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

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Manual Inflation

by ReactorScram - Compo Entry

Controls are X and C.
Press R to reset the game and Escape to quit.

You must keep your balloon inflated as long as possible by pumping it to the
inspiring pictures on the computer monitor.

Music was made with Milkytracker and Woolyss' chiptune samples:

Special thanks to rnlf for Motor2D, which allows LOVE games to run seamlessly in JS.

Most GNU/Linux distros have a package for LOVE2D, so I recommend the LOVE download for them.

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Tijn says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:25pm

Another game with interesting production qualities, like we're used of you, ReactorScram :P

I played the .love version and didn't have any technical difficulties. It took me a little while to figure out how the game should be played, but once I got the hang of it, I managed to get a score of 6683 points. Not bad I think, right?

I had a good laugh at some of the images on the TV and the general concept of pumping to inspiring pictures is pretty funny in itself. Good job!

josefnpat says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:59am

I had to download the love file, as the web version didn't work. Nice job!

fluidvolt says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:02am

Huh! I never thought I'd play a game with such a prominent phallic allegory. That weird-as-hell synth music and crude art style really sets a strange mood too. It feels like a warioware game, which I hope is taken as a compliment!

euske says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:05am

I think this hypnotizing music saved the game.

Dec 29, 2015 @ 4:51am

amusing. I managed to get 16396 before i died. I kept expecting to get the two pictures in a row that don't have the pumps. lol so death. xD or something to boost the power up because the picture was that much more compelling. lol. nice simple track, everything felt rather scrawn.(drawn.) interesting.

dollarone says ...
Dec 31, 2015 @ 1:13am

Most insane game so far: well don! :) The idea is amazing: pump the balloon while watching TV.

Love random, original entries. Good work!

g12345 says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 9:23pm

I'm not sure why I don't like it.

It has graphics like a warioware mini game, it has sounds and music (although that pumping sound is really grating), it has atmosphere, it has humour in the tv screens, still I dont find it fun.

Perhaps it's because it took me a long time before I understand how to get a score. Perhaps it's because it's very dependent on luck whether I can keep the game running. Perhaps it's that pumping sound that I don't like. Perhaps it's because my aversion of 3 colour games, especially because that 3rd colour feels out of place. I don't know.

Still, not bad for a 48 hour game.

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