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

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Beard Fighter

by Big Cow - Jam Entry

Compete in the international beard-growing contest to win the affection of your loved one!

Use the 'b' and 'n' buttons to do everything! More instructions in-game.

Development and design by Daniel Black @BigCowStudios
Art and design by Ben Moss
Audio and design by Robert Shaffer

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Linus123xbb says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:34pm

Fun concept, the music and graphics were awesome. However it could've been a bit longer. Good job!

redzero says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:22pm

Awesome game! Also pretty funny.

Si1ver says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:41pm

I just broke my keyWoard. I caM Mot play agaiM :((

Codexus says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:42pm

Good humor, nicely done, the gameplay is a bit too basic though.

Flip120 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:34pm

Good game, it is very funny

thelasthour says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:46pm

Very simple gameplay but the art is great and the concept and execution are very funny.

dmecke says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:47pm

Very nice take on the theme! Graphics and audio are absolutely fantastic.

TeamCalin says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:47pm

very great game ! very funny and I think nobody think to the beard for the theme :)

Drauthius says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:49pm

A fun spamfest cased in bearded awesome.

OwT says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:52pm

I had so much fun bearding! The final round was hard, mainly because my fingers started to get tired.
Great idea, great game!

Ittai Manero says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:08pm

Hahhahaha, loved it. Really cool and funny idea and pretty well executed! Congratulations :D

ohmmus says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:51pm

So much beard power!!!!!

As an adult Asian male though, this game made me self-conscious.

Well made game,I hurt my fingers though trying to hit the keys so quickly so shortly after participating in a LD. But I suppose that's just like growing a beard in real life though, right?

thedashdude says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:02pm

Simple, but good music and funny art it makes a fun game.

TeamCalin says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:08am

Really fun game! Nice interpretation of the theme :) Loved the ending music as well.

Robber says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:41am

Epic Beard Game!! very funny, love those taunts after each match!

Noah Ratcliff says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 2:29am

I loved the art style in this! Really nice use of the theme, too.

freaknarf says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 1:54pm

Funny game :) i beat the turbo mode thanks to years listening to death metal... Nice original choices on visuals ans music, and nice match with both themes!

Xanjos says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:59pm

Absolutely hilarious concept and great use of both themes. Loved the subtle Street Fighter references too :D

NirabazGAMES says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 9:36pm

great idea for game!

andyman404 says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 11:48pm

Awesome job on Beard Victory! Hilarious drawings and theme.

FireTwin says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:14pm

Funny use of the two themes! It's also quite fitting for the current beard growing craze these days!

I loved the Street fighter style you got going there, especially that referee voice :D Would have been cool to see some sort of combo system though, but that might have been kinda hard to fit into this game. Nice one!

pavel_insight says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 2:53pm

Haha, I have the same beard for the Santa's mood on holidays)))
After hilarious "Coffee Quest" I was looking forward to play your next game. "Beard Fighter" is funny and artistic, too, and I liked B/N button titles. A gameplay was pretty simple, though.
5 for Humor and Mood. Good work!

Piscythe says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 2:36pm

This is such an amazing idea. I don't like button mashing, but this whole scenario just had me grinning. I made it to the final boss on turbo, but kept losing by half a meter's margin. The graphics and soundscape are so perfect though.

hexagore says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 2:30pm

Loved the hand drawn art and was rather tickled by the 8-bit pcm audio samples - very authentically retro arcade. Gameplay is obviously somewhat simple but as a quick fun little distraction it works perfectly

KanedaXIII says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Haha, very fun idea for a game! Awesome graphics, and well cared GUI. But I think I've got my finger broken ;D haha. Fantastic overall!

rodobodolfo says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 4:50pm

This was awesome and legitimately fun! loved the audio and music too.

Muel says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 4:10am

"You must defeat beard long to stand a chance"
I laughed sooo hard hahahahaha

It's a very funny game, it's worth for the laughs. Also, very tight controls and the difficulty is well ajusted - you mash buttons, but not with insane speed that ruin your keyboard or your wrists.

The only thing I would change is the shake screen effect on the growth stages, it gets kinda annoying to see. Maybe it would be better a sound response.

Jan 4, 2016 @ 7:13pm

Simple yet effective gameplay, I had a huge retro feel with this. The graphics were fantastic and the whole thing was my type of humor! Very thing works well together! Love it :D

pixelpotions says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 12:56am

Cool game! It was really funny to notice and compare the it with the old Street Fighter game feeling hahaha!
Nice one.

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