Monday, 5 May 2014

Pregnancy inspired platformer Growing Pains coming to Steam

In 2011, game developer David Johnston watched his wife gradually grow in size as she became more and more heavily pregnant with our first child. Inspired by her apparent inability to judge her own dimensions and get wedged between chairs and other tight spots, he decided to create a video game based on the same principles.

The game was Growing Pains, a platformer where you control a character called the Vessel (that was what all the family called her whilst pregnant) that continually grows. Using simple but carefully crafted platforming mechanics, the player must collect items to escape their current location before getting so big that they get trapped. The game was released on the Xbox 360 through the indie games channel to get completely forgotten about,... like most games on there.
But now it’s coming back! The game is going to be available for Windows through Steam on the 28th of May with full leaderboard support including replays of everyone’s best times and Steam achievements. At a launch price of only $4 (normally $5) it shouldn't break the bank.

Growing pains is a fast and furious platformer which gives the genre a shake up with psychedelic graphics, a thumping soundtrack and an ingenious twist that you’ve never seen before. The "Vessel" which you control continually grows and expands leaving you in a permanent race to clear the area and escape before you get too big and find your butt wedged in a tight spot. Combine this with tight controls and levels crammed with devious traps and you've got a heart-pounding race guaranteed to leave you with sweaty palms and a sense of overwhelming satisfaction when you reach the goal.

Growing Pains features 9 massive levels each with 3 difficulty levels that radically change how each level plays out. This is the kind of game that makes you want to show everyone your skills so all the leaderboards include replays, allowing you to compare high scores against your friends and the rest of the world. This is a game you can really grow into!

Warning - I wouldn't watch this trailer if you suffer from photosensitive seizures!

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