Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Ghost in the Machine

by Alice - Compo Entry

And here is my first ever Ludum Dare entry, and coincidentally also my first ever Twine game.

Ghost in the Machine

Oh my god, someone's finally here.
This isn't a game and I need your help!

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PaperBlurt says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:07am

Great first Twine.
Like the meta angle very much.

Junber says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:53am

Interessting game with a lot of good ideas. Also while reading the dirt on my screen looked like a face from the corner of my eyes making the atmosphere even scarier :D But I cant really see the connection to the theme.

jsmars says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:35am

Wow awesome start! At first I thought someone went and abused the LD submissions, great little story, would be great with some music maybe :)

sliphtrex says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:00am

I don't often get hooked in text adventures but I actually played this one all the way through twice. I could hear the Renaissance music in my mind. I admit I had a hard time finding the relation to the theme, but mine doesn't have all too much to do with the theme either.

oranebeast says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:04am

An interesting idea. Nice lil humor pieces also.

syawqy says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 9:20am

this is great, keep me entertained till the end
and make me searching for another ending

Hammers says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:42am

Great little game. I like the many layers to the meta elements of your story :)

Muffin says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:47am

Very nice!

ajopart says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 12:19pm

I deleted the princess !!

benmcnelly says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:41pm

OK, twine is seriously cool. Good work and you have some serious skills, can't wait to see what you do next ludum dare!

RobotParking says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:28am

Very cool first entry! Twine is super fun to work with.

jukimv1986 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:19am

I am here to help!

Good first entry to a Ludum Dare and first Twine Game. It is quite amazing the number of branches it may have, would be great if one could grade a game based on its story. I played it once and won, but got the sad ending I guess. Will try again now. Keep up participating in LDs!!

sathorn says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:57pm

Pretty cool game. Although it doesn't fit the theme at all :D

Taldius says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:36pm

Really nice game, it has a Stanley Parable feeling. Also being a text based game make it really apart from a lot of game that I've played so this is a good point.
Great job!

rburema says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:39pm

toughts: [a bit spoilery!]
- not sure if 'fun' is the right word (not with that ending), and I've only rated very few games at this point, but this was the more memorable experience of them
- I'm having a bit of trouble connecting the game to the theme, though ... was the delete button supposed to be the unconventional weapon?
- "How do you get dust in a game? Messy coding?" :-D

zzForrest says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:43pm

Great game, but not really sure how it relates to the theme. Awesome writing, but the parts about the castle feeling familiar are a little bit cheesy, and could have been left out (unless I'm missing some sort of underlying story).

KhaoTom says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 6:56pm

Interesting twist! It gets a bit dark at the end but I think I see what you were going for. Would like if you had more time to explore the theme a bit more in terms of more actions that the player needed to perform for the princess. I appreciated all the bits where you interact with her though, checking on her emotional state and such. It's nice work, well done!

skylerWithAnE says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:19pm

10/10 Would delete again.

OberynMartell says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:56pm

Great story, but i cant find the theme in there!

Hambone says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:04pm

Nice entry!

jdselsor says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:18pm

I loved the idea! So cool.

novadream says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:18pm

Very clean looking text game. :)
The story got pretty dark, I wonder if there's a happy ending?

dunin says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:20pm

Good story, music could add a lot of emotion.

BeardoGames says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:20pm

Really well done and thought provoking. I wasn't quite sure at any point how it would work out, and I ended up being completely surprised by the ending. Nice work!

shrapx says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:25pm

It seemed quite well written, I almost thought it was real. The princess was a bit more detailed than usual 2D princesses ^_^

WiErD0 says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 10:26pm

Lol, I didn't realize that I was suppose to click the thing that said, "Time passes for a few moments pass and you watch a blank screen," so I just sat their looking at my screen for like 3 minutes. Seriously, though, that is the best text-based game I have ever played. Great idea, what I played was a good length of time (about 25 minutes, I think) for a LD game, but I did burn to death because I'm a bad, unworthy person... (IF ANYONE IS READING THIS, DON'T STEP ON THE PLATFORM!!!) Very innovative game!

Dreyan says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:22pm

Intriguing story, and considering I'm not usually one for text adventures I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this one through to the end.

Wertle says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 1:58am

I liked how you explored the relationship of what was happening in-game and the role the player had to take, that the player could will things just by saying them. It's something that we don't really disconnect from when we play games so it was an interesting touch. It was a little vague on connection to the theme. This is not to do with your game specifically, but a general Twine musing, I wish there were a way to see how many possible branches there were in a game, to see how much more there would be to explore. Nice work!

Apr 23, 2015 @ 4:18am

Great first Twine experience. Some repetitiveness, but that's to be expected with the medium. Good work overall and keep at it!

Apr 23, 2015 @ 9:56am

Found that kinda creepy (in a good way) - thanks for making it.

The concept reminded me of Only You Can Save Mankind (although I read that a decade or so ago so I could be misremembering) but felt a lot darker.

Really good!

raisedmedia says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 11:50am

I always enjoy text based games like there. I enjoyed your take on it.

Aaranos says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 6:17am

Really neat idea for a story.

tajger says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 11:52am

Fun meta-game idea, but what about the Unconventional Weapon theme? I guess, I did not get it.

Nikteddy92 says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:39pm

Nice, an old style textual adventure!
Nice Entry!

Apr 25, 2015 @ 6:11am

very engaging text based adventure.... but it really didn't hit the theme one bit...

Xanjos says ...
Apr 27, 2015 @ 5:11pm

Firstly, congrats on completing your 1st Ludum Dare. Anyway, this was actually really good for a Twine game and the story was very engaging (I liked the whole game within a game approach).

markusfisch says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 2:18pm

Reading the first couple of lines, I was hooked! Great story! Well done!

caryoscelus says ...
May 11, 2015 @ 10:19am

Wanted to write about connection to theme, but i'll just skip that as everybody seems to have written about that already :)

It could be not completely original (i just wanted to mention a VN built around similar concept, but that would be spoiling it, ha-ha), but this kind of thing is rare enough to enjoy. I really liked it.

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