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Within a Heartbeat


A heartbeat was the theme of Global Game Jam 2013 and, while others took the theme more figuratively, we decided to go for a more literal interpretation in our narrative driven game. Within a Heartbeat is a side scrolling platformer that puts you in the shoes of mysterious entity tasked with preventing humanity's nuclear death. As time freezes before the last nuke makes contact, the player character appears armed with the power to peer into the minds of the doomed. Within their final thoughts you will find clues to averting this calamity. But remember, not every thought is truthful and, sometimes,  the beating of our hearts betrays even our darkest secrets. You have but one chance. Choose wisely.



A - Move Left

D - Move Right

Spacebar - Jump

Enter - Make your Choice

Q, W, E, R (when approaching a target) - Select Target's Thought

Featured Poetry:

Rich People -Sahil Yadav

For Want of a Nail - Unknown


Kristian Skistad


Main Programmer. Coded most of the game's functions and brought together all the assets to create the game.

Bobby Chanthalakeo

Quality Assurance

Bobby helped with some minor art assets including the intro screen.

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Nolan Hansen


Nolan composed the entire soundtrack on his phone. Check out his work on his official Soundcloud Page.

Christian Ries

Sound Designer

Helped put the sound effects into the game and helped with parts of the narrative

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My Involvement -
Narrative Lead


I designed and storyboarded the main narrative of the game, wrote the dialogue for all characters and helped conceptualize some of the game's core mechanics.

Awards Won


DSU Game Jam 2013 -

Best Narrative


DSU Game Jam 2013 -

Best Soundtrack

Chris Leonhardt


One of the main artists on our team. He did background art and designed the tiles and interiors.

Jake Bush


Our second major artist. He drew and animated the main character.

Reed Norstrom


Reed helped out with some parts of the coding and helped with some of the tiling.

Tucker Ramhorst

Voice Actor

Lent his voice acting talents.

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Caleb Kainz

Voice Actor

Lent his voice acting talents.

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