Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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by Paul Sinnett - Compo Entry

In this game you play as a helium filled balloon. You only have two controls: inflate and deflate. Inflating increases your buoyancy, deflating decreases it. Climb as high as you can but avoid the sharp beaks of the passing crows. If you get popped, press the green flag to try again.


Right arrow key to inflate
Left arrow key to deflate

This game was written in Scratch. The source code is available from the web site. (Click see inside to view the source.)

Sprites were created using the Scratch tools.
Sound effects were created using JFXR.
Music was created in Otomata and edited in Audacity.

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sugarbyte says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:25am

This was a pretty cute idea. The sound effects were a little uneven, and I was missing a lose screen/message after the POP!, but the gameplay and bird flapping are nicely done.

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:46am

really hard to play. you can never react in time for the birds. if they moved way slower you could probably estimate how and when you should move upward

RoyallK says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:20am

HAHA I love it! its funny as hell, could use a few improvements tho like the other gents above have said. Awesome job! Keep it up.

Phobos001 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:29am

Controls made it difficult to react properly, and the 'levels' are extremely repetitive. Didn't really keep my attention for very long. The inflate/deflate mechanic would be really cool in a physics driven game though!

mattrified says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:18am

Didn't feel like I was deflating properly, but a simple yet fun idea.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:00am

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SirSoltex says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:39am

nice idea, haven't seen a scratch game on here, sound effects could use some work

AdamAlexander says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:14am

A nice idea for a game, however I feel that the player had not enough control over the balloon. I liked the sound effects, but the game needed more to it (obstacles, control, win/lose screens etc.)

Pietdagamer says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:37am

Nice idea, but the baloon inflation and deflation seems to go a little slow.

daandruff says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:31am

Felt a bit slow and I was able to get to lvl 11 by just holding the right key. OK entry though :)

justinooncx says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:29pm

Could've been so much more!

LittleThor says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:37pm

Interesting cute idea!
Try to add "game over" screen and "try again" button next time, because it's very unpleasant to refresh the page to start over.
And this SFX is not very good ><

cescababs says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:11pm

Not really for me.... The Sounds effects were harsh and when my balloon popped it didnt couldnt find a way to reset it, liked the colour scheme though for each level

Simplest says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Nice and interesting game idea! The sound effects are a little big high. Good job team!

h.attila says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:15pm

Great idea for the two themes and a really nicely presented game. I was really missing some game over screen and a way to restart the game though. Also, some variety in the enemies would have been cool.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:56pm

Cool that you made it in Scratch (first time I remember seeing an LD game made with that site). The title screen looks great, and the assets are pretty good-looking. Innovative theme. Sound is good, but the "inflate" sound effect is a bit too loud.

Unfortunately, I found the gameplay a bit boring. It didn't really hold my interest for long. Still, nice use of the theme and a pretty innovative game.

Garris says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:42pm

The two button controls worked, but they were pretty slow to respond, which made it hard to control the balloon once it was inflated past a certain point. I liked the music, although it got a little repetitive. Simple game, but fun!

Pusty says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 8:47pm

looks fun but these sounds tho.

tribrain says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 1:25am

its hard to play maybe the controls are not good calibrate thats why.´buts is kind of entertaining

kardfogu says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 3:28pm

Well, nicely done with the theme. Also, the audio is quite good.

- Kardfogú

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