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Snow Buddy Loves You: A Snowoperative Adventure

by Norgg - Compo Entry

A local cooperative multiplayer snowball-em-up.

Build your home on the middle platform from the scattered blocks, then get both of you inside.

Gather snow from the ground to get larger, firing snowballs uses up your own body.

If your buddy breaks, put them back together.

It's winnable single player, but better with a friend.

Gamepad (recommended) or keyboard.
Player 1: WASD+Space
Player 2: Arrows+Return
R to restart. M to mute.

Unity, Paint.NET, Bosca Ceoil, bfxr, Audacity

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the31 says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 4:09am

I built the home myself, and managed to reassemble my friend and escape! Except... he didn't make it all the way in, fell off, and died.

Very cool! The snow mechanic was awesome, and throwing the house together was very intuitive. I wish I had someone to play this with, but it was fun even on a keyboard. It would be nice if aiming was better, but that's why you recommend a gamepad!

The art's a bit simplistic--what are those enemies?--but overall, it's easy to understand what's going on.


Norgg says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 9:51am

@the31: Thanks!

They're officially known as Fire Things, the sworn enemies of the snowman race.

I'd have liked to have made them prettier and add some other enemies in, but got distracted by game mechanics as usual.

lisac says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:10am

This is a lot of fun, I like that you can rebuild your buddy :)

KedumeBits says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 10:14am

Nice game. I game for two players but playable with two hands too :-)

hexagore says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:01am

Aww I can't rate this one because I don't have anyone to play it with me. Sorry!

ilikescifi says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:02am

Oh I love the ideas! So manny small things you guys thought of. Great. Love that i can rebuild my snowman buddy! Good work!

badlydrawnrod says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 11:16am

Cooperative games are excellent. My wife and I really enjoyed playing this one together (ok, she hid and I played and put her back together). Charming little game!

My wife made a "Mum plays..." of this game:

Norgg says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:41pm

@badlydrawnrod + wife: Awesome! Thanks for making the video, really nice to see how you react to the game while playing.

voxel says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 1:11pm

being able to throw the house bricks was a really fun touch. I thought this was a really fun idea, but a bit easy, even single player. I didn't really need to even attack the .. spinning fire brick demon things

Charimation says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 8:21pm

Very cool game, made us jump when the red blocks started coming in! Quite challenging and a lot of fun :)I loved the co-op aspect

mahu says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 5:34pm

Nice game, very simple and hard.

voxel says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 3:07pm

This is my favourite game. I actually returned to it to play some more

dekart says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:31pm

Nice game! I wasn't able to test with a second player, however I like the idea of cooperative gameplay.

Valeour says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 8:59pm

Haha okay I was pretty skeptical to begin with but this turned out great, even playing on my own was fun. Loved the fact that you can revive the co-op player. Good fun.

lase says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 9:08pm

The building mechanic was neat and well done. It would be cool if the Fire Things spawned at a lower rate but also knocked pieces off of your house they collided with it. I appreciated the option for co-op and we had a lot of fun playing. Great work!

01rafael says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 10:21pm

Nice concept with snow grabbing!

Tuism says ...
Dec 20, 2014 @ 10:31pm

Really interesting concepts, I enjoy the coop elements, except there was almost no need to coop - It might be better if the coop was forced neither of the pair could do what the other could. So split tasks.

The shooting was only marginally useful to start with, then once I realised you could toss blocks it became dead easy as I could very quickly build the house without moving much.

So the problems with shooting were: It was almost impossible to kill the fire things, so that felt useless, and the collision with the fire things was really difficult as they got smaller, doubling their futileness.

I only managed to put my "buddy" back together once, his head refused to go back on many many times. It got frustrating.

TyrusPeace says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 1:59am

Cool house building mechanic! I'm not sure what the point of shooting at the enemies was as they just get small enough that you don't seem to be able to kill them in a reliable fashion.

Still though, you've got a lot of different concepts that you managed to implement for one compo entry, and they all add appealingly to the final game. Nicely done!

alfie275 says ...
Dec 25, 2014 @ 9:13am

A very fun game. I managed to build the igloo and escape, but one of the snowmen were left behind!
Here's the video I did on it:

voxel says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 2:19pm

ahh i played it again

Crowbeak says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 5:58am

I live in rural Japan with noone to play with. :( This is hard to do by oneself.

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