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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Concierge

by Zarkonnen - Compo Entry

You are a hotel concierge, and you must do your best to get all your guests to survive the night. Unfortunately, your boss has forbidden you to move guests once you've assigned them a room. Even more unfortunately, your guests are mostly weird and monstrous.

Learn the odd predilections and secret identities of the twelve possible guests, and arrange them so that they neutralize one another, or at least don't antagonize each other too much.

Hint: The movement pattern of each guest is entirely predictable.

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Ratings

Coolness100%
#13Humor4.11
#31Innovation4.07
#46Fun3.90
#57Overall3.90
#61Mood3.84
#175Audio3.25
#265Graphics3.27
#374Theme3.42

Comments

PowerSpark says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:13am

I like the trial error thing going on here. It was fun to try different room arrangements, but my best run had 5 survivors.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:20am

Hahahaha, this was seriously great! Loved the whole theme, and the different characters. Music was very fitting too.

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:24am

Very solid entry. Loved the simple character animations and everyone was distinct enough that it made it easy to remember who was what and what they were going to do. I wasn't able to get more than 5 survivors though! I'm probably missing something...

Great use of the theme, love the werewolves card game reference. Really good job overall

Donar says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:29am

I really like this one, and my guests had sex, that's a plus ...

I think Cthulhu killed everyone in one of my tries. Not sure what exactly triggerd that though.

btw. aren't six rooms five too many?

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:46am

It *is* possible to get 6 survivors, but not with all configurations of guests. All guests who kill have ways of stopping them from killing.

Cthulhu can be stopped by stopping the cultist lady somehow. Killing her, or... other distractions and impediments.

slimabob says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:04am

FINALLY! After playing for around 10 minutes I finally got an ending where everyone survived!

Really fun twist on the theme, and having to learn the patterns of the characters is an excellent source of depth. Great work!

Moritz says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:32am

Wow, that's a really novel concept. Well polished, very interesting characters. Plays like a game of Werewolves of Millers Hollow, but you are the storyteller :D

Most guests behave sensibly, and are fun to play. Really like things like the delay effects (vampire, etc.)

Great job!

SkyWolf says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:39am

Neat concept, Wherewolf (the game) kinda crossed with Theme Hospital, almost! :D keep doing great stuff

gene-z says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:54am

Nice game, absurd,... :-)

Pietdagamer says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 12:08pm

Very cool concept, was nice to see the nights play out.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 12:17pm

I'm not a huge fan of the fact that there are, as you said, unwinnable scenarios. But I love the characters and how each one of them has different traits/patterns, even if I haven't figured out all of them yet. Goddamn Cthulhu lady...

Oxeren says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 12:49pm

Cool concept, interesting to see all the interactions.

Cosmic-Hawke says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 1:24pm

This was fun and a very good idea. I would have like if there were preset groups of guests so all the scenarios I played were winnable. Regardless all the characters had interesting traits despite the simple graphics and it was fun seeing how they interacted with each other.

amras0000 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 1:27pm

I might come back to this one when I have more time to try and get a better score. The interactions between the characters are interesting and as mentioned in other comments the characters are memorable and predictable.

I don't know that I have a bad thing to say on this one. Nice work.

Asturk says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 1:55pm

Hey man, about my game not working on web version, i fixed now, i just accidentaly left on "draft mode" instead of "public mode" so only i could play the game, so really sorry about it!

I will test your game later when i got more time and vote / comment here again, if you can test my web link again, i will be appreciated!

_beta says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:07pm

I really liked it! Could only save 5 thought

Artylo says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:34pm

One of the best! Amazing game!

Minato4th says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:35pm

I liked, very god animation and fun, very simple and fast gemplay!

Asturk says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:50pm

Oks i am back now!

Very good game there. Its kind of a "try-fail-try again" kind of game with different possibilities.

I couldn't save all 6 members yet, i just noticed that you have to memorize what each guest really is and what he does, but i still don't understand how they choose each room, if it random choice or not.

