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Love is a minimalist platforming game with a retro aesthetic and a focus on a challenging but not unfair difficulty. It has an innovative respawn system, 12 levels, 12 track soundtrack, competitive scoring, and a simple-to-use level creation feature.
Release Date: Feb 7, 2014
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Love Update #7, Now With More Love

May 29

Love has been updated to include three brand new levels, as well as a few minor aesthetic tweaks. I intend to have two more levels done soon, as well.

The levels are accessible from the Level Select Menu (which has been revamped), which unlocks and is displayed on the main menu once you've gotten the Game Cleared achievement.

For those worried about your Speedrun times being affected by the addition of these new levels, don't worry for now. They're not part of the main game quite yet, but once I've added all the levels I plan to add, the leaderboards will be frozen, archived, and reset.

I hope you've been enjoying Love, and as always, I'm open to your comments. The best way to reach me is probably via Twitter, where I can be found as @thatsmytrunks.

And if you haven't checked out my podcast, why not give The Bancast a listen?

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About the Game

Love is a minimalist platforming game with a retro aesthetic and a focus on a challenging but not unfair difficulty. It has an innovative respawn system, 12 levels, 12 track soundtrack, competitive scoring, and a simple-to-use level creation feature.

The challenging levels are balanced with the inclusion of a simple yet unique respawn system wherein the player can leave a checkpoint at any location at any point, as long as they are on solid ground. Players have a number of gameplay modes to choose from, whether they want it easy, normal, or they want to try their hand at a mode designed specifically for Speed Running.

Beyond the visual aesthetic, the challenging level design, and the abundance of features, there is the fantastic soundtrack composed by James Bennett, which brings the simple 3-color atmospheres to life.

Features
  • 12 Levels
  • Online Leaderboards
  • Speedrun Mode for intense competition
  • 19 Achievements
  • Multi-faceted scoring system for competitive play
  • Unique Respawn Mechanic
  • Xinput-based Gamepad Support
  • Level Editor
  • Extra 10 Level Remix Campaign, with Source Files

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9, 128MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 240 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or Greater
    • Processor: Intel i3 or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10, 256MB
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
97 of 124 people (78%) found this review helpful
105.3 hrs on record
Love is not a game, don't play with my heart.
Posted: May 30
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
you are killed by dinosaur bone acid and smashed by golden machines just like a real relationship
Posted: April 1
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
This game is platforming at its most basic. The controls are exactly what they need to be for making almost but not quite pixel-perfect jumps, and the graphics, while hardly the best, offer a few well-designed visual backgrounds and are always functional enough to let you recognize what will kill you and what dangers are ahead. The levels are well designed with just enough trickiness to offer potential traps but that the Single Life mode seems (at least to me) very much possible, some day, with enough practice. And the levels are also fun, which I think is the most important part. They are all very memorable in at least one way, and offer a variety of challenges. They are good enough that I feel it is worth playing through the speedrun mode, and playing multiple rounds to attempt to reach A++ scores.

Basically, it is a well-crafted challenge platformer that is beatable by probably most people but also offers enough challenges that people will want to come back to it repeatedly, and is short enough that a full game is not a huge time sink and failing does not prohibit you from coming back and playing again because you felt like you spent too much time on it. I would rank it better than average, and well worth the very low price of entry.
Posted: August 1
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
LOVE is a fun little platformer game with easy and tight controls. You have your movement keys, jump and the ability to set a respawn point - now get to the end.

There are 12 levels in the main game + 10 extra ones that aren't in the main exe for some reason. It can be beaten easily in 30 minutes if you take your time and speedruns usually take 10 minutes. The fun I found in LOVE was the race to get a better score and speedrun it as fast as possible, coupled with some hidden achievements and Its a party. There's a one life only mode for the truly badass people out there - also fun to play with friends and see who can get the furthest.

For such a small game, I wouldn't expect the soundtrack to be so diverse but surprisingly Its quite listenable and I wouldn't mind having it in my library of game soundtracks. Calm, smooth and complimenting the 8bit art style.

Although unnecessary, I'd still love the see the ability to rebind keys and steam workshop support for custom levels would really be the icing on the cake. As it stands, you can get bored of the initial 12 levels pretty quickly.

If you're looking to try a simple obstacle course platformer, not too difficult but certainly not easy, give it a try. If you're looking for something hardcore, reminiscent of "I Wanna Be The Guy", maybe look elsewhere but try LOVE just the same - in YOLO mode, tell me how that works out for you.
Posted: May 11
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
A short but challenging platformer. Somewhat reminiscent of VVVVVV without the gravity thing. Interesting and beautiful art too.
Posted: May 19
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169 of 189 people (89%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Love is in Early Access, and I'm aware of that. This is just my first experience playing it and what my thoughts are about it so far. First of all, I must admit I am a bit disappointed because it was so short. My first playthrough took 40 minutes, but I'm assuming they did that because it was designed to be played in Speedrun Mode. Simple controls - A to jump, S to save checkpoint, arrow keys to move. It's not a very complicated idea and there aren't really any special mechanics; it's player vs. environment. Not to say that they need to add more things to spice it up, it was made like that and it's supposed to be like that. Its simplicity is one of the things I like most about the game.

Another thing I liked was that I was really starting to groove and dig the music since I entered the fourth level (yellow walls). They definitely need to get a soundtrack up. Really set the vibe, and got me to enjoy it and just chill. Great job on that.

What's interesting is that the more times I replay it, the more I love it. If you didn't see me mention it just a second ago, you can play the game in Speedrun Mode with a timer and an option to upload to the leaderboards. Now, I'm not exactly sure where the leaderboards are accessible from at the moment but hey, it just came out a couple hours ago. If it's addicting to play now, without a public leaderboard, I can only imagine how much time I'd spend when it does come out. You can also play it in YOLO mode where you only have 1 life for all 12 levels.

First impression was that the difficulty levels were too low but like most games, they introduce new knowledge slowly or how to approach a certain situation then build the difficulty up as you go along. But it's still a mildly challenging game, so I'm hoping the level designers might tweak a few things to make it slightly more difficult. Not Super-Meat-Boy-difficult of course, just something that might make people put more effort into trying to finish it. But until then, YOLO mode ought to do for now. Also, they should really make it so that ESC doesn't completely exit you out of the game. I was trying to go to the menu in the middle of a game and exited instead.

Give it a chance. I wasn't very impressed the first time I played it but after spending a bit more time with it, I'm looking forward to where they're taking Love and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who'd enjoy a simple and cute little indie game.
Posted: February 7
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