The Hugging Ring is a cute, turn-based hugging competition where the goal is to increase your opponent’s HP (Hug Power) to maximum!  By spending your HP, you can use a variety of moves with different effects.  Some moves will increase your opponent’s HP, while others will increase the crowd’s Audience Power!  When the Audience Power meter gets filled, the player who maxed out the meter will get more HP, so be careful how often you hype up the crowd!

Did your opponent fill up your HP first?  Don’t give up!  If you’re struggling to be the hugging champion, you will get a boost to your stats for games after losses.  Keep trying, and soon you will be the hugging champion!  And remember: everybody wins in a hugging competition!

This game was created for the Wholesome Games Jam 2020 by Team Durian.

Cicada (Team Durian): game design, programming
Ducky (Team Durian): game design, writing, sound design
Em (Team Durian): game design, art
Michael Macapagal (Floating Member): music (
Sound effects are from the 8-bit / 16-bit Sound Effects (x25) Pack  by JDWasabi (

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
AuthorsCicada Carpenter, artillerydog, Michael Macapagal, lookitsducky
Tags2D, Casual, Cute, Non violent, Short, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few seconds


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This has to be the most wholesome turn-based battle ever! Very cute idea and implementation. And the soundtrack is also really fun. Out of the three very sweet characters, Caramel Cat has to be my favorite!

hey Ducky, you might not remember but you offered me a place on your team when I was trying to get team matched at the start of the jam.  I promised I'd check out your game after, so here i am.

THIS GAME IS SO CUTE OMG, I LOVE the characters and premise SO MUCH


I love the idea and the characters a lot. Great job!


Free Hugs For Lamb!

Caramel Cat for the win! Love the art style :D