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

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Snowman Ski Jump

by stevehb - Compo Entry

Snowman Ski Jump!

I liked the snowman theme because it's seasonal, so I wanted to make a game that still included that.

In Snowman Ski Jump, you build a snowman by rolling snowballs down the ski jump ramp and collecting items in the air. The larger (bottom) snowball can collect sticks for arms. The smaller head snowball can collect charcoal eyes, a carrot nose, and a top hot.

After you roll the bottom and top snowballs, your resulting snowman is scored, even if he's in pieces!

Perfect score is 1000.

Also note:

Snowman Ski Jump has no graphics assets. All the graphics are procedural, meaning they drawn by feeding vertices and colors to the renderer. Wanted to do a lot more with this, but ran out of time. Also no sound for the same reason.

The game is kind of tricky. Just press 'R' to restart and try again.

Downloads and Links




zulubo says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:00am

Liked the idea, but could have been enhanced with more creative visuals/ audio. Nice overall, though, I can see a very fun game in this!!

Gaspard_ says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:56am

So freagin' hard, but the core idea seems nice, like above, could use better graphics.
I had no sound, I hope I'm note missing something since the above comment spoke of audio...

Fanttum says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:19am

Kinda fun but also had lots of bugs. The ramp literally disappeared one time...

devshawn says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:27am

It was fun, but definitely a bit buggy.

OccamsRazor says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:30am

Pretty cool idea, I enjoyed it! Took me forever to get a successful one built :P

dokidoki says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:35am

I like the idea, but I wasn't able to build one. :(
After a few plays I kept getting "__gwt$exception: <skipped>: Cannot read property 'b' of null (typeError)"

Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:36am

I did manage to strike a few poses. I was not able to impress the judges though.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 2:14pm

This is really fun as is. Something about it really reminds me of crane prize machine games. Great work!

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:41pm

The platform disappeared sometimes, and sometimes the snowballs rolled of the platform.

It is also extremely hard :D

Technically well made, could use some improvements.

redoxkun says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:17pm

Is very fun, nice idea!

peterthehe says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:03pm

Reminded me of some Happy Wheels custom levels

DrGeraud says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:11pm

Neat idea !

TriSquare says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:11am

I like it good job, It runs good but has a lot of bugs, my ramp sometimes glitches or something and the stuff flies through and I need to reload the game, anyway very nice

Dec 13, 2014 @ 12:21am

Oops, broke it when I got the first ball to balance just on the edge of the other side of the platform.
Other than that, really neat entry. Well done!

chaosed0 says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 4:09pm

Solid mechanic, but maybe a little too difficult. Also ran into a few TypeErrors.

Integershift says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 11:08pm

Best I could get 449/1000 Good game I ran into a few bugs and got some errors pop up in the bottom interesting Idea though. Only thing missing was some better graphics but other than that a fun game.

pht59x says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 8:20pm

Funny use of physics. However, the gameplay is a bit repetitive and slow.

Scam says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 2:59pm

I really didn't understand this until I re-read the instructions. There is not much to play, but I get the idea.

NeiloGD says ...
Dec 30, 2014 @ 1:28am

This is pretty great. The visuals were good, worked really well, some sound would have been nice. Sadly it did seem to be a little buggy (sometimes the slope would vanish, colours would mess up, etc), but other than that great job!

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