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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Mission Control

by Japes - Compo Entry

This game takes place in one room - a room in a space flight mission control centre.

Your goal is to get your ship to fulfill it's mission by travelling the specified distance. Together with your team of engineers you need to make sure that temperature and oxygen levels remain within safe limits, and that the ship stays on course.

Click to select engineers, and click again to place them at terminals. While a terminal is manned, it's respective system should remain (relatively) under control.
Placing the blue "manager" engineer at a terminal gives you direct control over that system. Use the arrow keys to keep things balanced.

When the control centre runs out of coffee, there's a chance engineers can fall asleep on the job. Make sure there's enough coffee by assigning someone to refill it, and reassign sleeping engineers to their jobs to wake them up. (You may have to do this a few times). Managers do NOT brew coffee!

Apologies for the lack of audio - sacrifices had to be made!

***NB there are only 3 working spots to place workers - directly under the labels. The terminals next to these do nothing***

-----UPDATE 28/12/2016--------------------------

I've polished the game a bit and uploaded a post-compo version. Check it out! (but don't rate me based on it, obviously)

Changes include:
- Sound!
- tidied up the UI a bit and added some images for flavour
- A and D keys are now alternatives to the left and right arrows (when controlling systems directly)
- disabled the useless terminals, which were confusing
- some bugfixes

Also, I forgot to list software used:

I might do another upload later in the week, I'd like to make the rocket visually show its state, and explode on failure. Also I'd like to animate the workers a bit, and then possibly add additional systems to the rocket. I'm open to suggestions!

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Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:45pm

Simple concept and system but working pretty well ! I like your idea and pretty realistic with manager not brewing coffee XD

Thijs Tak says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:56pm

I don't like coffee, do you have tea? :P

But in all seriousness: Nice use of theme and the gameplay (time management sim) ain't bad either. Some animation and music would have really added value. -- WL

aemiliu5 says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 2:39pm

nice one mate! i really love the gameplay...i couldn't get to the target though i tried dozens of times but i found it really interesting...nice use of the theme as should add some music!

runvs says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 3:42pm

Haha, this is a nice one, I like it! It becomes really challenging, especially on a laptop with touchpad. But that is a good thing.

Kroute says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 10:12am

Nice game ! I won on my second run and it was really stressful but I enjoyed playing this game.

Anti says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:06pm

Simple idea with great execution. Really fun and challenging. Great work!

Minato4th says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:29pm

It is simple but it working very well, pity that there is no sounds

Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:35pm

Very entertaining. Concept is simple, but gameplay is quite challenging and involving.

doublesquare says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:59pm

Nice entry, I like the idea of the room being a mission control room. Good execution with the work stations and people/coffee management.

FloatingGhost says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 2:15pm

Couldn't run
Got this error

Using //@ to indicate sourceMappingURL pragmas is deprecated. Use //# instead[Learn More] lib.js:4
Decompressed Release/MissionControl Builds.memgz in 131ms. You can remove this delay if you configure your web server to host files using gzip compression. UnityLoader.js:1:775
Decompressed Release/MissionControl Builds.jsgz in 295ms. You can remove this delay if you configure your web server to host files using gzip compression. UnityLoader.js:1:775
Use of getPreventDefault() is deprecated. Use defaultPrevented instead. lib.js:2:8283
Successfully compiled asm.js code (total compilation time 6427ms; stored in cache) dcbcd440-929e-4a24-811d-ac0bb0456592
Invoking error handler due to
SecurityError: The operation is insecure. UnityLoader.js:1:29721

eemmbbeerr says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:54pm

I like the mission control room interpretation!

Zgragselus says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 2:47am

Interesting concept, although I found it kind of lacking some better visual feedback (animations, etc.)

Green Soda says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 7:58am

Nice game! :))
Is this like a metaphor to game development? XD
Anyways, cool take on the theme... I like these types of games--Management games...
took me a while and few tries before I beat the game... Love the coffee...
If I have to suggest something, it's to add maybe a few more feedbacks so that the player won't take hard time dividing his attentions on the different factors :) and maybe a few balancing
Other than that, GOOD JOB! nice entry

Zener says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 10:48am

Great concept, I find these kind of games very interesting

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