Here is my entry for the JGO Comp 2008. It was submitted to the Tome on time, although this post won't be.
The concept is that you're an American during the Cold War who is living in lovely suburbia. Naturally, the most important thing to you is how your home looks, with the trimmed state of the lawn coming in a close second. The Russkies have decided to bomb the United States - in fact, they are dropping a bomb very near by. You heard about how the outlines of people were forever etched on buildings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki - this gives you an idea. In order to keep your house safe, you must pile up as much junk on the side of the house as possible. The blast will therefore incinerate all the piled junk (including possible children), rather than leaving a mark on your home.
Your tools are your ingenuity, and your extraordinary ability to act like a disembodied hand. Left click to pick up objects and drop them, or put them into your inventory. Right click to pick up and then throw an item (or left-click). While holding an object, press < or > to rotate it.
You can also break certain items apart and combine others. To break something, fill only the first inventory slot, then press the hammer button. If it's breakable, its pieces will fill up the two slots. If it's not, nothing will happen. To combine something, fill the two slots with the items you want to combine, then click the glue button. If successful, the items will combine into the left slot.
Some items can be stuck onto the side of the house (nails and bubblegum, for example) in order to help position and stabilize things. There is a certain very nice object that keeps objects stuck fast on the wall with no budging, but most will have a little bit of sway. To put these objects onto the side of the house, left click them to pick them up and then let go where you want them. You won't be able to move them again. To attach other objects to them, left click those objects and let them go on top of what you stuck on the wall.
At the end of the game (when the Russians bomb you), you will be told what percentage of the house you covered, and an image showing the outlines on your house will be saved in home/.ALastingImpression/house.png. It would be cool if people would take this image and show everyone how well you did online.
And I think that's it. I didn't have time for a tutorial, but I recorded it all in a timelapse that I will compile together shortly. I still had a lot of features I wanted to add, but that's life, right?
Please find my game on the Tome and vote on it as part of the contest. Also, you can play it here:PLAY HERE WITH WEBSTART