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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L.D. - Drone Home

by Onarru - Jam Entry

You're trapped in a room, but you still have hope! Take command of a drone through a command line interface and attempt to program it to escape and find help.

INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS FOR PLAY (these can also be found in the pause menu):

- The objective of the game is to navigate the drone just outside your room (shown as a triangle on the map) to the exit to call for help.

- To begin press E near the computer and type 'help' to get an idea of the commands available to you

- Use the Command Edit program (opened with cmd_edit filename) to create/edit drone command files. Then use the drone_set command to slot in up to 7 command files to be executed in order when you enter the 'drone_run' command.

- There's a bug where text is highlighted automatically when opening a command file to edit, be careful not to replace your existing text.

- To see all drone commands look at the comments in your created command file, or create a new one if you've accidentally written over them.

- Try using directories to organize your command files

- Be sure to check the map/log viewer on the wall after every run to pinpoint where the drone went. (hint: there are obstacles and items not shown on the map)

- Use the scan command often to get an idea of the items/obstacles in the current room

- Graph paper (physical or digital) might be helpful, but isn't required.

Update: Looks like the LD site doesn't like embedding an page, so to play click the web link below.

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Ogniok says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:27am

Huh, this idea is mindbreaking! It's almost 4:30 AM and i'm programming while I could sleep. You are a bad guy!

Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:29am

Wow my favorite part was getting stuck in the computer I was having so much fun! Wowzers, it actually reminded me of this time where i was over in henderman pike state rally speedway, with my dad, and we were watching horse racing on a rainy day and my dad would always say "Dont get your hair wet or you'll catch a cold", I never did catch a cold and I always would thank my father for that one. Our favorite thing to do was to get fruit together and on sundays we would always go, after church, to the old state market tree company to pickup the local bargain fruits and produce. Sorry i went on a tangent hehe

wujood says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:31am

Its really late. looks promising. i will come back later

p1x3lruckus says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:41am

Hi! This looks interesting but I can't see what my commands are when I'm typing, I'm on mac using safari (well I can see the commands on the console, but when I use the command righting tool I can't see it), any way looks really good!

Levin says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:42am

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Levin says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:42am

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Ygogo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:29pm

The art is ok , and the drone-programming idea is pretty neat.
Any plans for a extended gameplay release?)

BubsyPoochies says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:25pm

Whoa, this idea is really original and well executed, wasn't expecting to find something like this at all. Good job on getting us programming again after a non stop weekend! ;)

The only thing I missed was command repetition on the console by pressing up (just like the linux terminal/mac console), caught myself trying it several times by force of habit! Hahaha

Congratulations on this!

Onarru says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:17pm

@Ygogo - Probably not. We wouldn't mind making a larger game based around this concept, but probably won't have the time.

@BubsyPoochies - I know, I wanted to add command repetition the whole time I was working on it (I did the same thing when testing) but there was always something more urgent that needed fixing :(

guckstift says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Really innovative. I like this kind of game where you have to program bots to accomplish tasks. Unfortunately feels a bit immature. I had problems with the shortcuts Ctrl+T and Esc which where caught by my browser (Event.preventDefault())

Feanbeast says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:24pm

This looks great, but whatever commands I try the drone doesn't seem to move and the log is empty. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

awesomerex says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:40am

Interesting idea, but it got really tedious to type out the commands.

TheMightyTeam says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:26pm

Liked the idea a lot but the learning curve is too high. Probably with some script files added as an example would make the initial steps easier ;). The terminal is also a good point.

Onarru says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 3:07am

@TheMightyTeam - Yeah I think our biggest failure with this one was not tutorializing stuff effectively. It wasn't that we weren't aware that people might not get it right away, it was mostly that the whole thing was on fire until right up until the end so we didn't have time :(

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