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

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Running Of The Ball

by NickMakesGames - Compo Entry

The Running of the Ball is a popular winter sport in which two teams flee from a massive rolling snowball. This year's teams, Team Double Button and Team Always Growing, are the best of the best and will play a great game for excited fans of the sport.
You play as the sneaky Gamblin' Joe, who has placed bets on *both* teams simultaneously. He plans to rig the game so that both teams score an equal number of points, creating a tie. In the event of a tie, both teams win and you make big money on *both* of your bets.
Do you have what it takes to rig everyone's favorite sport and pull off the perfect crime?

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KBF123 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:34am

Cool concept! Rolling over all those runners was fun as well.

Fanttum says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:40am

Looks fun. Any chance for a web or mac build?

Mithreindeir says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:42am

I loved these graphics!

sharpfrog4 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:43am

Themes.... err TEAMS! YEA!

Tom says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:43am

Played this one a few times. Thanks for making it!

Dimitri0xFF says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:45am

Looks like both themes won xD This was much fun!

SgtBursk says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:47am

Hilariously appropriate for this year's theme!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:18am

I really like this. The improvised sound effects are really well done and the win condition was unexpected and harder to achieve than I originally thought. I have no complaints here.

Bogden says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:54am

Very cute. The voiceovers are great!

Also not to be a stalker, but saw your comment on another game, but check out my game if you're into multitasking type games.

jcwelgemoed says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:39pm

Pretty cool. more challenging that it looks - getting a tie is hard work :)

Wevel says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:43pm

Really nice game, the ball is very difficult to control but that's probably the point

Max Amaden says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:00pm

What an awesome game! I love the little cutscene at the beginning, where the really quite unique concept is explained to you. The sound effects are really nicely done and the gameplay is really smooth and looks brilliant. Keep up the good work - I look forward to seeing your next submition!

Optimus6128 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:12pm

That was very funny concept, I never thought I'd struggle to keep the same numbers, instead of hitting the most I can as I usually do at such games.

The audio speech is funny, the concept is crazy, and the snowball controls nice. Only negative I can't skip the dialogues everytime I want to play again.

Well done!

ciobeni says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:15pm

Running over all those people with that gigantic snowball was SO satisfying!

AM_Games says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:39am

Love the way you took the tie of the two themes and made it into a game. Very awesome.

It might have been cool if you had some small change for each year of the tournament.

Piode says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:25pm

Really cool visual effects with the rolling ball, and an interesting and unique premise.

PrismaSlice says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:11am

Good job, fun game. Running people over is satisfying, and trying to keep the scores even required just the right amount of focus. I enjoyed the mumbling voice sound effects.

Yvanor says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Really fun game, the idea is great and the gameplay is dynamic and funny, well done ! ^^

(and oh god these sound effects!)

themadknights says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:49am

Nice concept but a bit difficult :)

Jan 2, 2016 @ 7:09pm

Good game. It would be nice if the game gave you some sort of indicator how close you were to the end.

Jan 4, 2016 @ 4:36pm

Has the peculiar problem that the first fifty seconds of the game are almost completely useless, since hitting 40 members from each team and hitting 4 members from each team don't impact the ending at all. If there was some alternate objective-- rocks you had to dodge or something-- for the first thirty seconds, you could have some reason to not just walk away from the keyboard for the first half of the game.

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