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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The Button

by mjomble - Jam Entry

Press buttons to keep yourself from dying.
Build machines that press the buttons for you to keep yourself from dying faster.

The tutorial was not finished, it ends after you've automated your first button press.
There is also no in-game option for changing between Tutorial and Survival mode, you'll need to close (Alt-F4 for example) and restart the game.


An extended version of this game is in development, called Optimatica!
More info here:


Made at the APT Game Generator local LD37 competition in Tartu, Estonia.

Graphics: Jaanus Jaggo
Code: Joosep Jääger, Andres Kalle, Imre Raudsepp
Sound: Frederic Meensalu

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thedashdude says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:06pm

I really enjoyed this game. The time pressure, the fear in waiting as the counter neared 100% and I had to wait for a piston. The tutorial was funny, but either you didn't have time to finish it or I broke it because it stopped after I automated one button and it wouldn't let me leave. I couldn't tell what the dumbbell shaped things did either. Still a fun game.

pmarincak says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 11:39pm

Great job! The tutorial made me laugh, but it's a shame that it didn't have a clear indication for when it was done. I was standing around waiting for something else to happen for a long time.

Otherwise it was pretty challenging :D

Dec 19, 2016 @ 12:40am

Awesome game! I really enjoyed it! The tutorial was amazing and the game itself felt very well balanced. I found myself thinking of ways to purposefully postpone the particle pipe performance profile through precision placement of the particle physics piston using a particular pedigree of peculiar pipe pieces. Perfect!

fivecyclops says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 2:36pm

Great. Excellent game. Puzzle & time management works pretty good. You need more reviews.
It's one of best game of the jam!

Almax27 says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:06pm

Thoroughly enjoyed this! Great humour and intuitive mechanics. Having a tutorial was a great idea and helped to give context to the puzzles.

DOXM says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:11pm

One of my favorite ludum dare games, until now!

Dec 19, 2016 @ 6:23pm

Great game! I am not sure if the timer was the best match for this game, maybe levels with increasingly more difficult puzzles would have been more enjoyable. It was fun nevertheless, and the graphics, audio and tutorial were really well done!

Linear says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 2:06am

I gave you almost perfect scores. This is pretty much the best Ludum Dare game I've played, across six different Ludum Dare competitions. Very polished, bug-free. The artist knew what they were doing, very consistent art style with a lot of attention to detail.

My only lament is that there isn't a fancier "you lose" cutscene... maybe an explosion or something other than text.

Took off one star for audio, because it would have been better with some sort of background music, especially the further you progressed in survival mode. Other than that, absolutely perfect!

Dec 23, 2016 @ 2:18am

This game has kept me playing longer than any other so-far. Challenging, but the mechanics are simple and familiar, and that tutorial, lol! Wonderful entry, congratulations!

nlbi21 says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 6:12am

Really enjoy the game, very good job guys congratulations.

strong99 says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 8:26am

An awesome strategy game in the making! Instand follow.

pixel_maniacs says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 2:17pm

I really love the voiceover in the tutorial! Good job on that entry!

Louspirit says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 9:13pm

Amazing, it is a complete game, and one of the best of this year I think. I appreciated the mood, graphics, humour and gameplay. It was original and I really enjoyed to design my room to make the job. The little bad point is that I would have liked to know how long did I hold, and it was very much!

musthabe says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 5:45pm

The tutorial was great and had really nice humor. But I think it either bugged out or there was no ending to the tutorial so I had to ALT+F4 to try the main mode.

The main mode felt empty and there seemed to be no goal, I could go forever by juggling between 3 buttons. When I died there was no way to restart again and you could hear the game still go on in the background, so the ending screen was just fake, had to ALT+F4 again.

From a perfect standalone game, just missed a few polishing things like moving between gamemodes, ending the gamemodes properly, also no music. Otherwise, a really great entry and astonishing that this was done in such a short time.

Shide says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:20pm

Wow! Great game! Looks very polished. The gameplay was a bit too complicated for me, but I still love it. Graphics and music are also nice. One of my favourite 3D entries :)

Paradoxa42 says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 10:11pm

Pretty cool game

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