Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Queen Bee

by PurpleMonkey - Jam Entry

You have just moved to a new school, and you're ready to take your place as queen of the classroom!

Mouse to interact
Click on students to use social media.
Enemy: Top left
You: Bottom Right
Friends: Labeled in Green
Enemies: Labeled in Red
Neutral: Labeled in Blue

Perform actions each turn to make everyone like you more and like her less. You can only use your friends' actions.
To use a move: click on your friend then either use power or pick target, based on their move type.

Send commands to your friends over social media to gather favor among the other students. Isolate her from all of her friends to win! But if you make your friends do too much for you, they'll feel used, and stop being your friend! At the start of a round, your closest friends will gather around you. Make sure not to alienate too many of them!

Different friends have different abilities! Some can pull pranks on other students, some can win you favor with other students, some can pressure other students into doing your bidding!
HANG OUT: Increases friendship by 10
INTRODUCTION: Increases friendship by 15
TALK ME UP: increases friendship with class by 3
TRASH TALK: Lower one of her friendships by 5
SKIP SCHOOL: Give someone immunity for the next turn
MOTIVATE: Double the effect of a move
STUDY: Increase friendship by 7 with all neighbors
PEER PRESSURE: Allows you to command a neutral student
PRANK: Stop a student from acting on her turn
LIQUID COURAGE: Randomly affects your friendship with someone

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Ratings

Coolness59%
#92Innovation(Jam)3.84
#473Audio(Jam)2.87
#521Theme(Jam)3.35
#557Humor(Jam)2.77
#568Overall(Jam)3.16
#665Mood(Jam)2.86
#706Fun(Jam)2.77

Comments

Havacore says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:30pm

It's actually a neat idea, once I figured it out. Works with the theme well, but man, you need a tutorial. It's really unintuitive, and took forever to figure out how it all works.

43iscoding says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:43pm

The concept is interesting, but that took quite a while for me to figure out what's actually happening in the game :/

richiebranson says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:35am

This game gets pretty deep. I definitely love the concept, it probably could use some hand-holding in the beginning to help in learning all of the gameplay mechanics. Other than that, good work!

Squidtank says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:35am

Definitely an interesting concept! I didn't get right away which character I was. I kept thinking I was the top-left and didn't realize I was the bottom-right. It made it really hard the first time around.

The second time it wasn't so bad. The music got a bit repetitive. I also didn't see the list of abilities until now (the ones you put above) so I had no clue what each power was. Now I know.

I think this could have benefited from a little bit of instruction but overall pretty good once you get the hang of it.

silentbaws says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:40am

really interesting idea although it took a while to figure out how everything works

Somnium says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:44am

Interesting concept (with an interesting take on the theme). Some kind of visual indication of which powers the different students posesses might have been helpful.

Cheshyr says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:51am

Fun concept, although may need a little tweaking. Nice music and graphics; well done!

Firaa says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:00am

It took a bit of glossing over to figure everything out, but it was worth the time spent. The mechanics were good, and the music was appropriate.

I think the time it takes to get into this game could be cut down with an arrow showing you which side you start on and which side your opponent starts on, as the positioning was a little confusing at first.

Overall, I think this was a pretty good submission, and a really interesting concept.

ianb96 says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:11am

Very interesting concept! At first it was confusing, but I kept on trying until I won! Great game.

klbrazil says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:12am

i have no idea what iam doing XD

CowShark says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 4:14am

This was really a neat and different thing.

Couple people have said, but this could use some indicator of who you are and who you are against when you're starting.

randoman says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 5:40am

The core idea is great but the game is really confusing. A screen with examples of what you can do and how you can do would certainly improve the game experience a lot.

Sunsheen says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 2:37pm

Confusing as all hell but super fun! Yay for friendship!

ChronusZ says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:26pm

Seems like a good idea, but it was a bit too complex for me to really understand without a tutorial ;-)

Jajo says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:29pm

I loved the music, the game was difficult to figure out.

kabutakogames says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 1:42am

I looks cool, and I like the idea - I think I definitely need a tutorial as there is a lot going on at once and it takes a while to figure out what inputs you can make, and measure that against the outcomes, to figure it out

tummyache says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 3:49am

Almost gave up on it, glad I didn't. It works really well and is hard to grasp at first but it's really satisfying rubbing "her" face in the dirt after you steal all her friends.

BruReale says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:33pm

Did the best i could, but i couldn't! I'm not a native speaker so, it's even harder!

Even though, nice game guys!

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