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

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Dragon Tax Return Simulator 2015

by walsh9 - Jam Entry

Dragon Tax Return Simulator 2015

See the world through the eyes of a dragon. Fiddle with paperwork. Figure out arcane rules. Do lots of addition.

This game should be playable in a modern browser on a desktop computer. I haven't tested it on tablets but I'd be surprised if it worked.


*Why are there no deductions?*
- Dragons rarely actually spend their hoards, so they have no expenses to deduct.

*Why does a dragon have a smartphone?*
- It's 2015.

*Is doing real taxes this hard?*
- Well, the simplest United States income tax form, the 1040EZ, is two pages long and has 43 pages of instructions. But on the other hand, most people have longer than 10 minutes to work on it.

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ManuelGF says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:35am

Original and crazy game. I like crazy things.
I have noticed how bad at maths I am...

merrak says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:35am

I love the image of a dragon sitting in its study with a cup of coffee, working on this after a long day of trampling villages and eating knights.

I enjoyed this more than filing my real tax return.

Valicitor says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:25am

Oh dear god, I hope paying taxes isn't like this in real life

Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:40am

This is why i love Jams, where else would we see a tax return game? Based on Fantasy?

It's really really complex and i'm amazed you've pulled it off in two days. 5/5 in inovation for sure.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:59am

The writing is terrific and surprisingly I had lots of fun.
Very original.

Razoric says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:59am

This is great! Awesome job!

Bitterdeath says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:03am

Really sweet graphics for a tax preparation game.

Monkokio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:18am

Oh god, so intimidating! Haha.
I wrote in the "do not write" space. The writing made me giggle.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:15am

The time limit is brutal, but really make you feel the pressure. By putting all the elements together you can see all the red tape a dragon would have to go through.

Scripturus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:04pm

This is hilarious. I did miss a "Set fire to paperwork" button.

StabAlarash says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:49pm

Ah ah nice one !!! Paperwork is the real monster here

Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:41pm

Featured here!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:01am

Very Funny!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:01am

Played for about 2 minutes before my brain imploded. Original and fun game! 5/5.

Clodial says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:16am

Oh my lord... I... Uhm... Doing your taxes seems really really difficult...

recursor says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:22am

This is pretty hilarious. I would think dragons would have to capture some human to get them to write all this out. It would be torturous and they would probably beg to be eaten before it was over. I, however would rather do a dragon's tax return than my own.

rodobodolfo says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:30am

this was awesome! It is a real shame that there is no sound, It. Great game! May the dragon god have mercy on your soul.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:38am

This is why I love Ludum Dare.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:00am

NICE! A tax return form! Such a responsible dragon. I didn't know dragons do tax return. I thought I am gonna breathe fire onto those.

UltraRat says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:32am

Silly Dragon, doesn't he know his Smartphone has a calculator app for some basics.

Chris M says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:57am

Fantastic satire, as a Brit I've often wondered what it'd be like to be doing an American tax return form. Now I know!

cbstegeman says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:41pm

Weirdest and goofiest game I've played so far!

raducumiczzz says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:45am

Fantasy very complex game. A lot of effort was put into this game for sure. Congratulations. I Loved the idea.

Grahhhhh says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:31am

It should be a sin to make a game like this and NOT port it to the mac. Shame on you.

Sicilica says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:32am

Overpaid by some 8900 G. My poor head.

Team Myopia says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:03am

Hahah, I want to know who think's doing tax forms are fun!

Very interesting take on the theme. Hard game though!

Aug 29, 2015 @ 1:22am

Like Papers, Please, but more soul crushing.

wooltech says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 2:10am

Great idea, reminiscent of Papers Please, but very different and original. I failed badly, though, because of course I wrote in the 'Do Not Write' space!

Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:07pm

brilliant. Simply brilliant. This is a hilarious idea which is executed on spectacularly well. The random generation helps prevent players from memorizing the procedures and keeps runs interesting, the option to request 5 more minutes adds a nice forgiving element that many jam games benefit from, the presentation is clean and manageable, and the writing adds a ton of character.
On top of all this, the post-jam print and play mode is a stroke of genius. At 20 pages a game, I can't say I'll be playing often, but I definitely want to try this thing out with friends at least once.
Well done, friend, well done.

miwuc says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:39pm

I love the idea! It's fun to play, I wish there was more :) I just messed up one line...

Demy says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 8:08am

Awesome idea =D

TackoramaLtd says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:20pm

Not a game for me...didn't like the joke and was bored staring at papers. I never felt monstrous for completing the tax return, if anything it felt conformist and dull.

togie says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 7:03pm

WOW haha great game!

miotatsu says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 8:38am

This would be a fun game to speed run

randoman says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 8:34pm

Whoa, that was a very unique approach to the theme, I like that!

Togimaro says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 4:49pm

Raally good! Excel was very useful ^^"

Dianouille says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 11:35am

There's SO MUCH PRESSURE ! The idea is great !

yuigoto says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 3:20am

My brain just exploded from gathering the documents to open my own company in real life, this one is nuts! And really well done! :P

It's just as complex as tax forms here in Brazil. I would've needed at least 2 days to gather courage to make this game, and I'd never be able to think about doing this. So that's some nice work you've done! :3

A dragon might be a monster, but taxes are really an even bigger monster! :P

MrTwister says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 5:36pm

I probably enjoyed this way more than filling real tax forms, which are -for the most of it- just as daunting, but way less entertaining.

Loved your take on the theme and if I were to change anything on this
game, would be adding music and probably an in-game calc.

Anyway, excellent work. Loved this one :)

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