Tasty Tower

7th Alakajam – 20-22 September 2019

Theme: TOWER

Title: Tasty Tower

About the game
In this entry, you are a new recruit working at the Tasty Tower food truck! It is infamous in town for its questionable hygiene, though it doesn't stop hungry workers from coming back every lunch break. Your boss at Tasty Tower wants to see how well you perform on your first shift.

Gameplay
You have to successfully complete as many orders as you can in the given time.
Each order is broken down into a list of ingredients, and you have to correctly stack each ingredient on top off each other. If an incorrect touches the plate, the order is reset.
Lobbing an ingredient starts a combo, which multiplies your score. The combo breaks when the ingredient misses the plate.
Each successfully completed order gives you an extra 10 seconds.

Controls
Use the mouse and hold left-click to drag the requested ingredients onto the plate. The ingredients keep their inertia if you release the click.

Credits:
RocketRager - programming
cbballs - graphics
Kevin McLeod - royalty-free music

Voting results

Overall
1st
7.571
Graphics
2nd
7.857
Audio
3rd
7.148
Gameplay
1st
7.286
Originality
3rd
6.929
Theme
5th
6.966

This game entered in the Team competition (14 entries).

Info

Make as many burgers as you can in your first shift at the TastyTower food truck!

Links

itch.io itch.io (Post jam version)

Authors

RocketRager
cbballs

High scores Submit score

# User Score
1 @Andy Bae 2014863
2 @Wan 8820
3 @Baconinvader 2410
4 @DiningPhilosopher 896
5 @benjamin 678
View all 5 scores

Comments (26)

Epicnez
1 month ago

Exellent use of the theme, and everything else is exellent too! Exellent job!

abel
1 month ago

Very smoth game play, strugled to play it with a touch pad but even with that it was really good. the game it self has a perfect astectics where the workers kind of look like zombies. Really good.

Wazz
1 month ago

Fun little game! It can quickly get hectic as you try to stack the burgers faster and faster.

Pros:

  • Fun, hectic gameplay
  • Freeform, physics-based burger building mechanics interesting
  • Charming graphics
  • You can put a rat in a burger

Cons:

  • Some orders are extortinatley large, and very hard to finish in time
    • This game would definitley benefit from sort of progression. Perhaps make the earlier orders shorter, before bringing out the long and difficult ones?

AdroitConceptions
1 month ago

Pros:

  • complete gamplay loop based on something understandable
  • intresting graphics

Cons:

  • some of the orders felt odd, there could have been some order to the randomness.

the1257thornothing
1 month ago

We had this idea, even we didn't go for it, so it's nice to see it made it real !

Pro:

  • nice graphics and music
  • easy to understand gameplay

Cons :

  • not enought time per game
  • huuuuuuuuuuuuuge orders

Maybe if you want to create a V2, add some levels.

voxel
1 month ago

Great execution and presentation. Love the titlescreen music in particular. Would love to see a version where some kind of story plays out somehow

benjamin
1 month ago

I had a lot of fun playing it. At first I was thinking that freestyle is not worth the risk, but with time and pratice you learn to manage it. Sometime I have the feeling that some inredient are not counted in even if I put them right. Maybe because of double ingredient in a row. Taking them out of the game would make the orders easier to read.

Andy Bae
(@im_a_good_boye) • 1 month ago

This was an amazing game to play and the throwing was really fun. The music and art are also really good ;] I only wished there was some way to get like partial points or something if I'm about to put the top bun on my super burger as time runs out lol.

jcochet
1 month ago

Very fun ! love the game's look and the "freestyle" effect
Congratulations ! :D

Baconinvader
1 month ago

Awesome job! I'm not really a fan of these kinds of games but I played this one for quite a while. I really think there's a good bit of general polish and quality to it which makes it work fantastically compared to similar games I've played in the past. I guess my only real complaint is that your score seems largely luck-based, since you get the same time bonus regardless of order.

LogicaLinsanity
1 month ago

Awesome game. super creepy thematically, but I thought it was very original and nicely polished. And of course very fun! Well done!

cbballs
1 month ago

Thank you very much for your feedback!

Bearing in mind what has been said, RocketRager and I have been working on a post-jam version of the game, which you can play at by following the link below:
https://rocketrager.itch.io/tastytower-postjamversion

Cheers, keep jamming!

RocketRager
1 month agoedited

Thank you a lot for your feedbacks !

