Love is a reductive platforming game with a retro aesthetic and a focus on a challenging difficulty. It has an custom respawn system, 16 levels, 12 track soundtrack, competitive scoring, and a simple-to-use level creation feature.
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Release Date: Feb 7, 2014

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April 3

LOVE Update #12 - Small Fixes and a Bonus Level

Hey, Fred here with another small update. Here's the notes:
• New Bonus Level, 1-1
• 1-1 added to Level Select
• Retry Button on Game Over / Results Screen
• Clarified hazards in Level 1 (and added sounds!)
• Added directional hazards to Level 2
• Level 16 bullets fire 3.3 times per second instead of 5 times per second
• Misc Fixes

1-1 is only a fun little side thing I did in a Sunday afternoon, but hopefully you'll enjoy it. You can access it from the Level Select menu under "Bonus Levels". The other level hazard modifications address the only things I've ever considered "unfair" in the game, and I hope that'll sate new players' rage when they give it their first go.

If you'd like to get in touch with me, Twitter's a great way, so feel free to follow me at @thatsmytrunks. Have a great day, and enjoy!

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About This Game

Love is a reductive platforming game with a retro aesthetic and a focus on a challenging difficulty. It has an custom respawn system, 16 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
  • 16 Levels
  • 7-Level Remix Mode
  • 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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jamesadams11994
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 14
Really fluid, well thought out level design, amazing soundtrack and just a really fun playformer. Its on sale for a dollar atm and is very much worth the price
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Save the Queen
2.5 hrs
Posted: September 6
Cool little game, not much depth to it but fun nonetheless.
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Monstro The Whale
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
I give this game 5 burning milk droplets out of 5!
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Sunshine
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
Sometimes I play this on my laptop for fun, it's worth what you paid for and you get what you see
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jayhawk (G.E.W.H.)
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 15
I'm going to be honest. I bought the game because I heard a great song in the trailer. I now have the song in an online playlist of music. I don't have the game anymore.

The game is locked at 30 fps and it honestly makes me sick during some sections. VVVVVV did fine since the screen never scrolls and the only thing that moves is the character, but the whole screen moves in LOVE and it looks and feels terrible.

Also, the reason I bought the game was mainly to listen to music like the one in the trailer. Turns out the rest of the music is nothing like the one in the trailer. Every time you beat a level, the music abruptly stops and switches to another song instead of fading into the next one.

One irksome thing that this game makes you do is set your own checkpoints. In VVVVVV there were checkpoints everywhere. Every time you did a jump or challenge, there was a checkpoint standing there waiting for you to save your progress. In this game, you "get" to set it yourself. This could make the game easier in some cases. However, it was mainly a bother to me. At some points I'd make tremendous progress throughout the level. Then I'd die, feel a slow sinking in my stomach as I remember that I hadn't saved my progress at all and am promptly respawned at my last checkpoint way, way back in the level. Leaving the checkpoints to be set by the player and not designing them around the levels seems like lazy development to me.

It wouldn't be a huge problem if you could set the checkpoints in addition to the checkpoints that are already there, but it's a mechanic that just sucks.

I had to refund the game because the reasons above made the game incredibly unenjoyable for me. I played it and beat it twice as well as playing all the extra levels in search of the fun I so wanted to have in the game, but I just couldn't enjoy it because the music was bad, the fps was too low, the checkpoint system was a pain. Controlling the character also felt less responsive than VVVVVV, but that could be a combination of the 30 fps and the whole screen moving at the same time.

I don't recommend buying this game, but you should definitely check out the song from the trailer. https://youtu.be/_kh42huPe78
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naesten
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
The biggest flaw I hit in this game: it's possible to make the game unwinnable by placing a respawn point on one of the moving platforms on that "snow" level such that the vehicle then respawns in its default position and the respawn point is left floating in mid-air, and you are repeatedly dropped in the instant-kill snow. I also kind of would have liked if there was some way to ask the game "what level number is this?".

Contrasted with VVVVVV's patented "ice-level style" slippery controls, which (a) are just mean, (b) are confirmed intentional and (c) [presumably] follow you through all of VVVVVV, LOVE comes out as a definite "CHALLENGING BUT FAIR".
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Mr. Bendy
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
This game needs better controls. Btw the checkpoint does'nt work on the controller and the controller is better than the keyboard. Either change the controls on the keyboard or, make the checkpoint work on the controller.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Wonderful music, difficult in some spots ( I love challenges) and nice Retro style. Bought at 0.99€, the game worth the price :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
I bought this game for 65p and for 65p. Damn i enjoyed it. Nice little precision platformer with varied levels and a nice rage feeling when you get punted all the way back for faltering even slightly on a level.

HOWEVER.

If i had to be nit picky, the arcade "lives" system is a bit outdated and the ability to save between play throughs would have been nice...

ESPECIALLY SINCE...

This game honestly gave me motion sickness...the way the camera works is a little sickening and can really throw you off your game. So not being able to save and come back to your run...Yeah that sucks a little.

BUT

For 65p. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Money finally bought love and she abused me again and again...and again and again i forgave her and...yeah its 65p/£1.99 just play the game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This game is probably the best platformer currently avaliable on steam. It is a challenging platformer game with interesting mechanics.
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297 of 350 people (85%) found this review helpful
458 people found this review funny
172 of 192 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
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.
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141 of 172 people (82%) found this review helpful
200 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
I can finally buy love on steam.
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203 of 271 people (75%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
105.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
Love is not a game, don't play with my heart.
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2015
What a great retro-style platformer. Quite a surprise...

Extremely fluid controls, solid and challenging level design. Sound and music are perfectly suited and not annoying.

For something basic, this is really about as good as it gets. Recommended to any fan of 2D platformers.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2015
I may not love Love, but I dig it quite a bit.

Nice music and solid platforming which demands a high degree of precision in order to progress even with the alloted 100 lives. The distinctive retro aesthetics make this an easy recommendation for genre fans, especially given the low price which is absolutely worth it in this fella's opinion.
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64 of 85 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
Went in expecting the 2009 DS dating sim by Konami, got a gorgeous better platformer instead. Music's great, style's great, difficulty is just right. Buy this if you love platformers. Pun intended.
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