Created at The Skiff in Brighton by @claraalder and @ghostfibre at the GGJ17 Global Game Jam 17 - Brighton, UK with voice acting by @iRNY

Someone is waving at you. Or are they waving at someone behind you? It would be embarrassing if you waved back like an idiot. This is a difficult choice and you only have a split second to make it.

Update! We now have a new 3-player one-button-per-player game!! Mallardies, a duck co-opera (co-op opera) game!

The Global Game Jam 2017 theme was: "waves"

Wave or Waive being played at Wave or Waive - Pop Up Arcade 2019:

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorsDignified Mammoth, Clara / quixoticduck, ghostfibre
Made withGameMaker
Average sessionA few seconds
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count3


wave-or-waive-v4-keyboard 9 MB
wave-or-waive-v4-arcade.exe 9 MB

Install instructions


Game can now be played in the browser!! as well as still being available for download :)

Installation Instructions:

This game requires no installation. Just download the file, unzip it and double-click on the game file to play. :)

Gameplay Instructions:

This is a three player party game which is played locally on one shared keyboard.

One player uses the 'A' key, another the 'B' key, and the other the 'L' key.

Press any key to start the game from within the title screen.

In the next screen the game will let you know the randomly generated features of people that you should *not* wave at.

When each player has read and memoriesed these features they should press their button.

When each player has pressed their button the game will start.

The 'wavers' will enter the screen one by one. Each player should press their button if they think it is a friend, otherwise they should 'waive' their wave and do nothing. The 'wavers' will start off slowly but things will speed up as the game progresses.

The winner is the player who is the most successful at waving/waiving.

Hopefully things won't be too EMBARRASSING!

(Press 'R' to restart the game at the end, or the 'Escape' key to quit.)

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