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

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Frank's New Job

by SinistraGames - Jam Entry

Controls:
Movement: Arrow-keys or "WASD"
Interact: "Space"

You're Frank, and you've just gotten yourself a new job. Now all your new co-workers needs your help! Good luck with that.

This is a twist on an adventure game. and we went on about the theme of "Entire game on one screen" by having the game always take place inside of the same office space. And you can clearly (hopefully) get the feel of the theme!

We had plans for adding a lot more "gamey" events to the game (as well as tons of more humor, being our main focus). So you would have more win/fail scenarios. There was just not enough time for us!

We built all art from scratch. We didn't use any unity store assets or anything. The only thing that we used that we didn't create ourselves are some royalty free music from the well-known Kevin Macleod!

Which could be found here: http://incompetech.com
(Thank you for the awesome music, Kevin!)

This project was developed by two people!

We were both planning the game together, and we had lots of fun along the way. But, wow. What a ride it has been!

Jannick Lian: Main programmer, some art design, pasta-maker
Aleksander Royson Nilsen: Main art designer, pasta-maker

Tools of the trade:
Programming: Unity3D (2D)
Art : Paint.NET, GIMP
Sound: Audacity

Known bugs unfixed because of the time frame:
- Sometimes you glitch when exiting a door. Exiting again works fine

- Follow the exclamation points! We didn't manage to make it so that you can't go into the room you're not supposed to

- There's no restart button at the end.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness84%
#29Humor(Jam)4.03
#227Mood(Jam)3.44
#239Overall(Jam)3.54
#242Graphics(Jam)3.78
#352Theme(Jam)3.70
#363Fun(Jam)3.24
#546Innovation(Jam)2.98

Comments

mrhill says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:31am

I got sacked like a boss, do I feel happy or sad :p

zillix says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:32am

Hahaha, great game! The theme was well-executied, and the characters had some awesome personalities and neat rooms. Awesome work.

samfreeman05 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:33am

I loved it, and i've been laughing so hard after the ending. Great Job

jcsirron says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:35am

"Sacked" Lol! I really enjoyed how you keep getting sent everywhere. Each person had a great personality.

pkenney says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:37am

Great job on the art and humor. I'm not really a fan of the narrative zero-decision games myself so I can't really comment on the fun.

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:03am

Pkenney: We had so many ideas, with events and multiple choices but time got the better of us : ) Thanks for your reply!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:10am

I like it! Pretty funny dialogue, and nice graphics. I got sacked though, I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if thats just how the game goes. It'd be cool to see it extended into a full game.

Muush says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:54am

Good stuff!

Divitos says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:56am

Lol, I loved the story based gameplay!
If you're making this into a full game, branching conversations might be a nice addition.

Ege says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:59am

pretty fun game !

Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:59am

The only problem is it leaves me wanting more. Nice work :)

Mixer says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:59am

Interesting.... I think it got a bit repetitive, and I felt like clicking off because I did the same thing over and over... although thats abit of a pity because I know it was meant to be to lead up to the last scene. It also didn't feel like a game because I couldn't really make any choices, there were just tasks. On the other hand, the music was good and I adore your awesome pixel style. Interesting game!

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:09am

Mixer: Trust me, we had so many event planned. So that you could have failure and win-situations. There just wasn't enough time. Thanks for your critique!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:16pm

Super fun and funny. Despite limitations you mentioned your crew got a lot in! Well done.

gladers says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:32pm

I loved it, incredible job well done with design and execution. The characters really felt immersive and unique (a bit like the IT crowd boss). Definitely going to recommend this game!

SelfishGenome says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:10pm

Another great one for humour, and overlays, why did I not think overlays, so much more use of one screen!!!

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:21pm

We really appreciate all your comments. And we promise to get around to checking out your game if you comment as well! If we receive, we give back... That sounds very manly, I'll stick with that.

LukeZaz says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:21pm

Great game. Enjoyed the dialogue a lot and pixel art was very good.

mrhill says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 1:53pm

Hi sinistragames, you commented on my game dating you didnt understand why my game puddle maker fit the theme. Hope you understod that the entire gameworld is visible all the time. Things to your left is also found if you go right ;-) awesome game btw

gallerdude says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:21pm

Nice characters!

Wayward says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:53pm

Nice game!
Great art, great story and great idea

Rocketship says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:53pm

Fun narrative but there's not much game in here unfortunately (I wanted Frank to pull out a gun and start a rampage at the office in the end :(). I enjoyed the dialogue a great deal though and the music was good. With some work this could become very interesting as you have a good concept with good characters.

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:00pm

Rocketship: Yes, unfortunately we didn't have time to put in some typical adventure gamey aspects. Like picking up stuff, interacting with objects in the room, etc. We are still considering working on this game in post. :) Thank you for review!

TZeroth says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:01pm

I loved the game and development. I toyed with it after beating, and discovered you can replay in any way or order. :B
Anyway, the game is awesome. Really.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:03pm

nice, very funny, love the visuals

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:08pm

TZeroth: This never happened *jedi-mind-trick*

Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:53pm

So much hilarity! Man those characters, couldn't stop laughing about Carl and Olaf and Steve waiting for his desk. :D

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 4:59pm

Kinda funny, it reminds me of a game I once made.

d3garcia says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:00am

I don't know if they were trolling me but it is a excellent entry!

Cake&Code says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:01am

I loved that after I got sacked I could keep playing the game behind the message, managed to get DOUBLE SACKED! :)

Tater_hater says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:04am

made me lol

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 11:59am

Cake&Code: Haha, Sackception. A sack within a sack ; )

MrBadIvan says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:54pm

I like the humor of the game's story=)

hissssssssss says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 6:05pm

It's clearly not finished, and super linear as a result, but I like what you have. I would have loved to spend more time with these characters to see how they interact. And your art is fantastic!

Lovelock says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:24am

SACKED! Haha. This was great. Reminds me of the old AGI studio style games. Groovy music too. Poor Frank.

aranscope says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 5:49pm

I really likes the characters too, good humor man :)

OrangeeZ says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 9:45pm

That was a fun little entry, well done!

Datamosh says ...
Dec 22, 2014 @ 4:43pm

It's super short but really enjoyed them. I love the humor.

Dec 25, 2014 @ 12:40am

Excellent job, guys: I like what you managed to pull off in only a few short days. The characters are distinct and interesting, both in their design and through their discussions. I hope you continue to work on this game or explore adventure titles further in the future!

rojo says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 10:58am

Nice work with the graphics and the dialog! I realize time is a factor, but I do wish there was more 'game' to be had.

belstras says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 1:50pm

I didn't get the job, damn. Funny game, the music fits.

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