Ruben & Lullaby / 2009

by Erik Loyer
Illustration by Ezra Claytan Daniels

Ruben & Lullaby are lovers having their first fight, and whether they break up or make up depends on the player’s actions. Part comic, part game, part musical instrument, Ruben & Lullaby is controlled with motions and gestures which enable you to shape the feelings of the characters. Published by Opertoon.

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Nominee, "Achievement In Art" Category, 2nd Annual Independent Games Festival Mobile
Official Selection, IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games
Runner-Up, Mobile Puzzle Category, Casual Gameplay Best of '09
Featured App, O'Reilly Media's "Best iPhone Apps: A Guide for Discriminating Downloaders"

Ruben & Lullaby 1

Ruben & Lullaby discuss their relationship.

Ruben & Lullaby 2

By stroking the screen, the user can calm the characters down.

Video Documentation

A brief demonstration of the project is presented below.

Ruben & Lullaby 3

Shaking the device makes characters more angry.

Ruben & Lullaby 4

A dynamic jazz soundtrack responds to the user’s actions.

Ruben & Lullaby 5

The user can try to break up the couple, keep them together, or just enjoy the music of their circumstances.