Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting ldjam.com working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Hero Wardrober

by Detocroix - Jam Entry

This is a small dress up game (slightly stressful too, I think) where you're trying to match gear to requirements of the, slightly dumb, wood people :)

Basic gameplay is simple drag and drop, you have to aim item to location it is supposed to go to (shields and weapons to hand, helmet/hat to head) and you've only got short moment to describe what they are saying and what you need to throw on them. I highly recommend looking through the item selection before opening the shop!

NOTE: You probably need a fairly hefty machine to run this, at least a proper GPU if nothing else :)

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Postmortem:
Day 1 - It took me forever to come up with a proper idea for the LD37. I didn't feel the topic really "grabbed me" and my initial ideas were beyond lame. The Day 1 was almost half way through when I finally got a half decent idea. Initial idea was somewhat similar to what Hero Wardrober ended up being, but I was thinking of doing a similar game where you built cars for customers. I didn't really pursue the car builder and it just evolved, conceptually, to what my entry is.

On the first day I managed to make nearly 75% of the basic gameplay, I had customers, drag and drop interface, and quests and I felt like I'm very close to finishing it up feature wise. When I went to bed, I was certain it would only take me couple of hours of coding before I could start on the art and content. Oh booooy was I wrong.

Day 2 - The day started really nice. I was on the roll! But them couple of hours in, it started slogging and dragging along as I realized I had zero gui and zero feedback on the gameplay, and then IRL things popped up and I lost a lot of time sorting non-LD things out and didn't have time to work on the game. 5 hours to the submission time (compo) I literally had everything done code wise, I had temporary art set for characters and gui, but no content and no actual art.

I was devastated. I hate "converting" from Compo to Jam because it feels like I failed. By 4 hours to Compo submission time I realized I just can't finish it, not even with temporary art, and I was already constantly mistyping variable names and functions (Hello Random.Ranger()) and just decided to go to bed.

Day 3 (Jam) - Obviously I slept horribly :D I still wasn't quite sure if I should have just chalked it up as a failure, but I started working on art anyways. And still, with the limited amount of art I managed to produce (along with menus etc), I ended up to a very late submission. Ouchies.

Generally I'm very happy with the results. I managed to write all the functions to the game that I had planned, but I would have hoped to have twice or even thrice the amount of content I managed to do, and had I known I'd be this late, I would have probably grouped with someone else (perhaps a proper programmer and focused completely on art and design). My biggest hurdle/fail was losing so much time on both day 1 and day 2, and going with way too large scope for my own skills. I'm still happy with it. Just finishing the LD (even if it was 72h instead of 48h) is always awesome :)

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Disclaimers:
No sounds :(
All art (meshes, textures, everything EXCEPT font, done by me)
I used ShaderForge to create basic shaders because Unity default shader doesn't support tiling of individual channels.
All coding by me.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#219Graphics(Jam)4.00
#224Humor(Jam)3.22
#340Innovation(Jam)3.30
#345Theme(Jam)3.75
#520Overall(Jam)3.24
#591Fun(Jam)2.90
#607Mood(Jam)3.01

Comments

kd7uiy says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:10pm

Nice graphics, well done! The gameplay is a bit weak, but I think I figured the basics out. Very nice!

MrErdalUral says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:13pm

At first had trouble understanding what the customers need but after a few tries the it became fun. Thank you for the game!

ahmedrage says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:14pm

Fun and stressful takes a while to figure out, could have benefitted from audio like you mentioned but I had a great time playing it!

Mark Ffrench says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:15pm

Wowsers, the graphics are lovely!
The game is pretty tricky, mostly in hitting of specific hotspots to grab items and put them in place. I didn't mind guessing what the right equipment was, though I think I only managed to decode the dragonslayer, magic council and warrior outfits.

Still, very cool visually.

KadaDev says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:17pm

The text makes it a little confusing, seems like there is not enough time to react. But its fun, required you to learn. Nice art.

negativice says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:18pm

Visually very pleasing, but gameplay wise kind of lacking, they leave so quickly i couldn't even manage to drag the items on them.

morrilet says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:27pm

I found that the people coming in would often be poorly randomized, as they all wanted the same thing. Aside from that, the graphics are great and the gameplay is both charming and stressful. Nice work!

