Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Christmas Time

by Jon Reid - Compo Entry

In order to play this, you need to open the game in two separate tabs.

Something has happened to your Christmas tree and its ruining christmas! Go back in time and stop your Christmas tree from falling over and save Christmas!

This game is played in two tabs simultaneously. In one tab, you can explore the present time, while in the other you are 15 minutes into the past. Your actions in the past can affect your present self!

Figure out how to stop your Christmas tree from falling over before it happens again!

There are a few endings, and a few ways you can influence the present time from the past while playing.

You can jump between the two time states at will (by just changing tabs) to help figure out how to keep your tree upright and beautiful for Christmas.

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cjke.7777 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:09am

This is really really clever! What a unique idea. Well executed as well.

wrexialmt says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:13pm

Well, never seen anything like it, when it works its an awesome idea. Managed to burn the tree down, but i managed to get the game stuck multiple times on the "Christmas present".

Tater_hater says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:17pm

incredibly interesting use of tabs to do this, that was pretty neat

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:20pm

Very good concept! The visuals are also very good, and the walking sound fits the visual style very well.

SamuelSousa says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:22pm

Awesome idea.
Never played something alike.
The web version font is very hard to read. Manage to burn the tree down.
Awesome Entry! Some jingles tune would be nice (but that's most likely copyrighted)

sgadrat says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:23pm

Simply fabulous concept, and seasonal with that!

erikiene says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:32pm

Amazing!! As said before - never encountered anything like this.

victorcrafty says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Very funy game . I realy love it . Keep do games

Dvorgaz says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:41pm

Pretty cool idea. However the present got stuck for me after restarting. I couldn't move or pick up the knife.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:47pm

That was really cool. I don't think I've seen a game before that used two separate tabs. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer but there's only so much you can do in 48 hours.

Catwheel says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:09pm

A game that you play in the future and past in 2 tabs. really cool!

timgarbos says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:31pm

Bonus points for using multiple tabs!
Would love to see you use it more... now it could sort of almost just be a button inside the game.

Ludipe says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:45pm

Wow, that was suuuper cool. Really liked the concept. Well done! :-)

Moritz says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:33pm

Arrival has nothing on this game!

Awesome idea with th tabs (how even, i can't literally even).

Great christmasy graphics.

Did I mention how awesome the time travel thing is? It like portal, but for time.

tinyworlds says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:39pm

Haha really cool concept! Never seen a game using two instances like this :D

Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:07am

Very cool idea. I did get it stuck once (running on Firefox on a Mac), but nothing a quick restart couldn't fix.

Artsicle says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:52am

A themed one, cool!

icefallgames says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:01am

I can't seem to control the character in the "past" tab. No matter when I click, he doesn't move (though I hear the duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh walking sound). I really want to play!

Jon Reid says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:42am

@icefallgames what browser are you playing in?

panu says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:35am

Cute game with very interesting gimmick to it! Too bad it is so short.

Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:09pm

Really cool idea and execution - I wouldn't even know how to communicate between tabs! Nice one!

Also: I ruined christmas - and I am wondering why the code didn't work that was on the inside in the present time.

Garris says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:39pm

This game surprised me! I have never seen a multi-windowed game like this! I managed to freeze it in the past when I sullied the beard with oil. Maybe I wasn't supposed to do that...but I had a lot of fun trying for all the different outcomes!

TheMightyTeam says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:53pm

Cool game! Very innovative. The separated tab gameplay is an interesting concept I have never seen before. Well done!

1y1e says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:23pm

I couldn't believe the bird ending. Dat deep dive tho.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 7:14pm

I did it - I saved the xmas tree - this was a really innovative way to use the theme. very impressed by this game. well done.

Dec 19, 2016 @ 9:50pm

This was fantastic. Ive never seen a game that played across multiple browser tabs or windows before. Which was a nice tie in for a single room that itself doesnt change, but the things that happen in the past and present do. Some very Doctor Who type mind bending puzzles could really blow users minds if you kept going with this concept.

The only thing I found lacking was I really just wanted more of the game. Like some type of story where the character is an average joe that uses this power to coast through life. Barely achieving things with humor and help from their past self. Nice job!

Christmas time was featured in the second Episode of my Ludum Dare 37 showcase series.

PowerSpark says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:14pm

Interesting, sort of breaks the fourth wall :D

JoeProgram says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 4:34am

Very cool. I ran into a few tech problems - at first I couldn't type, and even after I closed Chrome, a new tab registered as the second instance rather than the first. I was able to work around it in Chrome's Incognito mode. Totally worth it - a fun concept and story.

wowa_u says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 12:57pm

This is a awesome game idea! Very well done!

Dec 27, 2016 @ 3:05am

super clever, not sure if i've ever seen anything quite like it!

Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:54pm

Clever idea and good use of the theme.

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