A downloadable game for Windows

WARNING: This is a Ludum Dare Jam Game, made in 72 Hours to some ridiculous theme and is not to be played by humans.

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  • Gamepad Highly Recommended
  • Or you can use Cursor Keys to move
  • A Button or Enter/X/C keys to Interact/Talk/etc
  • Hold R1/L1 or Shift Key to Run
  • X Button or Z Key to Jump

Content Warning

  • Mild swearing
  • Bloody cartoon violence
  • Non-judgemental Romance
  • Dodgy 4th wall breaking stuff.


  • Writing, code, art, sound & music by "hexagore" and is (c) 2018 Stairfall Institute
  • “The Heat Of Battle” was made with Hassle & Hexr, a custom adventure game engine.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
AuthorThe Stairfall Institute
TagsDating Sim, Ludum Dare 41, Pixel Art, Shoot 'Em Up
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)
LinksLudum Dare


heatofbattle_ld41-1.5.2-fix-win-x64.zip 67 MB


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Can you make a mac version?

Probably not going to have time to do a mac build of this any time soon but there's a web version up if you look in the Ludum Dare submission page!

Okay, thank you.


I love your (sometimes grim and dry, sometimes bright and joyful) sense of humor, and that game is another paramount example of it. <3 These two very different characters swapping places and their genres? Absolutely wonderful! I also really liked the pretty different characters of the soldiers, the description of their potential love interests or what they are looking for in a partner felt deeper than in most 'full version' dating sims. <3 Thank you so much for this, Charlotte! Happily I recommended your game in one of our compilation articles about the Ludum Dare 41 as well as it's featured in the related video. :) Keep it up!

Best wishes,

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Hilarious as always! (I've shared this already but more comments = higher up the page on itch.io?)


Absolutely no idea! Hope it gets you a few more views on your channel though!!!

good work! i loved you art, congrats

Can't download from itch app D: Is the game for Windows?

Oh wow thanks for letting me know about this! Yes I'd forgotten to tick the 'windows' button so I guess that stopped it from being downloadable in the itch app. SHOULD be fixed now. THANK YOU!!!!

Yep, it's fixed! Thanks! //(b=^ェ^=)b

Great story there! feels like wreck it ralph where they goes to another game.

for those who enjoy watching than playing. hope you like it :D

What I learned from THOB - in addition to not crossing streams, don't misplace protagonists. :)

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