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

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Dog Gone Big!

by HulkHandsome - Jam Entry

Dog Gone Big is about a dog that keeps growing! He's a polite dog, though, and doesn't want to bump into anyone. If you bump into any people, the game is over!

Run to pause your growth, bark to make people turn the other way, and eat hot dogs to shrink back down!

How many hot dogs you eat is also the score.

Outside of the game is a tale of two friends who grow up together, and then grow apart.

Arrow keys to move
X to bark
Z and an arrow key to run

Music by the legendary AIRVOSS

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Leuthil says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:59am

Great game. Music is good, game is simple but fun, and I love how there was a change up in the game to keep it fresh. Love the mini story you put in as well.

Troma says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:08am

Fun game, good music

TeamKawaiiju says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:11am

weirdly interesting game

Snowdrama says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:12am

At first I honestly thought you were putting in a tutorial in the form of a basic story and that was it but the fact that you came back and continued it! That was awesome! loved the music and the fact that you tied the controls into the story a bit! Everything about this was great!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:16am

Really fun! The lobby music has a really laid back feel. I could just leave it on while I code. I like how the levels are broken up by a little story. Good show!

VideoDog says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:31am

Didn't expect that narrative. Pretty good!

SSJMetroid says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:56am

I can see so many pixels lol... Honestly it was so low resolution it was a little distracting. I am not going to lie: I skipped all the text. But I did actually play the game. It was aight.

qkerguelen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:57am

Fun one, I liked it, it was fun! And it's always cool to have dialogues in a game :)

Ogniok says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:57am

You should make a mobile game out of it. :D

logon13 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:15am

40! I've never really seen a story put in a game like that. It was quite enjoyable I loved the pixel art. A nicely polished game

SpareWizard says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:56am

The machine evolving as you played was a cool addition.

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 6:56am

There are a couple of things that I loved about this game. First, the music is just plain awesome!! Then the actual story with the personages.. So tricky to get right in 2-3 days but I loved what you guys did with the kids who grow up, the arcade getting old, etc. there's some sort of very familiar warm feeling about playing those old games :) The game with the dog in itself felt like it was a bit too simple and repetitive. Other than that, I just loved this. Thanks!

marod says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:32pm

Fun game, I liked it but i miss some tutorial ingame or something

Roffe says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:37pm

the cinematics were great! Overall a fun game.

Reccy says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:26pm

Really good music and fun gameplay.
Nice entry :)

Multiplexor says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:26pm

Really well done! The game itself is nice but what really hooked me was the story! I liked the character development! Keep up the good work! :)

Ithildin says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:40am

Very good game, mechanics are simple but work well, and it fits both themes in interesting ways. Good job!

crucknuk says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:42am

Funny entry. I like the fact that you put a story in your game, but I had to feeling that my character kept growing even if I ate hot dogs (despite it's written I'm suppose to shrink if i eat one). Anyway, good job ;)

HulkHandsome says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:56am


The hotdogs do shrink the player, but only a little! The best strategy for the first level is to run as much as possible while eating hotdogs to keep yourself the smallest size for as long as you can.

Diventurer says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:35am

Hehe, it's a fun game. Not something you play for long, but it is certainly a decent entry.

RadMcCool says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:36am

The wee cut scene bits were cool. The dog's bark made me lol

CatOnMars says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:27pm

Fun game! The storyline is good!

Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:32pm

Good game, loved the story. Technically 6 buttons, but i liked how the story removed the buttons!

JamesMowery says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 8:09am

Getting an error, unfortunately. Here's the error, if it helps:

zulman says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 9:08am

Thanks for giant dog and for Purple Flag joke :)

Dec 21, 2015 @ 6:39pm

This was a solid entry. I loved the "story-mode" to the game and I liked how each time you played it was a little bit different. Great work!

pzeronow says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 8:05pm

Whoever made this is a fucking genius. On a side note, it'd be better if the control movement were a bit more responsive but I also understand it might be a question of style. Good job!

KanedaXIII says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 9:09am

Fun game-play and interesting balancing of game mechanics. Has cool pixel-art too, and fits great in both themes. I find it awesome it has several stages with increasing difficulty and with a back history ;D

OnlySlightly says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 2:27am

That was a wonderful game! The story was really sweet and great way to attach both the gameplay mechanic and story that framed it all to the theme. The sound effects were also super cute! Was the sound of the dog eating the hotdog you saying 'game jam'? Loved it :)

nodens says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 2:32am

Really enjoyed the narrative you used to build a world around your game. The sound is pretty great as well.

Haokarlos says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 3:43pm

Interesting game, Good job!

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