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Balloon Duel

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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 2 / 5 stars

I don't think

this can be played on a Mac... not that these games should be... but I can play 99% flash games... this one I can't... well very easily...


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


great game! yes some music would be nice o and regarding question 3: they dont keep it synchronized if your computers slower then someone elses well tough luck you just get your ass kicked by the other person while your still busy loading stuff (trust me i know)


Rated 5 / 5 stars


You can spend a lot of time on this game; recommended if you're under extreme boredom.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

balloon duel is awsome

I like the styles that you can give the charecters and every thing such as the game play but I didn't like the songs on there


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Balloon Duel

Lets start by saying that we all know this is based on ballon fight. and we all know that ballon duel would turn out to be a good game right? meh somewhat. lets start by the thing that annoys me the most about this game is using insert as the flying button. that is definatly not a good button to use. thats probably the only reason this a bad score. you can customize your character basically anyway you want to but,there is only one mode type. you can change the backround and add a fish to the bottom,but thats about it. then you go into the classic ballon fight action. anyways this game is okay not great. 5/10 3/5.