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

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The Life of John

by jackyjjc - Compo Entry

Update: Added the link to the post compo version which has major fixes for the bugs like 'Marriage' and 'Gift Planning' keep reappearing. Use the 'Web' version to judge and use the 'Fix' version to enjoy the game :)


Growing up is not easy, as you can see from the life of John.

In the tutorial I said you can hover the stats to see more information. I lied (well, I ran out of time). Here is the list of stats explained:

1. (Card) Number of cards you need to select this turn to advance to the next turn
2. (Cake) John's age
3. (Heart) John's health, when it reaches 0, the game ends
4. (Smiley Face) John's happiness, when it reaches 0, shuffle 'Depression' into the deck
5. (Book) John's knowledge, mostly just affects if you get 'Promotion' or not.
6. (Chat Bubble) John's social stat. Very important stat in the beginning because if your social is less than 5, you would be forever alone in the game (No relationship and marriage cards)
7. (Couple) John's relationship stat. A 'Marriage' card will be shuffled into your deck when it reaches 50. If it is below 0, a 'Breakup' or 'Divorce' card will be shuffled into your deck.
8. (Money) John's financial stat. When your money drop belows 0, a 'In Debt' card will be shuffled into the deck.

Author: @jackyjjc

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jackyjjc says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:25am

The web version is 1280 * 768, the resolution might be too high for some people who are playing on a laptop. I've just built a version that is 900 * 600 for you :)

Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:12am

It's a little weird that I have to marry my lover every year (and lose 20 money every year) or they get upset with me. I like the idea a lot, though.

mlepage says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:21am

Interesting idea.

Some text layout issues. And needs a once over on the rules and cards. E.g. your parent can pass away many times, you can get many cards about gift planning and do all but one, it says you planned anniversary but then forgot it. But these are minor issues.

Overall I found it had good variety and reminded me of other life-living games.

ptkfs says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:36am

That was pretty deep... First attempt I was dead at the first flu, second time around it was a good life to the ripe age of 81. Thank you for sharing.

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:39am

@StephenPatrick @mlepage sorry about the bugs (especially the marriage one). I do have a flag to make it only appear once but I guess it didn't work :( (only if I have done more play testing)

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:47am

Added the link to the post compo version which has major fixes for the bugs like 'Marriage' and 'Gift Planning' keep reappearing. Use the 'Web' version to judge and use the 'Fix' version to enjoy the game :)

Cyranh says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:28am

Interesting game. I liked it!

prymidion says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 12:01pm

Very interesting idea here-- I love this design. It reminds me of the card game Dominion a bit, where cards you draw can shuffle bad cards into your deck.

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 12:14pm

@prymidion I did take some inspiration from dominion :)

Jackson says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 1:22pm

Terrific work Jacky Chan

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:43pm

Nice card game. This is a really nice concept and should be developed further.

CodeNMore says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:59pm

Cool style, neat game!

gallerdude says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:05pm

Very great interpretation of the theme, great graphics, great mood, great theme relevance. One of the best entries I've played so far.

adamyounis says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:24am

This was really cool. I think some visuals would have made it a little easier to maintain a sense of what my choices were reflecting (reading is hard). Overall the concept, balance and gameplay were spot on. I really like how it relates to the theme as well. charming :)

bazz_boyy says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:41am

Cool idea, but a little bit repetitive and confusing at times (for me atleast). Nice work though, the game works very smoothly.

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:44am

I love reading your comments, thanks everyone who commented. Your feedback matters a lot more for me than the final score because I get to know how you feel when you play the game.

@bazz_boyy Thanks for the comment! I agreed it is a bit repetitive sometimes (I had a lot of cards I wanted to put in but I ran out of time)

@adamyounis thanks for the feedback! I planned to use the icons to replace some of the card text but I failed to get rich text working in unity.

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:14pm

John was a good person.

bodsey says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:32pm

Play until I got 108, I think you can't really die. The idea is great, but somehow I found it really sad :/

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:37pm

@bodsey I thought I've balanced it so that he would definitely died. I guess I failed there :)

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:38pm

@bodsey were you playing the fixed version or the original version?

lawendt says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:12am

"It's a little weird that I have to marry my lover every year (and lose 20 money every year) or they get upset with me. I like the idea a lot, though."

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:16am

@lawendt you should try the fix version :)

lawendt says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:36am

Played the bug fixed, really good!
Liked that I'm not a slave anymore and I earn 3 cash after each work.
Really sad that I didn't have much chances to improve my Knowledge.
After a time I really wanted to break up 'cause my lover was asking too much of me.
Nice game!

cicanci says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:37pm

Amazing game! I read your post mortem and I love to play Dominion, the gameplay was well done!

Erlend Aakre says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:53pm

Made it to 80 then died of a cold! Fun game :)

Decentsauce says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 3:02pm

Became 77! :) Didn't marry in my run so maybe that helped me? Would have been nice if the different attributes were color coded but overall very fun game!

BoltKey says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:32pm

Some paradoxes happen, which makes it a bit weird but also funny at the same time. I liked the idea.

Dianouille says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:39pm

It make me feel so sad. Poor John. By the way, really good game, look like nothing I had play. Thank you.

KZdev says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:48pm

Very interesting game, I like it! Would be cool to see it developed a little further with more cards and better balancing.

Galvesmash says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 2:47am

Different game and interesting idea. At the end the cards got a bit to repetitive, but the game was still fun!
Great Job!

GhostBomb says ...
Dec 28, 2015 @ 10:10pm

Interesting game.

I don't really get money. There doesn't seem to be much use for all the money you get and it just disappears after your reach 55, so all of your senior and manager work cards just end up being a negative since you have to pick them to not lose happiness.

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