It's a fact: Making friends is hard. It's also super overrated. Modern advertising would have you believe that in order to be able to play a video game such as Pong, you'd need at least one other human being there with you. This simply isn't true, and the upcoming One Player Pong is here to prove it. Check out the trailer below which is set to a catchy '50s-era advertising jingle performed by Mark Saul.

Now, this isn't the first game to use the "solo circular Pong" idea, and in fact App Cow's Circle Pong! [Free] is probably the most popular of the bunch. However, as One Player Pong developer Sean Kearney tells us via email, the similarities between the two games weren't intentional, and he'd actually been inspired to create One Player Pong by something QWOP [$0.99] developer Bennet Foddy said during the Experimental Gameplay Workshop at GDC last year. He urged every aspiring game designer to create a variant of Pong and a variant of Chess, and One Player Pong is what Kearney came up with for his variant on Pong. It looks really cool, and really fun, and darn it if that trailer isn't catchy.

One Player Pong should be arriving along with all the rest of the week's new releases tomorrow night, so keep an eye out for it.

  • bigrand1

    Looks like a fun little time-killer!

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      Thanks! I hope you dig it! And even if you don't, it's free, so I mean it'll kinda be a wash. Not that I expect you to not like it, but I'm just trying to be optimistic either way...okay, I'll stop. Enjoy!

      • SpoomMcKay

        By "free" do you mean you "get" it and then are urged to buy tons of crap to make the game more fun?

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        There is absolutely nothing that you can buy in the game to make it better (or worse) (or the same). There's no IAP. There are a few ads that occasionally play in between sessions, but Breaking Bad had ads, and it was still great, so I figured that was okay. I also like being able to pay my rent. Sorta.

      • Cevan7

        Would you consider adding an IAP just to disable the app? If I really like it, I'd be willing to lay down a buck or two uninterrupted.

      • Cevan7

        *to play uninterrupted

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        I hope the ads aren't too much of a bother, but yeah, I'm open to adding an option like that. It would also be cool if I could put an option where for 50 cents it only showed really good ads, like those Jack In The Box ads with the stoned puppet. I don't think that one's possible. Yet.

      • ndre

        maybe for a dollar or two you may remove ads and add some unnecessary bonus, like.. I don't know... hats for your paddle. People seem to like buying virtual hats in video games.

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        Ha! The paddle hat idea is ridiculous! Now paddle beanies...

      • bigrand1

        I'll definitely check it out, leave you some impressions! Have you thought of perhaps adding an IAP to get rid of the ads for $.99 or so? Make a bit more coin?!

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        Thanks bigrand! I'd love to make a few more coins, I'll think about figuring out how to add a Get Rid of Ads thing. I'm a little stupid, so it may take me more time than most.

      • bigrand1

        Stupid you're not! You don't fool ME, bud! Ha-Ha!

  • Spock4Pres

    It's going to be pretty fun, but the trailer is just so sad.

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      The goal with the trailer was to create the saddest song with a Kazoo break. I think we have achieved that. Though Creed's With Arms Wide Open is a close second.

      • Spock4Pres

        That just makes it so much better.

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        No, spock4pres, that's what makes you so much better.

  • Zaraf

    Looks boring

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      I know! The trailer does make it look kinda boring, but I assure you it isn't! It gets pretty fast and difficult quickly, at least for me! In terms of excitement levels, it's not quite as exciting as the movie "Taken", but it is certainly more exciting than "Taken 2", and it is far more believable than "Taken 3"!

      I really hope you dig it! If you HATE it, lemme know and I'll send you a code for a more fun game (like Blek, that game is way fun)!

      • Superjimtendo

        You are hilarious! I hope this game leads to great things for that reason. Great to see a dev in the comments. Better still when that dev has you laughing. Well done. I look forward to downloading your game and spending hours playing with myself.

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        Thank you, though you don't need the game to do that. But it helps!

      • ndre

        Ahah, you are fantastic.

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        No ndre, you are fantastic.

    • cofunguy

      Sorry but if one has to resort to playing pong, one should re look at their priorities in life. There are definitely many others things like family over playing one of the oldest game variants around for computers!

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        I agree, there are many things more important in life than playing Pong, but there are only 3 things that are more fun: driving a JetSki, binge watching Season 4 of Breaking Bad or The Wire (such good seasons), and playing Blek (honestly, that game is soooooo good!).

        Also, while family is very important (I love my mom), I feel that those who have no families, or have families that live far away should have the opportunity to forget their problems by playing a fun digital interpretation of Ping Pong. If anything, I think, nay, I hope that this game will keep kids off drugs. And on hugs.

      • bigrand1

        Hmmm. Same could be said for all video games in general then, right? So if IYO that's the case, why would you waste so much of your valuable time on a video game web-site let alone responding to a blog about something you don't even care about?! Pretty funny.

      • Design by Adrian

        There are definitely many other things over spending time in Internet comment sections.

  • Anonomation

    Seems like TA has been gettin' money for weird advertising.

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      I promise I didn't give TA any money for this preview. I'm as surprised as you are that they covered my game!!!! It's pretty fun, and very free, I hope you check it out!

  • coolpepper43

    Aren't there many games that are already out just like this one?

    • coolpepper43

      Shame on me for not finish reading the article.

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        Please feel no shame. Well, at least for not finishing the article. There are probably some things that you SHOULD feel shame about. Right Cool Pepper? RIGHT???

  • vectorarchitekt

    I would love to see some of those variants of chess.

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      You should check out Bennet Foddy's Speed Chess. It's super rad, and was what he was showing at GDC when I heard him speak. He's a crazy smart dude, and a completely rad developer!

  • Lickzy

    Haha, wether this game is successful or not, you rock Sean and best of luck with your game dev career!

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      Thanks! I wish I had a funny response, but that genuinely just made me smile!

      • Goggles789

        I can't wait to try your game!

      • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

        Me neither!

  • Johnny Bravo

    "Circle Pong" is a rip-off of "Pongo Pongo". It had lucky that it has been named as the popular title "Circle".

    The same menu, description in the Google Play store and mechanic of the game. Pongo Pongo was released in May and was very popular in China. Circle Pong was released in November.

    Idea is pretty simple so there will be for sure many clones.

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      Wow! I didn't know that! The app store is pretty crazy with all the clones, it's a shame. I promise that this game isn't a clone, well I did take some liberties with the story: it is essentially a retelling of the classic Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", but with more heart.

  • LordShad0wz

    Put me down for a single IAP to disable the ads. I hate ads. If the game is good I don't mind paying for it.

    Billy

    A game for the lonely! Lol

    • http://www.onlinesean.com Sean Kearney

      Okay okay okay! I'll stop playing the Battlefield Hardline beta and figure out how to make the Disable Ads button! You guys are pushy! 🙂

      Seriously though, I always pay the buck when I like a game, gotta support your local punk band!