Gobbler’s Run – Thanksgiving Game Challenge

Two days ago I decided to challenge myself to make a Thanksgiving game in time for the big turkey day. I’m still not sure what possessed me to do this, but I did, and with a little help, I was able to pull it off with a decent result.

In the game, which is Mac only for the time being, you control Gobbler the Turkey (voiced by Kelly Cline), whose sole purpose in life is to not die. Not dying means it’s time to run, run, run! Also, eating lots of corn and cornucopias. Because apparently turkeys eat those. Ways to die include getting hit by arrows, hatchets and colliding with tree trunks.

You use the sideways arrow keys or A and D to steer and Space to jump.

There was supposed to be an online version via GameSalad (which is also the tool I used to make the game), but I never got it to render quite right. If enough people like playing it, I may polish it and add more platforms. There are a couple of details that I would have spent more time on, were it not for the challenge deadline, but all in all I’m very happy with the result.

[FREE] Download “Gobbler’s Run” for Mac (zip file, 17mb)


  • Mac OS X 10.7 or newer
  • Unsigned apps must be allowed (in your security preferences)

Update: Since creating the game, I have updated it with slightly lower music volume, and a bug fix.

Apart from the music – a track by Pitx called “See You Later” – everything in Gobbler’s Run was created specifically for the game, and all within the 2 days allowed. Huge thanks to Kelly, the GameSalad team (who were very encouraging on Twitter) and everyone who supported the challenge.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and please enjoy Gobbler’s Run.

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