Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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Ice Box

by 2HitMatt - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This game sums up the last 8 months of work for me. Isolated in my office, freezing to death to try and earn enough money to get my family by. Spending time with them whenever possible or going to the beach to stay sane.

Now it can be your struggle too!

How To Play
Spacebar - interact
Arrows - move around

Aim: Earn a lot of money, by working at the computer.
Catch: Your office is freezing to work in!

Press space to interact with things in each room. Talking to family will increase your interest, going to beach will increase heat, eating will increase hunger which staves off heat loss. Drinking? You find out.

Let your heat drop to zero and you die. Try to do as much work as possible at the computer before the time runs out, earn them cash dollars!

Let me know how much money you make! :D @2HitMatt

Downloads and Links




DrHahn says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 7:19am

Nice little life-sim. I liked how I only left my room for food and sunlight.

bladderbloat says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 8:44am

Awesome feel!

EMAK says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 10:20am

Nice approach! I really like

capsizedmoose says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:05pm

haha this was pretty fun :D

MerlijnVH says ...
Aug 25, 2014 @ 2:28pm

I love how this looks, and the sim aspect approach of moving to the different rooms is very original, too!

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:24am

What a nice little game! The concept is simple but the execution is great, music and graphics are very nice. It seems after going to the beach my interest is just fixed at 100 and I only need to eat and work. Quite scary if it is in real life :p. One thing though, since I kept on pressing the space key till the end, I accidentally skipped the ending multiple times so I didn't know if I won or lost, would be nice if it is a different key to skip the ending screen. Overall it is pretty fun, Nice work!

AndyBrown says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:51am

That was quite amusing. Loved your art, very charming. Sorry man, you made $-8701.44! That's some serious debt. Why did you get so wasted and complete three times the required work? Must have caused a catastrophic failure when it was implemented.

Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:26am

This turned out really cool. Especially the art.

KevinZuhn says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 10:24pm


Rage Paint says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 3:41am

I got $998.40 on my third try. Nice graphics, the sound fit, and liked the lighting effect when walking on the tiles.

Tanser says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:08am

Interesting concept. Lots of done for 48h, good job.

OrangeeZ says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:15am

>You froze to death
Just like IRL. :(
Great entry.

Nooner Bear says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:24am

I'm liking the art!

GreyShock says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 1:02pm

Great art, interesting idea and pretty fun! My best try was $721.44 :D

Pierrec says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 5:29pm

A neat little games. I especially like the graphics and how the "worlds" are connected. It could be harder though. Getting work to 100 was piece of cake

Aug 30, 2014 @ 3:39pm

Fun entry. I liked how it was I bet there will be lots of people that identify with your sim. Good work.

Aug 30, 2014 @ 3:39pm

cool game. liked the art and concept. plus i got to freeze to death, which was cool as well.

abeing says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 3:39pm

super game! awesome idea. :) got 60$ i think

Aug 30, 2014 @ 6:09pm

I liked your game, the story behind it adds a lot to it. The visuals are great and you used the theme in an interesting way, very good job sir ! (just one thing though, I didn't understand the winning condition, I thought I would have to complete my work but I won just by making enough money)

alvivar says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 4:11am


Rehacked says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 7:13am

Very good game. Really liked the concept.I hope you a lot of 5 star rates! (I left you an answer on my games page.)

Sep 4, 2014 @ 1:33pm

Made me laugh. Cool game.

01101101 says ...
Sep 4, 2014 @ 3:49pm

really pleasant game! It was a good idea to "connect" different parts of somebody's life :)up for the graphics!

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Sep 7, 2014 @ 11:56pm


I love everything about this game. Awesome use of theme, great graphics and interacting with the environment. Nice job.

2HitMatt says ...
Sep 10, 2014 @ 7:40am

Sorry for the lack of response. LD happened a week before I quit my job in the Ice Box (in real life) and have since moved into a teaching role :D

I'd like to thank everyone whose played and rated the game. It means a lot to me to see people enjoying something I built, especially something that's based on a mindset I was in for the last 8 months.

I didn't consider it, but its interesting to see how many other people relate to this type of scenario. We all live in our little worlds, one of them an Ice Box.

So what's the deal with the 100% work completed thing? Well its not stated anywhere, but basically as long as you don't freeze to death, you win. That's because you're still alive technically to work another day. The work completed is used to calculate how much you earned that day and comes from the notion of 'I plan to get X Y and Z done today', which doesn't always pan out. I didn't mean for it to be so easy to get ahead on your work, but it happens haha.

So winning is not freezing to death, with the money earned more or less to work out your score. I'd like to see a super low negative number come up soon haha (hint; much bourbon, much negligent work)

Lokarunith says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 3:50pm

Very cool idea, The concept of the game is what makes it such a moving piece.

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