Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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by phaze112 - Jam Entry

Build a planet!
Send it off to some customer!
Get paid (ingame)!

Playable with mouse or keyboard!

Java means possibly works on Mac and Linux!
Web build coming soon if it compiles!

More exclamation marks!!

Downloads and Links




Azlen says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:21am

The link sent me to, where is the download link?

phaze112 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:37am

Sorry, I set up the entry whilst it was uploading.
Is pointing correctly now.

el-pepi says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:48am

Very interesting and innovative. The mechanic is cool!
I don't know if it is just me, but it is really laggy when you submit. Also, some sound would be nice.

BtheDestroyer says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:27am

Can't be launched on Mac OSX

ZXeno says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:30am

I can't seem to get it to run, just says "A Java exception has occurred." Is there a specific version of Java I need?

Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:30am

This is so cool! A return to elementary physics, never excited excited me so much,

p1x3lruckus says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:35am

Overall a very interesting concept, It seems a very ambitious idea that you pulled off reasonably well, but the lack of audio and the few game mechanics didn't give it that much replayability. But I suppose the limited time has a large part to play in that. Overall a very impressive experiment.

indie4fun says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:41am

Quite innovative! I liked the idea a lot. I got more money for a small planet than for a huge shiny nice planet :P

harley77 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:41am

Very interesting concept

Jaloko says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:11am

This is a very cool game, the concept is awesome. Pity there was no sound.

ZXeno says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:15am

Ah, apparently there was a Java update I missed.

This was a very cool concept, but the lack of audio made it uninteresting. Though, I did find a little bit of an exploit: So long as you have the surrounding edge of the planet's core completely covered in fauna, you'll make ~$5k every time, even with very little expenditure.

Very fun though, a lot of fun watching the physics in action.

phaze112 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:56am

Glad people at least enjoy the mechanic, even if there is very little 'game' around it.
There IS music, but for some unknown reason it will not play in the compiled jar, and I didn't have time to fix it..

@p1x3lruckus - it was much easier to implement than I thought it would have been, but I was visiting family over the weekend so I wasn't able to put much time towards it (hence the jam entry).

@ZXeno - the earnings calculations were kind of slapped on last minute, so I'm not surprised by that, but it's better than always losing money or never earning any.

Junuxx says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:34am

Even after updating to the latest runtime I'm getting "A Java Exception has occurred" :( That's on Windows 7.

Boracho says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:40am

The idea is neat, but its hard to tell if you've reached the requirements of the customer. Maybe that's the point? either way, seems like it could be an interesting game with a little more time.

TriSquare says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:38pm

This is a confusing but cool game. First game ive seen to impalements physics

phaze112 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:18pm

@Junuxx - after looking at my config, it appears I may have accidentally compiled under java8, so I've reuploaded with java7 in the hopes that it fixes that exception.

@Boracho - the original idea was to have a pic of what you should try to match, but I didn't have enough time to implement it and what's there now was real quick to add.
(you could always press ESCAPE to toggle the debug info, that includes the current percentages)

EquipeJAM says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:51pm

This is so cool!

Andynonomous says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:21am

I had it crash on me a couple times. Really cool simulation though, and an interesting idea.

sorlok says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:25am

Really creative idea; would love to see where this ends up in the end (like, millions of years after planet formation). Cool job!

eerongal says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:28am

Interesting concept, but is you planet supposed to just fall apart when you submit? Because that's what happens to me...

Soron says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:42am

Nifty little program! It feels more like a tech demo than a game, but it's fun nonetheless.

And the physics is fascinating... Particularly given that there's no perceptible lag, despite all those (potential) interactions. Seeing the source would be interesting, I think.

phaze112 says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:31pm

@eerongal - it is, I thought that was a better effect for clearing the board than just having it disappear.

@Soron - I agree, but I thought it was fun enough that I could try to pass it off as a game anyways. The physics are done with Box2d, so that's probably why. I'll post the source though for those interested.

memilian says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 1:52pm

Still need optimization to build big planets (mine collapsed ;( ) but other than that great game !
Very innovative and fun to play :)

ponk says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 4:39am

WooOoow...!! Awesome :) !!!

TehSkull says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 5:33am

This is not my regular genre, but it's not completely unfun like I thought it would be. Reminds me of that old Java sand simulator or whatever.

mortus says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 2:00pm

I like it, finding out various combinations instead of looking them up in readme is quite fun, wish there were more. It's also nice that you don't see stats of your planet right away, adds some challenge.

The positive effect of correlation of your planet's stats and requirements evaded me though, I've always earned around the same amount, maybe it just looked like that, I'm not sure.

01rafael says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 7:20pm

Great concept! But I'm waiting for more reactions.

zompi says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:49pm

Hmm... After the first planet the mouse button stop works. But I made a planet with a volcano. And an Eden with magma floating in orbit (because of comet). I also could make a lake near to volcano... with a tropical forest! 5/5 :D (ok, 4/5 because of technical problems :P )

PS. Also, so many particles with physics, how do you compute them?

OttersDen says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:54pm

This was very unique and interesting! I wish there were a couple of sounds here and there, but overall, it was fun to experiment around with different elements.

Dec 20, 2014 @ 10:10pm

Interesting concept, it's always cool to see something new. :)

Dec 20, 2014 @ 10:12pm

Really cool concept and execution. The physics are mechanically solid and it feels bugfree. ;)
Could've used some audio feedback though.

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