Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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by vividhelix - Jam Entry

The Evil Elevator Operator

Starring you! On a mission to be the least efficient elevator operator. Annoy your passengers by taking them for a ride. Unleash the inner monster by taking the longest trip possible!

The rules are pretty simple:
- if you go to a floor you will pick up and drop all applicable passengers
- you can go to any floor there is someone to pick up
- you can go to any floor where a passenger in the elevator wants to go
- you can't pass by a floor without dropping passengers along the way

Doors you can go to are highlighted.

1 through 0 to go to the corresponding floor
M - toggle music on/off
S - toggle sounds on/off

Mac build is untested.

Made by:
- Radu Muresan - everything (except music and pixel art)
- Kyle Reczek - music processing
- Richard Hoover - pixel art

- music:
- elevator doors:
- elevator bell:

Thanks for playing!

Downloads and Links




Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:37pm

Really creative idea, and well-executed. Only thing is I sometimes couldn't tell when I would be allowed to go to certain floors. If two passengers want to go to different floors, sometimes I would be forced to go to one or the other floor first, which might cut down on my inefficiency. Also, sometimes it seemed like I could go pick up other passengers when I already had one, and other times it seemed like I had to go drop my current passenger off first. These two issues might have to do with the destination floor being between my location and my desired destination, but I wasn't able to figure out the rules quickly.

DaanVanYperen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:50pm

Unique idea!

Linkigi says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:05pm

I love it. Nice take on the theme and really well executed. Quite tricky, made me go back to levels to try and beat my score.

9.ar7k says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:26pm

interesting concept haha. was amusing ^^

Colthor says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:27pm

I really like the reversing of the usual puzzle game requirement for efficiency.

MrDave says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:29pm

I love everything about this game from its concept to its shitty music. Out of all the games I have played and rated this is the worse monster out of all of them!

I hope this one does really well!

fistmaker says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:31pm

Good interpretation of the theme! Elevator music fit the overall theme of your game well. Took me a bit to figure out how to max out the evil meter, but I figured it out after a few tries. Good entry!

Wevel says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:41pm

Nice idea

someone9999 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:42pm

The elevator operator is a jerk. He went by my floor 6 times before picking me up! :p

Really neat, and fun idea. It's tricky trying to wrap your brain around inefficiency instead of the usual efficiency.

Elenesski says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:48pm

Overall a good game. Interesting concept, perhaps there is a larger game with multiple elevator banks, and trying to be a huge pain when you know one of the passengers is late for a meeting. Few odd bugs here and there; mostly where floors that should have been activated for me to go to were not available. Had fun. Loved the music, was very creepy.

Perkovec says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:30pm

Nice idea. I could not shut down it for about 10 minutes XD

liquidmedia says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:37pm

It could just be me, but is was like a typing test,

3CGames says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:02pm

Great game, good concept and well-executed.

Ithildin says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:05pm

Brilliant! This is one of the most original takes on the theme I've seen so far, and the music just gives the perfect touch of evil.

Awesome entry, great job!

tehPHEN says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:05pm

Great well executed! Animations feel like I'm in control of a demonic elevator!

Audio felt a bit unbalanced between the cheerful 'ding' and the demonic music.

mantis says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:08pm

Really cool idea!

uthamon says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:15pm

Interesing and amusing game, I love the... elevator music . ;D

madcapacity says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:20pm

Awesome game, looks really polished and played very smoothly. A super creative idea, I can see this being expanded upon. I felt very evil!

cxsquared says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:23pm

Really well done puzzle game. I really like the feel of the game and how it fit the theme. I think something that could really make the game a little better would be some small animations from the passengers to show their anger. Overall a really well made game. Nice job!

Shina69 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:16am

It started to be interestng but i got boring after less time than i expected. Still a nice concept and elevator music, made me chill.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:59am

Very nice game !
Everything is good but the music.
I think it's very noisy and make it harder to concentrate on the game, even if, i can tell that, it exactly fit to the ambiance :D

Good work.
And thanks for your comment on our game !

Pierce_Z says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:01am

Very tight, I never managed to fill up my monster bar all the way. Truly I have a long way to go...

TooMuchPete says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:44am

This is a great concept. I liked the puzzle aspect of it, although I would also have enjoyed more of a "sandbox" mode that let me go to any floor I wanted and would, from time to time, give me more people without "resetting". Then maybe they'd get irritated after a while and use the stairs instead or get out at the wrong floor.

Over all, really awesome execution and concept!

hoqjed says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:39am

The music is so devilish! Fantastic presentation and a unique idea. I'm taking the stairs from now on...

blurryroots says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:03am

What a cool concept. It feels very polished. Played it quite a while. Awesome game ;)

Lianne Booton says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:33am

Really cool idea, I think I would've gone with 9 floors as 10 being 0 was a little jarring. Other than that this is a unique and interesting take on the theme, good work :)

broknecho says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:53am

Really neat concept. As others said, it's a little confusing sometimes when you have multiple passengers why certain floors could not be reached.

Great art and sound. Well done!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:37am

The music is quite fitting and the overall game is a really interesting puzzle game!

Acerio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:26am

That was a really unique idea. Great game :)

saucygames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:13am

funny game, nice idea. well done m8

Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:24am

This was a very excellant game! Definitely on of my favorite games in the Ludum Dare thus far. I love the elevator music, the art style is so clean and polished, the humor lies within the evil success of annoying our passengers to the breaking point! 10/10!

Tuism says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:48am

Hahahaaha! Love the idea! :D

I would have loved if the numpad keys would work :)

Great sound and graphics, good juice, this is a great little distraction :) Are the levels procedural? If so, are they pre-solved? Or utterly random?

So interesting :) Touch controls, ship it!

collaboration says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:44am

Nice idea, I guess with better graphics and music - it could be really really cool game!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:21pm

Love the idea but don't get how to play bad: every time no matter what it's evilated or even monsterated.
Overall it's a good game. You should do a port for mobile devices.

P.S. I got an elevator monster too! They are pure evil!

Caracole says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:21pm

Hilarious :D very interesting idea, great job !

crucknuk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:51pm

The concept is fun! This is a very good game! The mechanic is simple but efficient and the elevator music is so weird! well done! I liked it!

Azlen says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:19pm

Great idea, executed nicely.

It would be interesting to see this game on touchscreen devices, with tapping rather than pressing numbers.

ZzCalvinzZ says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:47pm

fun fun game :)

boardtobits says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:53pm

Very innovative idea. Would have loved to see the people become "Monsterated" but overall the mood was spot on, reminded me of Tower of Terror. Also, I don't know if the white inside the elevator was on purpose, but it gave an eerie, unknown feel to it. Well done!

KevinWorkman says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:20pm

Interesting idea, and it's cool to see something different than the typical "you're a monster in a platformer game" take.

LukeZaz says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:02am

Good, unique idea. Got a little bit repetitive and I got confused when I picked up passengers only to have some options suddenly removed, but otherwise the game was really good.

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:41pm

LOL this kind of elevator can be a real monster! Haha good job, nice idea and execution. The music was good!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:01pm

It's a very creative idea. Flip idea from most efficient into most inefficient path.

Sep 8, 2015 @ 7:19pm

Neat idea, though it took me a minute to figure it out! I included it in part 21 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

conormn says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 3:03pm

Very neat take on the theme :)

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