September 4, 2013 8:34 PM | Lena LeRay
Hyper Furball, a Ludum Dare jam entry by Timothy Wong and xellaya, is a short and simple RPG. The story is basic but humorous, really only present at the beginning and end of the game. However, the game has traveling, battles, and level progression which culminate in a boss fight that I, for one, really enjoyed.
The 10 second theme only shows in one aspect of the game. When you pick up milk, you go into hyper mode for 10 seconds, which causes you to move forward at great speed and increases your attack speed. At first I didn't think this was a good use of the theme because it didn't feel central to the gameplay, but as I leveled up I was able to get milk more often and make the hyper bursts more effective. The best way to progress through the later parts of the game is to improve those 10 second bursts of speed and attack power.
On top of that, the graphics and audio are great. Hyper Furball is a very solid entry, with a beginning, a middle, an end, and a well-rounded aesthetic package. It also gets bonus points in my book because they managed to throw in a little bit of ethnic diversity. It's not much, but for a game with so little story I still think it's a great addition.