and only heart. Bob.


walk left: A or Left D-PAD
walk right: D or Right D-PAD
jump (if you've dropped the heart): W or B pad button

pick up heart: P or X pad button
drop heart: L or Y pad button

Swap to Ruby: K or R pad trigger
Swap back to Bob: O or L pad trigger

Exit Game: Esc or Select button
Restart Level if your stuck: R or Start button

Life is Complicated and Bob just wants to be happy.
Help him to work his way through life.
Find your way with your heart.

>>> 5 exciting and brain teasing levels!
>>> hand drawn worlds and animation!
>>> epic piano soundtrack!
>>> two characters to control that age as you progress!
>>> fiendish puzzles that test your timing and tactics to the full!

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ryanmurakami says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:25am

really liked the graphics. and a quote! so cool.

bsowers says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:55am

This game was super charming and a decent puzzler.

One note: sometimes you get stuck as Ruby & can't switch back to Bob. Or maybe I missed a bit of text where it says there was a reason for that. :/

tchem says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:56am

beatifull proposes!!! nice graphics and gameplay,,, unique!

Me4502 says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:57am

This game is an amazing concept.

Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:05am

I dig it! Good use of the theme, a nice aesthetic, soothing music, all around enjoyable!

The first level was a bit difficult off the bat, though.
And I think I found a bug there as well. If you walk straight forward, over the elevator on the bottom, and move past it to the ground on the other side, you can no longer drop the heart.


@TeddyNashor says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:05am

That is a beautiful game <3 thank you so much for that!

dalbinblue says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:16am

Nice and heartwarming especially considering the number of you get one bullet style games. Good solid puzzles. The player's movement was a bit floaty, and as a recommendation you probably could have consolidated all the different actions to one button since you could only do one at a time, but other than that really cool.

x70x says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:19am

Enjoyed the visual character progression, nice stuff!

Royal Railway says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:37am

I liked the gameplay. It seemed to suffer from a few bugs or overlooked ways to more easily beat the levels, though. In the last level, I didn't press any button at all, and in the work level, I just waited for the timers to run down to nearly 0, so that I didn't have to move around as much. There's nothing inherently wrong with the art style. There's just something about it, in particular the character design, that doesn't appeal to me personally. Hm. The music fitted.

I guess this followed the theme about as well as my game did, i.e. as a story element rather than a mechanic (though you did it better than me). I usually always say the theme should be in the mechanic, but I didn't stick to that myself this time either.

I'm not the greatest fan of quotes like these, but I did agree with the last one. It was a nice touch how the last quote made the game start over. However, the physics had messed up that time around, and the heart just fell straight through the ground as soon as it was dropped. that seemed to be the case of some previous levels too. I don't know if it was supposed to be that way. I managed to finish the game, anyhow, but not to rebeat the first level under these conditions.

All in all, well done!

Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:43am

A really nice game. A little buggy still but fun in spite of it. The look of the thing is brilliant.

taocayo says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 9:45pm

Great game! My only critique would be the controls. I played the web version and there were a bit too many keys being used (jumping with the space seems more intuitive than the up key. etc). But overall, loved it, loved the graphics, loved the sounds, loved everything about it!

Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:45am

I love the concept, and the quotes. The gameplay is fun & make you think how to finish. Good job!! i like it so much :D

joe40001 says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 10:51am

Very good art/mood. Gameplay was good, but I ran into a bug on the work level, I was unable to drop my heart at all after like the first reset there. Still very well done. Where'd you get the music?

Ariake81 says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:05pm

we made the music using Reaper Audio and the Kontact Player free download VST. thanks for the kind review, glad you liked it!

Lissar says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:24am

Really cute game! I love the concept.

floorman says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:26am

Graphics and audio are perfect for the game made. Really loved the idea of it. Nice puzzle game as well. I found them challenging. :)

Hyde Wyvern says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 2:41am

Awww extremely cute! I love to find people whose games have a similar approach on the theme as mine, fantastic work :D you should check mine out,

van noctar says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 10:38pm

Good graphics ans sound!! :D

bttf says ...
Dec 21, 2013 @ 7:59pm

There was a somber mood about this game. Very nice, well done

xgeovanni says ...
Dec 24, 2013 @ 6:08pm

After a while pressing l stopped working and I could no longer drop my heart.

Dec 31, 2013 @ 3:54am

Very pretty and great mood.

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