Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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by Guennor - Jam Entry


I'd like to thank everyone that is playing it! It still has some bugs but I think most of the gameplay I wanted to include in it is implemented. This is the first official ludum dare i've ever finished, after years of trying.


You are Sir William Pym, also known as Pym Will, an ingenious explorer that can harness the power of wind. See how far up you can go using his wind powered vessel!

Swipe to use your windmancy! You can invert the swipe directions, too!

-A gush of wind upwards with leaves means that your next swipe up may cause some items to be thrown upwards!
-Sometimes you will come across an impassable gate. It has a combination of arrows under it - you need to swipe in the order the arrows appear for the game to open, and you need to do that above the dotted line.
-Don't go too fast. You'll most definitely die if you do. Doesn't matter if you go slow, just keep your pace and you should be fine.
-Please don't play with a touchpad :P The ideal situation is playing on a touchscreen, but it works with a mouse as well.

All of the art assets were painted by me.

Most of the programming was done by me - except for the touch assets that I always use - touch controls are kind of too hard for me to program in a timely manner. Shout-out to the fine folks who made this wonderful asset, Easy Touch, that helped me SO much since college.!/content/3322

Software used:
-Adobe Photoshop
-Adobe Audition

Downloads and Links


Bioloid says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:13am

Cool game, nice artwork! I played on my mobile, pretty difficult but the swipe for wind mechanic is solid. I think I would've preferred it a bit more floaty, and the option to swipe in the direction of wind rather than opposite. Also the guy needs a face! Great work :)

Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:28am

Doesn't seem to want to run for me in Firefox (desktop). Shame as it looks nice.

Guennor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:32pm

Yo, @Traf d-Lo, I switched to WebGL, now it should run fine on any browser. Sorry about that!

Schrunkin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:32am

Really cool game! Well executed game idea, love that the sprites look hand drawn! Swiping makes you feel like a God and I like that :D

RIPPorkins says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:04am

277! Played on desktop. Art, Sound & Gameplay were well done! I would make the puzzle directions appear more often as they were the most fun. Fun game to play though, though my wrists are hurting (but that's probably from the jam).

qkerguelen says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:13am

Wow, that's a pretty impressive game for 72h jam game! Really good looking, fun to play! I always want to play one more time to get better, and that's always a good sign! Well done!

josehzz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:48am

Really great mechanics and game art. This is easily one the best entries I have seen. Well done.

galhajaj says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:14am

Creativity - Amazing - 5/5
It took me awhile to figure how to move up. please improve that. The controls - very unique and fun.
Graphics - very nice & uniform - good job.

WASD says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:28am

Innovation: This was an interesting take on that type of game. I see a lot of potential there.

Fun: The game was pretty fun.

Theme: Your take on the theme was ok.

Graphics: You did a great job on that part. I think the graphics are fitting perfect for a mobile game like this.

Overall: This was honestly one of the better games that I’ve played so far this LD. It was a little hard for me to fly up high but I defently had fun with your game.

Congratulations on finishing Ludum Dare 36! I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to leave some feedback on my game in return. You can find it at

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:05am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

8Keys Studios says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:53am

Pretty interesting! I found it very challenging to play on my laptop's touchpad, but I can see the potential for it being easier on mobile. I liked the crafting system - I'd be intrigued to see a more in-depth upgrade tree in a later version. One sticking point for me was that the obstacles seem to instantiate on camera - by which I mean, sometimes, I'd drift off the bottom of the screen a bit, and when I came back the spikes were now in a totally different place. That was a little frustrating and sometimes made it feel like you were being punished for taking your time to plan. All in all, a cool experience. I'll try grabbing the APK for my phone when I get a chance, too.

95jonpet says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:57am

The core mechanics are great, and the game plays well in the browser. This is a nice game for casual play. I like it.

Daniel says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:58am

Very nice game, quite a lot of fun, seems to work really well on mobile,l.

Guennor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:03am

I played and commented on a few games and came back to mine to see lots of comments. Thanks for the feedback guys! I really appreciate it!

Kitkom says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:06am

Fun and complete game!
I like just using drums as BGM
But the game seems hard for me, I'm always having trouble when it's at high speed.
Still, cool game. Well done!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:06am

Excellent Graphics! I particularly liked the humor.

