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A Politics Now

by Nicoll Hunt - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This started off as a fun game about a newsreader and became increasingly bizarre and disturbing the longer I worked on it. I'm a little scared of it now.

Help Satan pump the tortured souls of the eternally damned to fuel the hate-filled bile of a modern day political pundit.

LEFT / RIGHT to Move Satan
HOLD SPACE to Pump Tortured Souls

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piratefraser says ...
Apr 27, 2014 @ 8:10pm

so hard

Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:00am

Your windows build isn't available :c

Pierrec says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:15am

Bizarre indeed. And creepy. You did a good job with the sounds!
It's a bit annoying that the Satan pointer is very small, sometimes you run by a door, press space, but you walked too far

gnerkus says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:50am

I would suggest a feature to allow Satan to snap to soul pumps. It might make the game a little easier.

Nicoll Hunt says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:33am

Thanks everyone! I've fixed the Windows build now.

Satan should snap to the soul pumps if you *hold* Space while running past. That's how I've managed to get my highest times (~60 seconds).

Originally it was based on tapping but I was giving myself RSI :)

ovenchips says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:47pm

This is a really well-rounded entry. I didn't last very long though. The time it takes to get from one side of the screen to the other is quite high. I love the underlying message of the game. Well done - this is what LD is all about. :)

DragonXVI says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:26pm

Madness :P Can only manage just over 30 seconds of hate-spew. Great twist on the theme! :D

Doubstract says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:01pm

So unique! Best score: 38 seconds.

Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:27pm

Ummmm.... what?

TomCooper3D says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:28pm

such a great game 5/5

popogames says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:28pm

Oh man, that was difficult. Macabre atmosphere as well.

NoorStudios says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:29pm

very weird indeed. but also weirdly fun.

borrismoose says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:30pm

I really like it, got 37.90 seconds as my best score so far. A good take on the theme and I agree with your own admission, it's bizarre. What music did you play backwards?

Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:31pm

nice one, heavenly hard!

Newt_ says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:13pm

Well, please don't sell my grandma for a hit.

runvs says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:52pm

Bizarre, hard... but fun and innovative!
Looks great too!

Lacaranian says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:55pm

Short but hilariously dark. 10/10 would spew hate again.

BigBearScot says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:10pm

Love it, all hail Satan.

It looks lovely, the audio stood out amongst it all.

Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:15pm

Haha! I like the idea. :) Pretty good job for first game in Unity. I was not able to "survive" more than 20 seconds. Yes, it is so hard. Nice one!

Hammervuis says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:13pm

Extremely bizarre, but a good use of the theme. Well done!

zeal says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:28pm

A really unique experience. Dark, dark material! Even the music is played backward.

blay09 says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:32pm

The hitboxes seemed a little weird, sometimes it wouldn't pump even though it looked like I was standing in the right spot and sometimes it would even teleport me over to another soul. The guy's movement, sounds and quotes were funny though :)

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