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

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Remote Control

by Louisload - Compo Entry

>> Change channels using the numeric keys 1-9. The cute character is controlled with the arrow keys. <<

This is your good old television screen.
And a weird little man is inside it, trying to find out about something...
The cute character is controlled with the arrow keys.
Change channels using the numeric keys 1-9. Since you don't have cable those are the only channels available.
Please be safe.

Here is a walkthrough in case you don't have time to search the end or are stuck:

Edit: Thank you all nice people for your feedback! It is much appreciated and I am taking notes of all your suggestions in case I make a polished sequel of this! :DD

P.s.: This game was developed for the the Ludum Dare 31: Entire Game on One Screen.
Besides having all the action happening in one television screen, the theme was also applied in a more technical way: if you look at the source code, which was made in Construct 2, everything was programmed in one single screen (also known as layout in Construct).

P.p.s.: I wont tell the secret that lies within the channel 9.

Made with:
- Construct 2
- Ableton Live
- GIMP 2
- Piskel
- Love

Downloads and Links




Javabot says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 3:12am

This was a very fun game to play, and the music fit everything. I am happy this game exists.

tonypai says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 10:33am

This is very cool! What should I do after pick up the key and door? Is there any secret hiding? :D

Louisload says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 11:01am

yes tonypai, there is! i don't want to spoil it tho, just try to access one of the channels you can't at the beginning
thank you for your feedback Javabot & tonypai!

Wakka says ...
Dec 7, 2014 @ 6:01pm

Very funny game with great gfx and sound. I found the channel witching took a bit long, but all in all great work!

Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:55am

Wonderful game, my only gripe about it is how there isn't a sequel

tonypai says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:17am

I did it! Finally! TV definitely sucks! lol

Thanks for making this game, I'm really enjoy it. :D

apiotrw says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:22am

Very unusual and interesting idea

Insality says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:25am

cool LD Theme idea and implementation! Was difficult to understand what's happening at start :D

jfreax says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:38am

Wonderful game. I really like the idea.
Nice simple graphics. The music fits very good.

Its not that simple. And sometime its takes a rather long time to switch the channel. But overall, very good. Well done.

oh_andrej says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:42am

Ha, I actually had the same idea but didn't go for it since I didn't know how to implement it...but you did it :D You need some trial and error but it's fun exploring and the music is actually quite atmospheric. I like it!

dekkuran says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:45am

Original idea. Loved the channel switching and having to keep track of where you are. Great music too. So soothing and grumpy. :)

mahu says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:53am

The music is creepy! and i get stucked many times changing the channels; =/

hexagore says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:18pm

Very original concept.. love the blade runner-esque music too. Nice! :)

lisac says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:19pm

Very good game, great concept!

anokta says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:28pm

cool concept! didn't get what to do after opening the door though. anything more?

Louisload says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:47pm

thanks for the feedback everyone!
@anokta: after opening the door, get the maximum to the left as you can and then go to channel 7, the cosmetic advertising channel :3

bazld says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:59pm

Great idea. And, yes, kinda creepy?!
I really admire entries that fully embraced the theme (I struggled this time).

MegaMasterX says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:18pm

The puzzle aspects of this entry are really well thought-out. Job-well done!

Zolkren says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:20pm

As mentioned before, the music is pretty fun to hear.
The fact that you do not have to download this game makes it more comfortable to play.
good game.

inkeystring says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:20pm

really nice much scope too :)

adrianulima says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:21pm

nice music and very good use of the theme.. great game!

Kim says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:22pm

Cool idea and creepy 80s sci-fi-ish music :D Got the key and door, couldnt figure out the rest. Interesting!

CatOnMars says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:22pm

Nice puzzle platformer with innovative concept and it really fit into the theme! GJ!

hectorhon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:32pm

Great concept! First game I played today that sticks close to the theme. I like the music, suits the game perfectly :)

hectorhon says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:35pm

There's actually a shortcut though, no need for the key... just go to the channel with the colour stripes ;)

Tuism says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:36pm

It might look subpar, but the idea is really good. I don't know what to do after the key, I'm assuming get to the big guy or something.

I think I would like there to be more of a "system", a way to tell that I'm going to fall or not fall besides trying everything. It's a really good smart idea, just needs a bit more design and polish :)

Rulrite says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:37pm

A very innovative use of the theme and a real brain teaser! I beat it with the help of a notepad, haha. Great work - it was fun to work out the right path through the game.

Louisload says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:01pm

@hectorhon damn! i knew i would leave some kind of loophole D: nice find!

pjimmy says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:01pm

love it, the music is great and the concept is very original

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:06am

Challenging game, great concept! I Included it in part 2 of my Ludum Dare 31 compilation video series, if you would like to check it out :)

InfectionTeam says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:26am

Interesting concept, I like your use of the theme as well :D Took me a while to wrap my head around the space X channels.

xaedes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:52pm

Very cool idea!! But it was really annoying to switch channels. Make it somehow smoother please.

Beerman says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:19pm

Great twist on the theme - I got past the door and now I'm standing on a cloud next to a snowman - is that the end?

