Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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by Kortuga - Compo Entry


Thanks N427 for Oculus Rift support! You can download the Rift-compatible
version of Milgram here:

This is Milgram, a game about pressing one button or the other button. There are three endings to find.

Just follow the given orders (if you want) and click on things (by centering them on the screen and clicking) to interact with them (Buttons, chairs, doors, etc.). WASD to move, and you can hold down ESC to free the mouse cursor.

The web player is a little slow! If you get a white screen, just give it a
second to load. If you don't have a stellar internet connection, please
consider downloading the game to play. The .zip is about 20MB (Mostly

This game contains cinematics that include flashing lights and patterns. If
those are things that make you upset in any way, you have been warned.

This game contains crappy voice acting, which includes some cussin'.

There are two "normal" endings and one SUPER SECRET ENDING. Comment below if you found it!


EDIT: First-night voting's over for me; thanks to everyone who rated and commented, and thanks for all the positive feedback, it really means a lot!

Downloads and Links




Thembi says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:14am

I was unable to click on anything.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:17am

Very clever interpretation of the 2-button theme.

realbogart says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:17am

Nice to see some voice acting! Cool game

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:18am

Amazing! I am hesitant to spoil what I found. I don't think I found the super secret ending. Maybe. There was a long speech and I really didn't know what was going to happen and then.. !

socapex says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:19am

Wow! So good :D

OccamsRazor says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:19am

That was, without a doubt, one of the coolest LD entries I've ever played. Just extremely cool all around - reminded me a lot of games like The Stanley Parable.

Need to play other games, but I'm definitely coming back to try and get more endings!

Only complaint was, ya, the controls/clicking was a little clunky at times. Took me a while to get myself sitting down :P

JamesMowery says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:20am

I really liked this. I didn't get to explore all the endings, but it's pretty good. The only issue is that the controls are a bit tough on the web version, especially when you can't see your mouse cursor. I'm sure it's a limitation of the web version though, so no worries. But all good! Thanks for putting this together!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:20am

I'd love to try this one, but it just came up with an error
uncaught exception: TypeError: invalid arguments : jsStackTrace@

HolyBlackCat says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:21am

I found your secret ending.
I'm not a big fan of this kind of plots, but the game is not bad, good job. Also, nice mood.

Alarmed Dino says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:21am

Love it! i know the psychological experiments this was based on ;)

hd_ says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:22am

Unfortunately either due to my headphones being busted or the web version not doing so, the sound for the screams wasn't coming through. But very cool otherwise !

RyanMan56 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:22am

Loved the voice acting! And loved the wrong ending! Nice job

hd_ says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:23am

Oh, and on the web version the button press isn't exactly centered on the screen.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:26am

Amazing Game. Especially the fact that it's based off a real psychological experiment. And the multiple endings were great.

mf1214 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:26am

Very eerie. Nice voice acting too.

Move127 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:27am

I should have known what was coming when I saw the title. That was awesome. The voice acting was great.

cxsquared says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:41am

I really enjoyed this and didn't not see that special ending coming. It was a nice take on the theme and you did a good voice over.

sydan says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:48am

Brilliant voice over. Very impressive concept. Amazing hidden ending. 5 stars.

zatch says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:09am

Really nice presentation!

Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:19am

Excellent work.

pixelguff says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:22am

Haha. great work. I found the secret ending! :)

krashja says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:46am

Nice Work!!

zybit says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:47am

Took a while to figure out how to sit, the hitbox was bit higher than expected. The rest of it was pretty cool though. +1 for the history lesson.

misson20000 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:25am

That was amazing. The only thing is that it's kinda hard to aim at the buttons properly sometimes

trueboolean says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:26am

The voice acting is pretty good. Nice secret ending, you totally got me.

Fanttum says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:51am

Solid idea. And I deff agree on downloading it to make things faster, but having the web option there is nice. Not much "gameplay" really here. Made me think of a watered down Stanley parable maybe.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:24am

Nice concept and voice acting. Definitely one of my favourite interpretations of the "two button" theme

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:36am

Wow. I would say something else, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else.
Unfortunately, I found the secret ending first...
But great idea.

irwatts says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:18am

Other than minor mouse targeting issues, this was fantastic. Voice acting may be first pass, but there is a surprising amount of it and it messaged fine. Awesome style!

bazz_boyy says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:48am

Hey, Nicly designed game. I didn't like the dialogue though or the story or whatever you wanna call it. I could see where you were going with it. Very well executed.

