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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Botanic Balcony

by pmarincak - Jam Entry

Your own private balcony to grow as many plants as you want.


It's worth noting this game is only slightly larger than your average Room Scale dimensions, letting everything be practically within reach.


Requires: HTC Vive
Was tested using Steam VR

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to run the game from outside Steam (double-click the exe) or else Steam will lock the frame rate to 60fps (and you will not have a good time). It will open SteamVR on it's own as long as steam is running.


Built in UE4
Audio is UE4's defaults

Please note: The only art assets not created for the jam are the sky, hands, and teleportation circles (all UE4 defaults).


Change Log

- Fixed a bug where the audio may not play
- Fixed a bug where the frame rate was locked to 62fps
- Must run the game outside of Steam or else it will be locked to 60fps

Downloads and Links




Gamepopper says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:29pm

I love the visuals and how peaceful it feels. It's great how you got VR and hand tracking to work in VR so well, I struggled trying to implement that in 72 hours.

Dec 16, 2016 @ 3:12am

this is pretty cool, different pace to most other games

ACCBDD says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:07am

Honestly, I'm astonished that anybody was making a VR game, let alone ones as good as these.

Ednei says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 11:59pm

Really good idea and great implementation!
Hope you complete this game! :)

ahmedmohi says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 7:35am

Awesome work , and good work on the animation the concept is great too

adrian09_01 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:52pm

It was pretty fun to play this nice little game. Had a lot of fun growing plants! VR has a lot of potential, but now it's sadly just a toy.

elmoGames says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:48pm

The graphics look great but i dont have a VR device

Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:11pm

Hey, I liked your game it was actually fun. You can improve the audio and the graphics at some point but overall not bad! And please go and try out my game!

Dec 19, 2016 @ 2:39am

I love how this game looks. The concept of growing things is super fun :)

Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:57pm

Great job in 72h!

littleball says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:33pm

Nice little peaceful game. It's good to see modern tech on the jam!

Haddy22 says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 3:48am

Very interesting- Very peaceful serene feeling to this :) And its fun chucking stuff over the balcony. Very cool entry for sure!

kawaiineko says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:52am

Ohhh this game feels so relaxing! It's my dream to have a small garden in my balcony but I can't make anything grow... I'm a plaint killer... Thank you for making my dream come true. And I really man it! ♥ Following on Twitter!

Dec 20, 2016 @ 4:32pm

As I don't have any VR device, I'll only comment based on what I saw in the playthrough.
It seems really polished and has a lot of content for just 72 hours. I also really like the mood, really soothing

ValiaP says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 12:21pm

The background sound somehow makes me feel calm and peaceful. Pretty good mood. Nice one. :D

pmarincak says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 5:38am

Thanks for all the comments so far everyone :D

Kevin_B says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 11:29am

I've seen the video on YouTube. It's really cool, but I cannot vote for this game because I don't have the HTC Vive and so can't play the game. Sorry :(

Wumbo says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 4:46am

umm... can't play because I don't have a VR headset... :( looks fun though (don't worry, I didn't rate it)

hitchh1k3r says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 8:51pm

The graphics you made were really nice, and it was a unique take on the theme.

I would have liked some feedback that I was performing an action. The watering can and seed packets could have particles fall out when you are using them. I really liked how you telegraphed how to "order" more pots.

Good work on this, it was an enjoyable experience. Thank you for making it.

Jan 1, 2017 @ 9:13pm

As someone who barely just hits room scale, this caused me to constantly go outside my boundries even with teleporter. ;-; But I did get it working! It was very lovely and atmospheric.

I couldn't quite figure out the gameplay, mainly that I couldn't figure how to actually make things grow. They were over time, but sadly I was low on time so I couldn't wait for them.

I kind of just wanted to relax on the balcony it was so calming.

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