But it was a very creative style of game, very good job, really liked it!

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Hint: Guests choose target rooms predictably.

Danman9914 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:55pm

Really great entry. It was fun to see how the different characters interacted. I got a no-kill night on my second night!

Yamzho says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:23pm

Loved that game ! Funny, art is cool, and... Cthuluhu !!!! Well done !

Haddy22 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:01pm

Great entry-
I had a lot of fun playing a handful of times. Still havnt gotten 0 deaths haha pretty challenging. I wish I had a little more insight as to what was going on or how each character is affected by the others- ill keep trying.

overall a strong entry, innovative and fun. Great job

Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:41pm

That was a really great experience ! The different situations were highly surprising and made me smile a lot !!! Loved the diversity of characters !

Now I wonder, is it always possible to have 6 survivors ? :) I managed to do it once.

Really good job !

harusame says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:43pm

Haha it's really a fun game :)

Good job ans great entry !

cyfixus says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:59pm

Sooo sick!!! Love every second of this. Was not expecting all that craziness in the night

cr4zyt3rry says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:14pm

who are these guests ahahha "im just gonna go kill someone with an axe in this hotel for no reason
"

Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:19pm

Very original. I like the logic-problem aspect of it, but I wasn't every able to save everyone. I'm sure there's a way, but I couldn't do it.

panu says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:53pm

Liked the idea and had to play until everyone survived, but overall felt a bit too random. I think there should have been some explanation of game mechanics.

Ludipe says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:28pm

Took me a while to figure out the right solution. Using trial and error to figure out the patterns what pretty fun. Also liked the presentation.

Josho says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:55pm

First try: two people had sex and someone tried to summon Cthulhu,but everyone survived. Fun game, nice to try different combinations, really funny and cool sound effects.

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:32am

I got lucky, 6 survivors on the first try. After that only a maximum of 5 survivors.

It was fun seeing the different interactions. I'm not sure whether the way they travel to other rooms is random or not. The music definitely seems to be random notes, though. :D

Not sure it stuck to the One Room theme all that much, but a fun game to play.

Hovester says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:21am

Nice Done

ema1ih says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:11am

I like it, nice idea :)

Birke says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:33am

Nice game! Would be nice to have some more information about the guests up front. I saw it more as a comedic game than a puzzle game though since as far as I could see there wasn't a way to get everyone to survive since you didn't know beforehand all the guests you would have. It was also difficult to determine the behavior of each guest, like what rooms they were going to visit during the night.

shnitzhell says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:12am

funny!!! like!

quentinus60 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:30am

Good game :) The art is simple but well done

Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:44am

Interesting and fun gameplay. Very interesting to just see what will be next move and how it finishes. Very easy to play. Please add better graphics :)

ThatGuyMiniB says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:02am

This game was freakin amazing lol. Best I got was 5 survivors idk if anyone can get 6 XD. Amazing job!

Tkachov says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:23am

Simple, but really fun-to-play game. I actually kept playing until I get 6 survivors.

Albert Viader says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:34am

I like this type of games! The idea was great and the animations are fun. Great job.

erikiene says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:26pm

Honestly, the most wildest and thus best soundtrack of all! The craziness of it struck me before I could even start the gameplay. Good work!

Game won me over when during the first round the promiscuous lady went over and flashed a dead body.

11/10 would concierge again

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

congratulations guys! is an amazing game with a lot of finals! simple code, grate results.

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

This game is very funny, good story telling elements by letting character interact, at one point I had a narcoleptic humping a vampire and someone else ... nice

Sarkriss says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:55pm

Awesome ! Loved the references and everything in it. :)

KaiseanGames says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:19pm

Awesome concept. It's hard but very entertaining. Maybe if the animations are quicker so we don't have to wait that much.

KaiseanGames says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:54pm

My wife played the game and the Rachel went into the priest's room and they did what they do.
And she was like:
'Now there will be: survivors: 7'.
:)

arhpositive says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:30pm

Felt like playing Werewolf, trying to survive the night. This is an interesting take on the theme, and it was cool to play along to see lots of interactions. Great job!

leo_p_mahon says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:20pm

Hahaha, I love the blob people. Also I like how you cannot re-asign rooms because it encourages quick iterations and learning.

