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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Making Things Okay

by ShaunJS - Compo Entry

Just sweep up the mess, tidy the bookshelves, water the plants.

Cleanse, mend, repair.

Repeat until satisfied.


Lots of stuff I would have done with a bit more time etc etc. This was a weird one. I didn't really like all the traditional stuff I was coming up with for the theme cos all of those ideas were either done before in other excellent games, too wide in scope, or just not very interesting. I really struggled to settle. So I went for something just kinda abstract, bizarro and weird. Tried to make something that's just sorta pleasant without necessarily being about "winning" or whatever. Just clean things. Forever.

It might feel totally pointless, it might not, either is okay. <3

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kidando says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:10am

Where's a broom like this when you get a call from your ex... am I right?
Anyway, very neat presentation. Looks great and controls great.
Even I would be this enthusiastic about cleaning my apartment if it only had ONE room. :)

dietzribi says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:43am

I love how the mess happens when you don't see it, that's really clever. I think I had a bug with the flower left to the couch, I couldn't water it. I took me a while to figure out I could move the couch. I think it really misses some kind of a goal, it gets boring really quickly. Good job!

ShaunJS says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 12:07pm

Yeah, a few people will run into that problem. It doesn't let you water the plant unless there's room for you to stand next to it, you need to move the sofa a bit further.

Just poo level design by me!

I definitely expect to see many people suggesting it needs a goal, but for me that detracts from the point, if it gets boring fast that's fine =)

Meles says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:18pm

Love the looks of the game and feel to it, kinda like a Zen gravel garden in a way, plus the fact stuff gets broken off screen kinda makes it feel like there are little gremlins at work.
No progression or goal is required here but maybe discovering more new things like being able to move the sofa or water the plants would have been nice to give added incentive to keep playing.
I really nice little game!

Gabe says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:22pm

Really good art style, animations and interpretation of the theme. My only complaint is that I wish the character was a bit faster. Good Job!

JokoMax says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:22am

I begun to make theorys about who mess with the room, maybe a ghost? and this calm bg sound does'nt make me trust too much jaja. I like how you recreate a calm ambient with all the elements, im new to goal less games but is intersting and yeah, you get bored fast. Nice art btw, i love the details like the portrait on the room.

Khud0 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:01am

That's Great!
Couldn't expect a bad game from Shaun though anyways :D

I love being able to go behind the sofa and moving the books back to the bookshelf!

Gamechoy says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:58pm

Overall it was a very relaxing experience. It would've been nice to have some vermin running around destroying stuff while you try to catch it or something breaking things.

Megalink says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:19pm

I love the art, but the gameplay is extremely boring. The character moves too slow and is overall just not very fun. Good job, anyways :)

Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:31pm

Re&ally apeasing but damn, who's meesing whith me and making a mess everywhere ?
I didn't want the house to be dirtie so i just stopped to move once everything was good x)

nice entry!

PRANEET56 says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:42pm

The game was quite pointless but it was fun, the whole cleaning thing was good but the fact that things just keep getting dirty made me more annoyed... And the movement speed could have been more fast.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 5:26pm

really like the idea, but there was nothing here to make it fun, other than the first time you accomplish something. still well made, great job.

JK5000 says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:30am

An very peaceful and relaxing game. Very well done.

Doomdad says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:41am

This is how I feel like every time I clean my apartment just somehow right after i finish there is new thrash everywhere. Fun chill music and aesthetic creates fun experience! Some kind of a point to progress towards would've added a lot even simple scoring system.

yuigoto says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 3:23pm

Quite fun playing it! :) Feels really relaxing to play the game! The cartoon style kinda reminded me a bit about the Meatly, but it's really well done!

Soundtrack really sets a pretty calm mood, and sweeping doesn't feel tiring at all. :P Controls felt quite intuitive for me too. :3

Nice one!

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