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

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A Game Of Life

by liamtwose - Compo Entry

A Game of life. What legacy will you leave behind?

Drag objects or the counter with (U) on it around to interact with the world.

Ironically I was mega busy running my own life while Ludum Dare was underway, not really lending me enough time to really devote to this project.

I will be continuing the project beyond the competition as I believe the core idea behind it is unique and will improve as development unfolds further.

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Ratings

Coolness50%
#526Innovation3.17
#892Humor1.82
#930Theme3.27
#1093Overall2.56
#1137Fun2.19

Comments

Anti says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:24am

Great idea! Pretty fun to play with. But the movement feels awkard and in the beginning it's unclear what to do. But once you figure it out it becomes very fun.

apiotrw says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:24am

Solid but confusing at first

revolter says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:54am

You should make the goal clearer for the player. It's a little confusing what one should do.

43iscoding says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:54am

Nice concept, looking forwards to a complete game

hexagore says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:00am

I'm going to be honest, I don't think I understand what I was supposed to do in this game at all! I could only interact with water and food. Is it... allegorical in some way? :)

liamtwose says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:46am

Hi thanks to all the comments / votes. So wish I'd had more time to make it a lot more polished. You drag your counter, the one with the U on it, to interact with the buildings, such as the house, shop and work. Plus you can also drag food / water to interact with things also.

The main premise for the game is for people to discover, which is why I opted for little in the way of tutorial etc, but future versions, I will give this some thought :)

Thank you all for playing it and for the kind comments / feedback. Absorbed and duly noted :)

victorafael says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:14pm

I didn't got what I have to do!

Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:14pm

Definitely needs some work. Also the feedback to what you are doing is lacking. The idea doesn't really come across to me. How do I gain carma? Can I talk to people? Art style is interesting.

Kwask says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:17pm

I agree with the others that I was confused about what to do at the beginning, but I liked it after I figured things out. I wasn't ever sure what the "Karma" bar was for, though.

liamtwose says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:32pm

Yeah good point could probably lose the karma bar actually. Was supposed to affect the outcome of your legacy etc but I guess its superfluous. :)

Again later versions I'd like to explore aspects like socialising etc and more vital stats to manage. I just need to figure out a way of doing so without crowding the screen even more than it is :)

cutandreil says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:32pm

Need some tutorial!
I've restart 4 times.
And I still don't know how to make an impact...

JayCee23 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:39pm

Everyone keeps dying. I give them food and water whenever I can, but nothing happens.

liamtwose says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 1:52pm

They are technically supposed to go hunt for food and water but there seems to be a few economical issues. Shall have to work on a new version once the compo is over.

Logun says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:34pm

Nice and simple idea, but I didin't get what I have to do exactly, simply live ?
The game starts quickly to flick after 4-5 min :/

Majoolwip says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 2:38pm

What is going on here?

Rozaxe says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:53pm

Simple and clean. Miss some instruction and a goal !

yongcamu says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:39pm

Looks like an interesting concept. That Karma counter caught my attention. I'm guessing if you are to build on this, there are like a whole bunch of relational decisions that a player can make? What sort of legacy can we leave behind though? :D

FerraWare says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:25am

Great idea! Needs a tutorial though, and some relaxing music :P

Why did you opt-out of the graphics category? Although simple, they are pretty nice!

liamtwose says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:33am

Thank you yes the initial plan was to see how long you could carry your legacy on for through pro-creation. I've actually done away with the karma bar, but not entirely, the player ultimately may or may not know if they're doing good or bad, but their legacy will inevitably reflect that or the direction their game takes.

I realised soon in that the game idea I thought was simple, actually wasn't so much so.

I opted out of the graphics @FerraWare as I'm not the greatest artist and felt the majority would likely not see it as I hoped :)

I've got a few ideas to revamp and create a second version.

A tutorial will definitely be present even if it merely introduces certain aspects as you go, the first time round. Relaxing music, added to the list :)

Thank you for all the great feedback.

Jayson says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:53am

I tried everything to get my karma up, but nothing increases it. Was interesting and a bit confusing, but not a terrible experience.

Unique so 5 stars for innovation :D

JJEvil says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:53pm

Can't wait to play the finished version. Cool idea.

Hellequin says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:35pm

So innovative ! I love it ^^ well done!

sweenist says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:11pm

It took a bit to intuit the controls. I am not clear as to whether I can leave a legacy or not. I fail to make an impact. But I have played this like 7 times so there is some replayability to it. I like the unique idea. What would this look like if you got to polish it?

drludos says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:25pm

Interesting concept - art to grasp at first, but I can see how this would evolve in a full fledged life-simulation - looking forward the post-compo version of the game

dunin says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:56pm

seems to be a cool game but very (too for me) confused...
(maybe because it's life?)

liamtwose says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:21pm

I've done a 1st retake... which can be played at http://gamejolt.com/games/strategy-sim/a-game-of-life/41499/ - this is closer to how I envisaged.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Seems like it would be a really interesting game, but it sorely needs some instructions.

Noah Ratcliff says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:27pm

Interesting idea! Kind of confusing to play, and having elements overlap on the screen can be annoying, but still fun!

ruerob says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:29pm

Was fun to play. But I don't get it fully. I have lived my little life a little and tried to survive like every day of my real life. It was as hard as in real life... Therefor I think I did well. Nice little game to explore.

Dec 11, 2014 @ 7:39pm

I'm afraid I don't quite understand... What do the other letters (W etc.) mean? Can I interact with the other M's and F's? What's the objective? How can I "make an impact" at the end?

Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:19pm

I like games that force the player to figure things out on their own, but I think it's a lot harder to do so in a timed setting. With failure looming overhead, I become more stressed about losing than curious about winning!

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 10:25am

Hi there. Interesting world you made. Couldn't really understand what was going on. Got money, food, job. Shame no sounds.

Dec 14, 2014 @ 11:24am

Unique take on the theme but as others have said was a bit confusing. Think if you do keep on working it will be interesting to see what a more polished version plays like.

liamtwose says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 2:49pm

Thanks everybody, the feedback provided has been immense. I definitely prefer not to hand-hold the player too much, although realise I needed a small fraction to better explain what was expected of the player. Make sure to follow me @liamtwose on twitter if you are interested in seeing the future of "a game of life"

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