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Avoid life's obstacles in The Road, George Broussard's Ludum Dare game

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Duke Nukem co-creator George Broussard has thrown his hat into the Ludum Dare ring with The Road, a side-scrolling platformer about avoiding life's obstacles.

Broussard developed The Road for the 26th Ludum Dare competition, which has a theme of minimalism. Ludum Dare is a semi-regular game jam that challenges entrants to make a game within 48 hours based on a certain theme.

In The Road, you play as a red box that begins at birth and ages at it moves to the right, with the objective of avoiding obstacles in your path to make it through life. Death often provides humorous messages such as the one above. You can play The Road, which Broussard built in Unity, here.

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson also built a game in the same vein called Drop, although he did not create it specifically for Ludum Dare.