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Floatie's Block Ball
(This artwork is a parody based off of the box art for Kirby's Block Ball)

Floatie's Block Ball

Platform: Windows
Release: October 24th, 2016
Genre: Action/Puzzle
Download the game here

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Story:

An evil wizard has taken over Bird Island, turning all of its plants into rectangular blocks. One day, Floatie Toucan steals the wizard's magic paddle, which is capable of turning birds into block-breaking balls. Floatie decides to set out on a quest to break all the blocks, defeat the evil wizard, and save Bird Island!

Title

Floatie's Block Ball is a "Breakout"-styled game that draws inspiration from similar games such as Kirby's Block Ball. It was created within one week for the GB Jam 5 on Itch.io. The game jam's theme was "Game Boy", which required submissions to use a monochrome 4-color palette and display on a 160x144 resolution screen.

For this project, further steps towards authenticity were taken, in that the game utilizes just one background layer, governed by just one tileset. Moving sprites on the screen were also kept to a bare minimum to give players that nostalgic sense of gameplay - the kind that one experienced as a kid from the '90s while waiting at the laundromat, or while on a long road-trip across the country.

In this game, you'll be controlling Floatie Toucan, as he is turned into a ball in order to break all the blocks that stand in his way. With the help of the wizard's magic paddle, your objective is to keep Floatie afloat on screen. Make sure he rams into those pesky blocks, but also keep an eye for spikes. If Floatie lands on spikes, it'll hurt him.

Gameplay

Controls:

Use the Up Down Left and Right arrow keys to move the paddle. The X key will launch Floatie at the start of a stage. Enter pauses/resumes the game. And, if Floatie is lucky enough to come across a special power-up, he can execute its power by pressing X.

Gamepads and joysticks are also supported for this game. When a device is plugged in, input will automatically be re-routed to the controller. Playstation controllers map the X key the Circle button, and Xbox controllers map the X key to the B button. And arrow keys are always mapped to the D-pad.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Alt-Enter   Toggle Fullscreen mode on/off
Esc   Turn Fullscreen mode off
Ctrl-S   Take a screenshot
(Saved to [username]/AppData/Local/Floaties-Block-Ball/Screenshots/)
Ctrl-R   Restart the game
Alt-F4   Exit the game

Stage 3

Floatie can take one of several trajectories as he travels across the stage. These trajectories can be changed depending upon how the paddle hits Floatie. The better you can become at mastering trajectories, the more efficient you can become at clearing blocks out of a stage!

With every block you destroy, you gain a score bonus. Try to see if you can beat all of the stages in the game with the highest score possible!

Stage 4

This game was made in collaboration with the talented Chase Bethea, who produced the game's music tracks and sound effects. You can visit his web page by clicking here, as well as his Soundcloud page by clicking here!

Stage 6

Download:

This game requires the June 2010 Direct X runtimes, or it will crash on startup. These runtimes can be downloaded from Microsoft's web page by clicking here. (Note: Clicking will start an automatic 100 MB download.)

Once you've got that insalled, head over to the Floatie's Block Ball page on Itch.io to download the executable. Enjoy playing it to your heart's content!

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