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

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Snowman vs Chesspieces

by HuntTheWumpus - Compo Entry

==== Snowman vs Chesspieces - "The Fight" - Generic Title Edition ====

A mixture of a card game (like Fluxx) and an action game like "the binding of isaac" where you decide how your next room will look like.

How to play:

1. You get a specific amount of cards (number can vary).
2. You have to select a specific amount of cards (number can vary). (select with space)
3. Start the round. All previously selected cards are now in effect. This can be:
- Enemies
- Weapons
- Effects on the enemies, the weapons or you
- New goals
- Other number of cards to draw/play
4. Survive the round!
5. Repeat

What is the goal? You decide! There are 5 possible goals in the game, which are activated by selecting the corresponding card. But the goal can change every round! (depending on your cards)


WSAD - movement
arrow keys - shooting
space - selecting stuff
return - accepting stuff
m - mute music
n - mute sounds

Instructions how to run: (copied from my previous entries..)

Windows: just download the Windows exe and run ;)

Linux: Get love-0.9.1 from your repo, download the love file and run it with:
$ love


The love2d engine is available for mac here:

From the love2d webiste:
> On Mac OSX, a folder or .love file can be dropped onto the application bundle. On the Mac OSX Terminal (commandline), you can use love like this (assuming it's installed to the Applications directory): open -n -a love "/home/path/to/game"

(More instructions: )

Have fun!

Downloads and Links




Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:54pm

Really quite an interesting game. I enjoyed it. I Included it in part 3 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :)

ketura says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:14pm

I actually remember that screenshot showing up on the feed! Cool to see it completed.

This is an awesome concept, and pretty well executed. My one beef is not being able to manipulate the order cards are played in, which is what gives Fluxx its strength. How else is it determined when you play "Play 2" and "Play 1" in a single turn?

Overall, though, love the concept, and it's executed well for the compo.

elemel says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:04pm

At first I was put off by the introduction, because the game sounded overly complex. But it played nicely and I managed to win! (Barely.) Well done.

Scam says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:08pm

Well, this was original. I liked the card mechanics, but moving and shooting with the keyboard was quite cumbersome. I still have mixed feelings from this game.

Skipi says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:53pm

Very interesting game. Only criticism I see with it is it seemed like the cards I picked didn't matter. Perhaps make cards with stronger effects?

HuntTheWumpus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:15pm

@ketura: Thanks. Yes, the order in which the selected cards are played is random (or not random, but you don't have any influence on it) Due to the lack of time, I didn't implement an ordering mechanic :/

Jim Haslett says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:32pm

Interesting concept. I like the king!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:32pm

fun game

whilefun says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:03am

The music was pretty cool. I managed to beat a couple rounds. However, on entering round 3, each time I selected cards, it would just auto win the round. I was fiddling with it, and looked down and saw I was in round 10! Not sure what happened there.

Techblogogy says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:23pm

Nice game!

TheNewPhoenix says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:46pm

This is a great game. This would be an even better game if you could add more mobs.

Slothmachine says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:06pm

I always knew in my heart that chess pieces hated snowmen. Interesting game. Controls work well. Gameplay is challenging. Good job.

SK16 Games says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 5:23pm

Interesting game, and very creative with the game and goal changing each round! ☃-army!!

eerongal says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 11:44pm

this is a really cool concept, i really enjoyed it!

Zi says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 1:20am

LOVE IT! It's like chess meets Fluxx meets... snowman... shooter... thing. LOVE IT!

JJEvil says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 2:57pm

Good entry. Good idea executed fairly well. I liked it despite my hate for snowmen.

Felladrin says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 3:43pm

Great idea! Good choice of soundtracks! Well done!

MrBadIvan says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 8:36pm

Innovative gameplay, nice sound, I liked the process, very interesting=)

Os_Reboot says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 5:51pm

I was encountering the bug that would skip rounds as well. Incredible concept, +5 for Innovation!

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