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Aug 21, 2011 | 9:12 PM EDT
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Written for the Ludum Dare 21. The theme was escape.
It's about a child who struggles with bullying.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

I feel like a lot of people doesn't understand the message of this game, so I'll try to clarify my way of viewing the game.
The game is about bullying, it's pretty easy to see. If you look into the game as a whole, the mechanics, the foes, etc. you see the pattern of what goes inside the head of a bullied person.
1:You can't deal with thefoes directly, you can jump on their head (answer to what they says, punch back) but you will never be able to get rid of em. The only way you can is if you avoid them, and even then, you might not be able and have to endure it from time to time.
2: On many level, there was some way that ended in a dead end. That's pretty much how you see things when you're being bullied: There's no escape to it.

And finally, the ending. Many people see the ending as a suicide, I don't. Here's what I personally interpret it.

The last jump is not a jump from a cliff. If it would be, the game would end right there. Instead, you continue and can go right to get some lines of dialogue from your mother, one of em being adressed to the kid 'Everything is gonna be alright sweetie.'.
So what is it? It's simple. The kid didn't commit suicide, he attempted or succeded at murdering one of the bullies. The last jump is not a physical jump, it's a psychological jump (Since the game seems to take place inside the boy's head). That jump is from being sane to insane, not being able to take no more. So he fights back, and as in many sad case, he fights back a bit too strongly. But hey that's just a theory.
A game theo- (Get shot for copyright issues)


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

At some points I would get stuck and couldn't jump again.
it's annoying.
very, very annoying.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

there could be another ending. suicide is not the only solution for bully-victims to end their sad situation.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very well put together.

I thought it was great. What people seem to be missing is that it's an art game. Meaning you don't need to kill people, have graphics or a complicated challenging game. It just needs to be a simple, straight forward game that tells a story. And that's what it done.

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Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

Contains a message

Here I'm rating the message, not the game:
I was disappointed about that there was no other ending than suicidal jump. That makes the message very negative. Jumping on head doesn't really hurt and is silly. Running away is useless, because bullies run faster and are many, unless there's a small hole to hide in. Suicide won't help either, because the point is to live happy, not die. I'd say, in reality, there's nothing special about bullying. It's not a dead end. Many people were bullied in school, it's a way to experience life. Just don't turn that into some tragedy. It is natural. You can become a bully yourself and side with bullies... LOL NO! You have to be born a bully and grow up as a bully to do that.
So, I don't understand why it's so negative. 4/10 for story.
As for the game itself:
I think it's too simple - graphics, controls. Although, jumping on heads is more complicated than everything else. Your acceleration/deceleration code might look like this onEnterFrame=function(){
if(Key.isDown(Key.LEFT)) speed--; else if(Key.isDown(Key.RIGHT)) speed++;
The game is simple, yet well implemented. Still, it's simple, 2/10 for game.