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    April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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    Mr.No's Laboratory - Helco - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    You are a 'volunteer' in a laboraty.
    You want to get out?
    Hack yourself your way through consoles and doors to the freedom!

    <ARROW KEYS> - move
    <SPACE> - activate
    <ESCAPE> - escape (from the game for the moment)

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    lanoiadimuu says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:11pm

    Nice and fun game, i loved the "hacking" system.

    Oh, and there's a typo in your readme: You are a 'volunteer' in a "laboroty".

    MurrayL says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:55pm

    Definitely took lots of inspiration from Portal ;)

    Pretty anticlimactic at the end, but that was a very fun, original puzzle game!

    My only complaint would be that it was sometimes quite difficult to get through the doorways - especially the very last one (before the final room).

    Tom 7 says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:05am

    The chip puzzle was a clever one, and I had fun with that. Moving around the game world was frustrating because my dude moved so fast (2,600 fps!) and even lining my character up with 1-width corridors was hard. Same went for the chip editor (is that an AT-AT walker? :)). The puzzles would have been more pleasant if I had just moved in discrete increments! Also, I didn't understand why the puzzles often involved symmetric pieces, like I was solving the same puzzle twice.

    Portal influence is transparent but I do like the talking computer. :)

    Helco says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:26pm

    @lanoiadimuu: Oh thanks :) I'll update right now
    @MurrayL: I planned to make the end longer but I could start just 3-4 hours for ending, but I'll try to make the collision for the player smaller.
    Thanks to you for reporting this bug, cause I use a similar timer system in another game, but with the other updates I'll enable VSync (60-75 FPS).

    Helco says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:30pm

    Just saw that I can not submit a patch without changing the original file link (I think that would not be fair) ?
    But I'm updating and submit right after the judging ends.

    blob says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:01pm

    Very nice puzzle. I wished they were getting a bit more complex near the end, but it was fun to go through.
    The controls were a bit glitchy and too fast.

    You can put a separate download ( i think you can rename the download links, just rename it to post mortem version.)

    Helco says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 6:47pm

    You got an upgrade!
    I changed the whole movement system to the system I original wanted to do but I was too lazy to implement it, but here you have it: a smooth tile-based movement
    And please say if the speed bug is gone.
    Tomorrow (UTC+01:00) I will make a blog post for the timer problem because of other games of mine which use it, because I don't have an idea to solve it forever without using the non-cross-platform nanosecond API of windows

    triplefox says ...
    Apr 29, 2012 @ 11:41am

    It was a faster process to place wires before the post-compo version.

    The speech is only playing on the left channel. Painful on headphones.

    Puzzles were okay, I got through them without any trouble, but this type of puzzle and scenario has definitely been done before.

    BlackBulletIV says ...
    May 7, 2012 @ 3:54am

    Nice! The hacking system was clever, though it took me a while to figure out its rules. Tiled movement would've greatly decreased the frustrations I had with moving around. For example, I had trouble placing connectors in the right spot when hacking, and trouble getting through door ways.

    The Microsoft Sam voice was a bit annoying, and the game would've definitely benefited from some ambient sounds or music.

    Anyway, the game definitely needs some polish, but its got some good concepts.

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