PostJam version :

Change :
° Better physic
° Freestyle effect disapear with more style
° Time win by burger, is now relative to order size
° Burger is no longer lost after fail, just the last ingredient is lost

Add :
° Bonus time for freestyle

And Bug fix

@im_a_good_boye about your score :
I think you exploited a bug that I corrected. So I think I must suspend your score .

Andy Bae
(@im_a_good_boye) • 1 month ago

@RocketRager yea I exploited the fact that freestyle combo persisted which I didn't know was supposed to be a bug but because I'm really good at freestyle, I can go on indefinitely now with the bonus time given. I posted a new highscore for the postjam version. I honestly only wanted to get just above my other score but I realize now that the in game score counter only goes up so fast so it ended up being a lot higher than I would've thought it was lol.

RocketRager
1 month ago

@im_a_good_boye Yeah I was sure that you exploited this bug but OMG ! How can you score as many points ?? We must found a solution to produce a game end for great players like you…

RocketRager
1 month ago

MAJ PostJam version:

Add:
° floating effect when freestyling

Change :
° Freestyle harder to do
° Score counter works better with hight score

@im_a_good_boye Can you kill the game one more time ?

KP
(@kp_games) • 1 month ago

NOOO NOT THE RATS

I love games like this, gameplay was fun and the music was fitting. The huge orders and not having enough time to complete them is pretty accurate, that's just how food service goes

Andy Bae
(@im_a_good_boye) • 1 month ago

@RocketRager I can still go indefinitely lol
just stopped around here since I have classes soon: https://puu.sh/EkOBT/dc27ff9640.png
but I can definitely tell freestyle is not as lenient anymore, thanks for all the updates~

Andy Bae
(@im_a_good_boye) • 1 month ago

@RocketRager ah but there is a game breaking bug where if you restart sometimes you get a customer that isn't asking for anything and if you put something down the game freezes
https://puu.sh/EkOEu/eed4ac4f2d.png

Kerri
(@Cloie) • 1 month ago

Excellent use of theme, I had the same idea but didn't follow through with it, your execution was great though. Although I am concerned about the longevity of a burger truck where people order dead rats covered in condiments… I absolutely loved the use of sounds, the little laugh when they're happy with what you're doing is great. Some of the towers got really large though and I think that severely impacted the number of points you could earn.

OddvarLookus
1 month ago

The game is overall funny and the very nice and entertaining background music and sfx creates a pleasing atmosphere.
The theme though is a little bit… "borderline"?
Although it would have been nice to relate the time earning to the size of the hamburger.
Good Job! This is a very good entry!! :)

Ilkalys
1 month ago

The gameplay is really fun but I finally make some points after 3 try because the order was soo huge!!
It would be great to have some level with a progession.
Congrats it's very cool =D

DiningPhilosopher
1 month ago

Phew, I'm pretty bad at keeping my throwing speed consistent and I blame my mouse. Very well tied together game!

dwemthy
1 month ago

This is really fun, to play and conceptually. I wasn't sure if there was a consistent reason for customers getting a big smile and laughing but that was always a delight. Sometimes I'd put on the ingredient they wanted and they'd get upset, not sure why. The flies going away when the truck opens and returning when it closes was awesome. Played it once so idk if you set it up to do this a lot but one of the last requests before I ran out of time was for the dead rat on the counter and that was just awesome. You built a great aesthetic with the graphics and music.

Kleinzach
1 month ago

Great entry. The art and sounds were very well put together, and I really like the throwing mechanic, it adds a whole other layer of skill to this game which I really love. Once I saw that you can use mouse in the burgers I knew I really liked this entry. Very strange, but very enjoyable.

Wan
1 month ago

Super fun game, the little touches are what makes this dirty little game really entertaining. Those crazy burgers that never end with clients requesting mustard 3 times in a row, the dumb laughs of satisfaction, the random client asking for a dead mouse with ketchup on top, the impossible look of our finished burger towers, the "freestyle" bonus we get for throwing ingredients… The list of funny details goes on and on and makes us play with a smile on all game long.

The art is fitting, the music is fun, everything is cohesive to make the game quirky and dumb but cool at the same time.

I almost didn't realize in my playthroughs that the depth of the game lied in the "throwing ingredients" part. Before that I felt that the game lacked depth, but then it was suddenly a game of skill and risk taking, which was a good surprise (apart from the "freestyle" noise which got repetitive). I feel high scores could easily get into the 5 digits.

Great job guys!

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