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Life: The Cynical-Hipster-Tetris Version

by Tim Kaldor - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is a game about life, it will make you think, it will make you laugh, for all the wrong reasons but that's what Ludum Dare is all about. Have fun.

P.S. I love feedback, leave comments or tweets, tell me whats good, tell me whats bad and tell me how I've changed your life.

"I was going to make a cool game with lasers but I blinked and the evil fairy-godhipster waved his magic mix-tape, the next thing I knew I was madly working away on Cynical Life Tetris."

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Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:17am

I liked it. I was expecting death when there were no moves left, and I wished I could see the full shape of a block. The mechanics and how they relate to the story are great, and have greater potential still.

kcpunk666 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:39am

awesome! period or I guess an exclamation.

xaedes says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:47am

Very nice game. Reminded me of anti chamber with all the story^^

dbro says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:06am

Fun game, keep up the good work!

Snail_Man says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:07am

Nice game. It did make me think, but I don't have a Twitter :P.
Seriously though, nice idea, good execution.

eskivor says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:18am

Interesting. It would be bettet with music & sound ;)

ParaPup says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:36am

Not to bad aleast you made effort

SnoringFrog says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:03am

Very interesting and thought provoking. Although the "you can't play again" message is very easily defeated by refreshing the page. :P

ThatGuy says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:09am

Interesting way of introducing philosophy in the framework of a game.

Kruithne says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:14am

Started playing this game and just lost track of time, really nice.

lucars83 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:16am

Interesting, but I got board around age 40

Vanish says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:18am

I liked it, would've been nice to have more of an explanation as to what the blocks did, but I guess that's the point.

Zolmeister says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:18am

Inspiring, really great idea and execution.

mcgraw says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:27am

Well, that was neat. Great work here!

funktor says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:36am

very cool game! love to play things like this

torcado194 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:00am

pretty interesting!

kirbytails7 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:25am

Very interesting...A very good cynical Tetris reflection of life.
Agreed that some simple background music would be very helpful.

GameRespect says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:15am

An extremely well put together game. The thoughts and symbolism found inside are absolutely wonderful to experience, and the game mechanics are quite interesting as well. Will not be surprised if this is my favourite LD game I play this time. Awesome job mate.

ossah says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:55am

Cool game! One of the more unique games I have played thus far! Kudos on coming up with something different.
some sound effects/music would definitely have added to the experience but pretty cool none the less.

Tim Kaldor says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:17am

Thanks everybody, glad you liked it. I would have loved to do sound but unfortunately at 4:30am, I was still wracking my brain to come up with cynical commentary, composing beautiful music was the furthest thing from my mind.

Xeke_Death says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:40am

I did my sound at 4:30 am, so that is no excuse... :P

I crushed the hopes and dreams of a few red circles, but only because I wanted to see if the game said something beyond the first comment...

I must say I was not expecting my life to come crashing down at 18...

ShinSH says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:21pm

Fun, but I was disappointed that doing one full line would do nothing... The rest of the game is really interesting and it kept me in until the very end.

Reicher says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:12pm

Really nice game!

weazen says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:34pm

Wow. I loved this game. Good job!

henrykun says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 2:49pm

This is a very creative idea. It made me curious about what would happend at the end of the game and it's very nice :).

JackBid says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 3:19pm

A very interesting idea, I enjoyed it!

lorniebear says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 4:39pm

I like the humour!

Zerkruemler says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:11pm

Very interesting. First I thought I could learn the rules, but then just enjoyed the 'story'. Nice work and good implementation.

bukt says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:33pm

Absolutelly great. It was really great to play, and really hard to reflect ourself.

Thank you, it's brilliant.

MrP123 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 5:37pm

Very interesting concept. That was a lot of fun.

Thank you!

Solluxx says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:33pm

Cool premise. I was rather confused, I'm still pretty confused. What does it all mean!

sam1373 says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 6:59pm

This was amazing!

Chris Mondok says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:00pm

What an interesting game. I especially like when I was told that it wasn't as easy as it looked, that got a laugh out of me. I'm not entirely sure why I died, though.