I liked the game a lot. The balloon is hard to control. Maybe it would get better with practice, but I think you should tune it more. Some of the obstacle appear to block the entire screen, which is confusing.

JK5000 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:22am

A great little game, with some great music and art. The game sometime feels a bit unfair, especially when something suddenly out of the blue bursts the balloon. But overall very well done.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:16am

Great little game with nice particle effects(the wind is really nicely done) and enjoyable gameplay. I like how the head of the main character is a wind toy. The addition of a Android port is always a good thing.

ccegeadamcc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:19am

Good, funny game :d

n.feofentov says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:46am

Played on pad. Nice idea and characters' design)
Game has some troubles with landscape orientation (UI scales by width so buttons become very large) and collision detection. Nevertheless, these issues are easy to solve and gameplay has good potential)
Good luck!

pixzleone says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:17am

Played the android version. Cool idea and nice graphics, well done!

Ghen says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:16am

great game!, have fun playing it, and hand getting tired with all the swipe with mouse lol

love the aesthetic and the fan-people couple lol,

anyway, i don't know if i find a bug or not, but for some reason when i flying up theres like 1 screen full of spike, but when touch it does nothing, and about couple seconds from there i also see couple of spike that dissapear suddenly :/

teamBallShui says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:56am

I made it to 533! Pretty cool game, played it on computer.

Wevel says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:05pm

Fun game, there should be some more upgrades, such as limited protection from the spikes. Also the spikes should be in front of clouds as you sometimes die for seemingly no reason

cushycode says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:38pm

Pretty cool, i liked the music going with the flow of the game!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:49pm

Great games i like it good works and good graphisme

Lonely Vertex says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:20pm

Amazing game! It's probably one of the best games I met here even though I find the controls to be a little difficult. Anyway the spikes hidden behind the clouds are too tricky and sometimes they are impossible to spot. Overall the complexity of the game and the graphics are amazing. Good job.

AODQ says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:31pm

the button combination doesn't work all the time (as in, I can just skip it as the collision is wonky). How the people's heads were fans and the man pointing in the direction he wanted to go, as he was the master of the wind, was cool. In fact, I too am the master of the wind, . If you just go up really fast then you are moving too fast for collision detection to work :) The upgrades are cool too but not necessary once you realize this.

Guennor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:39pm

haha @AODQ good job! The game is buggy as hell, I should've put some more time into bugfixing. Thanks for commenting :)

tompudding says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:48pm

I loved loved loved the fan-for-a-face style, but it was super hard to control. That was until like aodq I realised I could swipe like a manic to shoot off the top of the screen and avoid everything :) great job!

olkeencole says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:49pm

I really like the art and I think it controls pretty well. I did the webgl version but I also downloaded the APK and will try it out on android. I dare say this would make for a high quality android game (compared to a lot of other stuff on google play.) Great job!!!

tonynogo says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:38am

490 meters, my record. It's cool, graphics, musics and gameplay are nice.
Upgrade are a little j=hard to obtain at the beggining.
Congratulation for you work!

stuckne1 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:10am

Lots of fun and challenging. Good work!

neural says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 12:50am

Whoa man, it's a complete game! One of the best interpretation of the theme.
Played it on web, but whit these mechanics, it is crying for the Android version :D
Gonna try it tomorrow!

Mothdan says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 7:11am

What a great entry, like any other distance game trying to beat your record is highly addictive but you went beyond just allowing upgrades through purchasing - this has a crafting system, a great touch. The sounds are good, graphics are great, the random occurrence of obstacles can make things difficult but you kept the odds pretty fair I'd say, it's certainly not an impossible game but when you have a bad run you really feel it. The controls are intuitive and fluid, and give you a real sense of urgency when you start to lose your momentum and fall back to earth. Good stuff.

kraiom says ...
Sep 20, 2016 @ 1:01am

Oh, I played this one some time ago and forgot to give feedback. It's one of the most polished games I've played in this jam. Not much to say.

To be fair, I'm not sure about the upgrade. Is it good to rise faster?

Loved it anyway

- Sohakes

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