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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No corners to hide when deadly snowman comes

by janiq - Jam Entry

STORY:
The north of the country is known for deadly snowmen trying to get to people. You got a new lucrative job in this part of the country and just arrived to your new flat over there.

Once you closed the doors you heard the snowman outside.

Now you are alone in your new unfurnished flat with dead coming around the corner, what are you going to do?

GOAL:
Keep the snowman from going inside and kill it with the cannon.
Achieve this by buying the right items for your room and using them the right way.
Good organizational skills are everything!

HOW TO DO IT:
Play with sound on.
Buy and use radiators to keep your room warm.
Buy and use workdesk to earn money.
Buy and use bed to replenish energy.

Look outside the window to get the location of the snowman when it is outside.
Shoot with cannon when snowman is on the same segment but outside.

Remember that some items won't work without energy or money.
Too high temperature makes you more tired, but too low makes you slow. Keep the temperature around 100% for optimal working conditions.

CONTROLS:
For start you can play an UNLIMITED MONEY game to get to know the controls.
Afterwards you should play NORMAL game with a 1000 bucks for a start.

The game is controlled by the mouse only. (You can press escape on game screen to exit if you want :-))

The outside of circles represents the room.
You can buy the furniture by clicking inside the segmented area (hammer cursor).
You can move around by clicking outside the circles (steps cursor).
If you click on the item in the room (hand cursor) player will go to the item and activate it.
Items can be activated without your presence(radiator for example) or others requires your presence(bed/workdesk).
Active items have a lightbulb over them.
Each item has some requirements to become activated and work.
For example radiator requires some amount of money, workdesk requires some amount of energy, etc.
If you run of these than item will become inactive automatically.

When you are on buyscreen, the table shows how much the items affects the game when they are active.

TECHNOLOGY:
Lua/Love2D 10 for programming.
Zerobrane studio as IDE.
Inkscape for drawing graphics.

After few last LD's experience with games without sound I just donwloaded audio content from freesound and mentioned authors in the credits section of the game. Thanks to all the people making free sound library that can be used in the game jam games.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#116Innovation(Jam)3.80
#176Theme(Jam)4.00
#495Overall(Jam)3.27
#596Graphics(Jam)3.13
#613Fun(Jam)2.87
#1421Coolness26%

Comments

LordSk says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:57pm

I don't have "LOVE" or whatever I need to open the file, and I don't expect much people do. You should share executables.

Yvanor says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:21pm

I downloaded LÖVE, but I guess most persons won't. If you can, you should make your game playable on web-browser or at least downloadable, so more people can play it.

As for the game: it's quite disorientating at first, but it's quite pleasant to play once we understood how it works. The graphics are simple but it's enough. The menus are very simple, but at least it's clear. The concept is clever, and I would personally like a more developed game on this concept. This game would be scarier if the snowman could enter any time and if we should hide quickly (in a closet or something), because here, if the temperature is high enough, we are totally safe and we aren't stressed.

So, nice game overall, and don't forget to be sure a lot of people can play your game next time ! :)

Bellatrion says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:43pm

Didn't find how to use the cannon. Otherwise, good idea, it's very challenging !

Karai17 says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:18am

Neat game! I like the how intricate it is! What might be nice is a tutorial, or a level system that slowly introduces new mechanics! E.g. Start with just the cannon, then next level add the heat register, etc. Nice job!

~josefnpat

Nino9612 says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 8:34pm

Could not play the game because i dont have the required software. On a proffesional side you need to include runnables or atleast a web version of your game otherwise its not realy playable for many people including me

janiq says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 11:26pm

Hi guys, I much appreciate every comment. I didn't have an energy nor the windows machine to do the builds after the jam but I created the windows build for machines without love2d now.

Minato4th says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:21pm

This is good game with good idea. I think that in base of it you may create something bigger

FloatingGhost says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 2:13pm

Nice art style, but there's an error if the snowman gets me, or if I click "help" on the main menu

>utils.lua: Unknown line join
>main.lua:26 in function draw

Ellian says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 10:41pm

This is a very weird game, but weird in the original sense!
Took me a bit to understand everything, but overall it's a tense managing game. You've done good work making everything fit together! Conrgrats on doing all that in such a short time

Flaterectomy says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 12:51pm

Interesting circle design for a game. I couldn't figure out how to fire the cannon (I got to it and it would make a bang sound, but the snowman just kept coming anyway). I also kept clicking the wrong part of a location so that it would prompt the buy menu instead of going there. At first I thought the light bulb icon was a lock icon.

Graphics are basic but are suitable for this stylized form. I'm glad you went to freesound for this one as it adds so much to the gamefeel.

The more I look at it, the more I like the circle design... but maybe not so much for this game type.

dalbinblue says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 4:21pm

The game works well mechanically, but there is some balance issues here. It's incredibly difficult to keep sleep and temperature near optimal while having enough money to build and fire the cannon. The infinite money version helped a bit with learning how things work, but perhaps some levels of difficulty before the normal game to build up skill in the game would help.

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