Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend — Theme: Beneath the Surface

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Interstellar Customs Inspector

by Kwrky - Jam Entry

You play as a customs agent welcoming alien visitors and returning humans to Earth! Make sure none of the people/aliens/things coming through are carrying anything illegal like weapons, drugs, or Snakepeople Porno...

Made by Kwrky, Kenji Shimojima
Music by DST
Extensive use and abuse made of Oryx 16 bit Fantasy Tile Set

Overview of game

Passengers present you with their luggage.
Click through and move each item to find what they are hiding.
If you are not sure if something's illegal, you can SEND it off for testing, but only one item can be sent at any one time, and it takes a while for the results to come back.
If you want to take a risk, you can TEST it yourself. The screen will shake if it's no good.
Finally, DESTROY items that are illegal. Once a passenger has no more illegal goods you can PASS them.

When the red bar gets to zero, your shift/life/tolerance for Alien narcotics is over...

Downloads and Links




Gaeel says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:22pm

It really isn't clear what is illegal and what isn't.

Maybe start players out with small luggage containing only one or two things, and move onto dustbowls laters.

Druid says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:04am

Too easy, you need just one thing... Think like alien! :D

Simon@LD says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:28am

Took me a while to figure out how i should interpret the feedback when you 'send' or 'test' items, but aside from that: nice game!

mir007 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:36am

I think the premise is very good, but gameplay is a bit unclear. Plusses for the music!

sirdorius says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:25pm

Hahah this is so much MIB XD
I loved the music, the humour and the idea!
Very simple yet nice, good job!
Only note, I guess you could make it more stupid-proof with more visual effects for the interaction (:

Boodog says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:23pm

Awesome! Good work! :)

Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:26pm

Interesting game, great work:)

Mandlebar says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:27pm

Interesting concept, Had fun playing though was not very good at it. Was also rather funny!

Kwrky says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:45pm

Thanks all for the comments! and also the feedback about the effects.

mrhill says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:47pm

A little papers please. I had a good time playing this, well done!

Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:00pm

I think the game need some definition on what's legal and what's not before starting the game. Or at least some tutorials :v

dj_pale says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:31pm

Nice idea and music. Missing difficulty scaling, first items are quite hard. Maybe ease off the time penalties for the first x items?

MSaul says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:43pm

Cool interpretation of under the surface. Great game and music. But yeah hard to tell what is legal or not.

Nichii says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:30pm

This is awesome, Being a customs inspector is already a cool concept but an interstellar one was a great twist. Though finding the right items get frustrating haha XD

Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:09pm

Love this use of theme. Very awesome game. I included it in part 4 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you'd like to take a look :)

tenpn says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 9:21pm

Cute papers please idea, although the music, while good, is far too jolly for such a depressing job. More feedback to the user would make this game clearer. Very amusing though, good link to the theme.

hanoth says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 1:00am

I like the idea, but I don't quite get how you are supposed to know what's illegal.

wschorn says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 12:06pm

wow I should never be a customs agent. empathy 10/10

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