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

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Staten & Kapitalet

by Lamebait - Jam Entry

Play as the mayor as you influence the political stance of your city. Your two options: Capitalism or Communism.

Capitalism contributes to the economy of your city but decreases the welfare of your citizens. Communism does the opposite. Neutral city blocks decrease both your economy and welfare so you need to take temporary stances to ensure that your city grows. If you run out of money or welfare you lose.

Note: The political implications of this game do not necessarily represent our personal views. It's just a silly oversimplification. :)

'Right arrow key' - More capitalism, less communism
'Left arrow key' - More communism, less capitalism

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floppya says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:09pm

Nice graphics. I like the juicy tweening going on there. I thought the depth of field effect could be turned down a little bit, or refocused as the city gets larger buildings.

qbicfeet says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:27pm

Very interesting and unique, managed to get a fairly sizable city once I figured out a good strategy. The bouncy animations and the popping sound effects are very satisfying.

Catblocker says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:31pm

Very nice and smooth graphics, but i don't feel like the gameplay is good enought. It just doesn't feel immersive enought, like you are doing anything.

Otherwise a really beatiful game

vortex says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:46pm

Wow! That game was great! I just kept smiling playing this game! :)
When I first saw the game on the games page, I thought that I would spend the next five minutes reading an instructions guide on how you play. What I got was two button controls. I am in love with the theme!
The graphics are really great, and the animations and pop sounds are really statisfying. Sadly the framerate started going down when my city grew.
What I really loved is that you made a game for the audience it is targeted at. The level of complexity fits the five minute play sessions, that people are going to spend on your game perfectly.
A little negative point is that I didn't feel an immediate response to the changes that I made. You could possibly have indicated the actual amount of red/blue relation somehow...

JohnGalt says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:58pm

Nice modelings. Intriguing concept. I enjoy it a lot. Expect to see more progressive content unlock while playing.

Aaants says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:01pm

Fantastic visuals and animations

trexmix says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:28pm

Gorgeous graphics, but doesn't much have to it.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:14am

Enjoyed this really interesting game, nice job!

windwarrior says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:25am

Very nice game, enjoyed this very much :D

Nooner Bear says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:27am

Not entirely certain what the goal was, but I loved the visuals and it was fun to play. Great work on the animation. There's something super satisfying about hearing the little pop noises as it speeds up.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:23pm

Very nice graphics and audio. The bouncy-ness of the animations and the lowpoly art-style really gave it a nice touch (reminded me a bit of the hotel-pieces from Monopoly, which was a nice touch). The popping sound also worked quite well with drawing my attention.

Gameplay-wise I do think that the mechanics are interesting, it's just that I feel like I might not have fully gotten their application. Sometimes, it felt like as though the bars kept decreasing even though I favored Capitalism more or Communism more than the other. I'm not sure if this was a bug, or if I played it so passive I just spawned a bunch of neutral blocks. The latter seems a bit likely.

Still though, loved the atmosphere and also the fact that you quoted probably my favorite Ebba Grön-song with the title. Nice job! :)

TeamDromedare says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:35pm

This concept is as brilliant as the graphics. The endgame scenes are great as well. Well done.

Jan 5, 2016 @ 3:43pm

Neat concept! I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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