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

Back to Browse Entries

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 :)


ADDED POST-COMPO VERSION:
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!

Web: http://www.aergia.dk/?page_id=148
Android: http://www.aergia.dk/ld31/post/snowman.apk

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#467Humor2.60
#495Innovation3.21
#644Theme3.54
#666Fun2.97
#673Overall3.09
#676Graphics2.89
#689Mood2.79
#785Audio2.28
#1385Coolness49%

Comments

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 :)

You must sign in to comment.


TEAMS: Teams entering the Jam should pick a single representative to submit your game, or create a team specific account you can share. We currently do not support Team Voting, but sharing an account and together playing and rating games is acceptable.

NOT LOGGED IN?: If you get a message about not being logged in, even though you are, it’s because your web browser cached the non-logged in page. You can fix this by either refreshing your cache or clearing your cache. CTRL+F5 in many browsers. Chrome is a bit more work. Press F12 to enable Developer Mode, then you can right click on the refresh button and select “Empty Cache and Hard Reload”. This option is unavailable if you are not in Developer Mode.

PORTS: Ports to other platforms can be done after the deadline. That said, the sooner you finish your port, the sooner people can play your game, improving your chances of placing in the final results. For best results, provide a Web version of your game, or a Windows version with no dependencies. Also be sure to rate about 20 games to improve your visibility.

MY GAME DOESN’T SHOW UP: If you can’t find your game, it’s usually because the URL to your downloads are missing ‘http://‘. Fix your URLs (http://mysite.com/mygame.zip) and you will show up. Alternatively, if you just posted it, wait a minute. The cache may not have refreshed yet.

MY GAME CRASHES, IS UNBEATABLE, OR I MADE A TYPO: We allow you to fix crash or win condition bugs after the deadline (in a sense, like “porting” to support more players). We also allow “typo” bugs. I.e. A true that should have been a false, a word that should have been a different word, very tiny changes that you would have caught if you had more sleep. We leave this open to interpretation, but generally speaking your game should be identical to the game you submitted. No new features, just things you messed up last minute. Typos.

[cache: storing page]