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

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Slavery Simulator 2015

by Sébastien Bernery - Compo Entry

You are a slave trader. Take advantage of the "triangular trade" to amass wealth.
Buy soldiers in Europe, let them reduce some african native to slavery, send them in America and force them to work in fields. Sell crops in Europe. The goal is to amass 5000 gold before the year 1700.

You can upgrade Plantations in America to hire more slaves.
You can upgrade africans villages to speed up slaves' capture. Soldiers can be killed when "working" in villages. More soldiers works, less soldiers died. After some time, it becomes longer to capture slaves.

Green buttons are actions available.
Try things and see what happens.
TIPS: at first, focus on soldiers. Buy them and use them. After that, you will succeed.

Press H to display help page, M to mute sound.

Sorry for the bad english.

Made with Haxe and HaxeFlixel. Assets made with Krita and music generated with Abundant music. Code writted with vim.

29/08: Edit: added a link to the postmortem I wrote.

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Raspadsistema says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:00am

This is actually very inventive, and even gets addictive once you get into it. Looks like a new genre, make a game like this but with good graphics?

MrDave says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:15am

Took me a while to really understand the game however once it twigged I realised actually you build a really solid economy here with just very simple interactions.

I will be playing this game even after I rated it

NikinCZ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:00am

Loading stucks on 95%.

KodingNights says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:14am

Fun when you understand how it works.

Somnium says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:18am

Loading becomes stuck when close to completing for me as well, both in IE and Firefox

jk5000 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:22am

A fun little strategy game.

sydream says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:26pm

Though not challenging when you grasp how it works, it's still super addictive. Nicely done, you got something here perhaps worth developing it further :)

Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:44pm

If loading is stuck, you should buy a new boat (by buying some boat parts).
Science can lead to more capacity in harbours.
Unfortunately, when harbours are full, logging window is totally flooded.

Crypto137 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:54pm

Fun and original game, although it could use a better tutorial.

ZzCalvinzZ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:55pm

good audio, I liked that the stuff I could do was in green so that I knew what to do....overall pretty good

TiByte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:00pm

I will play this after the LD game, in my spare time. I like that it auto pauses on unfocus. But I believe in option-menus, if I ever like to turn that of.

Donutttt says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:58pm

Unfortunately this one wouldn't work for me :/

Daukan says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:08pm

It was an interesting concept I think. A lot of strategy games that cover this era, for example Empire Total War, never let you control slavetrade as an aspect.

Jod says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:45am


That's an extremely good take on the theme.

Kudos on working that one out. Also, on making a game with actual good gameplay on it. My game's vampire has nothing on the monster I was while playing this.

Simonaiso says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:48am

Nice little strategy game. I really wanted to go on playing! The balancing seems off though, my soldiers that were enslaving people died within a few seconds, so getting new slaves takes a lot of time.

Sadale says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:52am

Fun game. But it took me a while to get how does the gameplay work.
Anyway, this game is addictive. :p

Xinelu says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:13pm

5/5 no more no less, you achiev a aewsome game! i would love to buy a mobile version of this =)

AzureAspect says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:29pm

Had to play it on chrome (didnt work on firefox)
I personally like these kind of games where you have to manage resources to do things. Good game!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:36pm

Really solid little economy sim that due to the subject matter embraces the theme of being a monster.
If you continue work on this post-jam some streamlining to reduce clicking (like auto selling in europe) might be nice.

30dogs says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:38pm

Very nicely executed and balanced and great take on the theme. The only problem I had is that there is no max quantity shown for tobacco and sugar, so I ended up way oversupplying and having hundreds of both deleted before I could get enough boats to keep up.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:17pm

Why is audio 100% right panned?

x1212 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:47pm

best game i played this ludum dare untile now, awesome game, very addictive very good interpretation of the theme. I think there are only 2 things that only could be at all improved, its nearly perfect (graphics, but yeahh a compo entry so very good work) sound i wished more alternating, but the actual soundtrack is awesome and very fitting for the game theme(but i played more then a hour) so i think the nearly perfect compo entry

KevinWorkman says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:03pm

This was great. It took me a few tries to understand what was going on, but it was addicting enough that I kept retrying until I beat it. I could see this being a really neat "educational" game about slavery for kids in school. Nice work.

x1212 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:08pm

who can beat my highscore? 128298.18248682964 in 574.096 month :-)

Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:16am

There is good planning behind the mechanics and the genesis of a historically engaging strategy game here. Definitely would recommend, and hope you develop these ideas into a more comprehensive game.

lemer says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:23pm

Very entertaining game. Played for 10 -15 minutes creating slaves and becoming rich but is there any ending or final goal?

chuckeles says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:32pm

I love games like this, great job. However, after a couple of minutes playing, the game becomes laggy and eats a lot of cpu. Not sure what's behind that.
It took me a while to figure it out, but good solid gameplay! I made a lot of money >:).

games-placeo says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:13pm

Takes a while to understand, but after that point it is a very cool game

xvw says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:37pm

It was a bit slow on my computer!
Great inventive and monstruous idea!

shawn42 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 9:03pm

Wow. Very fun and addictive. Started to bog down and get slow after 10 minutes or so, had to stop playing. Nice work.

randomhuman says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 10:02am

Doesn't look like much, but it sure is compelling.

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