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

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by JohnGalt - Compo Entry

Control | Left & Right Arrow

Description | PlayHard has the following unique features:

· two mini games embedded in one simulation game
· use two buttons in two different ways
· the supervision gameplay
· tired effect
· two different endings

Tools | Unity + Photoshop + Illustrator + sfxr

Thank you for playing!

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MCRewind says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:41am

Fun little game, the only bug I see is when it says "Press any key to continue" it still makes you press left pr right arrow keys :)

yumaikas says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:42am

Sleepyness. It seems that fiction reflects reality with this one.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:16am

Pretty funny that work and play are very very similar. Good game!

SoulBound says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:21am

I was very confused. I found the game fun but I never had any idea what was going on. I would have liked to hear some music, but the sound effects where well placed and fit the game very well.

Blake_Lead says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:46am

I enjoyed your game, well done and fun !

et1337 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:52am

Enjoyed the clean art style, the minigames, and the humor. Really enjoyed falling asleep on the job. Audio was a bit rough.

PowerSpark says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:40am

Always got the sleepy message; it suits my playstyle
Great game!

aamatniekss says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:24pm

It's fun! The photo game got hard when you had to watch for the hats though!

MrDave says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:33pm

Wow, you didn’t just make one game that used only two buttons, you made many!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:42pm

Neat concept! Good job using two games! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

im-oab says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:44pm

Nice graphics.

Yamzho says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:45pm

Nice game.

Aaants says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:47pm

Nicely done!
"I'm a loneleeeeeeey boat, I'm a loneleeeeeey boat"
- Me playing this

sputnik says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:48pm

funny concept... well done!

madjackmcmad says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:50pm

Excellent work. I like how *Tired Effect is a bullet point :)

KBF123 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:56pm

Cool concept.

Wevel says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:06pm

Fun game, I like how you get sleepy and stressed making it more difficult to play

CottonKitty says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:07pm

Well done fish's acceleration idea.

MorganLeFay says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:48pm

I really enjoyed the overall feel of the game

cxsquared says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:55pm

Really great game with in a game. The idea was really cool. Great work.

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