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Coal Not Dole

by badlydrawnrod - 48 Hour Compo Entry

The theme inspired me to write a political game that is 30 years too late. As a teenager in Thatcher's Britain in the 1980s it was almost impossible to turn on the tv without seeing pictures of the Miners' Strike. This is the story of what really happened.

I apologize most profusely for the voices. My daughter said, "Dad, why are you doing a bad plumber Italian accent?" to which I had no reply. I just tried to channel my inner Ned Stark and ended up sounding like a dog selling insurance. "Oh, yes!"

My daughter's game is much better. You should review that too.

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badlogic says ...
Apr 27, 2014 @ 10:19pm


Just kidding, will try it when i'm back at my Windows machine.

iceferret says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:13am

I like how he yells coal every time he gets coal :)

ALobker says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:23pm

Very fun little game.

Is it possible to jump over enemies? I could not do it.

icereci says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:28pm

That sound effects.. Nicely played sir.

mikedirl says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:29pm

This is a fun game. I love the sounds. Well done.

CheeseyBob says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:31pm

The voice is hilarious! I really enjoyed this one.

hexabeast says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:33pm

Great game x)

badlydrawnrod says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:33pm

@ALobker, yes it is possible to jump over enemies. You have to be close to them and they have to be moving towards you. It takes timing, but can be done.

sprawl says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:34pm

Coal coal coal coal coal... its over.

Loved the sounds effects. I didn't like the jump, but was a fun little game anyhow.

nonentheless says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:35pm

Coal coal coal coal coal, oh no :)

Snoother says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:41pm

Fun to play through. The voice-overs are pretty amusing, and the political context -- however slight -- made it that more interesting.

lorniebear says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:51pm

You don't like Thatcher much, huh? She's a strong female role model, dad!

pinion says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:01pm

Liked the voices, especially the jump - it sounds like you are about to fall over.

Came here from the link on your daughters game, I think I have to agree with you, she beat you.

badlydrawnrod says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:02pm

@pinion Oh, no!

SmilingCat says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:50pm

Hup! Coal! Coal! Coal! Coal! Coal! Coal! Hup! Hup! Coal! Hilarious.

xgeovanni says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:59pm

Well clearly they shut down the mines because they were infested with monsters.

quickfingers says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:12pm

COAL COAL COAL COAL ... Lol this was hilarious. Depressing ending tho! haha

Nition says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:28pm

It is possible to jump over enemies! But possibly it should be a little easier.

Skywilly says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:30am

Coal, Coal, Coal, Coal... Cool, Cool, Cool, Cool ! :)

HybridMind says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:36pm

COAL COAL COAL! I'm glad we both made a game about mining. I wish the jump/hitboxes were a bit more forgiving, this game is brutally hard for me! Best coal collected was 470 tons out of 1000. I enjoyed the voice samples. :)

MunkeeBacon says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:04pm

Nice game! Liked the audio. Good job!

Dohan says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 4:05pm

Nice game, it feels like Lode Runner. I didn't know that the UK government sent goblins against the miners.

Also, I came here from your daughter's game; it seems that you are going to have a hard time beating her :P

Grafter says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 7:59pm

Cool game mate, well done!

dook says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 8:04pm

Haha, I love a game with a happy ending :P

Gazok says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:34pm

Great job. Maybe one day you'll make a game as good as

porousnapkin says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 4:42am

Coal coal coal indeed.

mark.goetz says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 6:21pm

Lots of fun! I love how you had a great time putting together the art and sound effects, and it adds a lot to the humor of the game. The gameplay is a bit limiting and avoiding the goblins was a little tedious, but I definitely think you accomplished what you set out to.

badlydrawnrod says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 7:57pm

@Gazok I can only dream of the day that my game is as good as that one!

@mark.goetz Thanks, I rather enjoyed your game. Wonderful art style and an innovative mechanic.

frogcheese says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:24pm

Political satire! I'm not really the right age or nationality to completely "get it", but I suppose corrupt/horrible politicians are a universal subject matter. I love the voice-overs and the happy music. A bit difficult, but I guess that's part of the satire. :P

Zerkruemler says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 6:15pm

Nice voice and music. But the game is just a retro platformer. The relation to the theme is in my opinion not soo perfect.
But nice implementation. It is instantly clear how it works.

ThingoStudios says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 1:11am

It's not the most polished game, but it's really charming. Gameplay isn't that original, but being the first platformer where Thatcher hires goblins to eat coal miners has to count for something. Thanks Maggie!

badlydrawnrod says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 7:38am

@ThingoStudios - that review really made my day!

May 11, 2014 @ 5:33pm

Pretty nice game, I enjoyed it. I included it in part 23 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)

CMaster says ...
May 15, 2014 @ 7:51pm


Good work, although jump mechanics could use tuning.

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