Great humour and overall fun game.

If I had to choose something to improve it would be

alfadur says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:50pm

With the amount of interactions between characters, it almost feels like a continuous story is played out every night. I guess if expanded in scale, it would get really busy :D
Also, well done on having multiple rooms and still confirming to the theme!

TheCain says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:35am

It'd be nice to have a win screen. Other than that I enjoyed it.

WarmLemon says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:18am

haha awesome. I like it. can't get everyone live through the night though...

MrEvilGuy says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:53am

Superb! Very very good.

Palarus says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:17pm

Love the idea! Very well designed. With some more illustrative art would be awesome, but it's quiet recognizable. Sometimes I feel like is no possible solution to the situation.

xesenix says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:04pm

Ha everyone survived! But feels little bit random when one character goes through all hallway to the other side of hotel to do something. Great game!

Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:56pm

The game idea is very cool and it's pretty challenging meet all your guests to put in the correct room. Nice work!

xesenix says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:15pm

Additional points for making it engaging my fiance plays it from about hour we found characters patterns.

TheMightyTeam says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:26pm

Neat concept. It is really enjoyable. Finished with a quiet night after several attempts

Xwilarg says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:46pm

I really loved this game !
The idea was really great, it was easy to identify characters, the 'trial error' was funny and trying different characters at differents places for doing differents combinaisons was really fun too.
I sometimes had difficulties to know if characters path were random or not ?
And I finally managed to get 6 survivors :D.

Dec 15, 2016 @ 2:18am

This was a cool entry, it was fun trying to figure out the room arrangements. Good job!

jacklehamster says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:00am

Didn't understand how to get pass one night, but the idea seems interesting

Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:13am

Interesting use of the theme. I had a really difficult time getting the guests to remain alive (especially with effects like Cthulu lady and Mr. Dracula). At the end I would get kind of frustated at the guy going "two dead! tsk tsk!" and it's like, maybe you shouldn't run a hotel for murderers.

Really interesting take on the concept though!

TitoMakaniJr says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:13am

This really is a fun little game, everyone else is right that the trial and error gameplay is addicting. Cthulhu is truly 2 stronk.

Broxxar says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:14am

Charming, funny, and a surprising number of unique events could occur between various guests! Excellent work :D

Darkfrost says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:23pm

Awesome! Had a hard time working out people's patterns, but I love the concept!

Slightly disturbed Raquelle wanting to get it on with a corpse though! ;)

dv49 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 8:06pm

I like the concept! I'd like to see more pronounced characters and it's definitely needs some kind of progression/different objectives among days.

mmason says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 3:34am

Excellent game, it had a ultimate werewolf feel too it. It was really fun and I could see this as a full game.

The only issue I had (and maybe I just needed more playtime) is that I mostly had no idea what each person did.

Ygogo says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:03am

Very nice idea and game :) I enjoyed playing it.

Tutti Ankka says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:22pm

Interesting concept. It was fun figuring out which character did what, altough I wasn't very good at it. Very nice entry!

jackyjjc says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:47am

This is cool but it requires a lot of trial and errors, it gets a bit boring after a while. Maybe I'm just too impatient. Love the art and the concept though, well done!

muriel says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:03pm

I absolutely liked it. It is very very fun :) Jeje good job.

Dec 18, 2016 @ 6:28am

Great game, I almost got 6 survivors, but the cthulhu summoner had cthulhu himself kill everyone

Joshsimard says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 7:43am

I couldn't get the game to run. Just a grey screen.

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 9:47am

Joshsimard - sorry to hear that. Which browser/OS? Can you call up a javascript console and tell me any errors logged?

acotis says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:46pm

Hello! First of all, this definitely should be labeled as "possibly offensive content" because of the suicide guy :(

That said, I really liked the concept! It's a lovely puzzle to try and figure out, and after I finish writing this I'm gonna give it a few more goes. I also liked the character graphics. They're really simple, yet very expressive of personality, and the animations enhance them well.

