Rations, Please! by CosmicAdventureSquad

made by CosmicAdventureSquad for LD28 (JAM)
Your job is to pass out rations in a war-torn country, with hardly enough to go around. You tell the survivors "you only get one", but some will bribe their way for more.

Who do you decide to feed? Do you want the soldiers to stay alive to protect the commonfolk? Do you save the women and children, the aged, the unemployed? Will you take bribes, or succumb to violence?

Their fates are in your hands.

Post-Jam Version:
- Intro screen to explain the setting and goal of the game
- Different clothes for adults based on their jobs
- A new personality type
- More tuning for death rates
- Other bug fixes


Controls: click the ration to give a ration, the X card to deny a ration, or the gun to kill.



Art - Rose
Programming - Vu
Music - Johan
Special Thanks - Lily, Andrew

We'll be adding more in the post-jam version (SFX, improvements to the gameplay flow and balance), so keep an eye out!


Coolness 48% 998
Overall(Jam) 3.85 35
Audio(Jam) 3.00 232
Fun(Jam) 3.00 216
Graphics(Jam) 4.30 44
Humor(Jam) 1.67 430
Innovation(Jam) 3.27 131
Mood(Jam) 3.77 43
Theme(Jam) 4.40 3


17. Dec 2013 · 05:46 CET
This had me biting my nails! Ooh the moral dilemmas! Good job y'all.
17. Dec 2013 · 11:23 CET
Love it :) Would have loves to see some more situations arise besides people offering me more money. I ended up just killing anyone who was old, unemployed, or a student. Call me cold :P
17. Dec 2013 · 15:19 CET
Doesn't scale well on a laptop monitor (1366x768) but other than that great game and amazing art. Inspired by Papers, Please? ;)
17. Dec 2013 · 20:24 CET
Overall, one of the best entries I've seen! Great feel, great fun, loved the moral dilemma aspect of it! You can feel it was inspired by Papers Please, honestly amazing stuff :D
Irelynn Skye
17. Dec 2013 · 23:30 CET
Oh wow, this is great. It really gets you thinking as well, which is always good, I think. Good job!
18. Dec 2013 · 03:43 CET
Really fun entry! It seemed to let me give away rations even when I had run out though.
18. Dec 2013 · 18:32 CET
Nice colour palette and artwork
18. Dec 2013 · 20:13 CET
Great mood, very dark. Is it possible to win? Graphics nice too. I did have a name repeat once or twice in the same line, I thought it was people trying to trick me into giving them two but
18. Dec 2013 · 20:14 CET
..they were different ages, I was trying to say.
18. Dec 2013 · 23:37 CET
Very cool, like the theme, so depressing though, ended up shooting everyone after I had no fresh rations three days in a row. :p
Brian Mayberry
19. Dec 2013 · 00:53 CET
So much feels! Simply phenomenal work here, congrats!
21. Dec 2013 · 00:19 CET
Good job ! A lot of inspiration from papers, please !
22. Dec 2013 · 06:50 CET
I had just finished day 22, had 2 people alive and 2 rations. Then my computer restarted itself. I don't have the patience to try to get that far again (it was my 2nd attempt, my first got me to 16 days), but I did very much enjoy the game. Wish I knew how far I could have made it though.
22. Dec 2013 · 06:54 CET
Also, (not sure if this was by design or not) it seemed like there really was no ending. On my first run, it said "Day 16" on the screen and just never went anywhere past that and the music just kept looping. Having the music fade out or having some sort of text appear to indicate that that is indeed the end would be nice.
29. Dec 2013 · 02:44 CET
This was a tough game... This may not be the best way to describe, but I can't find a better word...

It's a great game to get us thinking!

Something I felt was missing is the ability to price another ration. Sometimes, this would be a good option, if what you earned were great enough to buy another one or two (and the other party could always refuse if they weren't able to pay it).
29. Dec 2013 · 23:34 CET
Excellent job, almost a complete game - solid, brilliant. Compliments!
29. Dec 2013 · 23:55 CET
The game freeze at "black screen with day", at day 23, and one people left...
But overall nice game! ;)
Something like "Papers Please" game, but free ^^
I like mood, graphics, sound and gameplay. Really great job! ;)
You should be proud, that You made it! ;-)
04. Jan 2014 · 06:27 CET
Great interpretation of the theme. The graphics are awesome and the gameplay is intriguing, I love it ! I made it to day 24 but ran out of rations ;) Great work !
05. Jan 2014 · 07:36 CET
This is one of the best games I've seen this LD. You guys must have been really, really inspired by Papers Please (even the art style too!).
Nevertheless, this is a complete experience, and I'm stunned how you guys pulled it off in 72 hours!
06. Jan 2014 · 12:32 CET
Awesome, I really enjoyed the overall mood of the game. :)