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

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Ragtown

by indie4fun - Jam Entry

Welcome to Ragtown.
In this city you will play as the sheriff who protects the city for 8 years. You must decide who gets in and who gets out in order to get a balanced amount of criminals, businessmen, goldminers or indians. If the town becomes overpopulated with one of the factions, they will take control of the town.

If you exclude someone from the city, they won't be pleased and will try to stop you by putting a bullet in your head. It is your duty to get their heads filled with lead if that's the case.

This is our first ludum dare and we're pretty satisfied with the result. Let us know if you liked it or not so that we can improve for our next projects!

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Controls:

You've two phases:
1) You decide if the strangers enter your city or not:
- J: if you want to dissuade them, starting a duel.
- K: if you want them to enter.

2) If you started a duel:
- J: Cock the weapon: this gets your weapon ready to shoot.
- K: Shoot your weapon
- (Space): You get cover as long as the key is pressed.



Credits:
Music by Alex Hankins. http://www.hankinsstudio.com/

Typographies:
Norwester by Jamie Wilson.
(http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/norwester)

Caviar Dreams by Nymphont.
(http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Caviar-Dreams)

Have fun!! ^^

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#66Graphics(Jam)4.36
#81Audio(Jam)3.78
#105Mood(Jam)3.73
#140Innovation(Jam)3.69
#207Overall(Jam)3.60
#210Humor(Jam)3.22
#240Theme(Jam)3.85
#326Fun(Jam)3.28

Comments

Bardikus says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:02pm

Very nice graphics and sound. I didn't exactly understood the shooting from behind cover mechanics at first but I got the hang of it in the 2nd try. I also didn't understand how to get more bullets, or 9 bullets is your maximum

Emkani says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:03pm

Unable to start the game, pressing -space- does nothing.

Crosstales says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:03pm

Nice graphics and cool concept.
Well done!

BroCade says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:05pm

Very impressive for you First Ludum Dare project. Very strong and interesting visual style. The dueling was alil glitchy for me, id often get killed for no apparent reason. The evolving background looked great it was difficult to track how much of each class. Overall a great submission. Good job!

JeffBlacke says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:06pm

The general ideia is good but you should be worrying more about the gameplay.

Tommyno222 says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:09pm

Awesome game! Visual si stunning and idea great. I really liked how the city is changing. I'd only wish if there could be more types of people and more options how to interact with them.
+1 for snowman :)

Diventurer says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:12pm

Nice game, but the duels are way too hard. I couldn't win a single one. So eventually I just let everyone in... So it wasn't too fun for me.

The graphics and audio seems polished, but I feel it is a bit too hard gameplay-wise. Of course, I might just suck at dueling. :p

Yarek says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:29pm

Really nice game ^^ I love the art and the idea behind this game :D

indie4fun says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 12:43pm

Thanks for the comments guys! Well, the duels are a bit hard yes, specially at the beginning. The trick is: there's a chance when the enemies are hiding behind the barrels, just be quick and press J to load/aim the weapon and then K to shoot once an enemy gets up, and then cover immediatly! When 1 enemy is down it gets easier to kill the last 2. Just aim the weapon (J) until one of them gets up and shoot! (K) then hide again quickly (SPACE) and take your time to kill another one ;) Hope this help guys!

Anyway, yes, I guess you're right, the gameplay may need a bit of polish and sometimes you don't really see how the characters affect the city. We needed more time to improve this things haha

Well, glad you enjoyed it, and nice to see that you liked the idea and the visual style. Thanks guys!!

Emkani: sorry to hear you can't play it! Have you tried the downloadable version apart from the web version?

Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:36pm

Amazing, awesome graphics! Great idea!
Works a-ok in the browser, but I was unable to run OS X version, it doesn't even bounce in the dock, appears and disappears.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 3:49pm

Love the music and it looks really good too. I'm a big Wild West fan :D found the shooting hard to get right but I really like the game overall

rainshapes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:07pm

Wow, great job on the art! I liked the music as well. This looks extremely polished!

Alendro says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:09pm

Super creative idea. Very interesting. I would like to see this game expanded on. Maybe some other systems put into place. Great Job!

the-arrival says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:10pm

very appealing visuals

peterthehe says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:13pm

Stunning!