Evannex says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:12am

Great game! I got all three endings. The chair was a little hard to click on though.

John Drury says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:14am

Great work on audio! Loved the idea you played out in this game. Hope that you actually take the data and share online on who pressed red and green :D

Arowx says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:03am

Nice Work.

Classic experiment (might have taken it too far thought), but you missed the impact of having an authority figure in a white coat with a clipboard give you the test.

Also needs an aiming crosshair/dot, interaction highlighting or a bump into to get onto chair thing.

SvenFrankson says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:12am

Great work !

Remicy says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:14am

Really love this! I found all of endings! great job!

Cyranh says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:56pm

I was playing this and I thought to myself "this is one of those experiments that actually happend right?" before the narrator even brought it up. This just recreates the experiment perfectly. Great game, perfect execution.

Gins says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:04pm

That was quite an experience!
Found all three endings, great voice acting :D

nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:30pm

Stanley's Parody like game. So many good recorded dialogs! This is a very nice entry to this Jam.

Kapura says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:24pm

Wonderful interpretation of the theme! I had trouble sitting in the chair for some reason; maybe having just a dot crosshair would be useful. Other than that it was a fantastic execution!

Huginn18 says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:37pm

Great game but little crosshair would be nice.

peterthehe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:11pm


IAmSpencer says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:53pm

hahahaha you motherfucker, you actually made me jump with the secret ending haha

very cool and interesting game, the voice acting was actually pretty good and funny enough to make me find all 3 endings. Nice simple idea/concept, but executed very well. A very good Ludum Dare submission,

Excellent job! :)

RhythmLynx says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:11pm

Strong Stanley Parable vibes from this, great job!

BuffaloPhil says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:54pm

Great setting! Very cool

Zeezgames says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:11pm

By far my favorite game i have seen...

The whole test subject was amazing way of the two button controls :) i loved being in the electric chair ad jumping when the voltage hit me lol

Well Done!

Zarkith says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:20pm


That third ending got me so hard, well done! XD

Riftpoint says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:32pm

Wow! This game is very cool! Really liked the mood

Ildfuglen says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:53pm

This was a lot of fun! :D

punkto says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:49pm

Very interesting... experiment. Very nice use of voice. Congrats!

Blake_Lead says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:55pm

That is a neat game. Very Pro

aeveis says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:15am

Very nice voice acting and writing! I thought the writing for the secret ending was not as good, up until the ending.

iantttianttt says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 5:55am

john cena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That scared me~

walaber says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:28am

nice work! cool to see voice acting (and it's pretty good too!). Multiple endings make it fun to play through a few times trying different things.

AdamAlexander says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:05am

Very cool! I thought this game made excellent use of the two buttons and was hilarious and informative. Very well done!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 7:16am

Incredible. That secret ending was simply amazing.

logon13 says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:24am

Wow the voice acting is amazing. I really love the models you have used.

Pete_H says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:57am

Great entry! Voice acting & art are superb, read about those experiments recently, very interesting stuff! Didn't find the 3rd ending :( & a cross hair would have been handy!

CaptainRed_ says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:17pm

I enjoyed this entry, great concept, keep up the good work.

MintArcade says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:43pm

Very well executed. I mean theme, of cource. ;)
Averythings is seems very polished. Need more endings...

Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:48pm

This is awesome! Great take on the theme.
It could be a bit more dramatic in the end and the mouse input wasn't clear enough. At first I ran around the room trying to sit down. However you can only sit down if you're behind the chair. That was a bit confusing. Maybe just add a point in the center of the screen with a mouse symbol when you can click something.

Yamzho says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 4:17pm

That is a strong experience !

recursor says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:08pm

Wow. That guy was evil. I was disturbed, and I couldn't continue to push the red button. I was hooked the minute the experiment was explained though. A very neat idea and well executed.

pjimmy says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 12:45am

hey doc, where's my money?! :D

Split82 says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:48am

Amazing. Really amazing :) Great voice acting.

AdWARDS says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 4:04am

Good concept, but the plot and atmosphere could have be better though, it seems too “just as expected" somehow

KunoNoOni says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:27am

BEST.GAME.EVAR! LOL! I truly loved this game, found the super secret ending as my first ending. Also got the other 2 and laughed the whole time I was play! The voice acting really draw you in. Well Done Sir! :D

Ithildin says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:36am

I already knew about the experiment, so I was kind of expecting most of what I saw in the game (!!!), but still, I LOVE the entry: you've taken a deep, interesting topic, applied a very fitting mechanic and created a very solid entry, with awesome voice acting. Congratulations!

