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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Janusz: The handyman simulator

by RootKiller - Jam Entry

Janusz: The handyman simulator game - Game where you can help woman with renovating her room. Paint walls and hang the most beautiful painting on the wall!

The game is designed not to help you too much - we prefer games where you need to listen to dialogues (well no real dialogues here) to understand what to do - not to have helpers on each corner.

This game is created for fun and scenes and images shown in the game does not mean to insult someone. If somebody feels hurt - sorry!


Walking - W A S D
Jumping - Space
Pickup item to left hand - Left mouse button
Pickup item to right hand - Right mouse button
Use item in left hand - Left mouse button
Use item in right hand - Right mouse button
Drop item from left hand - Left shift + Left mouse button
Drop item from right hand - Left shift + Right mouse button
Carry object - Left mouse button + Right mouse buttons (must have no items in hands)
Manipulate carried object - Left shift + Mouse move

We made the game in 72 hours - it was exhausting but very exciting run. Thank you for organizing this!


The game was updated to address the following issues after dead line:

* Added information's about drop item action to controls help.
* Fixed jittering props.
* Fixed missing materials for paint can and handle of tool box.
* ​Changed misleading name of the button in main menu from Controls to Controls Help.

Downloads and Links




zjemcikolege says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:02pm


kuba45209 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:23pm

Perfect xD

c2v4 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:36pm

10/10 Pozdrawiam wszystkich Januszy i Grażyny!

Mark Ffrench says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:50pm

Strangely soothing, painted most of the room yellow... and only trashed half the furniture trying to get the paint can out of the box.

TheAmante says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:09pm

I liked the way characters speaks, so crazy...
The gameplay isn't bad, the time is a bit long because I needed more interactions to have more fun.
Also good job :)

kamranwali says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:13pm

This is a nice game. I really felt like the handyman working there. The game mechanics was smooth. The audio went with the graphics. Over all a good game. Keep it up!

Mawczi says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:17pm

Daje 10/10. Mimo, że zadania wypełniłem to i przewróciłem cały dom. Czekam na pełną produkcję :D

Fidrik says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:19pm

After painting 2 patches of the wall I found the beer. Proceeded to blockade the door with furniture and drink beer, having fun throwing the bottles around the room. The girlfriend still managed to find out I did no work. 10/10 would connect with my inner-slav again.

mkl says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:12pm

dobre to jest :D

Big Cow says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:12pm

Great idea for a game. This could be expanded to do an entire house one room at a time in stages. Anyway good work for the compo. Well done -RS

unit684 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:06pm

Nice, I love painting and drinking beer. I painted the room but couldn't work out how to put the painting up, I ended up accidentally dropping it through the window onto the ground below! Pretty fun though and i'm actually amazed this only took 3 days.

mrrustyxd says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:53pm


Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:32pm


Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:11am

nice game , i like the graphics!

Drkr says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:26am

My finger hurts from holding down my mouse button for 10 minutes, and everything was pretty mundane.

Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:59am

Great game!

amras0000 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:21pm

I had fun painting green and yellow gradient swatches on the walls. The animation and character graphics are impressive for a Ludum Dare game, so great work there. The physics didn't work particularly well and I saw a lot of clipping issues; I wasn't able to hang the picture on the wall because it fell through said wall. Also I couldn't find any nails or a hammer, though I see them in your screenshot.
I also have a couple graphical reservations. Shadows should never be pitch black; it was hard to see anything in even the slightest shadow. I'd have liked some form of ambient light so I wouldn't have to pick up the objects and rotate them to see what they are. Also, the hanging lamp seemed to have its normals all funky. I also couldn't paint the walls underneath the windows.

The ending was a little anticlimatic, though I realize that you probably ran out of time before you were able to create a second cutscene. Even if all you changed was the text, I'd have liked to see the lady come in the room to end the game.

All that's not to say this is a bad game; I had some fun with it. But if you were to tackle something like this again, I think you could improve in that direction.

As a side note; if you used premade assets (in this case, the music), the Jam rules request you opt out of judging in the respective category (here, Audio)

RootKiller says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:39pm

@amras0000 Thanks for feedback. About the hammer it is in the toolbox next to the brush - you just have to pickup it - nails are not separate items.

We know that lighting is not the best as it was pretty much first more complex project for me in unreal and i'm not really familiar with setting up lighting. For the picking up items it was made in the last day just to be there after feedback from twitch chat, the general physics bugs will be eventually fixed.

About the audio as we made all sound fx there is no separate category for it so we decided not to opt out from it.

Qui says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:49pm

Lol. Great idea!

#gmdsgn says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:35pm

Someone finaly decided to create Janusz in a virtual world. Thats grate ! I really had fun playing but controls are bit harder then I expected, no one said beeing Janusz is an easy Task !

Matlahvi says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:26pm

This was awesome xD!

freyby says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:59pm

When your gf says you to paint the walls yellow, paint it with green, she probably gonna be mad at you. 10/10

Anti says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 6:50pm

Enjoyed it a bit, loved how the characters sounded and the idea itself though it quickly became boring because they were not that much to do, the timer was also too long I feel. Otherwise great game!

nilead says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:45pm

My antivirus warned me before finishing installing but play it anyways. Not dissapointed.

RootKiller says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:49pm

Maybe your antivirus has breathalyser? :D

Dec 15, 2016 @ 8:17pm

It's a boring gaem, and getting stuff out of the toolbox is the only real challenge. The idea is nice though.

I'm not a Janusz, but I can confirm it's an accurate simulator. I am glad that the polish culture is being promoted in an honest and accurate way.

Yvanor says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 8:49pm

Original game. I painted the whole room but I didn't managed to put the painting on the wall. I've never been keen on manual work anyway x). Good job !

ato says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 9:11pm

It's the first time that I see the great polish Janusz in any game. You may be on to something. Fun idea. Congratulations :)

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:14pm

Really funny game. The buttons felt a bit unresponsive. Lots of humor.

Ednei says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:03am

Cool game, but the very locked movements and the objects fly away when walking around the room

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