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A jam submission

Such Is LifeView game page

Save people from the virus and the killers. You decide where to place the hospital and the quarantine.
Submitted by defun — 2 hours, 7 minutes before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Creativity - How original is the idea?#43.9044.000
Entertainment - How enjoyable/replayable is it?#103.1233.200
Presentation - How does it look/feel?#133.1233.200

Ranked from 10 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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A thought-provoking piece, it was very hard to take it all in at first but as I gave myself some time to just observe and become familiar with the patterns it made more sense. I felt this was an interesting analogy for the pandemic itself and the flow of information these days that's sometimes hard to make sense of.

I enjoyed adjusting the simulation parameters as well and seeing their effects.

Funny side note, this wouldn't run in Windows on my old laptop because of OpenGL issues, but I was able to run it with WSL and a Windows X server. There's nothing that can't be solved with a little indirection.

Developer (1 edit)

Thanks for taking the time to figure out the game, and to write the insightful review. :) I can see how some confusion feels like the pandemic. I'm glad that some people are finding the parameters useful. Nice engineering quote, I didn't know that one.

I was on IRC when you wrote about the issue, but I didn't realize it could be my game. :D


Wow, very nice! :D I spent a lot of time with your game testing different parameter combinations. What a contemporary theme haha

Developer (1 edit)

Thanks, Stefan! I'm very happy to hear that the parameters added replayability. I'll keep that in mind. Your game is awesome, I'll have to try TIC-80 because of it. :)


Ooh, topical. I like the appearance and sound effects. 

It also reminds me the Game of Life by Conway, may he rest in peace.


Thanks, Andrew! I can indeed credit the current pandemic for inspiration. I'm glad you liked the appearance and sfx, since I'm a newbie with those. Oh, I didn't realize that it's similar to GoL (it even has "life" in the title!).


Nice simulation, I'm yet to play with most of the numbers. I feel it could benefit from a pause button to better understand what's going on.


Thanks! :) Yes, it's quite chaotic, I agree. I tried to make the movement more intelligible, but I ran out of time.


Cool simulation. I notice that I'm able to save most people if I create a large quarantine zone that includes the hospital/medic. I wasn't able to resize it to my 1366x768 screen. Good job!


Hm, good strategy, I tried it now and it works. Yes, the resolution is fixed to 1024x768. I should make future games scalable. Thanks for trying the game! :)