Balloon Tower Princess Rescue is a two player game built for Building Virtual Worlds Fall 2011, Round 3, also known as Lightning Round. This round is especially instructive in the merits of rapid prototyping and focusing on a core mechanic that is fun.
Since we only had one week, we decided to have a setting that can be readily identified with, circumventing the need of an expository back-story. We decided to build a physically interactive world about knights and dainty princesses in towers and legendary weapon wars; how would our knights get to the top of the tower? Balloon Baskets. It was painfully obvious.
So, what happens when 2 burly honorable knights reach the tower of the dainty damsel at the same time? I present to you, Balloon Tower Princess Rescue: