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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Surveillance

by eemmbbeerr - Jam Entry

Surveillance is a story based game about choices, inspired by Das Leben Der Anderen (The Lives of Others).

You play as a Stasi officer tasked with investigating an enemy of the state and recording their suspicious activity.

Controls:
-Simply click the record button on the correct screen to record evidence

Developed by Halflemon studios

Developed using:
-Unity
-Photoshop
-Audacity

Suggested screen ratio: 16:9
WARNING: WebGL build may load VERY slowly or may not load at all for some unknown reason. Linux and Windows builds have been uploaded.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#231Innovation(Jam)3.52
#371Audio(Jam)3.10
#611Humor(Jam)2.00
#698Theme(Jam)3.05
#704Mood(Jam)2.79
#796Graphics(Jam)2.43
#872Fun(Jam)2.00
#882Overall(Jam)2.48
#938Coolness45%

Comments

Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:01pm

It doesn't work :(

Dec 25, 2016 @ 11:37pm

^ I'm not sure it's working for me either. How do I know if a camera is recording? Is it recording as long as I click and hold or am I toggling it on and off? Maybe some visual or audio feedback as to when we're rolling?

Louspirit says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:04pm

It is a unseen scenario / gameplay game so congrats. However I would have prefered to see some more suspicious activity, it was a bit light.

Conk says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:06pm

Managed to complete it however there wasn't much feedback from recording. The idea is cool but a little short. Art would be better if the style was consistent. Audio really good, helped build atmosphere.

JK5000 says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:11pm

The idea for this game is super interesting. What is happening on the surveillance camera is bit hard to see. And I would also have liked a bit more player interaction with the story. But overall is the game interesting and well done.

Maffew says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 2:55pm

It is very hard to tell if you are actually doing anything, neat idea though.

adrian09_01 says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:17pm

Hell is what I see! a surveillance cam game? like, you're in the one room but watch others with a cam? why Five Nights At Freddy's wasn't done in this jam?

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:44pm

Interesting concept, but it's lacking in choices for the player. I recorded (I assume, no feedback on recording) whenever I saw 2 people or more in a room. I had no idea what they were up to, but apparently I collected the evidence.

Graphics are very basic, but not basic enough to have a stylized quality. The music was old school, but started getting on my nerves a bit.

I qlike the idea,

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:45pm

Interesting concept, but it's lacking in choices for the player. I recorded (I assume, no feedback on recording) whenever I saw 2 people or more in a room. I had no idea what they were up to, but apparently I collected the evidence.

Graphics are very basic, but not basic enough to have a stylized quality. The music was old school, but started getting on my nerves a bit. Instructional voice-over gets a +1 from me.

I quite like the idea, but wish there was some more depth.

handoharken says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 3:13pm

Cool idea, could be really fun if fleshed out a bit more.

Zgragselus says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 6:43pm

There is no real feedback for the player (I was also not sure whether I'm recording or not). I did got some evidence (basically of all his movement), although he wasn't caught.

Graphics was not really consistent, the music on the other hand fits perfectly.

Zee says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 8:46am

The game sets the mood and atmosphere very well; The voice over was a nice touch and adds quite a bit to it. Right now, it's a simple game, but an interesting concept. It feels more like a prototype, a proof of concept that should be built upon, but it's still a solid idea.

My main complaint is the lack of feedback. I couldn't really tell if I started to record or not. You also have a lack of feedback on what the suspects are actually doing, so I ended up just recording whenever two were on screen. It's also maybe a bit too bare-bones. It needs more objectives and "stuff to do."

It feels like it's missing the feature(s) that turn it from a prototype into a game. Obvious stuff would be to add more screens or controllable cameras. Less obvious game-play ideas would be adding sound, where you can only listen to one screen at a time, and limited film to record, so you can't just record 24/7. Trying to find who the suspect is could also be an interesting twist for a level, and being careful not to record any corruption by officials still the favor of the state could add an interesting twist.

Overall, it's a great prototype.

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