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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Team Therapy

by Catwheel - Compo Entry

Are you in need of some serious "TEAM BUILDING"? Do you have trust issues? Is the weight of the world coming down un-abated on your shoulders like a thousand years of Atlas' torture? Then try the brand new TEAM THERAPY, and in just a few minutes both you and a friend will be feeling 100% better!*

TEAM THERAPY, is a 2 player game where each player has one room. They cannot directly interact, but will be shown puzzles in which they must work together to complete. Fun will be had. Tears will be shed. Expletives will be deleted.

BUT WAIT, what's that? Your an anti-social chump with no friends?(Just like the rest of us) That's okay, because you can be your OWN friend and YOU CAN PLAY SINGLE PLAYER BY LAUNCHING THE GAME IN TWO WINDOWS AND CONNECTING WITH YOURSELF! (Sorry I can't always control my voice)

Got Stuck? Read a few Motivational Quotes to help you through those dark times. -link in download section-

Music made in GarageBand. There are 3 tracks. You can press the '.' key to skip to the next track and hear them all!

Found a bug? We here at ACER want to ensure only the highest quality in team building exercises. Leave a comment below so we can keep improving your team building experience.

*there is absolutely no guarantee you will feel any better. You may even feel worse. Do not play TEAM THERAPY while drunk or on heavy medication or while operating heavy machinery. If no life-guard is present, play at your own risk.
Time spent playing is non-refundable.

Downloads and Links




KJB of IBwWG says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:24am

Lower resolutions cut off the menu buttons (I chose a lower one to try the two-window thing.) Looks like the minimum is probably 800x600.

Hilarious description and in-game writing. :)

Two windows connected fine, presumably through the Churchill-approved Internet.

I could not figure out the first exercise though. When red pushes 1, you get 1, but anything else seems to reset to 0. Also sometimes you press a button and there's no sound.

Nice music, good variety.

slimabob says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:58am

AMAZING! So happy to see someone tackle something as ambitious as UNET in a 48 hr gamejam! Here are some observations I made:

1: Maybe turn down the volume on the player's movements- it's a bit too loud compared to everything else

2: Love the humor, me and my buddy were chuckling throughout most of our time playing.

3: Nice art style, simple and effective.

4: Great job on the music, fits the gameplay perfectly.

5: The music puzzle was a little tough to figure out, but we made it through after some time.

6: The boops from the buttons got a little hard to listen to after a while, maybe look into either turning the sound down a bit or making it a less harsh noise.

Our favorite puzzles were the ones where you had the directional arrows and you had to guide the other person to the goal.

All in all, great job on your game- it was a lot of fun!

Mattmatt says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:06am

Nice game :)
- Interesting subject
- Nice art-style
- As others have pointed out, the audio is a bit loud sometimes

Catwheel says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Thanks! I'm so glad someone was able to do a 2-player run through it!
yeah that sound puzzle is a bit tricky.
Sorry for blowing out your ear drums with my boop sounds! I will have to turn them down after judging is over. *Cheers*

Oh, and a big thank you to the rest of you as well!

Artsicle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:29pm

It worked! I am now good with myself!

Tater_hater says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:35pm

might not be a bad idea to link a .zip as well, for those like me playing on a secondary computer and too lazy to download winrar.

Catwheel says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:39pm

"Congratulations! We hope you are enjoying you're new found self-kinship! Thank you for trying the ACER TEAM THERAPY!"

gene-z says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Nice game art,, congratulatikns

tinyworlds says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:59pm

Would love a Linux build of this :)

Catwheel says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:04pm

For some reason when I compile for Linux or Mac builds they never work. I don't have a linux or a mac computer to investigate why, though

Piscythe says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:44am

I had an absolute heck of a time trying to get the two windows / one computer thing working. I'm sure this would be a blast if I had a friend to run it with, but as it is I can't even get the two instances synchronized well enough to break out my amazing alt-tabbing skills.

MrEvilGuy says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:01am

Hey! This is great! I admit I've never played a game like this with myself, but the two window thing worked great! ahahah love the team motivation atmosphere.

Catwheel says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:19am

If you happen to read this, any details you can give would be really useful. Is your computer old? Are you outside the US (where the server is). Did you launch the game in windowed mode?
I was anticipating some lag issues (yes they can occur while playing with yourself), but I haven't been able to uncover any in my own testing.
Cheers for trying either way!

TrashLord says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:50am

Pleasant and solid game! Nice idea to develop it further.
Didn't understand a thing about fire and flood

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:30am

Nice Game!

Piscythe says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:53am

@Catwheel I tried again and got it working fine. I'm in the US with a reasonably up-to-date computer.

Fuad says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:02am

Reminds me of "Stop Talking And Nobody Explodes". Nice idea and pretty smooth realization.

Catwheel says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:38am

@Fuad "Thank you! We here at ACER pride ourselves on making the best quality in self- building exercises"

Okay. Thank you so much for coming back and informing me. The issues seems so foreign and I'm just one programmer so if I ever go to polish this, I think I will just make a different mode for single player that just connects on your computer (without Churchill Internet). Again thank you!

Catwheel says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:41am

Also I hope you meant Keep talking.
The other version I would think would be called "Stop Talking and Everybody Explodes"

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:54am

Very fun game,good job

oyoh says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 4:18pm

Excellent, nothing else to add, nice job

fafastudio says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:37pm

Since i have no real friends to play, i launched this with the two windows of shame technique.

Still awesome idea, and so neat, that i wonder how can i do better ! :D

Well done !

Catwheel says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 7:38pm

"SHAME is just 2 letters away from TEAM" - kinda

BlueTheLemon says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:40pm

Tried with a friend but we can't get pass the music one.
Anyway, love the concept, simple but great execution.

Great job on makig this game !

DOXM says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:31am

Amazing game! The soundtrack is relaxing!

PlugRobots says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:21am

Great idea and game. It's very interesting to play.

Tifu says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 2:57pm

I played solo (and had to look up solution to the sound puzzle, because I am unable to do those, so thanks for including the guide!) but this seems like it would be a really fun multiplayer thing, the little gags between puzzles are really good too :D

Sarge3v says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 4:06pm

Could not pass note level, buttons sound same and walk-trough didn't help :/

icefallgames says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 7:57pm

Download links don't work (I dunno if google drive is down or something, but it says "resource unavailable")

MementoGames says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 9:33pm

I really liked the humor! I played alone, but I can see how with would be fun to play with someone. Good job!

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