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Jun 24, 2004 | 12:55 AM EDT
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Balloon Duel was based off the 1984 NES game Balloon Fight, though I've taken some features out and introduced new ones.

Please be aware that this game was designed to be highly customizable. You can change the appearance of your character and even specify mp3's to be played from your harddrive. To enjoy these features, all you need is patience.

I'm also aware that the game can run rather slowly. In the options menu you can change screen size and reduce background animations to speed things up if necessary. Also, before you do any dueling, I seriously recommend you go to the Practice section. I've set up a tutorial there for first time players.

In case you were wondering, Balloon Duel has a below-average file size because it holds no music of it's own - all songs are played directly from your harddrive. Also, this was made with Flash 7, so the action script may not work with earlier versions. And the quit button uses Javascript. Well, that's it! Enjoy!
EDIT: Apparently now Flash's security protocol says I can't do that. Sadly, that means no music will work.

Q1) Why don't you have your own music in there?
A1) To cut down on file size, mainly. But yeah, that's a good point. Next time I'll include default tracks.

Q2) Why'd you get rid of the platforms?! They was awesome.
A2) Yeah, they were! But can you imagine programming an A.I. to plot a path around the platforms to get to you without putting itself in a bad position? It worked well in the NES 'cause they more like flew around aimlessly.

Q3) Dude, you should make this an online multiplayer game!
A3) Two problems: Having grown up with dial-up connection, my internet know-how is crippling. The other: I'm not sure how to keep the game syncronized on two computers with different speeds. How do those commercial games do it?!

If you want to play this off of harddrive, you can ah...that is, here's the URL to the .swf file:

If you're any good with the internet, you'll know how to use that.

*Version history can be found by clicking on the version in the lower right of the startup screen.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very, Very fun! But sadly you can spam auto-flap...But, played correctly it's great!


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Frustrating, but in a good way.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is beautiful. I played this when I was younger, and I still play it now. It is a wonderful game and I wish that I could make my own game as good as this someday. Until then, I have to learn how to do anything with drawing and programming. You, however, can speak Japanese, draw wonderfully, and program games and flash movies that need to be uploaded everywhere. My opinion, at least. I remember my brother showing me this shortly after it came out, and I was very impressed. I would feel great flying into the air on my balloons, and trying to pop my brother's character's balloons. I had lots of fun. Thanks, Mousekliks! :D

By the way, would you please teach me how to make a game? If you're not busy, that is, and judging from this, I would expect that you have a lot of things you might be doing. This is wonderful. I am happy that you did this. It inspired me to make my own games, none of which I have actually bothered starting more than the concept. Thank you, my friend.

Eckitron ver. K-176


Rated 3 / 5 stars

what i did:
-create a new char
-configure key AWSD
-spam autoflap
-chase opponent
what i conclude: 1 mechanism


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Still good even after years of not playing it. It seems so much harder now....