2019 Summer #ue4jam: Pencil Heart

“Pencil Heart” by SteppeHareStudio (Dmitriy Mozokhin, Zarif Kurochkin & Rinat Kurochkin).

“[A] platformer, in which you play as a pencil who sacrifices himself to draw his way to love.”

First I have to say that implementing puzzle platformers with drawing mechanics is always a great idea. It makes fun to manipulate the environment with the help of some scribbles instead of playing around with fixed platforms. But what “Pencil Heart” makes special gameplay-wise is another mechanic: Thanks to the fact that the character actually is a pencil, this mechanic can’t be used in an unlimited way. The graphite of the animated writing tool works as a life bar, so when you use the mechanic too much, you can’t just go on.

Another lovely gimmick is implementation of a rubber, so that you can erase your former made lines, and a sharpener. When you use the last one, the pencil gets so spiky that it can burst balloons, which have to be destroyed sometimes to open up new passages. A neat little jam game with fun ideas! >>PLAY