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Post-Jam progress on Trimmer Tycoon

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Monday, January 4th, 2016 12:56 pm
Hiring new employees.

Hiring new employees.

As voting draws to a close, I thought I’d write a bit about our jam game Trimmer Tycoon and our post-jam progress. Our original game puts the player into the role of a barber shop owner. Your job is to take in customers, shave and color their beards as close to their wishes as possible as quickly as possible. You get more money the more accurate your shave and color are, but you can’t spend too much time on a single customer, you have rent to pay!

We were very happy with how the game turned out originally. The player feels the rush of trying to get customers out the door while staying accurate. When we looked at what we wanted to work on next, we knew we wanted the shop to keep evolving. You should be able to use your extra money on something: hiring customers, developing your shop, buying ads, etc. That’s the first thing we did. In the current version you can hire employees of varying skill levels and buy all kinds of decorations for your shop. Additionally, each satisfied customer adds to your shop’s popularity, which in turn brings in more customers more quickly. Dissatisfied customers reduce this stat. Buying decorations also add to your shop’s popularity. In addition to these new features, we fixed a few quality-of-life issues: the color sliders now start at the beards current color. You can now hear and see if you gained or lost money on a customer and how much.

Decoration shop (placeholder items)

So what’s next? Next big target for us is art. I feel very good about our game mechanics in their current state; the only thing that’s really missing is proper sprites for all the new stuff. We’ve been thinking of redoing some of the old stuff as well. One thing we’ll add to the in-game shop is the ability to buy a bigger place for your salon, which in turn makes more room for employees and decoration.

Thanks for playing our game and for all the lovely feedback!

Links:
Play Trimmer Tycoon here: improx.itch.io/trimmer-tycoon
Vote for us: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=59894
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/improxgames
Twitter: https://twitter.com/improxgames
Website: www.improxgames.com

Trimmer Tycoon

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 7:57 am

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In Trimmer Tycoon you’re the new owner of a beard trimming salon. Your job is to satisfy your customers’ beardy dreams and make enough money to pay rent! Good luck!

You can play the game here on itch.io: http://oski.itch.io/trimmer-tycoon

You can also rate our game here: http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=59894

Thanks for playing! We’d love to hear your feedback!

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