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A jam submission

Lord Of The Mall (Lord Of Them All!)View game page

This old man walks a fine line between the mists of reality/delusion, between the mall and the dungeon.
Submitted by andyman404 (@andyman404) — 1 hour, 30 minutes before the deadline

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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Completeness#14.0004.000
Aesthetics#14.0004.000
Scope#43.3333.333
Innovation#43.6673.667
Overall#63.5003.500
Fun#383.0003.000
Roguelikeness#643.0003.000

Ranked from 3 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Judge feedback

Judge feedback is anonymous and shown in a random order.

  • Lord of the Mall is a real-time mall crawler in which the world is constantly in a state of flux between the mall and a dingy dungeon. In the mall your fellow shoppers are no threat to you, but in the dungeon they turn into axe-wielding gremlins. This mechanic is really cool and beautifully realised, but I didn't find that it added much tactical depth to the gameplay. There's no levelling system so you can just slowly make your way to the exit and avoid having to get involved in any combat. 

  • The dual realm mechanics are fantastic. Would love to play this in a more traditional turn based style also!

  • The shifting landscape is a cool mechanic. I really like how dead skeletons become phone zombies.

    The movement speed feels a bit slow, though I understand it's intentional. 

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(+1)

Hilarious game, and also very, very fun

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I have just seen a video of this nice game on the channel of Rogueliker.

Really fun!!

Not writing a full review yet, but i wan't to tell to everybody the lore and a secret i found in this game. There is a plot,

The plot, goes like this.

The main character, an old grandpa is in a mall. He acts very weird, and childish. He beats people up, destroys everything he sees, and is overall a really problematic person. There is an explanation for this.

You have to notice that he goes under invisble dungeons that don't exist, the dungeons look like your stereotypical oldschool RPG dungeons. They have that good old "epic shadow man killer power sword" feel to it. It is how i like to describe childish fantasy about cool things.

The man, is pretty old. He have learned a lot of things about life, and everybody has a childhood, this man has loved stuff like this in his childhood. His old life is exteremely boring, and he wishes he could have been in his childhood again. His nostalgia senses was so strong, it had orgasmic tendencies. He completely forgot about anything he wished for and gave up in his life. Sleeping all day trying to get to his childhood dreams to live there forever.

The man have went to the extreme for his wishes to come true. He forgot about moral things and he went to completely erase real life. Notice, that people walking in the store look more realistic than him, the store looks completely fake, like a game in unreal engine. And he have forgot about his life, money and struggles. He looks like a cartoon character afterall.

He literally has mental illnesses, he got so sad, he have went into his fantasy world where he is still a child who is in a dungeon, destroying stuff. A perfect place for him. 

Life is cruel.

but to be honest this is just a theory, this game can get so much better if this will be the main plot, and you will turn this idea into reality.

Now to the game review, it uses unity free models, nice shaders, the plot is definitely a 9/10 if you will look at others game on this site, gameplay is ok, it is simple. It has kevin macleod music blablablabla.

You could definitely improve this game on the plot, and if you want you can just remake the game to make it even more awesome.

ok enough talking you get it already aaaaaaa 

7.7/10 i guess?

kthnxbye

Developer

Thank you for your interpretations and feedback! The game absolutely does not use free Unity models though! I made every model. If you're interested in more about the possible motivations of the old man and why he sees the shoppers as nameless faceless people, check out my earlier game that this is a sequel to: Lord of the Aisle.

It could also be that he is actually a wizard in a dungeon, and being affected by mind-influencing magic to make him think he is a feeble old man in some strange consumerist dystopia, and lure him into dropping his gold for illusionary products.