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Balloon Diaspora

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Description

Balloon Diaspora is a 3D first-person point-and-click adventure set in a mysterious world. The main character crashes his balloon and needs six patches to put it back together. He quickly meets Silas, a friendly character who offers his help to collect the patches. Much of the gameplay is about discovering the game's world and strange culture, which is offered without introduction. Characters have oblong shaped faces, perform strange tasks, and travel around mainly with balloons, soaring through the clouds.

The game is in 3D, but cannot be explored freely with full movement controls. Rather, like the Myst series, arrows show possible paths and clicking them glides the player in that direction. There are minor puzzles, but these do not require object manipulation. Instead, all problems and questions are resolved through conversations and solving tasks. Through a number of a conversation options at the beginning of the game, the protagonist also gets to shape his own past. There are no objects to pick up and there also isn't an inventory. The mouse cursor immediately changes into the two available options: movement or conversation.

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Balloon Diaspora Windows Traveling to a new destination
Balloon Diaspora Windows One of the questions. If you have not heard the answer yet, the correct one will be replaced with an ellipsis.
Balloon Diaspora Windows This fisherman is a little grumpy.
Balloon Diaspora Windows You are now actually on the moon.

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Hrej! Windows Apr 28, 2011 8 out of 10 80

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Editions

The game has been made available for free, but the author also offers three commercial, special editions:
  • Digital edition ($5): includes a PDF with more information about the game, early prototypes & concept art.

  • Limited edition ($20): a hard copy of the game on a custom-printed USB flash drive, which also incudes the game’s soundtrack and PDF. The edition is limited to 35 copies.

  • Deluxe limited edition ($50): a 18″x24″ poster hand-printed by Angee Lennard at Spudnik Press, and custom-printed USB flash drive. The edition is limited to 15 copies.

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