The Divorce

Update: Don’t take this too seriously. This was an April Fools’ joke 🙂

Here’s my 8th experimental done-in-under-a-week game. I was inspired by Rod Humble’s The Marriage and decided to create my own abstract art game, where I crafted the rules of the game to communicate how I felt about my parents divorce.

The Divorce

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Download (49 Kb) (Release 1)

The Games meaning
I recommend that you make your own interpretation of the games rules and their meaning, but here’s what I had in mind.

The bats are of course my parents. My parents are very long and thin, so this is represented by the shape of the boxes. The ball is an unwanted child of their marriage. I was quite young when my parent’s divorced so, that is represented by the size of the ball. Goal of the game is to score 10 points in court to ensure that the child doesn’t end up living with you.

Game Design, Code & Gfx: Petri Purho ( petri.purho (at) )

Physics model is based on Markus Ilmola’s tutorials.
Inspiration source: Rod Humble’s The Marriage.

25 Responses to “The Divorce”

  1. XZS Says:

    This is just Pong.
    But it’s in a dos-box and in dos-style. So I guess, I like it.

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  4. Rod Humble Says:

    Got a real LOL out of me 🙂 Nice!

  5. petri.purho Says:

    @XZS: Happy April Fools’ Day 🙂

    @Rod: Then my joke worked perfectly 🙂

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  12. divorcee Says:

    I was searching for some divorce articles/news in google then I bumped into this page. Very unique. You made a game of how you felt about your parents’ divorce. Creative!

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  15. Sharley Says:

    It’s funny how divorce seems to be like that game… where you keep on passing the child (the ball?) back and forth.. funny but true..

  16. Robby Says:

    Cool game. Reminds me of Pong. =)

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