RadStar says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:13pm

Really nice job! Congrats!

hypnoticbytes says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:14pm

Loved it. Great graphics. But how can I get more bullets? Also the player's barrel should be pushed a bit down, it doesn't seem to be covering the player at all. Anyway, great first entry. COngrats!

Spilim says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:15pm

Great entry, nice graphics and sound. I like the innovation on the mechanics, they are simple but at the same time entertaining and rewarding, although not suitable for a longer game. And I think you inverted the controls on the help up there, when I press J I start the fight between the sheriff and the strangers.
Could'nt survive for long though.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:17pm

Juicy graphics and sound design, great work! The game mechanism is also creative, although player seems do not have too many choices, or the best choice is too outstanding some times.

The 1st level is a bit difficult, for that enemies shoot really fast before the player realize he needs a cover.

Good job anyway!

CosyCave says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:28pm

Had a little bit of trouble with the shooting at first, but got the hang of it the second time. Very simple game in a good way and I like the distinctive look a lot.

Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:54pm

Really nice! The art style is ace. I didn't get how the duels worked at first, but once I got the hang of it I managed to get to the end! (Not on my first try though. Those pesky miners made my town too noisy!)

indie4fun says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:05pm

Spilim: glad you like it! About the help post: you press (J) to start a fight and (K) to allow strangers to come into your town, indeed! But once you start the fight, you press (J) to cock/aim your weapon and (K) to shoot. That's what I meant when describing the strategy to win duels: (K) to aim, then (J) once an enemy gets up to shoot, and (SPACE) to quickly hide yourself before they have the chance to shoot you!

hypnoticbytes: during the same year you can't get more bullets once you run out of them. You have a limited amount per year -9 bullets-, so if you loose all the bullets you will surrender until the next year comes, when your gun will have again 9 bullets. This is the right amount to kill everyone in a new year if you want -and if you don't fail your shots ;) -. Hope this info helps you!

Thanks for your comments guys! Glad you are liking our little game! :)

MechanicMoon says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:45pm

Wow! I love the concept, the art, everything! The visual style is very clean and the mood is perfect. Good gameplay and very fun!

jachepe says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:48pm

Cool graphics and nice game :)

indie4fun says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:39pm

Spilim: sorry, I think I didn't understand what you meant lol We put the controls wrong up there, yes. J to fight K to enter. Thanks for telling us :) I already changed it!

AntonyBaasan says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:45pm

Very cool game. Sound is atmospheric. Very hard to shoot.

revolter says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:52pm

My city made it! Nice atmosphere, both graphics and sound.

donan says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:53pm

Awesome game. Got 254 total population and a score of 19400 ^^. Good graphics and a good sense onf humor.

pavel_insight says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 8:03pm

This game has its own style and flavor. Like it. :)

Rodaja says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:18pm

Buen trabajo en general.

Visualmente los personajes se salen un poco del fondo, que es fantástico y le da al juego mucha personalidad.

Muy buena la idea de representar en los edificios el progreso de la partida.

guimonpa says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:18pm

Love the style and mood of the game. The shootings were hard at first but then got too easy by holding space pressed all the time.

lukepilgrim says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 9:56pm

such a simple but fascinating storytelling. my favourite so far :)

Lynx says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:34am

Nice game, that's some INTENSE gun standoff action there!

thopis says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:10am

Great art and music!

phaze112 says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 6:21am

That's a fun game to play. The graphics are fantastic too.
Had to read what I was suppose to be doing after I first lost, but the duels are the funner part for sure.

Liam :D says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 2:08pm

Love the art style, choice of colours and the subject matter in general.

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 5:02pm

Pretty, interesting and fun! Great game.

Dec 10, 2014 @ 10:22pm

Awesome entry. The graphical style and sounds are excellent, I really like how the backgrounds changed with time. Took me a moment to realize how gunplay worked but on second try it was a blast. Haha. Excellent work for your first entry.

I don't know if it was just random, but on one playthrough I didn't seem to get almost any indians after first two years.

