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

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Build A Snowman

by peejaygee - Compo Entry

This is my entry for Ludum Dare 31 - Build A Snowman

I have to admit, the original idea was all based around the fact that the 'uni-code snowman' may have won, but the theme still allowed me to build this.

I have compiled it in Windows (Windows 8.1) and have put a .exe and a .zip in the links.(Use mouse for grabbing)

I also compiled it out into an .apk and if you know how to get this to an android phone, this is great, if you don't, I'm not explaining, Google is your friend, but you might want to think.. "should I be doing that"... there are no funky permissions on it when you install it. (Use your finger to grab falling parts, yeah, I know, I'm sorry, it's difficult on a small screen, but it was initially build for windows only, the Android and HTML were just an after thought)

I also compiled into HTML5 and I've tested it on the following browsers. * Please note, original was indended for Windows users, HTML5 and Android are for users who don't use Windows, so there are a few more bugs.

SeaMonkey 2.31 - Works if you actually click on the 'Hit S to Start' with your mouse
Firefox 34.0 - I couldn't get it to work (it may be my configuration, try your FF)
Palemoon Version: 25.1.0 (x64) - Works
Wyzo v3.6.4.1 - Doesn't work
Internet Explorer V11.0.9600.17416 - Works
Google Chrome Version 39.0.2171.71 m - Works
Opera Version 26.0.1656.32 - Doesn't work

and Yeah, I do have that many browsers on my system.

Please try you version of any browser you have, it may be my configuration and that is why it doesn't work for me on some of them.

There is a tune in the game, but it's turned off by default, to give people the choice of listening or not.

Basic rules of the game.

There are 8 boxes at the bottom of the screen, and falling from the left and right you have parts of a snowman, two snowballs, hat, coal and a carrot. The idea being you catch it, and drag it down to the box, as you do, a piece appears in the box, get all the pieces the snowman starts to dance, click it, you'll get points.

You don't have to literally drag the next piece needed to build it, just click and drag anyone (would have been too hard the other way)

You'll see a Furnace Fahrenheit value, temperature and snow/ice don't mix, keep this value low by dumping a caught snowball in the chute to the right. Keeping it low means you'll get a bigger score when you click on the snowman.

Should this temperature reach 30F it's game over.

Hope you like it, feedback would be appreciated (I know there are a few little bugs, but I didn't have the time to fully iron them out, the game itself is playable, and I hope you like the background, it's actually my backgarden).

Downloads and Links




SirJavaGaming says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:42am

How does this game work? Im using the Android version on my S3 (4.3). How can I control those things?

peejaygee says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:01pm

Use your finger to grab the falling snowman parts, then drag them down.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:53pm

Woh huge screen! And it took forever to load. I like those RL graphics though.

pancakecity says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:57pm

Ha ha, snowman :D and, great music!

It was a little hard to grab the parts. And I noticed that the parts you grab do not seem to correspond to the parts that appear on the snowman.

ponk says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:47am

☃ ... !

floorman says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:43am

Someone wanted the snowman theme I think... =)

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

Hey nice concept but you should make colliders bigger because it's really hard to grab things

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:59am

Funny indeed...

Arovoid says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:00am

I like your attempt, because you are ttrying something new.

However, the game is very hard to understand a lacks a bit of directive. Introducing a bit of backstory why I need a furnace to be so hot might help :).

dcolgan says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:02am

Neat concept, but I think long-term playability may be an issue.

Akurn says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:06am

I could see this working really well as a mobile game.
And not sure if it was intentional, but the random physics actually adds a lot of fun to it lol

FatKarate says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:14am


Apple Padle says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:13pm

I cant seem to play it anywhere seems interesting tho

rainshapes says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:14pm

☃☃☃ Like the song.

Dec 12, 2014 @ 3:39pm

I dont know where the furnace is, but good game! I Included it in part 9 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :)

vinull says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 4:18pm

Nice game!

Took a bit to figure out what the chute was for the furnace - looked like the rest of the level so I didn't think that was it. I also had items vanishing on the left, I don't know if that was supposed to happen. I think I would have liked having to build the snowman in order from the correct parts more and maybe using the temp to cause different parts to spawn (warmer for coal for example).

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 9:46am

Hi there. Looks great, but the collision detection and the grab/throw seem to be messed up, needs some work. Like the music. Good job!

Beerman says ...
Dec 18, 2014 @ 7:48pm

Bit too slow paced, and it was hard to figure out where the furnace was, but nice idea. Could make a good mobile game with a bit of polish.

Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:54pm

*I Included it in part 11 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :)

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 8:05pm

hy ncie mannnnnn

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