So my entry for mini LD 40 is a different kind of bus simulator. A bus themed puzzle game.
I was on the bus a few days ago when I was watching the common system where people fill up each seat pair with a single person until every seat pair holds one person then have to start doubling up.
I was thinking about how it’s similar to electrons filling up energy levels in atoms when I started thinking about how certain people however went against the norm. I.E. the stereotypical crazy person who loves to sit next to other people, or intimidating people who nobody wants to sit within a 2/3 seat radius of.
Thinking of this made me realise that this was a good idea for a real life themed game for the mini ludum dare.
So this is what the game is. You are given a bus configuration (potentially different for every level) along with an assortment of people. You need to fit them into the seats to maximize happiness. British people hate sitting near other people. Crazy people don’t mind sitting near others, but exude an aura of extra unhappyness to those next to them (except other crazy people, since they don’t mind.) Unpleasant people will destroy the happyness of people around them in all directions.
Progress is going well. Placing people in the bus works fine, it tracks the unhappiness produced by different people, which varies based on who they are (british, chav or crazy right now.) It also displays the goal to reach for a given level however this isn’t really used in anyway.
Also the game has some music that plays on a loop.
The british are blue, the crazy people are green and the people everyone wants to avoid are in red. Placeholder art at the moment.