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by garlicbread - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is a deceivingly simple puzzle game inspired by Rubik's cube. There are four levels of increasing difficulty. The game also features some minimalistic procedurally generated music that responds to the player's moves.

Use the mouse to click on the playing field, which moves a row or column of the grid.
Hold down the G key to see the goal you are trying to achieve. Circles with dark outlines are in the wrong place. Click on the arrows between levels to continue.

The windows zip file has an exe that is self-contained. Mac and Linux users need to download the LOVE game engine (free and lightweight) from love2d.org to open the .love file. It uses LOVE v0.8.0.

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AirRider3 says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:36am

Is there any level after level 2? Because I kind of got stuck there, and I wonder how much I am missing from the game. :/

Anyways, I enjoyed it very much, the procedurally generated music is very relaxing and a nice touch. You could easily turn this into a good App for touch devices. (Feels more natural to swipe the rows/columns)

Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:55pm

Interesting puzzle game, quite clever. Not colorblind-friendly though ^^

May 2, 2013 @ 2:27am

Sadly I can't even start it because it's not for Win 32 versions. :(

garlicbread says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:14pm

Thanks, AirRider3. There are 4 levels, and they do get more difficult as you go.

Alex, you're right that it's not colorblind-friendly. I seriously thought about that during the 48 hours, but decided to give myself freedom with the colors, as I had very little to work with in the bounds of minimalism. If I continue working on the game, I'll add an option for friendlier colors.

I think you can play on Win 32 ! Just not with the current windows EXE file. Here's how:
1) Download LOVE from love2d.org (free)
2) Download the .love file I listed for OS/X and Linux, and double-click that file.

That works because the .love file is basically a zip file containing the source code, and the only part that's specific to an OS is the LOVE game engine that's bundled with the windows version.

Sorry that I forgot about 32- vs 64-bit windows.

May 3, 2013 @ 5:51pm

Beautiful and elegant.

May 5, 2013 @ 1:12am

One of my favorites so far. Recommended for rubic's cube fans!

May 6, 2013 @ 12:10am

Beautiful! That was crafted with care, challenging, and very pretty. The piano sounds I made while I slid around the board were very delicate and great! I beat the game, for sure. Wow, this turns out to be one of my favourite games of the Dare.

May 6, 2013 @ 12:12am

Ha ha! little_polygon said it best: "recommended for rubic's cube fans". I just came out of a group theory course and was thinking about that while I played.

Sylvain.p says ...
May 14, 2013 @ 6:20pm

Good idea and atmospher and nice polished, but really hard too (wherre is the button for close the game)?

alts says ...
May 17, 2013 @ 7:26am

Really solid game. You're right in that it does play very similarly to a Rubik's cube. Made it to the fourth level, and just couldn't manage. I personally don't feel like Rubik's cubes are very good "games". I found myself progressing through the stages by mentally backtracking. I'm not personally fond of games that effectively ask you to run an algorithm in your head, but I can appreciate that this one is very well made. The lines (vertical and horizontal) as well as the rings communicate things very beautifully. Well done.

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