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Pickle Simulator! - Kajam Submission
IMightBeMe

Introduction

Pickle Simulator!!!! At this point, you're probably wondering, what the heck even is Pickle Simulator? Well take some time and imagine that you're a young entrepreneur looking to make their way into the pickle business. That's exactly it, you're tasked with managing a humble pickle shop in this turn-based simulator!

Credits go to @IMightBeMe and @IMayBeMe, a duo of two friends working on a submission for kajam.

STOP!!!!

Before you zip ahead to go right ahead and play the game, let me warn you that Pickle Simulator is far from simple and that you should carefully read over the instructions. Failing to do so will probably result in some random bug that we didn't catch in the limited timeframe of the jam.

Also very important, please try to input everything correctly as we couldn't filter every input due to school and having one week to make this.

Instructions

I'm going to save you the time from paragraphs upon paragraphs of instructions so let's just go through this bullet form. To start, off we have some basic metrics:

  • Cash: You can figure this one out
  • Customer Satisfaction: Determines how likely people are to buy your pickles. Some very fancy algorithms were written by @IMayBeMe and @IMightBeMe for the fluctuations in satisfaction.
  • Products: The total number of finished products you have ready to sell
  • Pickles Per Jar (PPJ): The number of pickles per jar. The more pickles per jar that you have will result in customers being willing to pay more for the finished product.
  • Price: The price you set for each finished product. Now you might want to pay some attention cause people are very specific about what they believe is fair value (once again @IMayBeMe for some cool algorithms). Essentially people expect to pay a dollar more than manufacturing costs, so $1 for the jar + PPJ * $0.25 (each pickle cost a quarter) + $1 (for profit). Use this formula to your advantage.

Next up we have some business actions:

  • Accuse competitors: This has a high rate of failure but can reward you with great customer satisfaction if a competitor's shop closes down.
  • Advertisements: This costs money but is likely to succeed and will gain your customer satisfaction.
  • Source cheaper jars: You can source cheaper jars from shady places which can save you some money but also can lead to failure.
  • Upgrade Packaging: Cheap to do and almost guaranteed to work. Gains customer satisfaction.
  • Talk to customers: Free to do and can increase customer satisfaction if people find you to be pleasing but can also turn people off.

Moving on we have a mail system:

  • Most of the mail you receive will be junk (ads, scams, postcards, random garbage)
  • Some mail could be important though such as receiving a notice from an investor or an angry letter from some Karen.
  • Long story short, just read over the mail and be aware of it.

Lastly, there is the feedback:

  • Essentially just a basic thought from your customers about the prices. Take it into consideration for the next day

Note: The game ends if you fall below 0 dollars.

Closing

Sorry if this felt a bit short as we were stretched on time, but don't hesitate to ask any questions or give feedback in the comments. Hope you enjoy Pickle Simulator!

@MrVoo you might be interested :P

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Comments
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bigminiboss

I took out my comment and I didn't mean to advertise just to say ;)

IMayBeMe

@bigminiboss oh ok no problem, yours is pretty cool

MrVoo

Bootiful :> Maybe change up the inputs since replit renders them weird though, like print it and then have an empty input

IMayBeMe

@MrVoo Thanks! I think full screen should help but I'll look into that.

IMayBeMe

@MrVoo also is the is what you would consider to be the perfect pickle simulator

MrVoo

@IMayBeMe All pickle simulators are perfect :)

unless it's really ugly
IMayBeMe
IMayBeMe

Best game ever made! 100% unbiased opinion.