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

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Council of Smiles

by MatthewHolland - Compo Entry

It's a sort of visual novel government sim, set in a nation of smiley faces.

The game plays in a few minutes; playthroughs are slightly randomised so please have a second go if you could tolerate the first.
(It's quicker if you want to click through the 'animations' or use Ren'Py's fast forward feature, which I'm assured will only skip text you've already seen.)

If you're interested in the source you'll find the game logic in script.rpy and events.rpy, in a curious mixture of Ren'Py and Python proper.

Full disclosure: I'm employed as a designer (and previously a sort of programmer). If you want to take that into account you can.

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tomdeal says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:04pm

the game could use some more graphics. I like the smiley faces, they provide good feedback.

ViliX64 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:06pm

That's one well made game. I could see this become a bigger game. You've got 5/5 from me :)

qleonetti says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:08pm

Promising ! A bit hard to guess what they want, but the concept is interesting

PTSnoop says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:11pm

Intriguing game idea! I'd have liked a longer game, though, so you have more of a chance to get to the smiley faces and learn to predict what they'll like and what they won't.

Ulydev says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 8:12pm

Interesting concept !

Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:14pm

graphics could be better, other than that not bad

mogwai says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:21pm

Really enjoyed this, good job.
Also scarily familiar since I'm from Sweden and the governments budget didn't pass here recently :)

bobombe says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:26pm

I played 3 times ^^, it's interesting ...

psychomonster says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:28pm

Nice Idea. Tricky questions :D Love this creative idea... maybe with a little more graphics and some sounds (speech) it would be much better.

Catwheel says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:58pm

I enjoyed it. Could do with some graphics and audio that help set the mood of the game.

LethalyGuy says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:35am

Very interesting idea. But really hard to understand what they want for me.

caryoscelus says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:04pm

Well done!

// caryoscelus

Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:33am

Smooth execution, but it felt a bit sparse.

gene-z says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 8:58pm

Poor, but cool

rfgpfeiffer says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 4:57pm

Interesting idea, and I like the simple represenation with smilies. If work on this continues there should, in my opinion, be more feedback about smily opinion, for example some interesting ways to question the smilies what they want, etc., so if feels more like negotiation/player has more control. - Tilman (from compo account)

edve98 says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 5:43pm

Very interesting game!

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 4:11pm

nice dude

rjhelms says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 8:46pm

Cool idea. I don't think I've ever seen a government sim done as a Ludum Dare game before - good job!

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