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

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Simulacra in Space

by Hob623 - Jam Entry

You are on a mission, but sometimes you forget why. The idea came after first wondering why there would only be a single screen, and why it would be important. In this game, the one screen is a computer terminal in a spaceship that can produce lifelike simulations of dreams, presumably for the astronauts to amuse themselves with. Long haul space travel rarely is touched on in media, mainly because it is boring and slow, so this game was me trying to recreate the mood of tedium and transit, in a setting only existing in relation to the journey's end.

Might not be for everyone? Also, the audio noise is intentional.

I'm pleased with this game! I like how when using the computer your needs are obscured, as well as being quite fond of the beep noise. This was also the first time making a game completely by myself.

Controls: Arrow keys, mouse

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Ratings

#383Humor(Jam)2.81
#437Innovation(Jam)3.13
#586Audio(Jam)2.43
#603Mood(Jam)2.91
#844Theme(Jam)3.09
#898Graphics(Jam)2.30
#959Overall(Jam)2.52
#967Fun(Jam)2.22
#1818Coolness36%

Comments

jtpup0 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:44am

interesting concept and fun, a nice cross breed between point and click and survival

Bygmalion says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:03pm

Feels like I'm in space.

chibiFlux says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 11:39pm

Interesting idea. But the controlls where a bit too slow and i couldn't interact within the simulations. :(

Ken Scott says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:48am

Interesting. I was kinda hoping for more interaction or a bigger payoff. Well done, regardless.

Conflei says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:18pm

Hahahaha Simulacra, en mi pais y en mi idioma seria un nombre muy muy gracioso, buen juego :) Saludos desde Venezuela.

ponk says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:08pm

Clay monster is awesome !
Dreams are cools.

Here my suggestion about the game :
May be the controls could be speed up ?
And add velocity ? Like if it was zero gravity

Dec 12, 2014 @ 7:40pm

Neat idea!
Movement was super slow, though.
Good job (:

Hob623 says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 4:37am

@chibiFlux @ponk @Elemental Zeal Games Studios Sorry about the movement thing. It was meant to lend itself to the feeling of sluggishness and the syrupy feeling of disconnection of being in transit, but if it got in the way of the game then I should have scrapped it. Also ponk the zero gravity thing would've been neat. Thanks for the feedback!

sorlok says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 3:22am

A cool idea, and evokes some interesting emotions. Feels a little unfocused, but definitely worth a play!

Empyrealhell says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:38am

I was hoping that I could talk to the pilot about the missing recordings, but unless I missed something there didn't seem to be a way to interact with him. This was definitely the least fun game I've played, but I don't think that was the point, and you did a tremendous job of capturing the tedium of a monotonous existence like one would have in deep space. I think the slow movement speed helped with that feeling, and I think a better answer to that issue would have been to make the hunger & health meters just tick down a bit slower so that you retained the sluggish pace, without having the player spend over 50% of the time walking back and forth.

daviosmash says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:56am

Definitely a bit slow on the controls, but it was fun anyways

Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:12am

wwooo ! Sadly I don't have window but the screenshots are very original :)

Mechamew says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 10:37pm

Please put together a Web or mac build! Based on the first screen shot, I think I'll love this!

caryoscelus says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 10:58pm

Looking past simplistic graphics, it's a cool little game. Get yourself an artist and don't make the movement that slow, you might achieve great things.
Also, why not pause time during simulations?

lonely2012

Hob623 says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 10:52pm

@caryoscelus Time doesn't pause in the simulations because that's largely the point I was trying to make, that trying to entertain yourself with them was distracting you from your immediate goals (although the goals in this situation were so mundane as to be ridiculous). That's also why the dream window covers up your needs: When you're in any sort of simulation, the real world falls away and you have to concentrate to remember your needs. Maybe a bit too harsh and annoying for people wanting to poke around a short LD entry, but I thought it was important for the intended message of the game (Gosh that sounds pretentious). And thanks!

@Empyrealhell Interesting suggestion, thanks!

Also sorry to anyone who cannot run the windows version, I cannot export to anything else right now.

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 7:53pm

nice concept keep it up

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