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

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

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A cats life

by mrcone - Jam Entry

"A cats life" is time management game where you play as a single father spending the night in your single room apartment trying to not wake up the baby.
Your walls are thin, neighbors are noisy (and their music choices truly questionable), cat - annoying. Conditions are truly harsh. Will you be able to make it and prove you're a good father? Play and find out.


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Mouse controls.

The objective of the game is to keep the baby asleep for as long as possible. Knock on the walls to let Your neighbors know their music is too loud. Don't have to much hope though, once enough time has passed they will try to play their favorite song again. Such is the life at russian commute (or anywhere else for that matter).

Baby:
The baby wakes up once it's annoyance bar reaches maximum point. You can reduce annoyance by dragging the father to the baby to calm him down.

Cat:
Keep the cat's bowl full, or else it might wake up the baby too. Easter egg: a cat can turn from annoyance into a helpful little companion :)

Score:
You get 1 point every second you survive. When you're sleeping the score grows 2 times as fast, when sitting on a sofa - 1.5.

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accessibility update - fixed some tutorials not showing up, reduced build size.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness94%
#43Theme(Jam)4.33
#101Humor(Jam)3.67
#195Innovation(Jam)3.60
#216Mood(Jam)3.67
#219Graphics(Jam)4.00
#245Overall(Jam)3.62
#250Fun(Jam)3.48

Comments

Zerochain says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:14pm

Awesome concept, sweet pixel style +1 :)

bigbuggames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:31pm

It's hard! damn those annoying neighbours!! ;) Loved the art. Gj!

jimmynoshoes says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:55pm

Really cool idea for a game, I love the artwork and haggered look of the father. Those damn neighbours!

#gmdsgn says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:59pm

Love the obscure 8bit graphics!

patrickgh3 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:07pm

Conveyed its theme very well through the gameplay and art. Good job! Nice touch that the dad can use the couch and bed too.

piwicode says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:50pm

I like the concept very much, it's so fun and original.
The pixelated graphic style is very nice.
+1 for the cat.
Thanks for making this game!

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:51pm

nice concept,russian man

piwicode says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:56pm

As said previously great game. I just had an idea that you may be interested in: you could pre-process the sounds with binaural audio plugin. It would makes possible to hear the sound on the left, right, top and bottom. Using a low pass filter could help to simulate the adsorption of the wall.

Mieeh says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:46pm

Very cool pixel art, great all around.
Good work here!

Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:53pm

That's a well made game. I cannot say it's really fun because it's too damn close to the real life issues I used to have. But it's solid, nicely balanced, and these lo-res graphics/animations are quite good.

tartlegames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:57pm

pixel art is fantastic and the idea is creative. Good work

kidando says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:36am

Hahahahahahaha. this is the funniest game ever. Easily the best game I've played so far. Those neighbors tho... :D

badabooom63 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:19pm

Great concept, very funny and addictive!

Zettelkasten says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:24pm

My baby could sleep 119 seconds. But the cat woke it. Took me at least five tries to understand the core concept. I got it, and I like it! Very interesting.
Apart from that, the art style is very gorgeous. Reminds my of Kingdom.
Well done!

nilead says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:29pm

A nice and interesting use of the theme. Its hard and I like it ;)

dkdwrek says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:39pm

Great game! I love the art, and music!

I had an idea roughly similar, except you would have been playing as a cat, but I didn't have the skills to get that concept together in the Ludum Dare timescale.

Greek85 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:44am

oh! Nice! And it's also online! Can I find it on indiexpo? I'm making videos about the games of this Jam, but only about the games hosted also on indiexpo! Tell me if you will add it, so I can include it in my next video ;)

makhovykh says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 2:52pm

Haha check my game for playing on another side xD

bes_kurales says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:36pm

Hard and Cool! Nice carpet, comrade!

Big Cow says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:24am

Just brilliant, Fantastic concept and well executed. Really loved the art style and animation and the choice of sounds. Also great sense of humour. It ramps up really quick at one stage and it feels impossible to stop the noise and keep baby happy. Anyway nicely done! Cheers -RS

pcmxms says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:51am

135 final score.
Great game! Really good graphic and sound. Congrats!

tellus says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:00am

Neat idea and it was very effective. The game play was made a little frustrating because of how easy it was to put the father in the wrong place accidentally.

Omiya Games says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 8:57pm

Yikes, this game goes from zero to max difficult in a super-short amount of time. The controls aren't very good for a game that requires reacting to different sounds very quickly, as the added time to drag-&-drop makes it difficult to time the wall-knocking properly. The baby-rocking is only useful if there are moments of quiet, but it's rather often that 2 or more musics will be playing at once, making both quieting the neighbors and calming the baby an unmanageable act (unless there's a method to quiet those 2 rooms at once). I would have appreciated a much better balancing between the frequency new music play, and the effectiveness of silencing them.

Jan 12, 2017 @ 9:45pm

Challenging game, nice graphics! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/YxApuQ84rNY

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