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

Thank you everyone for your suggestions! It is much appreciated and I am taking notes of all of them in case I make a polished sequel of this!

@Beerman: That is not the end but you are so, so, sooooo close! I made a super-quick walkthrough here if you want to see what happens:

trykondev says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:35am

Interesting idea, I was a big fan of the music and the static sound effect. NIce take on the theme

rantt says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:45am

Cool concept, I really liked this, though it did take me a while to figure out what to do. Great job :)

puppetmaster says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 7:52am

Very cool implementation of the theme, love it!

Thanks for commenting our game.
My kids shacked to the snowmään song! :-)

zzq says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:15am

Walked through using jumps and another sequence then in video. Great idea.

wademcgillis says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:47pm

Great game! I eventually gave up and watched the walkthrough. Sometimes when changing channels, the player disappears and the game has to load channels a second time. If the channel switching was faster, it wouldn't be an issue.

TheMeorch says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 9:53pm

This is interesting -- as a player I'm tempted to want to be able to see all the screens at once, so I can strategically try to figure out where to go. But this definitely hearkens back to an earlier age of adventure gaming where players had to figure everything out for themselves, and there's definitely value in that. Nice work!

Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:06pm

Pretty cool idea for the game. The channel switching worked well. Nice art and music. The character could perhaps have had little floatier jump.

Elendow says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:24am

Great game, I love the concept, there's a lot of possibilities on it.

NPException says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 2:49pm

The music is soooo strange, but very fitting! :)
The best use of the theme I have seen so far!

sebasRez says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:21pm

Wow, that was some trippy stuff. I really liked the concept but without reading the info I wouldn't have known to change the channels with the number pad or to move the character. Definitely a game of discovery and playing around to get a grip of the game which is cool in its own right. (I got up to unlocking the door)

Slothmachine says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:51pm

Cool idea! Takes a little time to figure out what channels to use. Graphics are pretty fun too :)

Wilou1428 says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 9:20pm

I've got the went to the door. The door disappeared and I don't know what to do next. It is very unique game congrats :D

OFF says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:10am

A perfect idea for the theme, but the cost of die & retry is maybe too high, it would be interesting to previz the other level in thumbnail or not die directly.

Dec 14, 2014 @ 8:41pm

Really fun game, concept is very funny. Enjoyed it, nice job!

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 1:19am

Very innovative, nice graphics, sounds, and good game overall. Great job

Aisland says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 10:19am

Very funny game, great idea and special control

alyphen says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 2:12pm

I wasn't actually that keen on this entry - the mechanic was interesting to play with, and remembering every screen was tough, but it was lacking quite a lot of polish. Some of the text looks like it was scribbled together in MSPaint or something, and the music was fairly repetitive.
It would have been interesting if the music changed with each channel, and the transitioning between channels was made smoother - the huge grey background and obtrusive noise wasn't really the best way to go about this.
Death wasn't really punishing, but I guess that kind of worked. You kept all your items, and nothing really happened.
There wasn't much content or story - I wasn't attached to the character in any way, he was just "a graphical glitch on my television" so finding true love didn't really make me feel anything. The platforming physics weren't the greatest - it allowed you to get stuck in blocks and stuff - but it just about worked.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 4:33am

very innovative - very fun - great job

hissssssssss says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 6:15am

Heh, your idea was similar to mine, but I like the way you've executed it as a puzzle-platformer. There were a few bugs, though--it was easy to get stuck in objects when changing channels, and if you "died," sometimes I would get stuck in some kind of infinite static loop.
By being very careful and by following the walkthrough I was able to finish it. I don't know what made you choose this type of music, but it's a nice, mellow, weird kind of track that fits well.

jpmit says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 9:11am

Cool idea, good use of the theme, fun and challenging. Haunting music, good graphics, and some humour to cap it off ;) All round a great entry!

Gins says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 10:41am

Pretty cool idea, but it's easy to win the game by just switching to the snowman channel right at the start after jumping, so you don't have to get the key and unlock the door ^-^

Dec 28, 2014 @ 10:46am

Hey ! I loved it, I love the idea. You should explain how to change channel in the game, it seems obvious when you know, but at first I was about to quit xD. I loved the music and the overall weird late night tv vibe (a bit of twin peaks ?). Also one funny thing, I finished the game without the key.

DavidErosa says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 12:17pm

Cool idea! I found if a bit hard to get it initially but once you get the grasp of it it's totally fun!

BabaJaga says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 3:25pm

Creepy music, I like it.

SK16 Games says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 3:26pm

Really good use of theme! Fun to play, and nice audio! The Twin Peaks referece, just made my day! Damn good cup of game!

Igor KinGamer says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 4:41pm

Loved the end! P-E-R-F-E-C-T. hahaha :)

Dec 28, 2014 @ 9:42pm

Very cool idea. Could use a lot more presentational polish and gameplay tweaks though, I think the player control is a bit slow, and transitioning between the channels takes a little bit too long. Really cool take on the theme though.

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