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

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Campaign Trail OF BODIES

by inurashii - Compo Entry

You were raised in the pits. You learned to fight before you could walk. In a society of kill-or-be-killed, you are an apex predator.

You've been preparing for this moment your whole life. It's time... to run for Public Office.

In 30 days, you will either be the Prime Monister of the Nastylands or you'll be dead. Manage your street team, build your campaign, and be the meanest candidate you can be in this darkly whimsical hypertext game.

UPDATE 2015-08-24: it has come to my attention that this game is too hard to finish. In my magnanimity, I have provided the Player Monster with an additional five days to complete their campaign. GOOD LUCK.

UPDATE 2015-08-29: a release candidate version of the post-comp game, 'Campaign Trail OF BLOOD', is now live! Please play and rate the comp version first, then enjoy!

Downloads and Links




feiss says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:16pm

I loved it! Congrats, very funny to play and read :)

OxyOxspring says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:30pm

That was absolutely brilliant!

Rakholl says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:38pm

Introducing the mechanics of running an election campaign while managing resources? The monster bit brings a smile to play, and I can appreciate approaching politics as something else than magic reserved for other monsters.

It's a fine clicker, and seeing what happens next and with the different actions you take was a good enough reward to keep me going to the end.

sepharoth213 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:41pm

It could use a better interface, but I really liked how it presented itself as a normal twine story until the campaign started! The premise was incredibly clever and the game itself was surprisingly engaging. I'll definitely come back and give this another playthrough to see what happens if I actually win the election.

Overall, excellent writing, imagery, concept, and execution. Congrats on the entry!

GBGames says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:20pm

The best game I've played so far. It took me awhile to realize that I had a staff to manage, so I had a bunch of idle monsters.

You had an amazing variety of content. Good work!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:49pm

This is funny and well done

Realize2D says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:40am

I was terrible at it, but I really liked the idea, and the texts were funny!

inurashii says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:00am

Earlier today I made some minor tweaks that made the game more possible to win! It's still rather difficult, but those of you who couldn't beat it before should try again :)

inurashii says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:01am

also, thank you so much for all the comments! I'm very happy that people are enjoying my morbid little campaign game :D

madameberry says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:34am

I wish it was more clear what it even took to win. Still it was really fun!

inurashii says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:36am

yeah I definitely plan on having the post-comp version be more informative.

MarekkPie says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:58am

Recount! Oculent clearly greased some bloody palms! Fartolotocus had plenty of votes in South Nastylands, but those hanging flesh chads!

Crowbeak says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:21pm

I like the subtle character creation page. Good job making a strategic game in Twine.

Nikteddy92 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:41pm

HAHAHAHA Great fun and deep mood..
That's the real way elections are made, right? xD

peterthehe says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:02pm

Some instructions would help. Otherwise, AMAZING!

inurashii says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:41pm

peterthehe: I do plan on putting more info on the activity screens, but there are also already instructions next to each activity heading -- is there anything I can do to fill those out or make them clearer/more obvious?

Mozz says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:38am

fantastic! I may have lost the election, but a new monster will rise from the fallen body of Abby the wing'd horror

tweedle says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:31am

A lot of wit went into writing this, and it is appreciated! This is the first text based game I've played for the Jam, and it's also the first simulation type game I've played. It goes well with the theme too!
Good work!

wesley werner says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 9:45am

I played this through a couple of times, and I really enjoyed it! The approach to improving your political campaign is especially creative, the theme is spot-on and the duality of playing both the monster and the politician is a most cunning twist. Love it!

crucknuk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:45pm

Nice work! You should add the "check poll" view in the main view for more visibility. Being a politician is probably what suit best to monsters :p

David Yates says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:13pm

That was pretty in-depth and featured for a comp game, well done! I'm probably going to have to play this one through a couple more times at least, and not just because I lost the election first time round. Reminded me of "Long Live the Queen", but with fewer horrible deaths. The prose was excellent, full of personality and not a word out of place.

If I can make one recommendation, it would be nice to see the poll stats on the main page instead of having to check it separately all the time.

thedashdude says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:40am

Great game. It would be nice to know about how you tell if your campaign was good enough, or how close you came to failing. This might be my best rated game so far.

guoboism says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:42am

OK! It is nice game about monster election campaign! I like the concept very much.

HotBoxGames says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:05pm

Awesome! :D Loved this idea, quite a lot of content for a compo entry. Very funny! :)

cjke.7777 says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 5:30am

Very interesting - outside of the square thinking. Well done

freaknarf says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 8:09am

Cool text game!
Still I could'n beat it, this seems quite hard indeed... Some more instructions could have been appreciated, but that was part of the fun to try new combinations... Well done and written :)

Sep 4, 2015 @ 11:49am

Great concept with the campaign and the writing was really well written. Made playing smooth because it was interesting to find out more. Also liked that you had to manage things.

abcdef65g says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 1:26am

Your writing style is a killer one, very creative idea, and I really like the structure behind your idea. I understand very nicely the connection in between monsters and politics. Side by side I tell you.

Your writing style is oddly appealing, I can't tell why but I really enjoy it, so much I played the game more than once just to see how you worded everything.

inurashii says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 4:50pm

Thank you so much for all the kind words! :D I hope people are enjoying the post-comp version too!

mahalis says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 4:02pm

This is great! Loved the writing. It seemed like some of the “you don’t have enough resources for X” screens also consumed a day, which didn’t seem right, but if I’d kept better track of which things needed what resource it wouldn’t have been an issue. Nice job!

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