December 17th-20th, 2010
Theme: Discovery

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ancient codes

by acidninja - Competition Entry

ancient codes is a puzzle/shooter in which you try to crack an alien cipher. that's about all i am going to tell you here, because the point of the game is to figure out how to play the game. it's not really all that hard, and this ended up being more tangentially related to the theme than i would have liked.

hope you enjoy it regardless. i have included a kongregate link which has an online leaderboard.

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Ratings

#10Audio3.97
#53Graphics3.43
#97Fun2.83
#109Overall2.93
#155Humor1.87
#158Innovation2.43
#181Coolness1%
#191Community1.89
#229Theme1.90

Comments

recursor says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 2:43am

Hmmm...I kinda like this. I especially like the sound effects and the game over music.

stevejohnson says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 5:16am

I could only figure out the one very simple rule about adjacent symbols. Not much else...

Great audio. Even though you didn't make it.

acidninja says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 6:12am

Actually I did make all of the audio. I used Fruity Studio and a number of plugins..

Benjamin says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:06pm

If you can only see the matchx3 rule, play a bit more to understand the combo rule, it's clever :)

Moops says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 4:15pm

Music and sound effects were amazing

increpare says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 8:32pm

Atmosphere (audio/visual) is great, the pacing is a bit weird though - it takes a long time to die.

Danik says ...
Dec 20, 2010 @ 10:56pm

Top notch audio and atmosphere. Kind of hard to see if the yellow symbols were flashing or not.

Devenger says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 1:59pm

Well presented and with a good core mechanic (I assume that horizontal and vertical colour or shape matching were the only ways to trigger destroying the shapes?) that forces you to think tactically - very nice. But yeah, not that related to the theme.

Sos says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 5:33pm

I didn't actually get it but shooting around was fun and I got some points!

plams says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 7:59pm

Can't rate high on theme, and I don't enjoy these kinds of combination games. But the audio is gorgeous!

Fififox says ...
Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:28pm

The game is good, but for me the concept is not new, and there is no real discovery going on here: just looking at the game a few seconds let you tell what you have to do. The soundtrack is really good, though.

randomnine says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:43pm

I like the atmosphere you created with the audio here.

Endurion says ...
Dec 22, 2010 @ 3:50pm

Hmm.. The rules I could deduce are match-3 by color or shape. Also I have no idea what the charge-meter is for. I filled it but nothing happened.

alexlarioza says ...
Dec 31, 2010 @ 7:39pm

Nice touch. =] The sound effects were awesome.

krangGAMES says ...
Jan 5, 2011 @ 7:42am

TOTALLY digging the audio, 5 stars on that front! :D

Took a little bit to get all the nuances of the gameplay, but it was fun when I did. Enjoyable game, nice graphics and effects.

Couldn't really find the discovery theme in there, pacing was a little slow and it wasn't exactly the most 'original' game I've ever seen. Also, it took FOREVER to charge the bomb, and when I finally got it charged I was a little disappointed with the result. It was useful, but I wanted something a little more spectacular for the amount of time I put in charging.

Fun though, good overall, nice job. Killed a good 20 minutes, and will probably play again sometime in the future :)

Ryan says ...
Jan 8, 2011 @ 8:53am

This was fun, I liked the sounds it made, and the cool glowing rune-like shapes.

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