Drkr says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:27pm

Pretty enjoyable and funny entry.
Although the items were a bit hard to drag and drop properly and really easy to miss, and the weird spelling was confusing at first.

dobnarr says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:30pm

Very cool looking - nice models and artwork, best I've seen so far. I would have wanted a little more time to choose gear at least at the start. I played several games before I even got one person the right thing, and I still don't think I've figured out every match. It was also hard to hit the little boxes where the gear would attach, too - maybe just a general big box would be better. But visually very impressive, and totally charming when the corpses come flying back at your shop. Nice work!

Bejk says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:38pm

Really well done, I liked it!
Would have been great to have some music and sfx in there aswell.
I personally like the fact that they were so fast, it keeps it interesting and challenging.

Good work!

limered says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:39pm

Very funny. Needed some tries to understand, but made it. I think it would be an awesome mobile game with touch controls.

kakarotsan says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:39pm

The game moved way too fast. I could never click and drag in time.

Khud0 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:39pm

The game is extremely fun, but a bit too intense and I couldn't enjoy it to its full potential because I couldn't understand what to give to the people.

Also, I believe that the game would benefit if you either could just click on the item insted of drugging or if a player could drop the item at any part of the body (too hard to hit the hand in time, for example).

saurterrs says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:43pm

that was ultra fast fun x)

raconteurnick says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:50pm

Clever game and great execution! The UI blending into the world is a fantastic touch, and I loved the descriptions on the items. Really solid little experience.

JarJarlHalla says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:50pm

me...

raconteurnick says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:51pm

Clever game and great execution! The UI blending into the world is a fantastic touch, and I loved the descriptions on the items. Really solid little experience.

NidzaKornjaca says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:52pm

Really fun game, takes a bit of time to figure out what they want, but it's good fun. Good job :D

Simple Ghost says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:54pm

Really nice visuals. I just thing that game was a little too fast, and it was hard for me to translate what the customers exactly want (I am not a native speaker and that twisted english was hard to read)

KaiseanGames says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:04pm

I don't slay dragons for a living, so I was not sure what to give for that, but this eez a kul concaept. :P

Maybe the time window is too small. If you don't have a CTS already, you're gonna get one :)

All in all, a very nice entry.

Simboubou says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:05pm

Wow, this is hard ^^ ! I like the idea, though I suppose customers could have been a bit slower, at least at first.

Also, I love the graphic style !

Aun says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:15pm

The graphics are amazing. However it is quite hard to figure out what to do. A screen at the very beginning explaining that you have to satisfy your customers need would be nice because at first I was just giving random weapons and I did not understand I was losing. Even knowing what to do, the time to read (and understand, the writing is a bit special), there is not much time to actually give the weapons. Increasing this time would be good. It is a pity also there is no sound :(

hugofock says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:21pm

It's an interesting concept, I always wish to play a game where I sell weapons/armors to heroes in town!

Thijs Tak says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:29pm

Game moved to fast. Only 4 seconds per character.
Nice graphics though and the idea was great.

DeathBySnail says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:31pm

Almost impossible with a rollerball mouse, but gave it my all! Love the art style.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:35pm

This was a fun idea. Sound would be nice and I felt like I barely had enough time to drag and drop each piece of armor on to the customer.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:35pm

I liked the look of it, and the basic idea seemed fun, if a little simple - the gameplay was too quick for me to enjoy, though. I would've prefered longer times and more complex decisions, I think, but lets chalk that up to personal taste. Solid effort.

TeamCryo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:36pm

Fun setting & writing well done ! Took me a while to get the combinations but I had a really good time.

Mordokay says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:40pm

Graphics are very good and even with a very simple gameplay, after understanding what the people coming into the shop wanted the game became so much more fun!

Tonasz says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:54pm

After many rounds I still couldn't find out rules. For example, when I found out that dragonslayer needs red shield, I noticed one dragonslayer still died after I gave him it. Plus time is moving to fast and dragged items don't always stay on client. But still I had fun and great you did make it through weekend despite problems!

Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:54pm

Amazing graphics but the gameplay was a little bit clunky. Figuring out what people requested was quite enjoyable but I found putting things on people way too difficult. Great effort though!

cxsquared says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:34pm

The graphics look really really good. I enjoyed the idea of the gameplay but the customers leave a little to fast for me. Nice work!

Dagorlad says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:27pm

Great art concept, gameplay kinda lacking, but overall pretty neat!

Drtizzle says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:42pm

Great graphics, but the gameplay (after I figured it out) was a bit too straightforward. Luckily you pushed through and decided to make it a jam submission, at least you've finished it!

Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:54pm

Wow I had so much fun with this one! I love putting clothing on wood people A+

piller.yann says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:20pm

Very nice cartoon graphics. But I think the game is too fast for me :-P

ikarus says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:42pm

Really good and funny. Didn't feel like I had enough time, but I still had fun with it anyway.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:52pm

I suck at your game, But i really enjoyed the graphics, nice use of the theme too

Devastus says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:13pm

Graphics are nice. The gameplay did feel rushed for me, but finishing LD with a playable game is an achievement in itself. Good job!

Ygogo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:27pm

Amazing!
Liked the art, the story, lines are hilarious!
Too quick for me as non native english speaker, but still wonderful ) Do continue to develop... pls)

kraftkar says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:42pm

Graphics are beautiful. Some trial and error needed to learn what the customers want (some want multiple items).

Archimagus says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:50am

Was quite hard to figure out what the customers wanted, and it was really hard to read the text fast enough and then get them their stuff. Still, after a while it was possible to start looking for a keyword and matching that to an Item. Still not sure if I figured it out all the way, but was decently fun at any rate.

andyman404 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:51am

Funny game! Cool concept. Great postmortem. Would have loved to see what you could have done with it with more time.

bigpan says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:33am

Nice graphics and idea, it's fun, could've used some audio and I feel like the characters run away too fast, but overall it got me intrigued for a few minutes, so I rated it as 4/5.

Pixtopher says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:13am

Looks nice but gameplay is a bit lacking.

Stylo21 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:11am

Holy, very nice game, fits the theme perfectly and is very nice to play, well done.

banana4life says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:50am

Neat graphics, but it ran really bad on my Linux. At first I did not know what to do, but figured it out pretty quick. Good job!

WarmLemon says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:06pm

i wunt tu slae sum dragunz.. give me a pot and leave the room... nice job!

Firellon says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Nice graphics and idea, but heroes are sooo fast =(
I was never able to figure out how to give them items fast enough

GoofStudios says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:30pm

The graphics are quite nice but the gameplay is lacking, could use with some ambient music as well. Good job though.

bigbuggames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:15pm

The gameplay was really fun. I had a very good time figuring out what object was needed for every situation.
Overall pretty good work! Keep it up!

shnitzhell says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:57am

great experience and really funny!
the concept is lovely.
well done, nice entry!

BeardyBard says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:39am

Really well done, I liked it!
Thx for OSX build. :)
Good work.

keravcin says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:41am

I played it before I read the description and got it fairly soon. Neat idea, its very fast and it really tests your reaction time. My highscore was 1860. I still dont know what the barb thing wants lol

Saiodin says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 8:57am

I really like the art. Personally I think the game was moving too fast (it could start slow and speed up). And since there is no explanation about what each customer wants it's a rather frustrating first experience. I think it would have helped to telegraph what each customers want for the first three or so customers of each type (knight, barbarian, mage..) to understand what to do and not just trial and error the whole thing.

Hovester says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:37am

Cool idea.
I like it the fast-paced gameplay
The game would benefit a lot of a more in-deth mechanic

Tutti Ankka says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 8:40pm

Very nice graphics! Gameplay is fun for couple of minutes but gets repetitive quick. I love the way they speak like warriors. Good entry!

Kuality Games says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:22pm

Love the theme and the idea!

Cole Chittim says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:30pm

I found it a bit difficult to drag the items in time cause they left so fast but I loved the humor and lightheartedness of the game like how you'd see the little guys go flying outside the shop XD Great submission

akai_0okami says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Cool concept and nice graphics. The drag and drop was a bit awkward and I could only figure out the dragonslayer and magician.

Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:49pm

Hey Guy,
I liked your art style and the mood.
Please go ahead and check my game (LocusLudi) nad check my Youtube (Acuadoy Studios) cause ill redo
my whole game and then you'll get all the links to updated versions of my game!

Tharky says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:56pm

The gramar mead me lauph! It was hard to guess what customers needed, but after a while, I just gave any dragon a fire shield, any maegick user a staff, and so on :D It was quite fun and had amazing graphics as well. Well done guys! :)

Ednei says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:26am

nice art and game, congrats!!!

DoubtfulGames says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:28am

Not bad! I wish there was a little more time to outfit people, the conversations feel arbitrarily short, and it's a bit painful. I feel like there's a better way to make it challenging. But neat idea!

DOXM says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 1:35pm

I like the graphics

freyby says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 3:51pm

Graphics are nice, concept are cool too, but customers are pretty buggy, sometimes they just trying to walk into my shop but they just can't. But besides buggy costumers everything is nicely done!

bigoss73 says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:56pm

Gets repetitive pretty fast, otherwise cool.

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:55am

I like the idea, but I had a good bit of trouble figuring out what each request really needed. The awkward spelling of the wood people didn't help me. ;)

The graphics are fine, and I quite liked how the result of each wardrobing rolled into screen in red or green. I would've liked some from of mouseover on the items to help against my many misclicks.

Lack of sound is a shame, because that feedback would also help a lot in clicking/dropping items correctly.

If only you'd have had the time for these things, right? :D

Soundless_dev says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 2:10pm

lol "use tax loophole"
game looked nice, good job

Ouro17 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Nice entry, pretty interesting topic. Fun to read that old speech from wood guys. Good job and keep working on it!

Cerberus says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:45pm

i really liked the simple game and simple graphics. it was really well designed. the game play was very interesting although i would have liked to have a little more time to understand more what each soldier wanted. overall it was a great game!

SoulBound says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:22am

A very hard game. Fun and addicting. Well done!

Nikteddy92 says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:16pm

Nice idea, maybe a little too hard. it's difficult to grab the objects in time.
Btw i like the graphic and the setting.
Well done!

miaw says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 3:57pm

Art is awesome. But yeah, maybe an option to slow down the customers a bit / kind of a tutorial level would be great.

Ae faond it bit konfiuzing.

Palarus says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 12:21am

Very original! Some messages I can't relate to a weapon, and was a bit confusing. Also gets repetitive very soon. But great job!! Keep going!

ema1ih says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:44am

It was fun, nice game :)

Coomzy says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 8:49pm

Nice graphics. They weren't in the shop long enough, could have made it slow at the start to get used to the combos and then make it ramp up.

Minato4th says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 9:20pm

For me very fast, but the idea is fun!)

PolygonTeam says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 10:00pm

I love the graphics, guys! Good job!!!

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 5:42am

nice game.

Sarge3v says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 7:05pm

That is too fast.

Tkachov says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 12:37pm

Nice one. I only understood what dragonslayers want, and I couldn't throw more than one item on the same customer, even though I've tried almost everything on some warriors, barbarians and magicians, so I believe more than one item is required.

A little bit difficult to understand what do they even want when they introduce themselves, plus this drag'n'drop while simple clicking could do nicely, but very cool visuals and funny idea.

Zgragselus says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 6:52pm

Overally good, they do indeed leave too fast (and assuming you read what they said ... it was literally impossible to give them even a single item).

Green Soda says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:29am

The graphics looks polished and really nice for a 3D game for game jam!! good job.. however, the gameplay could be more interactive and challenging...
I enjoyed it and it's funny! :)

kato9 says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 5:48pm

I like this idea a lot, but the pace is way too fast without enough info to understand what to do to actually keep these cute wood people alive. Nice graphics!

ring says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 1:35pm

This game has the best visuals I've seen on this jam :) The gameplay itself was too quick for me. It could be fixed by adding difficulty scaling.

Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:51pm

Solid entry! I like the humor, and the graphics were very nice!

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