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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Pixel Artist Simulator

by aamatniekss - Compo Entry


Have you ever wondered what's it like being a pixel artist(or just an artist) for a living? Well now you can find out!

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eri0o says ...
Dec 11, 2016 @ 8:20pm

I had to use Wine, but it worked flawlessly! I love the game icon. This game is awesome and sad! :D

kirilllosev says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 12:45am

hey. liked your game. i have a project. i would love to work with you on it. can't though. y/n?

jk. i mean i liked the game. loved the art and the sense of humor.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 2:36am

"I think you would push it to the next level!"

Good stuff.

cjke.7777 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:33am

Aw man, this looked really cool, but I'm on a mac. Let us know if you do a Mac or Web version.

nycolas says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:01am

I really love it! And the art is amazing. Great work!

Steven Miller says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:03am

This game is hilarious, great job!

slimabob says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:04am

Great game, but such a sad story :(

Such is life.

DiscoFish says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:47am

Great work!

Oxeren says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:54am

Awesome! I hope some of the people contacting artists to ask them to make art for free will play this :)

Pusty says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:28pm

I absolutely love the art! I got hungry after playing it tho' :D

Ithildin says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Great piece of satire.

Tops for graphics and humour. I often found myself smiling even if the topic itself was nothing to laugh about :S

Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:31pm

Your humor is somewhere between awesome and sad xD Great job! The game is fantastic

2Bit says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:53pm

Hey, the pixel art in your game is really great. I was wondering if you'd like to work on this side project of mine? I can't really pay you, but the exposure will be unreal! Chat soon.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Pajama-Llama says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:13pm

Wow, too real for me man. Cool pixel art :) Would love to hire you for some sweet ass exposure!

Vertigon says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:38pm

Really nice looking game, and a fine presentation. The click mechanic fit the theme of the thankless slog. I know it was more of a story but I felt like it could have easily been turned into something more gamelike. The humor was spot-on.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:57pm

Very good art game.
And there are not too many art game in ludum.

Dev Dennis says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:14pm

Great game. I'm running a work for hire company and it really hurt my soul playing this game. But great morale in the end :)

I would say 99% accurate simulator.

tinyworlds says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:28pm

That's some sweet pixelart dude! I'll remember the skeleton :)

saucygames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:49am

great game m8, i love the ironic humor. it was well done, gg!

Didi says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:44am

ah kids! wanna be a pixelartist? get a real job! :p
nice game tho

Ellian says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:02pm

Dude. Awesome ahah.
I know it's a satyre, but you can't help but think it... feels... too close to home.

Awesome art, awesome writing. And that skeleton legs killed me ahah

Rakart says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:18pm

Woaw, this one hits home :(.

Awesome graphics, congratulations on the entry.

BeardyBard says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:27pm

Not only a game, but solid message to the future generations of pixel art scene :)
Loved your style.
Actually, you know, I have a dream project with art work done on 50%...

Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:35pm

Nice satyr.
I felt sad and trapped in this fatality... Like, why would I ever be a pixel artist ?

This story is too sad :(

Goud job thought, i liked it!

Marta Viader says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:44pm

Real as life itself. Nice job!

arcadehero says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:10pm

Awesome stuff, man! And yeah... True story ;c

ondrej.paska says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Wow, very sad. I hope this game jam entry will get you some sweet exposure! (it was a bit too small on my monitor)

adrian09_01 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:31pm

Nice game with nice pixelart!

aamatniekss says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:35pm

Thanks a lot everyone! Really glad you're all liking it! ^^

martincohen says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:57pm

I'm so happy that I make money as a programmer :D

Neowedge says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:43pm

Based on real facts. Great game. A lot of people should play this game. Very good work!

Gumboot says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:06am

I loved this game, mostly because it's true. The art is also wonderful.

madmarcel says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:12am

Whoo that was cynical. Hits close to the bone though. Well done. Love the graphics.

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

Nice very nice art and story! Well done!

Pixtopher says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:16pm

TFW when all these have happened to you. Great entry man keep up the great pixel art.

Obvious_San says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:25pm

Oh wow, this is the field I want to get into? I don't wanna die of exposure!

Great story well told, and the art is really great :)

- randomhuman

Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:58pm

Wow, great art! this will probably most likely truly potentially get you some rad exposure! In the meantime, can I interest you in a personal loan? Lock in your low APR now!

jsmars says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:26pm

Really nice art. Would play for free again ;)

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 7:47pm

Its like a biography of every starting pixel artist.

Zettelkasten says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:36pm

I had a blast.

Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:14pm

Your game gave me a sad. Just replace "pixel artist" with "musician," "photographer," or any other creative career.

