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

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by flwns - Jam Entry

SPEED COURT is a game about quick and arbitrary decision making.

In SPEED COURT, there is no time for tedious tasks like reviewing evidence, or waiting for juries to decide verdicts. You(Judge), must decide someone's fate by quickly judging their NAME, CRIME, and FACE, then hit F (for Freedom) or J (for Justice).

I encourage you to review the SPEED COURT[Official Guidebook®] within -[HELP]- on the main menu, to better understand your role as Judge.

(there is a mini-game on the main menu, Hint:RGB)

fullscreen is a bit broken

Thanks for viewing.

All faces, names, and crimes are randomly generated. A guilt amount is calculated for each character based their facial expression, and crime.
If the sum of your face and crime is above a certain guilt threshold, the character will be determined guilty. If they are under this threshold, they are innocent.

Your Job is to arbitrarily determine if they are guilty or not by judging their face, name, and crime.

This mechanic is not perfect but it feels accurate for a good amount of the time. Certain face elements with stereotypically "evil" characteristics weigh more toward the guilt threshold. Similarly, for crimes, the severity of the crime is based upon a simplified US law system of (infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies), where felonies weigh the most towards the guilt threshold. If you incorrectly judge people(i.e. sending a guilty man free, or a innocent man to prison) 10 times, you will be disbarred. If you commit 5 time penalties you will be disbarred. If you correctly judge 10 people, with no more than 1 time penalty you will receive a special message.

Stats: (possible faces = 36k+)(possible names = 10k+)(possible crimes = 180, pretty low in comparison to the other 2, I found it hard to find good lists of crimes so I had to enter these manually)

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LavWa says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:12am

Nice idea ! Love the procedural generation for the characters, impressive for a LD game. Really interesting idea. The artwork and animations are very well done. Great work :) Cool arcade use of the theme :)

fergarram says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:25am

The art could be better, the idea is ok. I like the audio.

yesandgames says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:32am

Nice, this one is hilarious.

xevozfighter says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:33am

I got sort of a "Papers Please" vibe from it. Found it hard to tell if people were criminals or not.

TeamKawaiiju says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:47am

This is the next Ace Attorney.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:14am

Enjoyed it! Great idea with speed identifying targets. Good use of theme :)

Ghen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:14am

eh this remind me of a game in steam, forgot the name, pointing finger or something
quite nice idea with the speed judgment,the audio nice, and the graphics probably need a bit more workout as a jam works
but overall great :)

Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:16am

Neat idea, kind of random as to which people were criminals but overall I liked it, nice job.

VideoDog says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:16am

Slick Intro graphics and fun concept! Wish how many "strikes" you have gotten was displayed.

sirono says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 7:31pm

Hahahaha, How a meaningful game. It also test my english skill. although it is a simple graphic but it is fun.

pkenney says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 5:02pm

An interesting idea well executed. First playthrough it felt a bit too arbitrary and maybe like it was just a joke, but then I read the description and I started to get better. I still didn't get the special message for being a good judge though, I always made a few mistakes and never just one.

The variety of faces is great, the crimes are often funny, and the conveyor-belt court system with the hammering fist ruling in the absence of evidence was all a nice farce.

Good work.

luysse_l says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 6:59pm

nice word man

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 11:13am

After trying a few times I could infer no correlation between facial expression, crime and guilt. Fun idea, would like it to be a bit less random. I think the music in the help screens is the nicest.

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