Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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They Came in the Night

by kakuremino - Compo Entry

A game where you play as a captured monster. The goal is to learn some human language and escape your captors. To play (Windows) download the zip-file, unzip in desired location, and run game.exe. If you are not running Windows, the game needs Ruby 1.9.3 and some recent version of the Gosu gem.

The game was made using Ruby with Gosu. Ocra was used to create the executable. Gimp and Paint for graphics. Audacity and MilkyTracker for sound.

If you are stuck, compare correctly guessed words with their garbled counterparts.
Controls: Mouse, enter to advance some messages, arrow keys (up/down) to jump backwards and forwards in time.

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jlnr says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:44pm

Absolutely loved the music on headphones, great atmosphere! I'm not sure if I understood all the mechanics - pulling words out of the aether or answering the question didn't do anything, but I decoded all the human talk and finished the game anyway :)

shawn42 says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:32pm

Nice to see another Gosu submission! I really liked the puzzle aspect of the game. I completed all the text (I think) but couldn't figure out how to escape. Very cool game!

TackoramaLtd says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:21pm

Please compile for other platforms. Pretty please.

Waterman7 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:22pm

Really interesting concept, I enjoyed it very much! Also loved the mood set by the abstract graphics and music. Well done!
I didn't finish it though, having to wait for a whole minute for each word got tedious pretty quickly. :/

kakuremino says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:34pm

Thanks for playing everyone!

TackoramaLtd: Packaging up Ruby applications for non-Windows systems has been problematic, though I might look again for a solution.

Waterman7: No need to wait to find words, the once a minute ability is simply there to help if you are stuck. It it is possible to figure out words without using it.

HolyBlackCat says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:58pm

Can't launch it, getting `This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.`. Windows 7 x64.

UrbanHelsing says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:15pm

I only get runtime error for windows

cynicalmonkey says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:32pm

well it took me 3 rooms to get a pen and paper out, most unique game I have played yet

GraciCebola says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:36pm

Cool music, but about the mechanic, didn't quite get it...

Empyrealhell says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:26pm

Fantastic use of ciphers as a game mechanic. Absolutely love it, just wish there was more.

ZYXer says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 11:53pm

Really fun game, quite an atmosphere you create with the music and the story. I was really disappointed when it ended, I could have gone on for a few more "times".

This is a great way to tell the story. Having to decypher all the things being said gets you quite hooked to the story.

Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:07am

Innovative game - certainly different for a Ludum Dare. Enjoyed playing it and got to the end!

Darkflint says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 7:02pm

Great! Just like cynicalmonkey i took out pen and paper. That were some really unique minutes of the LD for me!

schnerble says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 7:12pm

This is an awesome idea! I enjoyed figuring out the puzzle. Great work!

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