The Best Years of my Life

The Best Years of my Life is a game for two players, seated at one keyboard. Made in 48 hours for Mini Ludum Dare #10, which had the theme “Domestic Violence”.

Playing alone is not recommended. The game won’t make a lot of sense if you do.

Play it here!

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18 Comments so far

  1. ChevyRay on June 30th, 2009

    Deftly done! Very cool little game, and great use of the theme 🙂

  2. mirosurabu on June 30th, 2009

    Ah, the concept is very good. I have only played it alone and I shall try it with a friend.

    Graphics remind me of Manic Miner, by the way, but I guess it’s because of the red colour in screenshots. 🙂 They are good in any case.

  3. supudo on July 1st, 2009

    The simplicity is very addicting!
    I should try it with my better half 🙂

  4. ChevyRay on July 1st, 2009

    Haha the comments on Kongregate.

    PLAY IT WITH TWO PEOPLE you goofs. I don’t know if many of the younger players over there would fully appreciate it, though.

    I’m pretty easygoing, so there weren’t any keyboard fistfights, but I can think of some couples that should NEVER play this game XD

    Terry, have you ever wondered if something like this could actually be used in marriage-counselling or something like that, etc? I was just daydreaming for a second, and I was curious if a video game like this, just short and sweet like it is, could ever be used in such a manner. It could possibly be a good way to see where each partner stands in certain facets of the relationship (who is in more control, who is more vocal, etc.)

  5. Terry on July 2nd, 2009

    Oh, I dunno – I don’t think this particular game would be any help in such a session, but in principal I think you could probably come up with something that was; something that maybe helped people see their actions in another light?

    Like you said, some couples should never play this game 🙂

  6. David on July 5th, 2009

    Ok, I swear I played with me and my brother. And I still didn’t get it. I know it’s about collecting all the thing-a-ma-bobs whatever they are and getting to the door, but in later levels I suddenly started taking control of P2, and the WASD keys didn’t do crap anymore. Was that the point of the game? If so, what kind of point is that?

    BTW, I’m not angry or hating the game, just confused.

  7. Terry on July 5th, 2009

    Basically, the game is about dominance.

  8. Anonymous on July 6th, 2009

    So… that means it’s about how P1 (the man) takes control near the end?

    Sorry for being to slow to understand it all. 🙁

  9. Kgummy on August 5th, 2009

    I think it’s whichever player gets the most collectables ends up being the player that controls both characters at the end.

  10. Anonymous on September 17th, 2009

    whoever collects more gets dominance. In the beginning both players had symmetrical maps. In the mid-game the guy gets a bit more. But in the last screen the woman get about 10, making the collection same again.

  11. nick on December 7th, 2009

    This game was very sad but masterfully created and executed.

    People have been talking about video games being art, and this should be their prime example.

  12. Anonymous on December 10th, 2009

    This game is extremely simple, yet very subtle and thought-provoking. I particularly like how the person who ends up with the lower dominance is thrust into more and more perilous situations while the one with more ends up having to do very little. I also like how some of the people who post reveal more about themselves than they may intend to….

  13. Nicholas on December 16th, 2009

    Nice game. Its interesting when you can relate to a deep yet simple game like this.

  14. James on December 24th, 2009

    Such a sad, thought-provoking game. It’s bittersweet in a way, knowing that someone who was so close to you at the start just…breaks away in the end.

  15. Gary on January 1st, 2010

    I don’t see the big deal

  16. JP on January 6th, 2010

    Because it seems like you’re working towards a common goal, but it turns out you’re actually competing

    Very interesting…

  17. Von Rostock on January 7th, 2010

    the music i brilliant, what is it?

  18. Goines on January 18th, 2010

    I played it alone. It was very sad. 🙁

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