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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Santas Helpers!

by Nnnnneeeedddd - Compo Entry

Santas Helpers!------------------------------------

Based on what people have told me. First of all it is WASD to move, and ARROW KEYS to move the camera. It is E to pick up elves, wood and sacks. However, you MUST be actively walking towards an object to pick it up, you cannot just stand next to it and press 'e'. You can also be standing on top of the object, this works too. Also, sorry that the camera goes inside stuff :/

This is a complicated one!

Instructions + info:

Santa has been putting off making all the presents, sooooo, he has to make them from the 1st of December, obviously before the 25th of December.

Anyway, all the presents are made of wood. Santa spawns with the wood pile right in front of him.

if he goes up to a piece of wood, and holds 'e' he will pick the wood up (you MUST HOLD 'e').

then santa needs to go to one of his toy making machines and add the wood.

The machines will not work when this happens, this is because each machine needs an elf. Now Santas elves are a bit rubbish, so each elf can only make ONE toy.

sooooo, Santa has to put the elves on the machine (pick the elves up the same as wood). The machine will start producing toys in the following two ways:

1 - Broken Toys - these toys are useless, and it is caused by having the wrong elf on a specific machine (so find another elf).

2 - normal toys - these toys will go into a SACK at the end of the production line.

The easiest way to see whether an elf is producing broken toys or not is to look at whether the toys go into a sack or not, if they are broken, they will just vanish...

Anyway. You can see whether toys are broken quicker from looking at the images of the toys on the production line, however this is not always obvious.

Aim - You see the progress bar, YOU have to beat TOWIN to the end. You do this by picking up the sacks of toys (from the end of the production line)

You then take this to Santas sleigh, which is on the raised platform ready to take off, or... Whatever.

IMPORTANT - if you pick up a sack, another sack will spawn in it's place, if you are inside the area when this happens you will get STUCK inside the sack. If this happens you have to pick up the sack you are stuck in and possibly lose toys. So basically, just stand next to the sack when you pick it up NOT on top of it!!

Oh and also, if you win please say in the comments, because I haven't done this yet, I will edit the post when I have.

also, Santa is fully aware that you can use the wood blocks to jump out of the map, Santa also knows that there is no gameplay advantage to doing this.

Also, if you release any carriable block when up against bricks they stick to the wall this is VEEEEEEERRRRRYYYYYYY helpful, because it means you can see which elves you have checked with each machine, and stop them from walking around, because they are annoying otherwise.

Thanks all!!

Ned Boulter

Installation --------------------

Download "Windows EXE" binary
drag content folder to desktop - important step it will not work compressed.
Open Folder, and double click on the exe file.

Also, please comment if there is any problem with running on windows. Unless your opengl version is less than 3.3 in which case I am very sorry :(


So if you come up with a good strategy, its not hard to beat the game. It's using the right strategy that is the hard bit ;). I am really hoping at least one person beats it. Thanks!!

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Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:02pm

Shader Error :(

Artsicle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:07pm


zeoxo says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:07pm

Interesting and fun concept even though it can be glitchy at times.

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:08pm

Had trouble understanding what to do, even with your description.
Also, the camera is a lil bit all over the place, going into the walls and stuff.

Sounds are not too great but at least there are some.
Graphics are awesome.

victorcrafty says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:31pm

Interesting !!! I think you do this game on GameMaker .

Nnnnneeeedddd says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:55pm

victorcrafty - No I made it in c++ from scratch with OpenGL, and OpenAL Soft

Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:59pm

Thanks for your comment on my game. Yeah, I guess that problem is with OpenGL.

perfectclivee says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:10pm

I love the idea behind the game. Very festive and good fun. Great graphics. I enjoyed playing it even though you have to work hard to win. I like the fact its not easy.

Zhorky says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:27pm

I really like the idea and the graphics. The gameplay is a bit weird sometimes. A bit more music would have been nice :)

KadaDev says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:38pm

Wish the things you pick up would fall back down again, sometimes you'd release too early and lose what you picked up. Cool idea the santa animation was cute

Nnnnneeeedddd says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 4:35pm

They do fall back down? When you put an elf on a machine, it can be taken off. Otherwise, it would not be possible.

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 2:13am

I enjoyed this for some reason, yeh it was fun.

kd7uiy says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 2:42pm

Interesting. Moving the elves around while holding E wasn't intuitive, nor easy. Requiring two keys to be pressed with the same hand is difficult. Also, there are a fair number of camera errors. Still, looks great!

Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:37pm

Loving the sprites and the idea, but I was having trouble figuring it out, and I'd already read the description of the entry. Also I got an elf stuck on a wall.

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