Up in the Air is zany, open-world game in which you play a balloon dog exploring a demented carnival populated by crazy children. Players must use a variety of power ups, from water balloons to ground pound, to fend the kids off and collect carnival tickets. Players can burn Big Weenie, knock over a castle, trap children in a cardboard jail, master hopscotch, become radioactive, turn off the sun, or get popped by a cactus. If they are particularly unlucky, they could even find the notorious child Chunkles and his gaping maw.
Up in the Air was made by Studio Jiggly over seven months between June and December 2017. The team started designing their game mechanics by asking the question, “What do balloons do?” and then rapidly prototyping as many answers to that question as possible. The team took the funniest prototypes and crafted Up in the Air around them, focusing on keeping the experience funny, open, and cartoonish.