Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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Capitalist FM

by SuperDisk - Jam Entry

It's a dog-eat-dog world in the radio industry.

Capitalist FM is a pseudo-game about hostile takeovers of radio broadcasting companies-- you will be directly competing against all other players.

Each player runs a "radio station," with songs selected from YouTube (starting with a limit of 5).

As your station gains listeners (actual other users) you can increase your song count. Once your station's listener count is higher than a competitor's, and you have room for enough songs, you may forcibly absorb a competitor's station and gain their songs. Consider it a mashup of Agar.IO and Pandora.

All the while, you are encouraged to subscribe and listen to all your competitor's stations.

Whoever has the most listeners by the end of judging period wins!


If you minimized the game, it will appear in your system tray!

If the game won't load or crashes, please email me at and I'll fix it as soon as I can.

The song loading is a little bit buggy but should work if you don't mash the play button repeatedly- give it a small bit of time to load.

Thanks for playing!

Downloads and Links




KZdev says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:40am

Sounded interesting based on the about page, but nothing seems to happen after log in.

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:16am

Yeah, the client was pointed at the wrong IP address. It should all be in working order (along with a better description) by tomorrow. Sorry!

eerongal says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:36am

I get a connection time out when attempting to download it from the link above. That said, this certainly looks like an interesting take on the theme...

hyperscope says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:22am

Unable to download

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:27am

Believe it or not my server's power plug was one that was toggled by the light switch. When I left the room I turned the light off and the server died instantly. Should be back and running now. Sorry for all the problems folks!

Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:06am

Doesn't run on Windows 8.1 (64 bit)? But the idea sounds pretty cool. I'd love to see it though.

Drury says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:26am

Commenting to keep tabs, will rate when it works. Sounds super neat.

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:17am

I'm not sure why it's not working now; My server seems to be up and it's running fine on at least 2 computers at my house. I'll check in on it. Thanks for the comments!

ajayajayaj says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Music not loading

Neonlare says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:54am

Sounds like a cool idea, but sadly can't get this working. I'm on Windows 8.1 if this means anything. This feels like a concept you'd want to expand on outside of the Jam, sounds pretty damn ambitious for an LD entry, especially with the PvP element.

rjhelms says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 4:33am

Really cool idea! It may be too ambitious for a Ludum Dare game - but I was able to get it working in Windows 8.1, and will keep tabs and give a proper rating as my playthough progresses.

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 5:23am

Alright, I migrated my client to dropbox and updated youtube-dl so this SHOULD be 100% true and honest functional. Knowing my code though it probably isn't. Good luck!

nothke says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:08am

That's an awesome idea!

zulman says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:45am

OMG idea is fresh and brilliant :) God, it's first time i play as a radio station :) Amazing idea, hope you will polish it to nice graphics / mechanics and hope see you on IGF with it :)

AzureAspect says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:08am

For some reason the game crashes after 5-10 seconds or so...there doesnt seem to be any error, just "not responding"

JustASHadow says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:10am

It crashes after 10 seconds every time I open it up. Good use of the theme though!

Auroz says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:20am

Fun idea

Osaft says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:20pm

Innovativ and Good Music :D

But listening to other Radios does not seem to work

felilix says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:09pm

Great idea for a multiplayer game! I could see this becoming a great social media app.

Dimitri0xFF says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 3:55pm

After pressing Register/log on the button turns gray and nothing else happens.

radmars says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 9:29pm

This seems like a really awesome concept but I just get the grayed out button after trying to register too :/

SuperDisk says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 3:34am

Thank you guys all for the comments but with all the technical problems and votes streaming in from people who didn't even play, I just decided to throw in the towel on this Ludum. Someday I might expand this game into a proper program or game.

Muel says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 5:51am

Tried to run, but something here don't let me play.
What it's a pity, cause the idea is good and I wanted to try it.

About you throwing the towel, dude, don't be sad.
At least you did something.
Take your time, polish this idea, it may be something great later.

alliel_a says ...
Dec 26, 2015 @ 12:59pm

nice game

nihilaleph says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 12:56am

+ Very interesting concept and mechanics, I think you should try to continue this project
o Maybe you should add in the description that the server is down

Awesome work! Take your time with it, and I hope one day we'll see this become a thing~

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