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

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Monster Tower

by leffe108 - Compo Entry

Try to put Monster on the map, by building a tall tower. This game has been inspired by Sim Tower, a classic Maxis game.

Play using mouse (left button) or keyboard (tab and enter).


-- Engine/framework --
I've used main.js, gui.js, helper.js, index.html and style.css from Intelligent Homes (available on my github). This is things like main loop, image loading code, and DOM-based window and overlay framework. I have also referenced my Navennni game (also on my github) for how to playback sound effects.

-- Main tools used --
gVim, Inkscape, chrome, static-livereload

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#514Fun2.95
#632Overall2.95
#667Graphics2.68
#748Innovation2.53
#779Mood2.40
#899Theme2.22
#1842Coolness33%

Comments

Belug says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:50pm

Nice little game, too bad there no ambience music, something like elevator music.

Benjaminsen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:33pm

Fun little sim game.

madameberry says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:49pm

I don't really feel like I "am" the monster, I'm just making the monster arrive.

Goutye says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:31am

Nice building game! Was happy to make money! Pizza tower <3

GagaPete says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:01am

A nice little building game. For a sim, I feel like it lacks of difficulty. I'd like to see taxes that gets more the wider your tower gets and caretaker / craftsman costs on a per-room base.

leffe108 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:21pm

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you liked the game.

GagaPete: Regarding difficulty, this is the hard part with these kind of games, balancing costs and adding challenges but still not making it too hard for casual players. And well, balancing takes time which is limited in Ludum Dare. That said I added some levels as response to comments on a previous game, and will try to get better at adding more depth to the simulation part that matters for players.

Belug: Regarding music, I made some for my previous LD game, but this weekend I didn't prepare by practicing music creation in advance so I felt it would take too long for me to get off the ground with that.

madameberry: Did you see the 'story' in the beginning? Basically, in the Netherlands there is a Town called Monster. While the player is not playing as Monster mayor, you build the tower for the mayor. So well you are right you 'am' not the monster, but if you look on my previous LD entries, you see that I'm not much found of making games with war or killing theme. Last two themes I had to be a bit creative to avoid doing that. I admit the Monster Tower game will probably not win the theme competition, but it was the best idea I got when looking in my English dictionary and on wikipedia for alternative interpretations of 'Monster.

AAGH Games says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:44pm

its kinda like sim tower , like the game though

DragonGino says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:48pm

a sim tower game. but instead you build a huge monster tower
I like its :D

filiph says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:50pm

My kind of game. The start was a bit confusing — I think it needs to show the building block even when the mouse is in an illegal position (just make it semi transparent or red). Because for many long seconds I was confused about how to even build stuff.

Technology-wise — amazing to see something in pure HTML5, with no fancy game engine. Nice work.

leffe108 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:33pm

Thanks for your feedback regarding visual feedback. It was not until quite late, I added visual feedback on where rooms/stairs can be placed.

As for showing visual feedback on illegal positions, I could probably do that. Though I need to add some mechanism to track cursor position without adding a Tab stop for those positions. Which is probably not to complicated, but needs doing as having to tab through all invalid locations would be annoying.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:46pm

I loved SimTower as a kid, and its very well implemented.
Maybe the stairs graphics are too colorfull bot everything else fits perfectly.

bwafflecone says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:51pm

Neat sim game! Fun and relaxing to play

collaboration says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:02pm

Good, cute game. I finiched it and I lik games like this one. My advice is make a music in game. Well done. =)

Biruts says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 11:18am

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

Aug 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

A fun little tower simulator.

At first I thought it was a tower where monsters would live, but a tower in the town of Monster is cool too.

leffe108 says ...
Jan 5, 2016 @ 7:41pm

Since this LD, I have continued on this game a bit. I have reworked how rooms are built so it now shows a red rectangle on illegal places. The keyboard support for construction was also greatly improved (use arrow keys or hjkl instead of tab to move pointer around). Other highlights are save/load support, elevator shaft that can be resized and better screen reader support.

If you like to play the updated version, click the source link which takes you to Github where there is a play link for the latest version.

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