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First timer effort. :)

by igpollitzer - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is my game, made with pygame.

The idea is that you have your left hand at the bottom of the screen, in gray, and you move your right hand with the mouse.
While you hold the R key, you enable (GREEN) or disable (RED) the possibility to click on the boxes on the right, to move them to the left side.
The square at the top, will randomly turn orange, you will be warned, when the background turns dark cyan. If, when the square is orange, the left hand area, is green, you will lose the game. If you get the five black squares to the left side, you win.

To run in Windows, run the .exe from the download link.

To run in Linux, install dependencies with
$ sudo apt-get install python python-pygame
and then run "main.py" with python.

Dependencies:
Python 2.7+
Pygame 1.9.1+

I'll add my comment here, to increase the chances of new people to understand the game.

First of all, thank you very much for the comments, I started programming a month ago, trying to learn as much as I could to participate in this event, and ended up learning much more while doing this game.
The idea behind this game, is that you control the hands of a kid(the gray squares that go white), that is supposed to clean the(brown) table. Because you don't want to clean the table, you have to hide every item under the tablecloth(red). Your mother(yellow) square on top, turns around(orange) from time to time, to check on you. If he sees that you are lifting(green) the tablecloth, she will scold you, and the game is lost. If you can hide everything under the tablecloth, without your mom noticing it, you win the game.
To play the game, you must hold the R button, to grab the tablecloth, and the SPACE bar to hold it down. Release the SPACE bar to lift the cloth(it will turn green), and slide all the items under the cloth, clicking them with the left mouse button.
The relation with the theme is the fact that you have to hide the things "Beneath the surface". :)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#1201Theme2.00
#1238Overall2.13
#1240Fun1.73
#1248Graphics1.60
#1989Coolness22%

Comments

shaulor says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:57am

for everyone trying to play this, i had to hold R and then press SPACE to turn the left side green and enable clicking on the right side, without this info you will just think this doesnt work at all ;)

Sim00n says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 9:04pm

You're missing a link to the game. Unless you want people to compile it from the source. In that case post instructions as not everyone uses/knows pygame.

Junber says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 3:02pm

Its a bit hard to understand what you have to do first. Also i dont get how this is related to the theme. To make more people play this you should definitly compile this using for example cx_freeze.

Ragzouken says ...
May 7, 2014 @ 2:58pm

this is very hard to understand, but i think the game as i understood it is similar to jacks - using reflexes to grab tokens in a short time window?

igpollitzer says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 5:24am

First of all, thank you very much for the comments, I started programming a month ago, trying to learn as much as I could to participate in this event, and ended up learning much more while doing this game.
The idea behind this game, is that you control the hands of a kid(the gray squares that go white), that is supposed to clean the(brown) table. Because you don't want to clean the table, you have to hide every item under the tablecloth(red). Your mother(yellow) square on top, turns around(orange) from time to time, to check on you. If he sees that you are lifting(green) the tablecloth, she will scold you, and the game is lost. If you can hide everything under the tablecloth, without your mom noticing it, you win the game.
To play the game, you must hold the R button, to grab the tablecloth, and the SPACE bar to hold it down. Release the SPACE bar to lift the cloth(it will turn green), and slide all the items under the cloth, clicking them with the left mouse button.
The relation with the theme is the fact that you have to hide the things "Beneath the surface". :)

Ragzouken says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 8:53am

ah! this makes a lot more sense explained in those terms :) it's always great to hear when people have learnt a lot from participating in a jam; keep at it!

granut100 says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 10:37pm

It was a little hard to understand the game at first. But I think after a little while it started to make sense.

ZYXer says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 9:26pm

Funny background story! :D

It took me some time to understand what I had to do, and I honestly must say that I wasn't able to complete the game. After several tries I was able to push one object to the left side, but that's how far I got.

It would be nice if there were a bit of feedback. Sometimes the screen turns black (is that when you are caught by your mother?), sometimes you cannot lift the table cloth even if she's not looking and sometimes you can only lift it for an instant. I don't quite get it.

But anyway: congrats on your first game! Keep up the hard work! :)

Moosefly says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 10:00pm

Your comment really clarified the idea. I don't really understand why you needed both R and Space keys for the tablecloth though, but whatever :). Would've been cool if the win and loss states were a bit more clear, at the moment I wasn't really sure if I won or if the game just froze.

Also took a look at your code (even though I haven't really used Python), and it was surprisingly clean for someone who has just started programming. Keep up the good work!

Anssi@MooseflyGames

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