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

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Solar Tycoon

by Arowx - Compo Entry

You had the nightmare again. The disaster happens and the power goes out then in a matter of days the entire city has turned into an angry hungry mob.

But this time it was different as you realised that with renewable energy everywhere the lights would stay on and civilisation would prevail over a collapse into anarchy.

And your destiny is to be the Solar Energy Tycoon who will thrust back the darkness and anarchy with the unconventional weapons of solar panels, wind turbines and wave generators!

But where to start...

Mouse controls.

WASD to move camera.
Mouse Wheel zoom in out (buggy in webgl version)

Hints and tips

1. Hire Crew - Minimum Crew 1 of each staff + Car + Van
2. Buy panels 100+
3. Select a field or building and choose the build solar icon.
4. Repeat 2,3,4 as necessary to build up your power base.

OK You need fitters and electricians to set up the panels, vans to deliver the planes and cars for the electricians and managers.

More fitters and electricians speed up the build times.
Managers and admin staff reduce the the build times.

Additional Note: I did not get a lot of time to playtest so let me know if anyone figures out how to win the game.

Will continue to work on this as my entry in the Indie Dev Mix Tape #2 Jam.

Downloads and Links




scorched says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:39pm

I catch an null pointer exception at the beginning in both versions (either in log or in popup messagebox). Mozilla Firefox here

Arowx says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:48pm

Seems fine for me, latest version of firefox, chrome, webplayer and webgl both fine. Anyone else having problems?

DrPrettyPatty says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:58pm

I had no problems with the webplayer (also using Firefox). Man this game looks great and I love tycoon games, but extra help text would be really useful. I think I created a bunch of solar panels? I wasn't sure how the "jobs" work or what sliding the green bars did, and I just bought one of everything.

Anyway, I'm curious where this is going so I'm saving your mix tape link for later :)

zwartraider says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:45pm

Quite an elaborate game for the given timeframe! I also like the crisp graphics of the world and the UI!

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:46pm

Graphics were good, audio appears to be missing?

Some of the buttons didn't seem to work, I couldn't seem to get it to a point where I'm generating income. Not sure if incomplete or not functioning?

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:57pm

Seems like a neat idea, the interface is very confusing at first, I spent a lot of time clicking around trying to figure out what I was doing.

paulfysh says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:58pm

I couldnt really figure out how to build anything, none of the buttons appear to do anything (except for buying stores and hiring staff)

Jerre says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:58pm

Hey, sadly I could not find out how to do any thing, I bought some stuff and tried to build solar panels, at the right jobs came in to view, but nothing seemed to happen. It's a shame because probably there is some interesting stuff in a tycoon game. Visuals are very good tho.

ProjectX593 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:59pm

I haven't the faintest idea of how to play this game :x

pema99 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:01pm

Quite neat, I love the UI design.

rplnt says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:07pm

I had no idea what I was doing, maybe it didn't work because of the exception... so I'll only rate graphics, which I like :)

bpvelloso says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:09pm

Nice sim, little problens but still a very good job. Congratulations!

Kevlanche says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:13pm

This game looks like it's really good but I'm sad to say I really can't figure it out. I installed solar panels on ~half the houses and then ran out of money. How do you earn money?

The game looks great and I love these types of games, but some sort of tutorial is sorely needed because currently it is just confusing.

Pix3M says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:23pm

This looks like a game I could easily enjoy but a strategy game of this kind needs some pretty solid tutorials to explain the game. I click around and almost nothing is responsive - I can get info on a plot of land, but I can't do anything more than this

How do I build something? How do I get money? Can I do something with the houses? Do I need staff?

wilsk says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 8:23pm

I'm terribly at Solar Tycooning, every business I run can only afford a bunch of solar panels and then makes virtually no money :) Great concept, will be interested to see what you make of it.

Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:05am

Very complex game for the time-frame of a LD compo. However, like other said, a small text tutorial to get people started would help. I'm currently stuck without being able to build more solar panels (I've bought enough of them) and the game don't tell me what I'm missing to build more. Electricians? Fitters? Cars? Vans?

Arowx says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:59am

OK You need fitters and electricians to set up the panels, vans to deliver the planes and cars for the electricians and managers.

More fitters and electricians speed up the build times.
Managers and admin staff reduce the the build times.

thomz12 says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:49pm

Hard to find out what to do. I like the graphics!

resty says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:59pm

Nice graphics, and the UI is really incredible for a game in 48h.
It's a pity that it doesn't have any audio.

And the Fire button seems not work, when I click it: sometimes no response, sometimes increase the employees.

Frozenfire92 says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 4:56pm

Really cool concept. Pretty buggy and unclear what to do. Would like to see more of this game! Also no OS builds? the WebGL build broke for me, webplayer worked in Firefox though, also got the null pointer exception

hadesfury says ...
Apr 26, 2015 @ 6:33pm

Good game ... but need a little more feedback

Langouste says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 3:59pm

Super game! I love it, thanks ;)

Malakat says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 4:33pm

I like what you're trying to do here, but the game does a very poor job explaining itself.

rishal says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 1:14pm

Nice engine you have there.

vikpek says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 1:49pm

Hard to get at first - but it's a good idea. Solid UI work!

plams says ...
Apr 30, 2015 @ 4:20pm

The game lacks some financial overview. By experimentation I figured out that only staff requires continuous funds, so the only way I could get income was by installing some things and then firing everybody :) It's very unfinished, yet promising! Also amazing you managed all this in 48h.

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