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

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by Sim00n - Compo Entry

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=== The Game ===

Decision is a semi-political, turn based, world simulator where your policy decisions affect the general well-being of people on Earth. Their well-being in turn affects the 3 major measures: World Hunger, World Peace and World Happiness.
During each turn you can changed whether a particular policy is in effect and therefor how it's affecting the world's properties.

The game can be won in two ways:
- Making Earth into a wonderland where there is no hunger, no wars and people are happy.
- Destroying Earth by waging war, hunger and making people despise you.

Choose one of them before starting and try to accomplish your goal.

Theme: There are two buttons which decide the faith of your world.

=== My Experience ===

This was my third Ludum Dare, and as always (even when spectating) I've had a ton of fun. My goal for this round was to learn LibGDX which I did and feel very accomplished. I was also streaming at the same time, and I've had a few lurkers which is always nice on top of my friends watching.

=== Technologies used ===

- Java, LibGDX, Eclipse, Sublime
- Photoshop
- SFXR, Audacity

=== Known Bugs ===

- The "continue playing" button which shows after winning doesn't work.

=== Other stuff ===

Timelapse: <will update soon>
Email: szymon (at) puzdrowski (dot) com


Good luck to everyone and have fun playing!

(PS I know that downloading a file instead of playing it in the browser might be annoying for some of you wonderful people but java applets, webgl problems and stuff ... :D If you don't want to download my game, please skip it instead of down-voting with 1's. Thanks and enjoy!)

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dtroyt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:32am

I like the concept but it is very difficult to understand what is going on when playing the game.

cybutek says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:05am

Great fun game for the politically motivated person ;)

Sim00n says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:20am

Yeah I see how it can be hard to understand at first dtroyt. Basically the values on all of the cards show you how much that card is affecting the statistics right now. If you decide to change it, the signs of the numbers with flip. For example if a card is giving you +1.2 education, after flipping it would give you -1.2 education.
The goal is to flip cards in such a way that they affect the 15 minor statistics which in turn affect the 3 major statistics.

c2v4 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:20pm

Great game, clean graphics. Playing it is a great method to unwind. ;)

Dec 20, 2015 @ 7:41am

Cool game! Is it the differences shown when you can "Change", "Not Change", or the current active causes?

Dec 20, 2015 @ 11:14am

Cool concept!

AzureAspect says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 3:28pm

Congratulations, no family has to starve anymore! Here is your scores: food: 0% what!?
Not quite sure what happend, my food levels would drop but no one was starving for some reason. Maybe it just meant I didnt have any accumulated food?
Liked the game idea, was rather similar to democracy game :)

Sim00n says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:29am

@oskardevelopment the values shown on the cards are the values in the current card's state. If you decide to switch the card the values will be simply negated.

@AzureAspect yeah there are some glitches like that. What most likely happened was that all your others stats were positive enough to win the game for you even if the food was low. This game obviously needs some balancing but I couldn't fit proper calculations into that short period of time.

Thanks for the comments guys :)

JangoBrick says ...
Dec 27, 2015 @ 12:02pm

Immensely enjoyed this one. Very great interface, big fun. Congrats!

Somnium says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 4:40pm

A very enjoyable game!

The specific relationship between the minor stats and the major stats was not always clear, but was still intuitive enough that it did not detract. It seemed to take a lot more effort to get the bad ending, than to get the good one though.

The graphics and interface was impressive, and the writing was great!

Also, thumbs up for using LibGDX.

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