Kenneth Ng says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:09am

Absolutely hilarious. Did not see that coming, for all endings.

Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:22am

Really awesome entry! Really made me question myself. I literally jumped out of my seat on the secret ending. The voice acting was quite good.

vortex says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:23pm

Found someone else who had a similar idea to me :)
I really liked your game, and how it looks and sounds.
The first time I played, I only had my left earphone in my ear, so I didn't get what was going on.

I replayed the game while writing this comment, because it bugged me, that I only found two endings...
Guess whose Humor score just went up to 5 stars!!!!
Really great game

batmanasb says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:54pm

Gawd damn it, you got me so good! This might be more hilarious than The Stanley Parable!

Codexus says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 8:58pm

The title kinda spoiled it. Good voice acting!

Pusty says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:01pm

the narration is amazing! I had so much fun! This game is very well made, I wish more games would be like this one :D

Dec 18, 2015 @ 9:46pm

I want to be polite as I can. Please, don't take it close to your heart. I know, sometimes truth can hurt. But to be honest, your game is fucking awesome.

Donar says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:02pm

Dude, you heared that a lot but this is awesome. So far my favourite.

It might not be the game with the most complicated code or the best 3D Models but that doesn't really matter, does it? You did a great job on the voice acting, it didn't get boring just listening to you and well, the secret ending blew my mind ... I was not expecting that.

jsmars says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 11:57pm

Great take on the theme and well executed! Would be nice to be able to skip dialog second time around to try to find alternative endings..

ssodelta says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:49am

Omg I got a chok maan !! Hahaha...nice game tho. And Really nice voice acting! ;) top noch

Rfdshir says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:53am

The game cuts to the quick. Small, simple, but with meaning and atmosphere. Something that I like!

Verrazano says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 1:56am

the new rick roll...

Kortuga says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 6:24am

Hey everybody, thank you for your comments and kind words - I placed this submission in my personal portfolio that was submitted to colleges as a body of work, and it's my strongest piece to date; as of today I've been accepted to my top choice game design program and I just wanted to thank people like the LD community for giving me the confidence and support I need to pursue my passion.

Thank you all.

rijnswand says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:23pm

Awesome! Your secret ending gave me a big scare! :D

Jwatt says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 5:59pm

Well, this was a pretty memorable entry. I guess this sort of stuff can come from the two-button theme too.

I found the third ending too. List of things I didn't expect: that fucking thing.

Kortuga says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 7:28pm

Hey everybody, thank you for your comments and kind words - I placed this submission in my personal portfolio that was submitted to colleges as a body of work, and it's my strongest piece to date; as of today I've been accepted to my top choice game design program and I just wanted to thank people like the LD community for giving me the confidence and support I need to pursue my passion.

Thank you all.

Dec 19, 2015 @ 9:42pm

I loved this. It seemed like The Stanley Parable. If you haven't played it, please DO. I got so scared with one of the endings hahah!
Thanks for this!

Bumblepie says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 4:06am

Story games like this one always impress me. I have no idea how people manage to find the time to write stories during the short time in the jam. I would definitely recommend that everyone tries to find all 3 endings, or else you won't really appreciate this. One suggestion would be to be able to skip some dialogue you've already listened to.

Dec 20, 2015 @ 4:10am

Someone in our stream posted this to play (and later owned up to it not being their game) but super glad we played. THe Secret ending was quite....Unexpected. Worth. Great entry, and the voice acting was spot on. Good story/mood/environment/etc.

Dreyan says ...
Dec 21, 2015 @ 3:43am

Fantastic game. Loved the writing, and based on a really interesting topic. Congrats!

Dec 21, 2015 @ 6:47am

Super creepy. Title is a bit of a spoiler though. Loved the colour blind assistance!

publicidadeba says ...
Dec 24, 2015 @ 1:53am

This is going to my second TOP5 list for sure!

batmanasb says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 7:50am

Hey Kortuga, I know this is a little weird but do you have a twitter account? I wanna follow you ;)

randomhuman says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 4:00pm

Funny stuff, loved the voice acting and the art style.

Jan 3, 2016 @ 12:05pm

That was excellent, good job. Really enjoyed the voice work and the unique take on the theme.

rayriver says ...
Jan 6, 2016 @ 4:32am

Really awesome!
I thought the super secret ending is like Prisoner's Dilemma or something...

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