Rulrite says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 1:45am

Fantastic game! It took me a few attempts to get the hang of the duels, but now I'm the fastest finger in the West. :P The timing is super-satisfying, especially when you manage to shoot all three in quick succession. I also liked having to balance the factions, keeping a mental note as I played - although I wasn't sure if I should let criminals in or not!

You did a really awesome job with the aesthetics; I love the visual style, and the music really hammered home the Wild West mood. To make a game that's both pretty and fun to play is a big achievement in a game jam, I think! I couldn't help but keep trying until I got a 'perfect' playthrough.

Very well done - this deserves all the praise it gets.

BretHudson says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 9:38am

Fantastic entry! The game's simple, takes a little bit to get used to, but ends up being a pretty interesting game. The way the town dynamically changed each was super interesting, and made it so it was required to do multiple playthroughs to see which type of people were causing the changes.

Only complaint is that when you die, it takes ages for all the new people to move in, which adds to the irritation that you've died. In the future, a skip ability would be fantastic. :)

JavadocMD says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:41pm

Pretty neat game, even given the repetitive mechanics. I thought losing a sheriff leading to temporary chaos was a clever gameplay choice. The progression of the town behind you as population shifted was also clever. I felt like I wanted to know what the actual distribution was in numerical terms, but I dunno, maybe that would have spoiled the effect.

Graphically: absolutely gorgeous. Nicely done!

metalchouchen says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 3:44am

Art and atmosphere are really cool. But I really to bad to win at least one duel :( Looks a nice idea by the way!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 6:25am

Very nice graphics and sound. Very impressive for you First Ludum Dare project. Neat. Thank you for your comment about my game ++

Krunoslav says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 9:57am

Amazing graphics, i love it.
It was hard to understand the battle mechanics, I was almost always dead.

Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:30pm

Really nice, i'd like a visual counter or something to show the balance of people in the town.

sandbaydev says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:11am

Very nice art and sounds & music. Theme was nice but game is too tough for my sloppy fingers. I would have liked to have more hitpoints :D... but anyhow, a cool entry. And congraz for finishing your first ludum dare.

Rick Hoppmann says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 6:31pm

Cool idea to make a game playing in the credits!
My biggest complaint is that you can't jump while pressing another key. It'd be fun to explore this concept further - maybe add a gameplay element in which the names are damaged. (e.g. decals of a gun and explosions)

pjimmy says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 7:53pm

nice, good looking game, great western mood, took me a while to understand the controls. well done

Dec 13, 2014 @ 10:07pm

This was nicely done and had a good mood. Great job!

LeReveur says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 9:22pm

Duels are very hard to manage, but very good game, I liked the mood. :)

Dec 16, 2014 @ 11:35am

Fantástico vuestro trabajo como siempre. La verdad que se ve una gran calidad entre los juegos que se hacen a la luz de cierta luna ;)

barryrowe says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 1:14pm

Great vector art style! The game is a tad hard with the. One sheriff vs the whole Wild West it seems. Rambo would have had a hard time - LeMix

barryrowe says ...
Dec 19, 2014 @ 1:17pm

Great vector arts! The game is a tad hard with the concept of only one sheriff vs the whole Wild Wes. Rambo would have had a hard time. But I did enjoy it. - LeMix

PapyPilgrim says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 7:18pm

Duelling is pretty hard :(

puppetmaster says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 9:00pm

Nice game, very difficult to master the duels!
Background music and sound effects makes the mood!
Well made!!

Kaijuu says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 9:18pm

Cool idea! I wanted to play more!

Kate Kligman says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 9:20pm

Enjoyed the progressive timeline. Loved the background art and music especially.

okkolobr says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 9:27pm

*bang bang bang* sorry I'm caught in a shootout *bang* don't have many time to tell you how much *bang bang* i've liked your game ! *bang clic* oh oh...

OrangeeZ says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 9:38pm

Great entry! The only problem here is that the game could use a bit more variety - I've discovered an ultimate tactic for shootouts and they hardly posed any challenge ever since.

DrGeraud says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 11:07pm

Cool !

Gins says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 11:30pm

That was really cool! I couldn't pass all the years but if I get time I'll try it again. It was really exciting to fear for my life while having to make these hard decisions.
I wonder if you can expand this into a larger commercial game similar in scope to Papers, Please.

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