Ye Olde IRS Simulator

Detect Tax Fraud with the full power of the 1800s IRS

Take on the role of a Ye Olde IRS Employee as you detect the worst crime in existence: Ye Olde Tax Fraud

Can be played with only a Mouse, made for the 15th Alakajam in about 6 hours.

Voting results

Overall
5th
44%
5.636
Graphics
7th
67%
5.455
Gameplay
8th
78%
4.636
Originality
3rd
22%
7.364
Theme
5th
44%
7.273

This game entered in the Solo competition (9 entries).

Comments (8)

Baconinvader
 • 3 months ago • 

Fairly basic but enjoyable game. It was a lot more stressful than I anticipated which was nice. I think maybe giving the player even more time after they complete a page would have been nice though.

toasty
 • 3 months ago • 

I found this one quite stressful too. It's a lot easier to spot the missing prices; finding duplicates at speed is quite difficult and I would very rarely notice an overpriced item without wasting too much time on that particular page. Or maybe my strategy needed work.

Something to improve on might be the player's motivation: can you reward the player at all for getting a certain number of entries correct, or by adding a bit more context?

mesonpi
 • 3 months ago • 

I think the idea is funny and fits well with the theme with an original touch. I would have apreciated some sounds effect like page turning, or some graphical response when you marked a correct or wrong answer (like a red pen mark animation on the page), but if you really used only 6 hours, then this is already a great result!
I enjoyed played it but in the long run it is a bit difficult reading at speed and I agree with the toasty comment that spotting duplicate entries takes a lot of time. Anyway, good job :)

Aurel300
 • 3 months ago • 

Ack, finding duplicates! I know I get penalised for clicking the incorrect thing, but it seems to be worth it to click through (and sometimes even get lucky) when you can't immediately spot a large misplaced value or no value.

Luu_Bi_Chu
 • 3 months ago • 

I enjoyed reading each items in the each pages and spots the correct one. Somehow the time was pretty rush for me. It pretty funny when water can be that expensive xD.

M2tias
 • 3 months ago • 

Nicely implemented for what it is, but what it is is a bit lacking :D
For a game made in 6 hours, it's really well made. If only you had the rest 30 hours (assuming 12 hours of total sleep) to work on it to make it more interesting. UI breaks on my ultrawide monitor on fullscreen, but the game didn't really need fullscreen.
Nice that you joined even with the limited time. Well done :)

heyheyhey
 • 3 months ago • 

In general, I like games like this: very simple instructions, yet challenging. The time limit goes a long way in preventing boredom. The entries with missing values were easiest to spot — I found myself clicking randomly until I reached a screen with such entries (my high score was 8 — not sure how that compares with other folks here). Perhaps you could discourage this tactic by adding bonus time whenever a more difficult entry is successfully spotted (or by deducting time when an error occurs). I like the sense of humor and the old-style feel of this game. I was hoping for a bit more variety; nonetheless, it’s a good start with a lot of potential.

thomastc
 • 3 months ago • 

So every book is assumed to have a fraud attempt in it? I guess it isn't profiling if you assume that everyone is a fraudster :)

I found that it's worthwhile to just click anything if you don't spot a missing value or outrageous price within a few seconds. I got 12 points that way, compared to just 5 when trying to play properly. I hope the real IRS doesn't work this way.

It's simple, it's original, it works as advertised. Good job for 6 hours!

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