Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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The Physician

by Kernel Panic - Jam Entry

Be a caveman!
Be a doctor!

No wait, be both at once!

In this small game, you play as a Caveman Physician.
(undoubtebly a most prestigious one at that)

As is your job description, cavemen from the village come to you with health problems,
and you FIX them!
Of course, maybe you're a failure... and then the problems don't go away.

Or maybe you make a horrible mistake and accidentally kill them.
(no wait. Scratch that. Don't kill them please)

Or maybe you just like killing people, and wanna see if you can make everyone die!
(but only if you're a completionist. You don't get a special achievement for that. seriously)

Click objects to look or use them!
Read what they say!
Or don't!
(really, whatever suits you)

Maybe you'll even get to die once or twice!
(but seriously, what fun is that?)
And now more seriously:

1. This is a WINDOWS game.
Tested on Windows 10, but should work on most other Windows platforms.

2. You'll need a copy of .NET 4 to start the game.

(if you don't already have it)

3. Hopefully in the next LD we'll find a more comfortable platform to release this in. Sorry for the inconvinience! :(

Downloads and Links


Four Quarters says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:23pm

Very funny idea and realisation too!

daveh says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Interesting take on the theme. Was fun to pay through multiple times to see the different possible outcomes. Is it possible to not kill Gunther and not kill yourself?

Pikkufighter says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:33pm

fun and amusing
need a longer version

Kernel Panic says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:56pm

Yes, there is a way!
Try doing other things the moment before you kill him.
Who knows, you might find something. :)

Reyn says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:10pm

I liked the story aspect. Made me think of castle of doctor brain. I dislike the installer, it felt dodgy. Some funny moments :) Thanks

Tijn says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:30pm

I'm so sad this game only runs on Windows. From the description, the game seems hilarious, but I'm on a Mac ;__;

asyzruffz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:52pm

Fun story :)

SMASH BASH says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 8:42pm

I enjoyed every word in this game. Hilarious!
Maybe in one day I will try myself in being physician. Looks like job of my dream.

AlexanderMerk says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 10:24pm

It's funny, very good for 48 hours.
I'd like that potion animation :)

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 2:03am

interesting game, it would be better to have more interactive content.

Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:02am

Funny, there is a lot of possible interactions, just add some sound and it would be (almost) perfect ^^

rjhelms says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 3:17am

This is really charming. A little slight, maybe, but it definitely put a smile on my face. Cool idea to have the a story told through the different patients coming through.

It's also got me wondering if there'd be any fun in a game that took a more serious take on prehistoric medicine.

local minimum says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 7:58pm

Is there a way to get to play the game without installing it? I don't think I'm alone here, but for me web games is really preferred (read next to mandatory). Self contained downloadable games acceptable, but it makes me grumpy. However if hosted by I can use their app and then the experience is equal to a web-game, if not better. In extreme cases third party dependencies from reliable sources can be installed, but the game really should be self contained. But this probably makes it a roll higher than 17 on a D20 die to succeed/be done. Games requiring installation is simply not going to happen and that is what I got from looking at the zip.

From the comments, I would have liked to try it out. So let me know if you make another type of build.

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