Graphics are crisp and clean.

gupta_shvm says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:11pm

Very interesting game! Probably the best one I've played the Ludum Dare!

xgeovanni says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:18pm

I think there's a deeper, subtler message conveyed in this. Something about twitter.

Tim Kaldor says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:40pm

@Chris Mondok - My Answer: death often comes when you least expect it. The truth: it was late, I was tired and I ran out of witty remarks.

@xgeovanni - congratulations, you discovered the metagame.

Symmeteer says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:44pm

"The secret to happiness is making games." Well said! I had fun.

occash says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 7:48pm

Thanks for fun!

Mnemusyne says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:16pm

It was unfortunate that I had to click on create/copy every time. 2deep4tetris.

tommakesgames says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:22pm

Really enjoyed this one - excellent. Your lack of witty remarks early in the morning was witty in and of itself! You have my twitter patronage also. It made me laugh and think. This is what Ludum Dare games should be like.

Croze says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:04pm

Nice game, but the mouse was incredibly laggy and made it kind of hard to play, other than that great job!!

Ray_Mickelino says ...
Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:17pm

Good Job. It was very philosophical and interesting. I do wish it had some sound, but it's pretty nice anyways.

Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:40pm

I liked this game, it made me think loads. Great spin on tetras. I included it in my Ludum Dare 28 video compilation series, if you'd like to take a look :)

Garrick says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:45am


Lustdante says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:49am

I like the plot twist created by adding gravity. That was truly genius!

DanielSnd says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 2:50am

Very nice, unique version of tetris.

broepi says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 1:45pm

Wow, that was weird. I'm not entirely sure, wath I was doing in my pointless life of colored squares, maybe that's how life really is.

broepi says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 1:47pm

I <3'd your humor, need to copy it!

Therrato says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 3:51pm

Nice game, maybe short keys for the buttons would be nice though

Daniel Debert says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 4:37pm

Well made. It was only hard to me for making religions. Rest was easy.

Pixelbear says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 5:25pm

An interesting little game with a nice message. The twist of screwing over the dots you tried to help was neat. Could've done with some atmospheric audio, and at one point I managed to get a 3 piece shape. That's not a tetromino! ;P

ambi says ...
Dec 17, 2013 @ 11:12pm

Very interesting concept. I guess we all like to be reminded of our own mortality.

Pixelulsar says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 3:00am

Wonderful idea it was fun and intersting, I really liked it.

Piat says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:29pm

Most certainly the best attempt at a deep game I've seen this jam. Great work, I will say the "create block" felt a bit redundant though.

madflame991 says ...
Dec 18, 2013 @ 9:06pm

You got such a simple idea as tetris and made it into a game about life itself - a job well done!

KunoNoOni says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 2:06am

That was the most unique version of tetris I've ever played :)

drludos says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:58am

Awesome game! It made think, so I followed you on Twitter! :)

I really enjoyed how deep it was while remaining entertaining - outstanding entry!

Will Edwards says ...
Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:14pm

Quite an absorbing game, but I never worked out a single thing about how it ticks. With time I just stopped looking at the score and went for pretty patterns.

I really was expecting more of a Conway's Game of Live aspect though.

DanielSnd says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 4:03am
Recorded my first impressions of the game :) (Wasn't really in a thinking mood, sorry xD)

drnick says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 1:54pm

The mechanics aren't very clear, but still it's very symbolic. Also, cynicism is the only correct look upon our life as humans.

Jiggawatt says ...
Dec 20, 2013 @ 1:59pm

The secret to happiness is making games.

NightShadow0 says ...
Dec 29, 2013 @ 6:55pm

This is brilliant, i love how you define your own goals while playing. At some point i decided the comfort of copying blocks was better than the challenge of creating them, which is interesting to think about.

Cake&Code says ...
Jan 6, 2014 @ 6:51pm

Really interesting game! I love the way the game builds and the story that sort of goes along with it. (Really reminds me of Thomas Was Alone while I was playing :3) Really enjoyed it! Great work!

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