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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The IT Room

by Bumblepie - Jam Entry

As everybody knows, 90% of the work in any business is done in one room: the IT room! As the only IT employee, your job is to maintain the servers. Unfortunately, they keep catching on fire! Keep the servers from burning, but make sure you maintain your energy levels with coffee!

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CONTROLS
Arrow keys : Move
Space : Use fire extinguisher
R : Restart
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TIPS
The bar on the top left is your energy bar: you will walk slower when this runs low. Fill it up by grabbing coffee in the middle of the top of the room.
The bar on the right is the fire danger bar. As more fires break out among the servers, this will increase faster (it takes at least 3 fires to start rising). When it fills up completely, the game is over. To put out fires, go to the base of the server it is on (below it) and press the space bar.

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Ratings

Coolness71%
#331Humor(Jam)2.91
#473Theme(Jam)3.54
#649Fun(Jam)2.80
#667Innovation(Jam)2.69
#740Overall(Jam)2.91
#753Mood(Jam)2.66
#770Graphics(Jam)2.57

Comments

erdiizgi says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:56am

As an IT guy, I found the game pretty nice. I am definitely in the target audience. Good luck with the game. (Which engine have you used? Can it be exportable to the web?. This type of games is more appropriate for the web.)

Bumblepie says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:01am

Hey erdiizgi :)
I basically made it from scratch using OpenGL following these tutorials http://learnopengl.com/#!Introduction and messing around, so I don't think I can easily export it to web.

Casevse says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:07am

It needs to be more polished, but i understand that doing tihs from scratch in OpenGL doesn't give you too mocuh time to improve other aspects. But anyways, the mechanics are interesting, like @erdiizgi said, this could fit as web game (with WebGL if you want to experiment). Good work!

SeaDads says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:42am

Cute little game, really captured that feeling of being an every day average IT guy. Would've been nice with a basic pass of audio!

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:26pm

Really cool game mechanics and it's a somewhat challenging game, which is a good thing! Also, it's fun.

Megalink says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:34am

I liked the idea but I feel the gameplay needs some improvement as it gets boring very quickly. Good job :)

Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:54pm

I liked the idea. With a art a little more polished art/controlls it could be very addictive. But... if you did from scratch with OpenGL in a weekend... that's a success!

nassi says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:09pm

84 points on my second try. Doesn't overstay it's welcome in my opinion, as the rounds themselves are pretty short. Felt quite smooth to play too, as in position wasn't super strict etc.

I liked the setting and even though the gameplay was simple I didn't find it boring for such a short game. Some player animation and overall audio would've been nice, but might be too much to ask if you were just learning OpenGL with this.

Hores says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:55pm

A very nice game! Clean and simple. I liked the coffee mechanic :-) I think that sound would improve it a lot though and sometimes I got stuck at the corners of the servers. A good entry overall!

Cerno_b says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 4:38pm

I imagine this is a fairly realistic depiction of a normal work day at a webhosting company ;D

Neat game, fun concept. Could use some polish, especially since you are permitted to use sound effects and music from the internet in the Jam.

Concretely I would have liked if the character was flipped when moving to the right.

rburema says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 1:37am

It seems you need to be in front or to the side of a rack to extinguish any fires. I feel that should perhaps be mentioned somewhere? Some people might not catch in to that, after all!

Cerberus says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:51pm

i really enjoyed it. it was very unique. loved the graphics, the fire was really well done. i am an it guy so i can relate. the game play was kinda hard and i wished that for putting a fire out i would have gotten like a reduction in fire or something like that or a bonus for having the line of servers out. overall awesome game!

Omiya Games says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:16am

Looks like a great start! Definitely thought that it was strange for the character to not flip when turning to the right. The fact that the fire extinguisher had to be used when the character is placed on the lower-right hand corner of the fire was really strange and unusual. Personally, I like run meter a lot, and would like to see that mechanic fleshed out a little more.

Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:44pm

Overall very simple but solid and fun game! I can actually relate to this little dude as well which made even more funny and great to play. I feel with more time and a bit of polish it would be a fantastic little phone/web game, there is a lot potential here. Over all very solid and well made entry! :D

fabsy says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 4:20am

Cool particle effects and fun concept :) Maybe a good alternative would be to face the guy upwards when extinguishing the fires instead of messing with animations or rotations.

That is basically a day in the life of a Google datacenter employee.

Jan 21, 2017 @ 8:19pm

Simple, well made game! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/9xy3qMJx7GQ

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