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

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Traffic Cop

by ondrejbalas - Compo Entry

Traffic Cop is a riveting game where you watch traffic that behaves in unpredictable ways, but like a real traffic cop are powerless to impact change.

It was my first attempt at a Ludum Dare, and while I learned a lot in the process I was ultimately unsuccessful. If you "play" it, I hope that it amuses you for at least a few seconds!

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FrozenCow says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 7:22pm

It amused me for a minute or so ;) It looks very nice for a first attempt. Hopefully good luck next time!

Tokw says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:11pm

It's a funny little game, the AI pathing seems to work quite well, maybe after the Ludum dare you can expand off this.

hazzahazzam says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:54am

Nifty little AI running. I could use this as a screensaver!

Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:26pm

Aw, was expecting cars to start crashing around. Hope you are more successful next time.

Just Tom says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:44pm

It's an interesting little system, it's nifty but I left it running for a while and they started off roading! Crazy drivers!

rantt says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:36pm

Interesting to watch, grats on your first Ludum Dare and getting something out there :)

ehtd says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:44am

It is nice you give it a try at ludum dare. Add tapping to destroy each car and you can have a playable game.

Snail_Man says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 4:31am

It actually was pretty amusing for the first little while. I think this would make a great screen saver.
One improvement I would make is making it so that the cars actually avoid each other. It was cool as it was, but the thing I like the most about watching real life traffic patterns is seeing how thousands of cars flow in and out, but not a single one hits another (at least usually). I hope you keep working on this though, it's cool!

ondrejbalas says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:20am

Thanks for all the comments! I actually spent most of Sunday trying to get cars to not hit each other (with success, actually), but wasn't able to get the cars coming on from the on-ramps to predict when there would be a gap for them to fit into. I am hoping to refactor the code and finish the "game" itself at some point soon. If I do I will post a link to the post-compo version.

oranebeast says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:15am

Seems like russia. When people crash, they just keep going.

lase says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:34am

I love that no cars ever leave. I've just been watching it for a while now. Actually, when I tabbed back over, everyone had stopped a few trucks were in the grass :) Keep workin on it!

BMacIntosh says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 2:51am

I love the idea of exploring interesting AI and sharing that with other developers. Best of luck to your future entries, I hope they continue to have neat AI.

psychomonster says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 8:05am

Funny :) Its a nice start for a simcity-like traffic engine :D COngrats for the first dare :D

hbocao says ...
Dec 17, 2014 @ 9:37pm

Very cool to watch! Too bad you didn't finished in time :(

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 2:59am

really nice work

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