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Gerry Wins!

by BubuIIC - Jam Entry

+++++++ Description +++++++
Gerry Wins! is a game about the democratic process in the animal kingdom.

The player is tasked with designing new districts to ensure his supported candidate wins the general elections.

You can play against the AI (Gerry) or locally against another human player (much more fun you should try it!).
NOTICE: Gerry's first turns are very slow for large grids (>=15). The web version crashes with grid size >=10.

+++++++ BASIC INSTRUCTIONS +++++++
The goal of the game is to hold a majority in more electoral districts than your opponent (shown on the right side of the screen) at the end of a game.
The game ends when the whole board is colored.
Right now their is no end-of-game trigger and no notice for winning/losing. But you can always check for yourself on the right side of the screen whether you control more districts than your opponent.

To play select one of the electoral districts (colors) on the left side and then one of the voters (yours or your opponents) on the grid to add to the district.
A district counts as yours if you get the majority of votes in it.

For an example see screenshot #3.


+++++++ Things we didn't get around to +++++++
- Different special moves for every animal.
- Win/Lose screen.
- Bugtesting :-).
- Any kind of Audio Music :-(.

+++++++ Made by +++++++
- Marcus Hoffmann (Code)
- Stefanie Schrottke (Design, Graphics, Story)
- Stephan Wäldchen (Code, Graphics)
- Eric Zimmermann (Code)

+++++++ Made with +++++++
- Unity 3D Personal
- Gimp & Inkscape


+++++++ Idea +++++++++++
This game is based on a concept called "Gerrymandering". If you've never heard of it, look here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering

PS: Can someone test the mac build and post the results?

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness75%
#117Innovation(Jam)3.74
#377Humor(Jam)2.75
#507Overall(Jam)3.27
#579Mood(Jam)3.06
#692Graphics(Jam)3.08
#784Fun(Jam)2.81
#910Theme(Jam)2.75

Comments

OrangePop says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:14am

It looks really interesting, but the game board keeps scrolling up for me, making it unplayable.

11Schotter says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:23am

clever gameplay and sweet graphics, i like!

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:47am

@OrangePop: I never had this problem, which version are you using?

Le_Sarus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:17pm

Cool idea, shame you ran out of time to add a win state or any music but it's a good effort

sndr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Nice little game! I took me several attempts to actually figure out what was going on, though. It could be nice to have some more examples on the instructions.

Matzigon says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:22pm

Not just good, but educational as well! :)
Could use some finishing touches. Good job!

AGausmann says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:55am

I love to see games like this that show political and cultural flaws. This one excellently illustrates the problems of gerrymandering - nice pun by the way - and I enjoy playing simulations like these. This was a very innovative interpretation of the theme as well.

Sir Magic says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:28pm

It's a cool game, I liked it when I knew how to play but I feel it needs a win state and sound to improve it.

Pusty says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:30pm

Fun to play! I was kinda confused as a win scren is missing but I had fun playing it anyways!

pixel_maniacs says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:31pm

Very interesting from an educational perspective. Could obviously need some more polish, but still it's a solid simulation/game! Nice work!

Would be great if you could check out our game as well!

Osaft says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:34pm

Having Problems opening the Site my Anti-Virus blocks me off :\

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:28pm

@Osaft: I think it's just unknown to the AV because it's hosted on my personal site. So they block it by default. :-/

reheated says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:40am

Oh yeah! This is a very clever board game. It is potentially quite deep (but it's hard to tell how deep a game is, really). I don't know any opening strategy, but as the game develops, it becomes possible to look ahead and plan some moves. I feel that certain go-like aspects emerge. E.g. I had a couple of "miai" moments where I was happy because two moves were equivalent, so if the computer took one, I could take the other.

Also nice commentary on the state of politics :D. And I like the art style.

scnoobi says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:02pm

intstructions are pretty bad and verbose. Theres no clear indication of what things do or what your objective is if you don't read instructions. lackluster end(theres no sheep is victorious!)

Paskal007r says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:34pm

GREAT concept! As a non-us living person gerrymandering has never been explained so clearly to me. Kudos for that!

Llucile says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:22am

The idea is a pretty original interpretation of the theme and the graphics are nice but the game sadly lacks ingame feedbacks to understand fully how it works and to display scores. Hope it will be added soon

iossif says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 9:48am

i _think_ i won. but i am not sure :D

themadknights says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 10:44am

One of the more intelligent game I saw in this LD. Good work.

Odyssey says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:50am

I liked the art style and the political undertones

Jin47 says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:54pm

Great game and interesting concept ! So sad that their is no winning trigger but great job nonetheless!

APantaloni says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 3:53pm

Really cool idea. I'd love to see this developed further.

adsilcott says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:00pm

This could be a great tool for education.

StaNov says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:53pm

Nice graphics! Some effects and win/lose-screen would be appreciated though. And highlighted the last move of oponent!

No link to the theme whatsoever.

Thanks for making this :)

BubuIIC says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 4:25pm

@StaNov: Thanks for trying it out. Well, the game is about shifting the shape of electoral districts, so it fairly fits the theme.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 9:15pm

i didnt understand the rules, maybe add more example

drentsoft says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Looks interesting but I wasn't sure if I was doing it right :/

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