A downloadable poem for Windows

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This is poetry platforming action!

My submission to Narrative Jam 3! This stormy night is a great time to create some poetry - or is it?

Using typical platforming controls, navigate/create this poem! 


Move: A/D, Left/Right Arrows

Flutter: Space bar

Pause: P (Note: There is a known glitch to do with time scaling when you pause, which may cause the game to stutter briefly. I'm working on this now).

Move to last checkpoint: R

In this version of the game, there are no lives/game overs. However, falling off the poem will result in being sent back to the last checkpoint.

Mac build coming soon!

Please let me know what you think! If you have any feedback at all, I'd love to hear it!

Dig this game? This is my second "poetry platformer", my first being a hypertext/point-and-click game, which you can find here: https://uncanny-machines.itch.io/platforms-dont-float

Thanks for playing!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorUncanny Machines
GenrePlatformer, Interactive Fiction
TagsAbstract, ascii


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Verse-us_PCBuild.zip 55 MB


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Neat and creative concept, Uncanny! Great work!
A thought ran through my mind, what if you had to dodge certain words, from the supposed antagonist?
Anyhow, I like the font usage as well!

Just to let you know, there was one instance where the white and blue text got mixed up (not sure if it was intentional) it's near the word concrete.


Thanks very much, akhmin! I'm glad you had fun.

The words being an obstacle would be really cool. I actually tried doing that with the red words, but I just kept running into glitches. Ultimately, I decided I didn't want the game to be hard at all, so I took it out. I think though it makes the enemy pretty nonthreatening. Next time around, I'll definitely give it another go!

The white and blue text getting mixed up around there is indeed deliberate, I wanted it to make it so the two characters were rhyming together. That said, the fact it looks like a mistake means I need to commit to it a bit more. Thank you for pointing this out to me!

Glad you enjoyed it and have a great day!