Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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Only a Monster Would Pop Children's Balloons!

by mustaine - Jam Entry

Making kids cry by popping their balloons is definitely the work of a monster.

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celisoft says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:26am

Cannot use start button :/ Is there a game behind ?

mustaine says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:27am

What build? I just re-tested all 3 and it worked without issue?

Mark Smith says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:21am

This game is great! Love the idea, the art was nice and consistent and the children dropping to the ground crying was hilarious.

It's a shame there was no audio and from the screenshot I was hoping you could move around and avoid parent's vision but the gameplay was still enjoyable while stationary.

4/5 :)

Pedrito73 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:37am

cool game, great idea. Fun!

OxyOxspring says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Really interesting take on the theme. Devilishly fun! I enjoyed the reactions of the sad children! xD

Rongon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:11pm

Wow! You get 10 out of 5 stars on "Theme".
Graphics is also great, really in the mood of happy children, walking casually in the park. Kind of some theme park, colorful and calm.
I really missed the audio, just some balloons pops would be cool.

RHY3756547 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:21pm

Love the idea, the tantrum animation where they jump up and throw themselves on the ground bawling blue particles was hilarious. Only problem is that it's easy to keep the game going forever by avoiding popping too many childrens' last balloons. Nice work!

madjackmcmad says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:06pm

Great work! Fine take on the theme too. I was a little unsure of how to keep my score up for a while, since balloons are worth 10 but leaving is -25, but I started to try and wait for kids with 1 balloon left were almost off the road, to prevent them from crying on screen. Did that help me any?

tiff says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:46pm

Good idea on the concept, you were definitely thinking out of the box here. Nice work!

UltraRat says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:46am

Helicopter parents, ruin everything. ;)

handkor says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:53am

That was fun, a bit cruel but fun.

Kuchalu says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:26am

Love this game, I think the best way to play is make sure you leave at least 1 balloon on each person. Really addictive!

brombatti says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:00am

Great idea, I do feel like a monster. It was not very challenging though.

Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:06am

I didn't have audio either. Popping the balloons was fun. Perhaps some sort of dynamic that challenges you to pop all balloons before they leave the screen to challenge the popping skills? Or maybe I'm just a monster and wanted to pop all of their balloons...regardless what the parents thought... muuuaaahhhaaaahaaaa ;)

KaiseanGames says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:25am

Interesting idea. Was there any way to preserve the combo and not get the parents too aware of the children crying? Ah, I am the monster.

kidando says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:43am

I like how the kids throw tantrums when they turn into ragdolls... lol. Simple game and true to the theme. Wish there was sound fx though. Congrats on submitting your entry.

adsilcott says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:25pm

Funny game. I like how the kids cry after you pop all of their balloons. Good job.

sprawl says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:58pm

Game works well. The theme is very well apllied here.

I didn't managed to find a good strategy, since ballons removes points when leaving screens I just had to pop them all but there's so many that I have to spam to destroy them. Am I Missing something ?

Otherwise, Good job. I really like the kids reaction when you pop all the their balloons.

SoulGame says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 3:16pm

HAhaha diabolic :D I'm terrible person, and I enjoy it. The awarness level is a nice addition. But once you get the hang of it, it seemed to me that there were no challenge anymore. I pop all baloon but one on each kid so they don't cry, I make one cry from time to time, and if one gets out, well I only lose -25.

Still, fun and original :)

mustaine says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:51pm

Definitely a balancing act in keeping the combo high and not making the parents nuts! I've had a 12x multiplier at one point by carefully managing the # of popped balloons and riding the line with parental awareness! It's a challenge to get a real score in this :)

voidstar33 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:04pm

Well done. Nice game. Nice rope animation and baloon animation,0 felt like real baloons.

Marjie62 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:27pm

Good concept, great realization, nice graphics and fun gameplay!
Not sure if there was supposed to be audio, but I couldn't hear anything.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:53pm

mouhahahahahahaha !!!!!!
"All your Balloon are belong to us"
nice concept

RoundFork says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:32pm

Helicopter Parents... Ruining my fun.. hehe :)

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