I have yet to get 6 survivors, especially since I haven't figured out how to keep that one guy from killing himself. Perhaps I need someone to take his gun?

Good game!

onixowl says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:06am

4 survivors best:(
Overall, a really cool idea!

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:39am

acotis - I labelled it as "unsuitable for children", but yeah, maybe it should be labelled as "offensive".

And indeed, if you take the suicide's gun, he can't shoot himself. There's also another way to make him survive.

Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 11:58am

Great puzzle, thanks.

Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:47pm

A really interesting concept, although I'm not a big fan of the trial/error mechanic. For me the non playable is too much in comparison of the playable time.

smbe19 says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:19pm

The game was really enjoyable! It took forever until I achieved 6 survivors, but I'm still not sure about all the abilities...

dusho says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:18pm

really good idea.. and well done

XenosNS says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 6:49pm

haha quite a cast of characters

Minato4th says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 8:54pm

Hello! I done some update for my game you can try it by downloading Windows PostCompo on game page
http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-37/?action=preview&uid=125051

mrwillowb says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 5:52am

very nice game.

Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:48am

This is a well made game, but I found it really hard to figure out how to get anybody to survive. It was frustrating because it took a long time to play each round.

SUNFURY says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 1:41pm

damn, I spent too much time playing it!
learned every mechanic exists (at least that's what I hope)
I was able to make all guests survive twice ;)
everything in this game is genius, I liked every part of it accept the fact that sometimes I had no choice but to watch the entire night knowing I had no chance to prevent the death :(
character actions, animations and sounds are perfect and wow you made it all by yourself... ~_~

oh and, Raquelle added so much to the game, when she entered the room attacked by the vampire I was like "holly fuck .___. there's even an orgy in this game?!" haha

Thank you for this entry, had a lot of fun and hope you get lots of stars!

Falak says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 1:55pm

WOW! It's really hard, funny and, and wow! I LOVE THIS GAME. 5/5 in all except theme 4/5 becouse there are six rooms. :)

ZYXer says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 11:55pm

It took me about 25 goes, but I finally made everyone survive. However, I think there was more luck involved than skill.

As I already told you in the coffee shop while you were making the game, I absolutetly love the idea. The graphics are simple, but perfect. And together with the sound that you added, the game is hilarious.

My big problem with the game is that I cannot plan the nights enough. Hence I cannot perfect my strategy and therefore I lose interest quite quickly. First of all, there are two pieces of information of which I am not sure if there are random or if the system is so complex that I don't understand it. (I know it's not random, but it feels random.) It would be nice if these pieces of information were either stated somewhere, or - even better - there were visual hints:
- In which order will the guests do "their thing"?
- If a guest does "his thing" in another room, where will he go once he leaves his room? (Here for example, you could show with an arrow where the person is looking, to indicate what their algorithm for finding a room is.)

Also, I actually would like to reassign rooms. I think it would be hard enough like that. (I know, you did that because of the theme.) It would also be easier to try out combinations of guests you haven't tried out yet to see how they interact. And as you stated in your blog post there are over 5 million combinations, so even with reassigning, it would be a new challenge with each go.

Anyway, I hope these comments aren't too harsh, I still think you had a brilliant idea and I especially love you "sexy" sounds :P

ZYXer says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 12:20am

Okay, I played it another 25 times, didn't get a single night with 0 deaths... I'm starting to understand in which order the guests do "their thing" and in which rooms they go. But not a 100% there yet.

BlueTheLemon says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 1:48am

YEAH ! no death !

Xanjos says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 5:49pm

Like the others have said, the game takes a lot of trial and error to actually win but I liked the mechanics a lot and it's an excellent take on the theme plus I found the overall game pretty funny as well (Only thing that's missing is a fast forward button as sometimes the animations take too long to play out).

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