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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by buckle2000 - Jam Entry

Zip and Unzip fish.

This is our first LD jam entry and first game made cooperatively.

Made in effectively 8 hours at maximum because we assignments from school.

How is this game related to "One room"?
1. There is only one room for each level's gameplay
2. There is only little room left on each level

Move to anywhere in the highlighted area.

Arrow keys/WSAD: MOVE

Code&SFX: buckle2000
Art: Sapphira (ldjam account)


love2d is not suitable for game jams. We will possibly use a feature-complete game engine next time.

Praise @Sapphira for the mavelous painting style!

If you know lua, making your own level should be easy!
Example below:

Downloads and Links




burnedkirby says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:54am

Neat puzzler, got stuck on the 4th (or was it 3rd? the level that fills the entire screen) level. Neat mechanics around the gray fish squeezing together.

Palarus says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:08am

Really interesting puzzle mechanics, enjoyed both playing and exploring them. The graphics are charming and fit the gameplay perfectly!

Schrunkin says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:33am

Could not run the game even though i unzipped it twice and made sure I had LÖVE installed correctly :(

bodsey says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:35am

Nice job for a first entry! Plenty of room (!) for improvement of course, but still the core mechanic of squashing is an interesting novelty for a simple puzzle game like that

JK5000 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:38am

A simple and great idea for a puzzle game.

erdiizgi says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 10:45am

Well, It seems uncompleted. I left to play after second play. It's not that it is boring, it is fun actually. But something is missing to keep the player. You should create this game with another game engine and this might be even better with touch screen.

Aldarion says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:07pm

Fun little idea for a puzzle game. Works just fine. I liked it.

buckle2000 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:49pm

Maybe I will port it onto mobile platforms but first the graphics must be reworked.

buckle2000 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:51pm

@Schrunkin sorry I don't know why it's not working on your computer. I am pretty sure that the Windows binary does NOT require LÖVE installed.

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:55pm

Mechanics and theme i liked a lot!

cxsquared says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:36pm

Really interesting puzzle game. I really really enjoy this mechanic. This could turn into a really good mobile game.

Peringo says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:04am

The main puzzle mechanic is very unique and you could add a lot of different fish types to expand on it! I think it's really missing some music though, just feels a bit lifeless right now. The tutorial was a bit weird ( could have just been in a small level ), but for 8 hours the game is great!

qbicfeet says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:53pm

Very nice, the fish-squeezing puzzle mechanic felt new and fresh and the levels got really elaborate really fast.

BlackBulletIV says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 9:56am

Interesting puzzle mechanic you've got here.

I'm intrigued that you say LOVE isn't good for game jams. It's definitely been my favourite for a number of years.

hlavik211 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:17pm

I think this game is good it sis nice puzller and it must be hard to programm it.

madjackmcmad says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:24pm

What a clever puzzle idea! I really enjoyed this. It's a shame you didn't get more time to put in more interesting pieces, but you certainly did a lot in a short amount of time. Great work.

Yvanor says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 8:56pm

Fun little game, but quite complex at the same time. Nice job guys !

muriel says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Good game and clean mechanics, It is very challenging :) It would be nice to see a mobile version of this. Good job.

Henry says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 3:12am

Fantastic though it is very diffict to pass through. Nice job!

Ryusui says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 4:56am

First of all, I've used Love2D for the last eight Ludum Dare Game Jams and never had a problem with it. Be sure to check out my author page. ;)

As for this game, I like the gameplay mechanics, though I'll admit the actual puzzle-solving was a little hard to wrap my head around. I love the "squish two fish together" mechanic. XD

automatonvx says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 12:21pm

nice puzzler, i like the core mechanic, just found it a bit hard, I didn't even get past the second level, I agree with others that it would probably work well on mobile, with a bit of polish I could imagine it being a pretty popular mobile game.

onyon says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 2:55pm

Nice puzzle! Impressive as for 8 hours. The graphics aren't too great but that's understandable.

buckle2000 says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:25am

To Ryusui: love2d is too basic for a game jam unless you already have base code

Notester says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 4:47pm

Heh, this game's mechanics are pretty cool, I don't think I've seen anything like them before. c:

yuigoto says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 8:54pm

Really amazing concept for a puzzle, kinda got me stuck, wanting for more levels! Keep at it and don't stop! :)

Graphics look really nice and fun, audio sometimes made me feel annoyed, but is really nice! :)

Great work on this game!

ijzm says ...
Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:05am

A nice and simple little puzzle game from start to finish. Could use a little more levels and mechanics, but I'm very glad I gave it a try.


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