Balloon Diaspora

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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.


Balloon Diaspora Windows This man will only help you if you have some answers.
Balloon Diaspora Windows You are now actually on the moon.
Balloon Diaspora Windows Walking back to the balloon
Balloon Diaspora Windows The path back down

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Hrej! Windows Apr 28, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Plné Hry Windows Apr 15, 2011 75 out of 100 75


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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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