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

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Snowman Stacker

by dook - Compo Entry

Oops: Should perhaps explain the controls as well! Click and drag the snowballs to shoot them. Dragging away from the direction you want to throw them in.

A simple little snowman golfing game. Your objective is to move the snowman down the hill to the indicated box. Rolling each ball will make it bigger, try to create a new snowman with ideal proportions: each ball half the size of the one under it. And in as few strokes as possible.

It's pretty obvious I was rooting for the snowman theme, luckily this theme isn't hard to live up to ;)

Try the Android version! (May not play well on small screens, though)

I wasn't home most of the weekend so this is what I could manage in about seven hours :)

Adjusted graphics, physics and controls. Most importantly you can now drag anywhere to shoot. You no longer need tiny fingers to play the Android version!


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fleegle2000 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:10am

I'm amazed at what you put together in 7 hours. Yes, the game is very simple but it works with the theme and the procedural generation of the hill really carried the game and kept me interested. It is very difficult to build a proper snowman but I wanted to keep trying. You definitely focused on the right things in the short time you had.

xWarZonex says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:40pm

The game wouldn't work.... Or atlest that's all I can assume because you never explained the controls...

dook says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:55pm

Heh, good point! Added a description of the controls. Simply click and drag the top most ball to shoot it.

Valon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:45pm

Very impressive for 7 hours. I had a bit of trouble with the controls too tho.

rabbit says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:45pm

I wish there were more levels to this. Its a cool concept, though buggy.

Also making the player restart when missing one stack is not cool. Let them try that again, but lower the score by x amount.

Cheshyr says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:48pm

Ok, that was fun. I wish you could shoot them out of order, but I enjoyed making a monsterously huge snowman. Nice work!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:48pm

Simple concept but really interesting. I spend some time with pleasure. Thank you for this cool contribution. SnowMan is my friend :)

crazyrems says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:15pm

Playing on Android was fun, it's a well suited game for that kind of device.
Nice game.

error031 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:28pm

Very fun game, just neded a while to find what controls are. Other than that, cool game!

alyphen says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:10pm

A really nice mechanic, pulled off very well, especially for seven hours. The physics are well done, the hill generation is nice, and it's tricky to put together. A lot of fun to play, well done.

HotBoxGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:25pm

Really impressive for so little time spent creating the game - great work!

01rafael says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:26pm

My score is 18!
Am I best? :)
By the way nice and simple game

spacedoubt says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:31pm

Well done! Fun to play.. That little box at the end seems a bit misleading seeing as how the first snowball ends up needing to be 4 times the size of the biggest snowball.

Meral says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:41pm

For only 7 hours I think this is fantastic. A restart function would have been nice.

Allowing the snowballs to get bigger by rolling is a great idea. That's even more fun than the main objective. =D

Mr.Greenhat says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:38am

Had fun playing it on Android (Nexus 5)! But it's kind of tricky to point at the snowballs.

andreaswitzen says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:39am

"Your snowman is worth -158 points." Aww :(

Quite innovative actually! I liked it. The falling snowflakes and the sound also gives it some mood.

Jupitron says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:05pm

Simple but effective game, it would be awesome if it had some levels to keep playing instead of restarting. Add some music please!

thopis says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:28pm

Cool mechanics!I had fun making snowmen!

Tifu says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 2:36pm

Nice idea, pretty hard to get the proportions right, but it feels like the right level of difficulty for this kinda thing.

Putting the instructions in-game probably helps, I know they are right there on the webpage, but people do pay more attention to things when they are forced to :P I played a few rounds just making weird upside down snowmen in as few shots as possible before I realised that wasn't actually the objective, and the game was a lot more interesting with the real objective :)

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