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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Tenement Rush

by rjhelms - Compo Entry

The year is 1889. You have immigrated to America, and find yourself living in a small one-room apartment on the Lower East Side.

Before you left the old country, you told your relatives that if they ever followed you to America, you would give them a place to stay. You never imagined quite this many would take you up on the offer.



Make room for all your relatives and their belongings, by carrying them around the room. They just keep coming, and if one of them finds the doorway blocked - game over!

Your relatives (and their possessions) will slowly move out, freeing up more room - but not as fast as they come.



Move forward: W or Numpad 8
Move left: A or Numpad 4
Move back: S or Numpad 2
Move right: D or Numpad 6
Turn left: Q or Numpad 7
Turn right: E or Numpad 9
Pick up / drop item: Space

If you find the movement controls confusing, F9 toggles between "relative" and "absolute" controls - in "absolute" move, W/8 is "move up" rather than "move forward", etc.

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Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:31am


rjhelms says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:36am

@TerraCottaFrog - should be fixed now. I had the WebGL page set to "restricted" instead of "published" by accident.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:54am

A fantastic, cruel game :)

Love the music, and the idea is great.

batmanasb says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:44am

The idea is good, but the controls are too complicated so all the challenge comes from dealing with the controls.

ceosol says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:16am

This is such an odd and quirky game. It took a bit to understand, but then is becomes easier. Just have to watch the red squares.

pratess says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:02pm

I love the concept, and it's actually fun to play. Maybe best game I played in LD so far. But yes, I rather you used the arrow keys, controls came in the way a little.

Pixtopher says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:20am

The initial controls being set to relative is some weird input. Once i got them to absolute the game became simple and fun.

Ganon says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 6:32am

Surprising fun game! Took me a few tries to get use to the controls, but once I did it was interesting! I could actually see myself playing this again! Well done! Tip of the beanie to ya!

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:09pm

Good job man! I like your style :)

Alexbrainbox says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 11:09am

My high score was 11600 I thought I did pretty good! Fun little game, music was great, the default controls where abit confusing

Ibispi says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:18pm

A fun game, the challenging part being adjusting your brain to the new movement controls when you rotate! I enjoyed it.

Dec 20, 2016 @ 1:11am

My god those controls are infuriating XD Pressing F9 did not work for me (in the web version). Original idea, good music, graphics and finished feel :-)

matiz982 says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 8:25am

Idea is good, graphic style is fine. Solid entry. Keep it goin'

SUNFURY says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 9:59am

is the web version broken?
I press space but nothing happens :s

Ithildin says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 3:07am

Great, if dark, take on the theme!

Relative controls can take a while to get used to, but eventually they click. I also tried absolute, which was a bit easier, but didn't really alter the experience much for me.

Nice job!

rodobodolfo says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 3:16am

ahha this was really fun, and challenging!! had to use the F9 controls though. great job!

Jan Marcano says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 3:33am

As others say, the controls are a bit cumbersome. You could try either with a different control scheme or by lowering the initial difficulty so players have a chance to adapt to it.

Other than that, the idea is good and the game is fun! I also liked the music :)

nick.bota says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 8:59am

Never tell your relatives you have space for them to stay! :D This is a great compo entry, the game looks great, the sound is awesome, the controls are enjoyable once you get them, I have nothing really negative to say about the game everything is great and it feels finished. Definitely a 5/5!

pkenney says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 6:41pm

Wow nice entry! Super-slick music that really worked, and nice graphics.

The initial learning phase was pretty rough, and I hit game over about 6 times before I had any idea what the buttons did or why I was losing. I gave up and had to read the instructions and toggle the control mode. After that I lost a few more times before I figured out that you have to stand above something to pick it up.

But once I got over the learning hurdle I was having some frantic fun! I steadily improved as I tinkered with some different organizational strategies. I know there's a much higher score possible, but the best I did was 14,800.

Great job! I remember your crop duster game, you've got a very nice feel for a throwback aesthetic.

fabsy says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 5:48am

Good job on this entry. The idea is cool and the game has a very relaxing feel to it, which is rapidly overcome by the harshness of the controls. The "absolute" controls (F9) are what made it playable for me.

Overall a fun game!

carlotes247 says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 4:31pm

Nice game! Very stable, easy to play (with absolute controls, the default ones are impossible for me) and nice mood! Well done! :D

Jan 3, 2017 @ 1:15am

Interesting concept, but the tank controls make it challenging to move around. It might be easier if WASD always moved in the corresponding direction, regardless of your character's orientation. The tenement theme is very creative however.

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