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A "platformer" without platforms, originally made for the 2018 GMTK Game Jam!

Cart #i_just_wanna_land_v3-2 | 2022-07-01 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

You play as a bird with a baseball cap on a search to find a new floating island after their first one crumbles. Instead of jumping off platforms, you flap your wings in mid air to propel yourself in the direction you're aiming.

There are four levels in total.


  • Z: Flap
  • Left / Right: Aim

You can also get it on itch.io.
And if you'd like to see more of my work, check out my Twitter: @Jusiv_

Update Log:

October 2018 - Version 1

Cart #56073 | 2018-09-02 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

The original release, made in under 48 hours for the 2018 GMTK Game Jam.

October 2018 - Version 2

Cart #i_just_wanna_land_v2-0 | 2019-04-07 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

(Featured at WPI's 2019 PAX East booth!)
Added a scoring system, music, and some extra polish. The total development time was still under 48 hours.

June 2022 - Version 3

  • Fixed a bug where your final results always showed at least 3 retries.
  • Refined most hitboxes to better match the shapes of their objects.
  • Added a whole bunch of polish, particularly to death animations.
P#56075 2018-09-02 17:36 ( Edited 2022-07-01 00:28)

Maddening but quite accurate physics. Takes a while to get use to the rotating pendulum that indicates which direction the bird should flap.

Quite a bit more control in this game then in FLAPPY. I like the depth of and the very tricky levels.

Really well done, @Jusiv. Gold star work.

P#56095 2018-09-02 23:38 ( Edited 2022-10-21 01:10)

The control works great, I love it!

Would be nice with some music and a flapping sound.

Nice with different themes in each level, thunder and the big balloons :)

P#56239 2018-09-05 16:15 ( Edited 2018-09-05 20:15)

@dw817 Yeah it seems to vary by person how easy it is to get used to the controls. Glad you liked the levels!

@Risto Thank you!
Yeah I didn't get to even start on music until about the last hour of the jam and had 0 inspiration so that's why there isn't any, but I definitely agree the game would benefit from some. If I ever decide to revisit this in some form I definitely would add it.
Also there is in fact a flapping sound, it's just relatively quiet.

P#56240 2018-09-05 16:45 ( Edited 2018-09-05 20:45)

Controls take some getting used to but I like it! I wish there were more levels though.

P#56551 2018-09-11 23:02 ( Edited 2018-09-12 03:02)

Just Updated!

New Features:

  • Music!
  • Revised scoring!
  • Assorted polish!

This updated version was featured at PAX East 2019 at the WPI IMGD booth.

P#63298 2019-04-07 07:58 ( Edited 2019-04-07 08:00)

I love this so much!

P#63308 2019-04-07 16:13

Very nice work! This is enjoyable :)

P#63337 2019-04-08 17:30

Very nice take on the Flappy thing. Much more depth and fun to it.

Great work.

P#63404 2019-04-11 11:20

@WingedRobot @Dreemer @Roysterini Hey, thanks so much folks!
Perhaps surprisingly this wasn't actually ever intended to be a Flappy Bird-like, but apparently that's what happens when you try to make a platformer without platforms where you play as a bird flapping through the sky. But I definitely can't deny the resemblance.

P#63824 2019-04-22 06:52

Loved it!! My only gripe is that the air balloon s hitbox was mayby a little big, but other than that, grear game!

P#90230 2021-04-08 21:40

@Axul Glad you enjoyed it!
Yeah some of the hitboxes are a little funky there; it's been a while since I looked back at the code so I don't think I ever narrowed down exactly what's up.

P#90709 2021-04-16 20:28


A player just recently reached out to me to report a bug with how I calculated score, and it just so turns out I was in the mood to finally crack this game open again and give it a little more love.

As such, VERSION 3 is now released!

  • Fixed a bug where your final results always showed at least 3 retries.
  • Refined most hitboxes to better match the shapes of their objects.
  • Added a whole bunch of polish, particularly to death animations!
P#113847 2022-07-01 00:17
  1. Fun game!
P#119396 2022-10-20 17:25

Love the feel of this game!
Also, dying on the hot air balloons was actually fun because you bounce around so much.

My only complaint: The first time I arrived at the end of the 4th level, I saw the island and tried to (manually) land on it, and I fell through and died on the bottom!

P#119456 2022-10-22 20:52

How many little red balloons are there?

P#149082 2024-05-28 15:19

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