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

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Santas Serfs

by ProfessorRekyl - Jam Entry

Santas Serfs
Can you fulfill your duties at Santas workshop as a quality inspector?

This game is a humorous puzzle game about the truth about the hardship of the elf's working at Santas factory on the north pole. Try out if you are sharp enough to keep your employment until next year!

Please use Web link and full screen for best experience, keep mouse inside game window when dragging objects.

Mouse left click is everything you need.
You might need to move the mouse slowly to get a hang of the physics. Package weight affects the movement.
(After you lose a cheat-key is presented on the lose-screen)

Tip: Dont lose the caliper!

About the creators
Two brothers making their first game entry to Ludum Dare. It was a good experience!

Music during gameplay is "Miri's Magic Dance" by Kevin MacLeod (

Downloads and Links




Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Great idea! When I click on an object it was moving like 3 or 4 times faster than my mouse does though. This makes it very hard to do anything unfortunately.

cmayhem says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:47pm

Nice use of physics! Kept loosing the size meter (dropping of the table). Lovely graphics and music. Good job!

OneMuppet says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:48pm

Nice sound track and start screen! The game it self, I felt like I was working! :) I would have liked the possibility to start a riot and go rampage on the evil santa! :)

jarry says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:50pm

Nice Concept. Love the bad santa and the gun shots in the background

johnbrynte says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:54pm

Really fun concept! Actually gives you a reminder of what christmas can also result in..

ponk says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:58pm

Good work, cool music !
I had fun playing with the physics even if throwing presents at trash is kind of sad x)

Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:12pm

Very fun, yet challenging. liek if u cri everitim

jpmit says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:13pm

good fun!

Aomeas says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:17pm

The physics doesn't respond well to my mouse :/
When doing a movement across half the screen, the package barely moves.
Mac OSX related problem ?
(I will wait till it's fixed to vote :3)

dook says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:37pm

Hehe, what a gruesome game. Almost like a christmas themed Papers Please. The controls were really wonky and the game wasn't much fun, but the again, working in Santa's workshop isn't supposed to be! :D

Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:38pm

Thanks for all the comments! Regarding the mouse sensitivity it have been really hard to fins a setting to work for as many players as possible. Beta-testing resulted in these settings. Would it be possible to try with a little higher mouse sensitivity? In next version we will try to add a setting for the mouse behavior. Thanks again! /Sandmark brothers

sharpie656 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:47pm

Kind of reminds me of a 3d papers please, which is pretty cool.

Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:48pm

Really cool music! Maybe you should post it somewhere :D
Overall this is an excellent re-imagining of Papers, Please, right down to the oppressive atmosphere.

Wezley says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:48pm

Pretty cool game. Controls are very awkward though.

nuiguy says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:54pm

I really enjoyed this game! And Bad Santa :) I love it!
Nice art style as well, but Santa coming in and checking on me was creepy! Also, OneMuppet's idea of starting a riot *****!!

badlydrawnrod says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:54pm

It's reminiscent of Papers Please, but it's rather tricky to control. Other than that, it's a coherent experience, although don't tell any young kids that Santa looks like Brian Blessed meets Vlad the Impaler.

xaedes says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:55pm

Cool idea - a little hard to work out the controls. "Failure is not an option" - I laughed^o^

MintArcade says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:00pm

Nice game!!!

wer2chosen says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:00am

Loved the concept, had fun. This is how the north pole actually is. Power to the people.

Arkrothe says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:00pm

The size meter keeps dropping ._.
Quite fun though

deyteris_team says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 9:55am

The game is well done. Thanks for bringing Christmas a spirit.

BabaJaga says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 2:17pm

Reminds me of Papers, please! I love the music.

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