Great graphics and fun feel, though.

parias001 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 2:15am

WE Understand you bro!

Greek85 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:26am

oh! Nice! woooooooo ! Yor pixel art is... wow! no words!! Can I find it on indiexpo? I'm making videos about the games of this Jam, but only about the games hosted also on indiexpo! Tell me if you will add it, so I can include it in my next video ;)

Gamepopper says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:19pm

This game looks great, and the story is simple but it's really sad.

personalurban says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 4:52pm

Awesome work. Where gaming meets art meets critique. You should get some sort of prize, I'm just not sure which one!

Remicy says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:44pm

This is so deep, and makes me sad :(

Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:36pm

This is the best entry I've seen so far. Hilarious storytelling with smooth anims and sweet pixel art.

SkullPixel says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 4:48pm

A bit clicky. Maybe that's because that's what doing freelance art is like. But the art and humor were spot on!

WarmLemon says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:03pm

i decline everyone! i know a cheap skate when i see one.. auooooooooooo........ great work btw! 5/5

fishbrain says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:14pm

hhhahha!... "exposure" ....

psilon says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:29pm

This is great entry, good graphics, cool concept, and the sad truth.

davisan says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 8:16pm

Great game, but I think it needs more exposure. haha

faceless71 says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 8:31pm

So hilarious game, good work :D

JayProg says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Awesome entry. Too funny, too true.

Riftpoint says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:23pm

Amazing game! Very good job showing this vision the videogame industry, I did something similar in my game, hope you can check it out :)

Holofire says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:36pm

As an artist, I absolutely love this game, its hilarious!
Such a simple, yet effective concept.
I would have liked to have seen some other variations thrown in, but i guess that would take away from the theme of the game.

The dialogue boxes seemed a little quick at times, especially the accidentally skipping them from clicking fast. I do like how each of the characters is unique.

-Comment on behalf of MrDinosaur. (

Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:26pm

Can't say that this game is really optimistic ^^'. Well, life probably isn't neither. So the result is the same if you accept everything and decline everything ?
Nice graphics, you did it for exposure ? ;)

David Cookie says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 11:53pm

Ahaha, it's really a neat idea! I've read so many stories like this one and you captured it very well in one very satirical game, it's just perfect!
More an experience than an actual game but it was really enjoyable and the "I'll have to eat all my posters" definitely made me crack xD
Good job!

Somnium says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 6:46am

That was an interesting experience, telling a sad (and hopefully very exaggerated) story.

You can almost feel the main character's frustration, as his few glimmers of hope are squashed horribly, by low sales, and being casually brushed off by the game company rep (not done much paid work indeed...)

The (slightly disturbing) detail, that the main character works more slowly, the more hungry he gets, was a nice touch.

Very nice satirical game! :)

Also, it is good to know, that posters can serve as an emergency meal ;)

cjke.7777 says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:52am

The feels in this one are strong. So true, so sad. Well done!

seano says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:25pm

It's quite pretty to look at but not much fun to play.

pixelpotions says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 3:50pm

LOL! Loved the graphics and I was laughing the entire time. I felt the struggle with all those clicks. Great work man!

velvetlobster says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 9:14pm

Woow, that the funniest entry that I have played in this ludum dare so far. This really made me laugh! Top in every cathegory.

Miziziziz says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:17am

ad some issues with the text boxes, sometimes would accept or decline offers while I was just trying to skip through text.
Otherwise, good entry. Reminds me of the comic by the Oatmeal about exposure bucks

ajmalr says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:08pm

Really cool game. Love the pixel art, definitely worth a lot of exposure!

aamatniekss says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 1:57pm

Thanks a ton everyone! Im overwhelmed by the positive response!

Karai17 says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 9:32am

This is the same in a lot of fields - the important thing is to network and meet new people. There are professionals out there who are willing to pay.

Regardless, solid pixels - could have used more gameplay and music. Nice game!


Dec 22, 2016 @ 4:49pm

Great art and message, good work!

SamuelSousa says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 6:33pm

Sad but true!

Awesome "game" wouldn't change a thing.

Tifu says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 8:34pm

Awesome art! Funny/depressing stuff =D
I tried declining every offer without pay, until the last couple revenue percentage jobs, and died. Tried again and accepted everything, still died. Is there some way to survive or is this the crushing inevitability of life as an artist? :(

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 12:58am

Nooooooo hahaha

Jan 2, 2017 @ 6:24am

Such a great entry and the ending message about exposure was pretty funny. Only thing I'd tweak is that at times I was clicking quickly to create the art and would end up accidently skipping text as I finished the project. Someway to stop that from happening would help as I enjoyed reading all your writing. The different offers and responses were also nicely done. Great simulator entry.

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