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    Ludum Dare 23

    April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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    snowglobe - manax - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    Not very "game-like" at this point. But it is interactive, so left-click-and-hold. Escape to quit, space to pause.

    Warning: I have no idea how well this works across different distros for linux (and have some limited evidence that it might not work at all without a rebuild), haven't tried to do that very often, so let me know if you have problems.

    See the README for build instructions.

    I will attempt to do a windows port later.

    "current" will always be latest version (for next few hours), other versions are in same directory.

    UPDATE 2012-04-30: After several more hours than I spent on the original entry, and a failed attempt at using emscripten, I learned javascript enough to port the whole damn thing. It is as close to a straight port (no enhancements or bug fixes) as I could manage. Events aren't as well handled as I'd like, but good enough.

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    Ratings

    Coolness61%
    #64Theme3.85
    #375Humor2.32
    #391Innovation3.03
    #469Graphics2.82
    #680Mood2.28
    #722Audio1.38
    #793Overall2.33
    #835Fun1.85

    Comments

    hulahulahest says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:24am

    Cannot run (no Linux system to run it on).

    Raptor85 says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:36am

    can't test, you only compiled for 32 bit and you didn't pack the 32 bit SDL lib with the executable..only the addon libs.

    Pierrec says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:24am

    It looks great, but unfortunately I'm on Windows (Wow...I never thought I could say this about a game)

    manax says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 2:17am

    Okay, so I'm working on porting it to js, so hopefully I'll have this working in a day or so.

    wademcgillis says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:54pm

    I cannot run this entry. I don't have a computer that runs linux.

    madflame991 says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:37pm

    What's "Linux"? :D

    caranha says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 1:45am

    It is a very interesting idea -- I really like "world simulation" games, and it is very interesting to watch the little globe inside the snow globe develop.

    That said, there seems to be very little to be done in this case - all that shaking the globe does is to destroy the trees, right? It doesn't seem to influence the little men or animals inside.

    I think with a few more interactions, this game could be really fun! Keep up the good work :-)

    manax says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 2:18am

    Once I came up with the idea, I liked it too much not to build it, even though it wasn't very interactive. I had started some code to allow you to switch to a top-down view, and intended the little dudes to build houses and farms, but ran out of time... :)

    HybridMind says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 2:52am

    I think it is a fun setup for a game but as you've stated, not really any game in here. Too bad my only action is too destroy the little world. I'm letting it grow while I write this to see if something else happens. I like the old school graphics, reminds me of Amiga days.

    KevinWorkman says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 3:11am

    This is definitely an interesting concept, but like you said, this isn't much of a game yet. I'd like to see what you can do with more time to explore the idea!

    dcolgan says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 3:17am

    The idea of a snowglobe fits this theme very nicely. I would have loved to see what this would turn into with more time.

    manax says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    Spoiler: Here's a list of all the things that can happen:
    o Animals move around
    o People move
    o Trees fall (when they get too old)
    o When a person is near a deer, the person will chuck a spear at them.
    o Snow accumulates on the ground, which can be shaken.
    o Bubbles form when the globe is shaken
    o Trees lean & fall over when shaken, bigger trees are more likely to fall over.

    Stuff I really wanted to get to:
    o People would build houses, then farms, then other structures.
    o Wanted to make the snow swirl when shaken, but didn't come up with a clever algorithm for that.
    o Want to allow you to tip the globe, and look at it from the top (actually started on that, you can see some frames from tha anim in the pngs).

    Still didn't have any ideas for a good game mechanic. :)

    vilya says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 9:29pm

    Great use of the theme, but it's not a game as such. Maybe you could have turned it into some kind of a god game?

    Hazematman says ...
    May 5, 2012 @ 5:37am

    Very cool idea, but I'm gonna go with what everyone else said here: it's very unfinished. This would have been a perfect game with this theme, but sadly it is unfinished. I would have loved to play a game where I build my own little world in a snow globe :D

    Catman says ...
    May 7, 2012 @ 4:38pm

    Weird, but interesting! I really like how the trees grow and the animals appear. Should put a game in there!

    VoidChronos says ...
    May 8, 2012 @ 12:59am

    Not really bad, although it is not a game. I could look on this for quite a long time. Thanks for the web version. Anyway, Good Job!

    Rabbits... says ...
    May 10, 2012 @ 5:11am

    Take that...trees...I liked that the trees could fall down..

    May 11, 2012 @ 1:25am

    As you said it isn't quite a game. I wasn't sure what exactly was causing the trees to stand up, and sometimes they would randomly disappear. I really wish I could shake it up and down too. You should keep working on this! :)

    tomhunt says ...
    May 11, 2012 @ 3:38am

    lol'd at the stuff falling down when i shook the snowglobe!

    saint11 says ...
    May 12, 2012 @ 2:54am

    It felt a little pointless :/

    JellyFame says ...
    May 12, 2012 @ 2:28pm

    Really interesting to watch what's happening. Would like to see more stuff happening.

    trylle says ...
    May 12, 2012 @ 3:01pm

    Very cool, lovely atmosphere(!) Now make the game! :)

    It's a shame you couldn't figure out how to make the snow swirl after shaking it, since that's the first thing people expect to happen.

    gormio says ...
    May 12, 2012 @ 4:49pm

    Nice start although there's not much of a game in here. I wanted to shake it up and down too but that didn't seem possible :)

    I had to rename libstlport.so to libstlport.so.5.2 before I could run it.

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