Ludum Dare 30 — August 22nd-25th, 2014 — Theme: Connected Worlds

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by doos - Jam Entry

The mystical lotus is an unusual artefact. Does it come from a distant alien culture? Was it created on Earth? What secrets does it hold?

Grey buttons move the circles. Pieces fit in outlines. Unlock all 6 stages for the hardest puzzle of all.

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Lacaranian says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:33am

Well done! Like a Rubiks cube, a puzzle with internal rules to figure out in order to align things. Got four of the six meself (failed the left and lower right), but that's enough for ol' me.

doos says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 6:51pm

That's one more than me.. I think the other two are possible, but I didn't manage it either. Final level is a 2x2 rubiks cube.. :)

Techblogogy says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:27pm

I love the idea of this puzzler

MyougaHiroshi says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:58pm

I can resolve the 4x4x4 Rubik's cube, but here i can't get through the second part >.< maybe because i can't imagine the moving of the pieces, and i'm just randomclicking

ratking says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:02pm

Awesomely complicated, I dig it!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:03pm

Cool, nice idea but I wasn't able to beat it, it was hard. I'm not sure how it fits the theme but good anyway

commodoreKid says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:05pm

A good puzzle game. Could be clearer (not easier) and graphics could help that actually.

TideS says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:06pm

I loved the idea, but game needs more visualization.

creative630 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:07pm

Phew, interesting concept! Really confusing though. I am really struggle to visualize what will happen.

Konrad Zegis says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:50pm

Hm, I was awful in normal Rubiks cube, and now I have Lotus to be awful at :D it's quite difficult to imagine how pieces will move after click.

Too bad there's no audio :(

brogrammers says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:04pm

Yes! I beat all the six levels! (proof:
The yellow one on the left was the most difficult.
Great game. It glued me to the monitor for a good hour.
At the start I hated the fact that there were not instructions or anything that explained what was going on pressing those gray buttons. I was about to quit after two minutes, but then I randomly solved a puzzle and the challenge just got me. And I understood the fact that I had to discover by myself what each button did.
One of the best puzzle games I've played.
Have this 5/5, you deserve it.

doos says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:42pm

That's amazing! I'm glad the last two are solvable.. ;)

In case anyone tries to complete it, I didn't get time to add the win condition logic to the 2x2..

plash says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 8:18am

Interesting puzzle. It wasn't entirely clear how the controls worked at first. I think what this needs is feedback to the player. Perhaps it's just my Linux, but I'm not getting any audio. Is there any? I think it is a crucial missing piece to this.


- The yellow outlines (and a few others) are very difficult differentiate on the white background.

doos says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 10:41pm

Yeah.. Maybe a hover over button change colour.. The yellow is hard to distinguish from the orange and the white.
I didn't have any time to do any sounds. I wasn't sure what kind of music would work with this.. Something.. Spacey? Mystical? I thought it would get tired and frustrating after a while.

OFF says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 10:09pm

Take a look to my game : same spirit! ;)

Connected... peoples! :D

I tried and it seems maybe much harder than mine, but i really like the idea, but without more hint it required a genious insight, or lucky to understand the rules. I figure the base of rotation but not why some pieces on other circle move when you move an other circle.

If you have other idea like that i think that they could merge inside a great puzzle aventure game like Myst or Schizm.

It make me think to that, a pure mecanisme that you have to manipulate : the puzzle is not the level, but the game itself.

Nice job, and nice graphics.

WetDesertRock says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 8:33pm

I like the idea of this puzzle, but it was hard to see what was going on, perhaps you need to add animation so I can track each piece when I move it. I like the idea though.

ethankennerly says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 9:44pm

The intersecting rings mesmerized me. If you continue to develop this, have you considered a tutorial on the controls and an animation of the button state and colored shape motion?

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